Maidstone Central Division covers Allington, Bridge, Fant, Heath, High Street and South wards.
"I was born and educated in London, a Freeman of the City of London I moved to Maidstone in 1974.
"I first became involved in local politics in 1985, during the successful fight to save playing fields in Allington. Five years later I became a Maidstone Borough Councillor in and in 2001 I was elected a County Councillor.
"I am very involved with my local community as President of Maidstone Winds - Maidstone's premier wind orchestra, and a Trustee of three local Charities:
"I have a great love of nature and do everything possible to protect the most beautiful and precious parts of our natural heritage: for example, much improving the local green environment through the provision of more street trees and the maintenance of those which already form part of the highway fringes."
After several years of sustained pressure from Liberal Democrat councillors and local campaigners, Kent County Council have confirmed that the long-awaited pedestrian crossing at Barming Heath in Maidstone will be installed next year. The confirmation was provided in response to a formal question posed by Dan Daley at last week's County Council meeting.
After a major sinkhole less than a mile away on the adjoining Tonbridge Road caused closures for a period of 5 months last year. Many residents are becoming increasingly concerned that more sinkholes could yet appear in the area. Could the Cabinet Member
for Planning, Highways, Transport and Waste confirm whether KCC has access to Lidar technology, or other similar means of identifying potential geological weaknesses and faults on its roads? If so, is this being proactively used to try and detect possible sinkholes before they emerge?
Since the responsibility for the case management of Blue Badge applications was returned to Kent County Council in February, existing Blue Badge holders have ceased to receive a 3-month reminder to renew, something they have historically been accustomed to getting. Given that applications can take up to 8 weeks to process, this reminder effectively provides elderly and vulnerable people with a one-month window to submit their application. As a result of not receiving such reminders, many people have been faced with the prospect of being penalised for displaying an out of date badge, or being unable to park where they need to, limiting their freedom and independence.
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.
Liberal Democrat Councillors, Dan Daley and Rob Bird, have expressed huge disappointment and frustration at the latest Kent Highways proposals for North-west Maidstone. These proposals were unveiled at the January meeting of the Maidstone Joint Transportation Board.
The Lib Dems have welcomed the proposal to increase the capacity of the Coldharbour Roundabout connecting the A20 to Junction 5 on the M20. The roundabout will be doubled in size and A20 traffic from the West will be able to use a new slip road to access the M20.
Parents buying Young Person's Travel Passes still have no choice but to pay upfront, or in two large payments following further delays to a direct debit system proposed back in February.
Liberal Democrat Cllr Dan Daley has called for clarification over when the scheme to allow parents to pay the £290 cost in monthly instalments would be introduced, but Mike Whiting, the Conservative Cabinet Member, has given no firm timescale.
The West Kent CCG has now confirmed that The College Practice will be opening a new branch in Allington following the closure of the two existing Allington GP surgeries at the end of May. The new surgery will take over the premises currently used by Allington Clinic.
The College Practice is currently based in College Road, Maidstone and has a branch in Marigold Way, Barming. Patients registered with the practice will be able to visit any of the three surgeries.
The news that both GP practices in Allington are to be closed at the end of May, due to the retirement of both the doctors, has been greeted with dismay by your councillors.
County Councillors, Dan Daley and Rob Bird are pressing the West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (WKCCG), which is responsible for this provision, to tell us soon what their plans are to maintain this primary care close to residents in Allington. We are heavily critical of the Commissioners for not having dealt with the situation sooner and better.
Statement by Liberal Democrat County Councillors Rob Bird, Ian Chittenden & Dan Daley
The many Maidstone commuters who travel to London each day are incensed by the news that the new Thameslink service has once more been delayed, for a further year until December 2019.
While other counties continue to benefit from new railways investment and are given priority, West Kent has once again shunted into a siding.
The Kent Liberal Democrats spokespersons and shadow cabinet members are as follows: