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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 has lived with his family in the Maidstone area for over 30 years. Until he retired 5 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."

Having previously been a volunteer adviser, Rob is now a trustee Maidstone Citizens Advice. He also acts as a mentor with Kent Foundation helping young people to set up and manage their own business.

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 15, 2018

    Kent residents will suffer increased council tax bills next year as the County Council is set to increase its council tax charge by 4.99%. This means an increase of £52.32 pa for a Band C homeowner. The Government is cutting its funding of the County Council by another £46.4 million. Meanwhile the County Council's Conservative Cabinet is struggling with increased demand for crucial services and cost pressures.

    Despite additional council tax revenue from increased housing , KCC is planning savings of £53.4 million largely through service cuts and increased charges. Further staff cuts are planned saving £6.4 million and putting further pressure on KCC's beleaguered workforce. £8.2 million of the planned cuts have not yet been specified.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Dec 7, 2017

    Members of the public remain banned from asking questions at Kent County Council meetings after out-of-touch Tories voted down a Liberal Democrat proposal.

    Twenty or more county councils including Kent's neighbours, East Sussex, Essex and Surrey, encourage the public to participate in meetings, as does Medway Council and all but one of the county's district councils. So what are the Conservatives so worried about?

  • Save Kent's Buses
    Article: Dec 5, 2017

    Vital bus services all over Kent facing the axe.

    Please sign our petition to show you are opposed to these services being cut.

    Kent County Council are considering reducing the subsidy it gives to 78 bus routes all over Kent. The bus operators have warned that these services could be withdrawn if the subsidies are cut. You can find a list of buses that could be axed by clicking here.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2017

    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.

  • Rob Bird at the Dover Harbour Control Room with Baroness Kramer, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, and Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Exiting the European Union and International Trade
    Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Kent Liberal Democrats are calling on the County Council to take a lead role in ensuring that crucial preparations are ready for Brexit in March 2019. Failure to put coordinated plans in place now could result in chaos on the county's road network after Brexit.

    The Government's refusal to provide information about their preparations for post Brexit road disruption in Kent is a cause for alarm and serious concern. If there really are plans in place, then these need to be shared with all key agencies as a matter of urgency.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Jul 13, 2017

    At today's County Council meeting Kent's Conservatives voted to increase member allowances by 15%. Liberal Democrat and other opposition councillors voted against the proposal as did one Conservative. Nine Conservative councillors abstained.

    Earlier in the debate Conservative councillors set aside the Liberal Democrat proposal that councillors should follow the advice of the independent Member Remuneration Panel which had recommended a modest 1.5% rise.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Jul 12, 2017

    At Thursday's County Council meeting the Kent Liberal Democrats will propose that the allowances paid to members should follow the recommendations of the independent Member Remuneration Panel. The modest increases proposed by the Panel will restore member allowances to the 2009 levels and set an appropriate indexation for future years.

  • Kent Lib Dems County Council Group 2017
    Article: May 22, 2017

    The Kent Liberal Democrats spokespersons and shadow cabinet members are as follows:

    Rob Bird

    • Group Leader
    • Traded Services
    • Strategic Commissioning
    • Finance
    • Customer, Communications and Performance

    Trudy Dean

    • Deputy Leader
    • Children, Young People and Education,
    • Corporate and Democratic Services

    Ian Chittenden

  • Trudy and Rob
    Article: May 18, 2017

    At today's meeting of the Kent County Council Liberal Democrat group, Trudy Dean announced that she was stepping down from her position as Group Leader.

    Trudy said "All leaders want to step down in favour of the safe hands of a talented successor. I have worked very hard to lead and support the Lib Dem Group as a well informed and constructive group at KCC.

  • Sad old man
    Article: Feb 3, 2017

    A personal view by Rob Bird

    A few days ago I was walking round a small private estate in Central Maidstone. The bungalows were mostly well loved and well maintained but some - a few more than last year - reeked of neglect. They showed all the signs of being occupied by an elderly person, on his or her own, totally isolated from the community.