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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: 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.

  • Streetlight Column
    Article: Jan 30, 2017
    By Rob Bird

    The conversion of Kent's streetlights to LEDs appears to be going well and feedback from residents on the new lights has generally been very positive. Unfortunately, Kent Highways continue to be let down by other contractors that fail to do jobs properly and on time.

    At last Thursday's County Council meeting Rob Bird put the following question to Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport:

  • Barchart311216
    Article: Jan 16, 2017
    By Rob Bird

    Lib Dems stun Labour in Sunderland and trounce the Conservatives in Three Bridges, Hertfordshire with massive by election gains

    For many people 2016 will always be defined by the devastating referendum vote. But in elections throughout the country the Liberal Democrats put together a remarkable string of successes. People across the country voted to reject a politics of fear and division and instead voted for hard working Liberal Democrat Councillors who represent the united, open and tolerant Britain we live in.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Dec 10, 2016

    Speech by Rob Bird, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat group, at the County Council Meeting on Thursday, 8th December .

    "Just about managing" - three words which meant so much to the many in poverty, but words which Mrs May's Government appears to have forgotten already.

    In his Autumn Statement the Chancellor did very little for those "just about managing". He also did very little for our local communities and very little to tackle the country's chronic housing shortage. Did he forget about Social Care and the NHS?

  • Article: Dec 9, 2016

    "Heavy rainfall in Maidstone quite often results in the roadway at the foot of the Broadway being flooded, compounding congestion in the area. Furthermore, in extreme conditions the subway also floods making it very difficult for pedestrians to cross this busy road.

    Despite these matters being raised repeatedly with officers for many months and years, there appears to be no permanent solution in sight.

  • 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.