This August Maidstone Lib Dem’s have launched a new community initiative with their Street Champion program. We are asking members of the public to be an extended set of eyes and ears for councillors and campaigners to help them improve where we all live.
Cllr. Richard Conyard who is heading up the programme expanded on the idea of Street Champions:
“Many of us have full time jobs as well as being councillors, and whilst we try our best there are simply not enough hours in the day to be rapidly aware of issues within our wards. For example, I live in Brewer Street which is at the southwest corner of East Ward, if there is a fly-tipping issue towards Notcutts in the northeast corner unless I am informed it can be a little while before I inspect that part of my ward and can help.”
“This is where I hope Street Champions can play a part. I want to connect residents with their councillors beyond what is already happening. If residents are aware of an issue, regardless of the resident’s political affiliation, I want to let them know we are just at the end of a telephone or available on email to help them. We are all in this together to help our community.”
The scheme is open to all, and whilst Street Champions contact details are collected to feedback on progress and future campaigns they will be kept private unless the Street Champions themselves wish to let others know.
Newly elected KCC Councillor Chris Passmore said:
“This is a fantastic scheme and provides an opportunity for councillors and residents to work together to make a real difference in Maidstone right on their doorsteps. I am looking forward to playing my part and becoming even more stuck into the business to improving the borough.”
You can sign-up to become a Street Champion on this page.