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  • Article: Feb 9, 2016

    Today the Liberal Democrats are leading an Opposition Day Debate on Housing, to highlight the problems of rising house prices and too few affordable homes. Tim Farron has written the following article for Times Red Box:

    Today is a Liberal Democrat led debate in the Commons. I think when you pick a debate like this, the public get to see what kind of party you are and where your priorities lie.

  • KCC Landscape Officers Aubrey Furner, Lucy Lee (left and left centre) with Cllr Brian Clark during planting
    Article: Feb 7, 2016

    Residents travelling along the A274 into Maidstone will notice a line of new trees planted on verges between Mangravet Avenue and the entrance to Maidstone cemetery, following completion of a new scheme initiated by Kent County Councillor Brian Clark.

    A total of 24 trees have been planted using funds from Cllr Clark's devolved budget in an area close to the Wheatsheaf junction, one of Maidstone's pollution hotspots.

    Following completion Cllr Clark said:

    "I am delighted with the scheme. County officers worked with me to choose a selection of good quality trees of various species including Hornbeam, Rowan, Hawthorn, Birch, Hornbeam and Liquidamber. These will reduce pollution and add colour along the A274 corridor in verges which had, until recently been under threat of removal.

    "The new trees will ultimately create an avenue aspect with existing trees opposite which will be an attractive feature on the approach to Maidstone."

  • Brian Clark with opponents to Cranborne Avenue closure
    Article: Feb 7, 2016

    On Monday 14th December Lib Dem County Councillor for Maidstone South Brian Clark attended the meeting of the Borough Council's strategic Planning Committee to oppose the controversial proposal to close off the junction of Cranborne Avenue with Loose Road. This proposal put forward originally by Kent Highways has proven highly unpopular with local residents, as demonstrated in a recent survey carried out by Cllr Clark.

    As a result of Brian's intervention the Committee agreed to a proposal put forward by Lib Dem members including South ward councillor Derek Mortimer to remove the closure of the junction to traffic exiting Cranborne Avenue from the list of junction "improvements" proposed in the emerging Integrated Transport Strategy for Maidstone.

    Brian said "The decision of the Borough Council's Strategic Planning committee to remove the Cranborne Avenue junction closure from Maidstone's Integrated Transport Strategy is a great result. Had it have been left in the strategy, closure would have been inevitable. If a closure plan resurfaces, as part of improvement plans for the Loose Road, my colleagues and I will oppose it vigorously."

  • James Flanagan, Tom Brake MP, Anthony Hook, and Cllr Michael Dixey
    Article: Feb 4, 2016

    Canterbury and Coastal Liberal Democrats welcomed Tom Brake MP to their annual lunch on Saturday.

    Tom is the Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington in London, and is the party's Foreign Affairs spokesperson.

    Speaking to a packed hall, Tom spoke about the EU referendum and the need for Britain to remain a member of the EU. He also spoke about the need for more social housing, opposition to welfare cuts, and why the UK should play its part in accepting 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children.

  • Article: Feb 4, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have made an official complaint over the content of UKIP's party political broadcast for inciting racial and religious hatred.

    The presentation and tone of the broadcast is focused on provoking negative and hostile reactions.

    The broadcast clearly uses images, music and misleading information to inflame racial tension - a direct breach of BBC and Ofcom rules.

  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Feb 2, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Lynne Featherstone has tabled a fatal motion in the House of Lords against the Government cuts to Feed-in Tariffs.

    The staggering 65 per cent cuts to Feed-in Tariffs will be debated today (2nd February). These plans will shrink the currently thriving solar industry by over half its size and put 19,000 jobs at risk, according to the Government's own predictions.

  • Hersden
    Article: Jan 28, 2016

    On 22 January 2016 the deadline passed for responses to the Canterbury and District Local Plan Revisions. Below is a summary of the Lib Dem Councillor's response.

    The group calls for:

    • The addition of small sites previously excluded in villages such as Chartham and Blean, which would serve to strengthen these communities
    • The inclusion of the major brownfield site in South Hersden
    • Removal of the Ridlands Farm and Thanington sites in deference to the garden city development at Ebbsfleet, and due to the inability to address transport issues in the area.
  • Quiz night
    Article: Jan 27, 2016

    The Thanet Liberal Democrat quiz night was a huge success.

    Our thanks to everyone who helped to run the evening, The Racing Greyhound for being such good hosts and the variety of people that came and made our quiz night such fun.

    A good night at our quiz night tonight. Certainly challenged our brains. A big thank you to everyone who came along we hope you enjoyed yourselves

    Posted by Thanet Liberal Democrats on Wednesday, 27 January 2016