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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

County Councillor Rob Bird for Maidstone Central

Rob Bird

Rob Bird and Dan Daley are jointly county councillors for Maidstone Central Division which covers Allington, Bridge, Fant, Heath and High Street wards. Rob was first elected in 2012.

In 2017 Rob was elected Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group and became Leader of the Opposition at Kent County Council. He is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for finance at County Hall. He is determined to make the County Council better run and more accountable to the people of Kent.

Rob has lived with his family in the Maidstone area for over 30 years. Until he retired 10 years ago, his professional background was in financial management and operational planning. This has provided him with the experience and expertise to be the Lib Dem Group's spokesman on financial affairs and to keep a watchful eye on how the County Council spends its money.

Rob writes: "Many residents are concerned they are about current financial wastage at Kent County Council, the substantial cuts to front line services and proposed further cuts in the future. With KCC looking at alternative means to providing essential public services it is crucial that councillors scrutinise the new arrangements to ensure that standards are maintained or improved."

Rob is Chairman of the Trustee Board at Citizen Advice Maidstone where he previously worked as a volunteer advisor. He is a keen gardener and, when time permits, he enjoys watching Kent playing cricket.

If you have any issues please do not hesitate to contact Rob.

Tel: 07887 897427 e-mail rob.bird@kent.gov.uk

News and Updates from Rob Bird

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Jan 17, 2021

    The failure to purchase private hospital beds is a national scandal

    Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council, reports.

    On Saturday I was saddened to learn that a dear friend had died. She was in her mid eighties but was full of life. She had recently been admitted to hospital for a routine operation. There she had contracted Covid-19 and she subsequently died. I was sad, and I was angry.

  • Kent County Councillor Trudy Dean
    Article: Jan 15, 2021

    Liberal Democrat councillors warmly welcomed a senior KCC finance officer's statement that Kent County Council has 'consistently contended that council tax differentials are unjustifiable and require reform'. But they were disappointed that Kent's Conservative Administration is not pressing for a fairer system.

  • Article: Jan 2, 2021

    Trudy Dean and Rob Bird demand immediate action to stem the spread of the new strain of the Covid-19 virus.

    It makes no sense to close schools in London which is in tier 4, but to keep them open in other tier 4 areas including parts of Kent.

    The Imperial College study of the new strain of the virus, UK B117, shows that it is hugely more infectious. It also shows that cases are highest in children and young people from birth to 19 years right now.

  • Ed Davey, photo taken by Richard Townsend (Richard Townshend, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Dec 23, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have demanded the Prime Minister declares a "State of Emergency" in Kent with over 5,000 lorries left stranded after the border between France and the UK was closed to trade and travel.

    According to the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, an emergency can be declared if "an event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in the United Kingdom or in a Part or region."

  • M20 Lorry Park
    Article: Dec 21, 2020
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    For the past 6 months Kent's Liberal Democrats have been calling for Covid tests for all drivers arriving in Kent from Europe, or better still, before they depart. Back in May our calls were dismissed.

    Ironically, there is now a strong likelihood that the French and Belgian authorities will insist on drivers being tested for Covid before they travel to Europe. The Government is under acute pressure to set up rapid testing units for drivers heading to Dover and the Channel Tunnel. All within the next 24 hours.

  • Young Carer
    Article: Dec 15, 2020
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    At last week's County Council meeting I called on Kent County Council to celebrate the role and contribution of the thousands of young carers who have supported family members through some of the most challenging of circumstances during the past 9 months.

    I was very pleased that both the Chairman and Leader of Kent County Council agreed that the Council would look to participate in the Young Carers' Action Day being organised by The Carers Trust in March.

    I very much hope that we will be able to celebrate our young carers in March and that the County Council will work with partner agencies to ensure that this will be a day when the County as a whole remembers the immense contribution of these remarkable young people.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2020

    Trudy Dean and Rob Bird have written to Roger Gough, the Leader of KCC, asking for the County Council to provide Free School Meal Vouchers during the forthcoming Christmas holidays.

    The letter follows on by the call by Trudy Dean, the Lib Dem Spokesperson for Children, Young Persons and Education at County Hall, for Free School Meals to be provided to all eligible children throughout the year, not just at term time.

    The County Council stepped in at short notice to provide Free School Meal vouchers during the recent half-term. Medway Council did the same. Previously, the Government voted down an Opposition motion calling for Free School Meals to be provided during the school holidays. None of Kent & Medway's Conservative MPs supported the motion.

    The KCC vouchers were provided for almost 20,000 eligible children in Kent. Sadly, close to 30,000 more children missed out, though some will have been supported by foodbanks and other local organisations.

    We very much hope that KCC will provide vouchers for the Christmas holidays and many more eligible children will benefit from the scheme.

    The letter sent to Roger Gough is reproduced below.

  • 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.

  • 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.'