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County Councillor Trudy Dean for Malling Central

Trudy DeanMalling Central Divsion covers the West Malling, East Malling & Larkfield and Leybourne wards.

Contact Trudy

"I have lived in West Malling for over 30 years. My 2 children went to the local state schools.

"I've been a County Councillor for over 20 years, since 1985 and in that time I have become Chairman of West Malling Parish Council, Chairman of the Malling Action Partnership (MAP) and Leader of the Kent County Council Lib Dem Group.

"I am also currently the Kent County Council Leader of the Opposition and the Chairman of Cabinet Scrutiny Committee."

News and Updates from Trudy Dean

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: May 27, 2017

    At the County Council meeting on Thursday, 27th May Rob Bird led the tributes to Trudy Dean who has recently stepped down as Leader of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    "Trudy's standing as a County Councillor can be described in one word - 'formidable'. She has made her presence felt in County Hall for 32 years - including 4 years as a Cabinet Member and the past 20 years as Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group.

  • 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.

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: May 7, 2017
    By Trudy Dean

    "Even though the opposition numbers may be limited, I can assure you the leader of the Liberal Democrats Trudy Dean is a very experienced and very sharp politician.

    "We hope they provide the right checks and balance and scrutiny of the big decisions we make and support this county council which has a very proud history to continue to go in the right direction.

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Feb 11, 2017

    Trudy Dean's speech at the Kent County Council budget debate on Thursday 11th February

    I received an email a couple of weeks ago from a constituent thanking me for KCC neglect. He said that he had got off a charge of speeding because the speed limit signs were so dirty the court deemed them impossible to read.

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Feb 8, 2017

    At the County Council Budget Debate on Thursday, 9th February the Liberal Democrat Group will be asking for an in depth investigation into the costs incurred by the Coroners service in Kent. Although KCC meets the costs of the Coroners Service, they have no control over them.

    A report to councillors in December showed that Kent Coroners carry out an average of 48 post Mortems out of every 100 cases reported to them, compared to a national average of 38 per hundred. The highest number of post mortems are carried out in north east Kent where 55 in every 100 deaths are investigated by post mortem. There are also widely varying waiting times for inquests to take place from 15 weeks in north west Kent to 40 weeks in north east Kent.

    Trudy Dean, Leader of the Lib Dem group said, "This is not just a question of inquiring into the costs of the service, but the effect on relatives. Long waiting times for post mortems delay the time when the body can be released for a funeral to take place. Waiting up to forty weeks for inquests further prolongs the distress which relatives go through dealing with the loss of their family member. Local councils cannot of course interfere or influence Coroners judicial decisions, but we can enquire more closely whether the service is being carried out in an effective way which meets the needs of families as well as seeing that justice is done."

  • Article: Feb 8, 2017

    Tomorrow Thursday, Liberal Democrats at County Hall will propose that an effective cut of £500,000 to supply Crisis Payments to people in desperate circumstances be struck out of KCC's budget.

    In the open letter copied below to Paul Carter Conservative Leader of KCC, Trudy Dean Lib Dem Group Leader calls for his support for the move. " If we cannot help people through the most needy times of their lives, then what is Kent County Council for?

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Jan 30, 2017

    Trudy Dean's response to Paul Carter's speech on fair funding at Kent County Council on 26th January

    I'd like to congratulate Mr Carter on his opening speech with which there was very little content that I could disagree. I think Mr Latchford got it absolutely right, when he responded,that what we are talking about today is the response of a country that wants to see a civilised way of funding those who are most vulnerable in our country. And, on that theme, I would like to ask Mr Carter if he's prepared to write today to Mrs May, and I hope all the other Leaders here would support him, to disassociate ourselves with the announcement this morning from the so-called Leader of the so-called Free West World that he's prepared to consider a return to torture, and that he would leave Mrs May under no misapprehensions that this authority is entirely opposed to that, and would oppose any move on the part of the Great British Parliament to have anything to do with it and in any way facilitating it. I would welcome the support of all the other Leaders in this Chamber for such a move. ( All leaders subsequently agreed to sign this letter.)

  • Kent County Councillor Trudy Dean
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    Trudy Dean, Member for Malling Central and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council asked Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, the following question:

    "Would the Cabinet Member for E nvironment and Transport please say what the Government's current policy is with regard to assessing submissions from Local Authorities and individuals to Planning Applications on the basis of the impact of traffic generation?

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    Liberal Democrats warn of potential disaster if cuts continue

    KCC has taken an unusual step of producing a mid-term 'budget' which outlines some potential cut-backs, including 400 job losses, but provides little detail on the cuts or reassurance for Kent's residents. The report was debated at the Council meeting on 20th October.