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  • Rob Bird
    Article: Oct 15, 2020

    Rail operators recognise the needs of the growing numbers of people who need to combine home-working with part-time commuting to their office or other place of work. Proposals for flexible ticketing were presented to the Government back in July. Three months later, the Government is still sitting on its hands as it continues to discourage rail travel during the Covid pandemic.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2020

    In a policy motion adopted today at the Liberal Democrats' Autumn Conference, the Party has warned that the Government's planning proposals will "disempower" councils and allow developers to "run roughshod" over local communities' wishes.

    The motion lays bare the risks of the Government's proposals, which the Party argue amount to a Government "power grab" that will reduce investment in affordable housing, damage public scrutiny of planning decisions, and potentially undermine climate commitments.

  • Welcome to Kent - Lorry Park
    Article: Sep 27, 2020

    "The Government's proposal to require hauliers heading for Dover or the Channel Tunnel to obtain a Kent Access Permit has caused much amusement", says Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at County Hall. "But it's not a joke. It is another ill-conceived bureaucratic burden which will affect hauliers and businesses throughout the County."

  • Rob at CH
    Article: Jul 25, 2020

    Some thoughts by Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group at Kent County Council

    Earlier this month Minister of State, Simon Clarke, stated that the Conservative Government is pressing ahead with the publication of its Devolution White Paper in the Autumn. The Minister stated that the Government is aiming for 'many more elected mayors and more unitary councils following in the footsteps of Dorset, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.'

  • Rob at Dover
    Article: Jul 19, 2020

    Minister admits that Government is planning for significant disruption in Kent at the end of the Brexit transition period

    Earlier this week the Government completed the purchase of the so-called "MOJO" customs clearance site and lorry holding area next to Jct. 10a on the M20 near Ashford. The Government's plans first came to light last Friday week. They were previously kept secret from Ashford Borough Council and local residents, although the Cabinet Member has confirmed that Kent CC was aware of the Government's proposals.

  • Antony Hook at CH
    Article: Jul 17, 2020

    Kent Liberal Democrat councillor Antony Hook has asked Conservative-run Kent County Council to urgently clarify its approach to awarding big contracts.

    At a meeting this morning of the county's Environment & Transport Committee, Mr Hook challenged Conservative Cabinet Member for the Environment Susan Carey to include green requirements when contracts are awarded to supply services to the county.

  • Antony Hook in Kent County Councl Chamber
    Article: Jul 16, 2020

    Liberal Democrats, the largest opposition party on Kent County Council, today put forward a motion against racism.

    The Liberal Democrat motion said:

    "This Council:

    1. a) is mindful of the recent death of George Floyd in the United States and of the demonstrations that followed;
    2. b) is aware of the depth of public concern expressed during recent weeks in Britain about ingrained institutional racism directed against non-white persons; and
    3. c) is conscious of the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on black and minority ethnic residents.