3 steps to beating the climate crisis

Our reliance on fossil fuels puts our children in danger and gives power to despots across the globe. Ed Davey outlines an emergency plan to beat the climate crisis.

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Lib Dems move forward Greensand Ridge protection

Our countryside is facing many varied threats.  The unprecedented housing growth demanded by Government policy and the nature of modern farming methods are just two of these.

The Liberal Democrats on Maidstone Borough Council have recognised the importance to our local environment of the Greensand Ridge, with its views across the Low Weald.

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Liberal Democrats leading the campaign for more electric vehicle charging points

New Maidstone charging points

As the number of petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles on our roads rises, air pollution increases and the risks from problems relating to global warming grow. Air pollution is known to shorten lives and reduce the quality of life for tens of thousands of people – both young and old.  Maidstone has some of the worst air pollution in the country outside London.

 
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Time to end ‘teaching to the test’ culture

Layla Moran

Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Layla Moran this week spoke at the National Education Union to demand an end to the ‘teaching to the test’ culture by scrapping league tables, Ofsted and high-stakes testing in primary schools.

 
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Liberal Democrats announce South East region candidates for European elections

The Liberal Democrats have today announced their list of MEP candidates in the South East constituency for the European elections on the 23rd May.

The diverse list of candidates includes a current MEP, Councillors and other hard working community activists.

The Liberal Democrats will fight the elections as an unapologetically pro-European Party campaigning hard to stop Brexit and restore Britain’s tarnished reputation in Europe.

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Plan for 6 House Loose Road Garden Development Rejected

A back garden housing scheme for 6 homes at 466 Loose Road has been rejected by Maidstone Borough Council’s Planning committee following a proposal for refusal made by Cllr Brian Clark. At the meeting Cllr Clark agued that the plan was contrary to the North Loose Residents Association’s adopted Neighbourhood Plan, the Loose Road Character Assessment Special Planning Document, Maidstone's Local Plan and National policies. He followed by making a proposal to refuse based on the cramped form of development which would result in 6 houses shoehorned into the space and the lack of ability to screen the housing with good quality structural landscaping to reduce the impact on neighbours. The proposal was supported by all members except one who abstained.
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Lib Dems welcome proposed new payment arrangements for Young Persons Travel Pass

After several years of sustained pressure from the Liberal Democrat opposition, Kent County Council has finally agreed to accept monthly payments for the Young Persons Travel Pass (YPTP) in the coming year. This will come a massive relief for parents faced with an inflation-busting £60 increase in the cost of the pass to £350 next year.

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Emergency planning report details catastrophic effect of no-deal Brexit on Kent

  • Food supplies disrupted as safety testing becomes impossible
  • Schools, social care, transport and business will face severe disruption
  • County Council forced to spend over £20 million on reinforcing Kent's roads and hundreds of thousands of pounds to employ more staff to cope with chaos
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Lib Dems call for Kent County Council to use at least half of new Government highways repair funds for dangerous pavements.

On Monday the Chancellor announced that he was providing £420m extra to councils for pothole and other urgent highways repairs. Kent can expect to receive about £10 million. Kent Liberal Democrat Group are calling for at least half of this extra money to be spent on long overdue pavement repairs.

The backlog for pavement repairs in Kent has hit £84 million, leaving more than a third of paths and pavements across the county in a poor and potentially dangerous condition.

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Highways England refuse to answer questions as Brexit roadworks gridlock Kent

Highways England officials have been accused of ignoring the people of Kent after refusing to face councillors to account for the traffic chaos caused by multiple roadworks on the M20 and M26.

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