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Kent Liberal Democrat County Council Group 2013

Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council: Fighting For You

  • Barchart011216
    Article: Dec 4, 2016

    By-election shock as Lib Dems surge to historic victory

    Liberal Democrat support is growing across the country as they show they are now the only party standing up against hard Brexit and for a properly funded NHS.

    At a parliamentary by election on 1st December the Lib Dems sent the strongest possible message to Mrs May's Conservatives by overturning a huge 23,000 vote majority to take Richmond Park. A few weeks previously the Lib Dems gave the Tories a fright in Witney, one of the 'safest' Tory seats previously held by former Prime Minister, David Cameron.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Nov 18, 2016

    Rob Bird's letter to the Kent Messenger published today:

    Helen Grant's defence of the High Court judges in last week's Kent Messenger was welcome. In her words, "The importance of an independent judiciary is a vital check and balance in our liberal democracy. Those who seek to undermine it are dangerous."

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Nov 17, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Leader, Tim Farron, writes

    This week is the 50th anniversary of the ground-breaking BBC film Cathy Come Home, the gripping and controversial 1966 film about poverty and homelessness.

    It tells the story of Cathy and Reg, a couple with three young children who find their life spiralling into poverty when Reg loses his job. Cathy is left homeless and her children are taken away.

    The film had a profound impact on me as a teenager. I watched it and decided to join Shelter. Then I realised I could do even more by getting involved in politics.

    Although in the last 50 years there have been some changes, many of the same issues remain. We should be ashamed that in the 21st Century there are still people sleeping on the streets; many people are refused the support they need and are simply being let down.

    There is quite simply a lack of political will to end this crisis, and the Government's approach of reducing council homes and failing to build enough homes is making it worse.

    I want to see real action to tackle the housing crisis, improve mental health services, and to properly fund homeless charities and local authorities so they can provide support.

    A decent, safe, secure and affordable home is essential to being a part of society and the community you live in. It allows you to make a living, and keeps you warm and secure, yet most of us take this for granted. I stress again that it is outrageous that homelessness still continues to rise every year in this country. It needs to be tackled.

    This is why next week I'll be participating in the charity Centrepoint's 2016 London Sleepout, swapping my bed for a sleeping bag to help give homeless young people a future. By sleeping out on a cold and damp November night, I hope to raise awareness and money to support Centrepoint's work with those who face this ordeal on a daily basis.

    Centrepoint is the UK's leading charity for homeless young people, and along with its partners it supports 9,000 young people every year. They help 16-25 year olds into a safe place to live, give them a health assessment and plan support for their individual mental and physical health needs. We start them on a path to more independence and a job.

    A team of members are joining me for this - will you join us?

    The event takes place on the night of 24th November at the Greenwich Peninsula and you can register here.

    Add yourself to 'Team Tim Farron' to join my group of enthusiastic Lib Dem anti-homelessness campaigners!

    And up until lunchtime tomorrow (Friday 18th November), you can get £10 discount on the registration fee by entering the code GREENWICH10.

    If you can't attend but want to support the team and I, you can still use the 'Give Now' button on my fundraising page.

    Many thanks for all your support!

    Tim

  • Article: Nov 9, 2016
    By Ian Chittenden

    We have just received the following notice from Kent Highways:

    It has been necessary this afternoon to close Lane 1 on the Maidstone bound section of Detling Hill from the Shell Garage to Detling Village. This is as a result of the failure of two drainage covers and frames. The defect was identified today, Wednesday (9 November), following heavy rainfall on the hill, as part of a monthly inspection.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    Rob Bird, Member for Maidstone Central, asked Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, the following question:

    "Up to now the works on the Maidstone Bridges Gyratory have progressed well and traffic flows have generally been well managed. Unfortunately, on Saturday 24th September scores of motorists spe nt 2 hours queuing to get out of the Fremlin Walk car-park because of congestion caused by the roadworks. We have recently learnt that this situation was exacerbated and prolonged because the Kent Highways Management Centre at Aylesford was not manned at week-ends.

  • Ian Chittenden
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    Ian Chittenden, Member for Maidstone North-East asked Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, the following question:

    "The number of sawn-off streetlight columns around th e County seems to be on the increase, most have been taped and left for many months. Not only are they a blot on the landscape, but the lack of light in localised areas increases safety risk for both motorists and pedestrians.

  • Kent County Councillor Trudy Dean
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    Trudy Dean, Member for Malling Central and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council asked Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, the following question:

    "Would the Cabinet Member for E nvironment and Transport please say what the Government's current policy is with regard to assessing submissions from Local Authorities and individuals to Planning Applications on the basis of the impact of traffic generation?

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    Liberal Democrats warn of potential disaster if cuts continue

    KCC has taken an unusual step of producing a mid-term 'budget' which outlines some potential cut-backs, including 400 job losses, but provides little detail on the cuts or reassurance for Kent's residents. The report was debated at the Council meeting on 20th October.