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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 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 at CH
    Article: Feb 12, 2020

    The disabled bus pass and companion pass are currently only valid from 9:30 am onwards. Last September Kent County Council unanimously approved a Liberal Democrat proposal to make the pass valid for travel in Kent before 9:30am. KCC should get the new arrangements put in place straight away.

    KCC has set aside £200,000 in its proposed budget for 2020-21 to cover the additional costs. But, 5 months after agreeing to the proposal, KCC has yet to work out how best to implement the new arrangements. That's not good enough.

  • Transport Costs
    Article: Feb 11, 2020
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    The Prime Minister has announced £5 billion of new funding to overhaul bus and cycle links for every region outside London. This should result in well over £100 million being allocated to Kent. It is very welcome but much more will be needed.

    Bus services outside London are in crisis, with less and less people taking the bus and consequently more and more people relying upon their cars. The vast majority of bus users are concessionary pass-holders - either young people going to school or college or 'senior citizens' who are eligible to free bus travel.

  • Iwade Lorry
    Article: Jan 24, 2020

    At a Kent County Council meeting this week councillors endorsed a KCC proposal to implement a trial lorry control area aimed to substantially reduce inappropriate HGV movements. The trial area is likely to be to the south of Maidstone.

    The County Council is already in advanced discussions with the Government about obtaining the necessary legal powers to permit KCC officers to undertake the enforcement. A similar scheme is already in place in London. Up to now, most HGV restrictions in Kent have tended to be flouted by lorry drivers.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2019
    In The Times

    Britain's network of buses is faltering, leaving many people isolated and unable to get to work. A radical government would consider making bus travel free

    The great story of the British bus, which arrived in 1824 and by 1950 accounted for 42 per cent of all journeys, is running into difficulties. Use in this country is at its lowest level since records began 50 years ago. Only 4 per cent of all journeys made last year were by bus. Outside London there were nine million fewer journeys in Britain in 2018-19 compared with the previous year, a result of higher fares and cancelled routes. The inconvenience caused has not been evenly spread. Most cuts have fallen on less populated and rural regions. Some busy places have only two bus rides a day. Smaller villages might see a bus perhaps twice a week, while others are cut off entirely.

  • Kent & Medway General Election Results - December 2019
    Article: Dec 16, 2019

    No Liberal Democrat breakthrough in Kent and Medway but good progress throughout region.

    The Liberal Democrat share of the votes cast in Kent & Medway for the December 2019 Election was 10.3%. This was a notabable improvement on 2017, with the number of Liberal Democrat votes 4.8% higher than in the previous General Election. This increase was slightly better than the 4.6% recorded in England and the 4.2% recorded across the United Kingdom. The Liberal Democrat share of the vote increased in every Kent & Medway constituency apart from Canterbury - which was sucessfully defended by the remain-supporting Labour MP, Rosie Duffield.

  • Jenny Randerson
    Article: Nov 8, 2019

    The Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson, Baroness Randerson, drives an electric car. Jenny Randerson is acutely aware of the problems electric vehicle owners have finding public EV chargers, especially outside large towns. She is determined that the Liberal Democrats should do whatever it takes to provide accessible and convenient EV chargers for everyone.

  • Rob at CH
    Article: Oct 20, 2019

    Last week Paul Carter stood down as Leader of Kent County Council, having been in post for 14 years. The Council elected Roger Gough as his successor. Roger Gough was previously the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education.

    Rob Bird, the Liberal Democrat Leader of the Opposition at KCC, paid tribute to Paul Carter and proposed three priorities for the incoming Leader.

  • Carer
    Article: Sep 29, 2019
    By Rob Bird

    Millions of people care for relatives, friends and neighbours, often at huge personal cost. They need more than our gratitude; they need our support.

    Carers UK have estimated that over 8 million people are currently caring for someone [1]. That is an increase of nearly 40% on the number of reported carers in 2011. It is likely that 3 in 5 of us will be caring for someone at some point in our lives.

  • Ian and Rob at Maidstone East
    Article: Sep 20, 2019

    In a letter to Tonbridge & Malling MP, Tom Tugendhat, Thameslink and Network Rail have advised that Thameslink trains will not start running from Maidstone East to Central London in December. No new date has been given for the introduction of these services.

    This devastating news comes less than a year after the former Conservative Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, gave a written undertaking that Thameslink would be going ahead this December to Rob Bird, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats at Kent CC.

  • Ian and Rob at Maidstone East
    Article: Sep 10, 2019

    Despite repeated requests, the Department for Transport continues to refuse to confirm that Thameslink services will be running from Bearsted, Maidstone and West Malling to Central London by the end of December.

    "Further delays to the introduction of this long-overdue service would be totally unacceptable", says Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at County Hall. "Local rail users, residents and businesses are fed up with the continued uncertainty."