Letter to the Kent Messenger regarding Thameslink

Today the KM published an abridged version of Rob Bird's letter regarding the refusal of Conservative Ministers and MPs to come clean about the future of Maidstone's Thameslink Service. Here is the letter in full.

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Maidstone Lib Dems campaign for Maidstone Mela’s return to Mote Park

This summer the Maidstone Mela, a community gathering with music, food and art from around the world celebrating the diversity of cultures that make up Maidstone’s population, was held in Whatman Park, attracting 3000 visitors. At the event, Cllr Derek Mortimer took to the stage to highlight the importance of one of the South East’s largest summer events, and the clear need to re-instate Mote Park as the annual location.

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No deal Brexit poses massive risks for Kent

According to a recent report a disorderly Brexit has been given the highest possible risk rating by Kent County Council. It is the biggest single risk currently being addressed by the Council. Disruption is expected to last for at least 6 months and probably more following a no deal Brexit, with ‘significant long-term detrimental impact for Kent residents’.

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Time for Shapps to deliver Thameslink

The Thameslink service from Bearsted, Maidstone East and West Malling to Central London is long overdue. New Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, should ensure the service becomes operational in December, as promised by his predecessor, Chris Grayling, last October.

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New Marks and Spencers moving ahead

Construction on the site on Eclipse Park, off the Bearsted Road, is moving ahead rapidly with roofing due to start shortly.

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Blooming Marvellous

Residents of Maidstone can now enjoy a touch of the countryside with nearly 10,000 square metres of wildflower sites planted.

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A229/A274 corridor Junction improvements: Junction improvement schemes in Loose Road move forward but congestion in Sutton Road to continue

Proposals for junction improvements, which make up Maidstone Integrated Transport Package, were reviewed last Wednesday at Maidstone’s Joint Transport Board, some four years after it was agreed which junctions would be considered.

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Town Centre Red Route proposal moves forward

Traffic through Maidstone’s one-way system should flow more smoothly, improving air quality along the Bishops Way and Stone Street corridor, following a proposal made by the Lib Dems at Maidstone’s Strategic Planning and Infrastructure committee at the Town Hall this week. 

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Heather House Update

The Heather House community centre in Parkwood now has a much brighter future following the last meeting of the Communities Housing & Environment committee chaired by Lib Dem councillor Derek Mortimer.

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Maidstone Community Mela 2019 Sun 14th July

Maidstone Community Mela has been celebrated in Maidstone since 2003. The event brings all communities together and binds together by celebrating it with the music, dance, food and arts from home as well as around the world. Cllr. Dinesh Khadka has been involved with the Mela have been involved with the Mela since the beginning of the event same as other local Lib Dem councillors who have been supporting and promoting the event.

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