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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Liberal Democat Kent County Council Group News

  • Dan Daley
    Article: Apr 3, 2017

    "The NHS is in a serious state": that is the headline in many newspapers these days - and unfortunately this is only too obvious.

    It would seem that no matter how much money is pumped into this most precious public asset, it is never enough and that quite routine services even now are being scaled back; important operations postponed; prescriptions of some essentials being no longer supplied, Accident and Emergency departments closed and amalgamated, etc.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2017

    The Liberal Democrat group at County Hall was unable to support the budget proposed by the Conservative Administration, see keynote speech by Lib Dem Group Leader, Trudy Dean, in previous article.

    However, both the budget amendments, which the Liberal Democrat introduced during the budget debate, received overwhelming support from the Council.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Yalding Lorry
    Article: Jan 30, 2017
    By Brian Mortimer

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for local authorities to have powers to compel all lorry drivers who use satnavs to use
    commercial models following a fresh catalogue of chaos on the nation's roads.
    For the LGA statement click here.

    Kent residents are fed up with large lorries clogging up villages and town centres, getting stuck on tight medieval bridges or in residential streets, or thundering down narrow country lanes. All too often lorry drivers are relying on phones or basic satnavs, totally oblivious of weight limits or roads which are too narrow or otherwise unsuitable for large and heavy vehicles.

  • 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:

  • 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.)

  • 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?

  • 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.