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."
"The NHS is in a serious state": that is the headline in many newspapers these days - and unfortunately this is only too obvious.
It would seem that no matter how much money is pumped into this most precious public asset, it is never enough and that quite routine services even now are being scaled back; important operations postponed; prescriptions of some essentials being no longer supplied, Accident and Emergency departments closed and amalgamated, etc.
Lib Dem county councillors Trudy Dean, Rob Bird, Dan Daley and Ian Chittenden met with Kent Highways officers on Monday. Councillors expressed concern about the current unacceptable congestion at the northern end of Hermitage Lane and stressed the need for road improvements to be implemented as a matter of extreme urgency.
"How many Kent County Council employees and how many councillors have had their emails monitored in each of the past 3 years and for what purpose?"
To ensure the security and safety of the KCC network, there is continual electronic monitoring of the e-mail system.
In terms of individuals' accounts, between 2013 and 2015, over the past 3 years, KCC has monitored 108 employee accounts. There have been no requests to monitor any Members' email accounts.
With an apparently increasing likelihood of the Ebola virus eventually coming to the British Isles, would the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Public Health please advise what preparations KCC's Public Health team have already made or are making for the immediate containment of any case - or epidemic in Kent - should this sadly come to pass.
Will the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health inform the Council how many users have taken Direct Payments since the new contractors have been in place, and how this has affected staffing levels in the department responsible for assessment and in the processing of invoices?
There were 6100 people who were receiving home care arranged by the council when the new Domiciliary Contract came into effect. As part of this, all of those who were affected by the changes were reminded of their right to ask for Direct Payment instead of services. As of 28 August, 1694 of these people had expressed an interest in finding out more about Direct Payments. Of the 559 who have progressed to a detailed assessment, 376 have chosen to go on to take a Direct Payment.
Presentations to the County Council on behalf of the Health and Wellbeing Board agree that the programmes for delivery of adequate care in the home particularly for the elderly are a challenge - but one that must be met as more people are electing to take advantage of this method of service delivery.
When they released Maidstone's draft housing growth plan recently, the Conservative cabinet at MBC surely hoped that nobody would notice the lack of traffic strategy for the borough.
This brought into sharp relief at Thursday's full council meeting at KCC when County Councillor Brian Clark, supported by Maidstone Lib Dem members, asked the head of Highways a simple question:
Question by Dan Daley to Paul Carter, Leader of the Council
This winter we have witnessed the devastating impact of flooding across the county. This has had far-reaching economic, social and environmental consequences. With our climate appearing to become increasingly turbulent, there is an increasingly pressing need for better flood defence and mitigation to help vulnerable communities, including those neighbourhoods which have been exposed to localised flooding.
Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council are calling for action on a health hazard caused by the recent and ongoing flooding across Kent.
In a number of places groundwater has flooded the sewerage system, with very unpleasant results.
Rob Bird, county councillor for Maidstone Central, who lives in Yalding, says: " In recent weeks I have heard of several instances of sewage getting into properties, some of which might otherwise not have flooded, because the main drainage systems failed. Worse still, in Borough Green sewage was discharged from the local processing plant because of a catastrophic power failure.Flood water is nearly always dirty but the presence of raw sewage makes it particularly repugnant and hazardous."
Question by Dan Daley to Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Education & Health Reform
In the course of work undertaken by the KCC Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, we have had experience recently of two instances of failure of the new Commissioning system being operated by the Community Commissioning Groups run by GPs under new arrangements since the demise of the Primary Care Trusts.