Maidstone needs more housing!

Maidstone needs more housing!

Maidstone needs more housing!

 

Week in week out we have yet another story of someone not happy about housing being built here or there. I think some people have lost total perspective of the situation we are facing. I like many others don’t want Maidstone to lose all its green fields and surroundings. There are key sites we must protect all across the Borough for various different reasons.  Presently all these sites face the risk of development due to Maidstone Borough Councils failure to …

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Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise

Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise

Maidstone Needs a Pay Rise

This weekend Maidstone was gripped by the Trade Union Congresses ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ campaign which saw Young Members launching a petition calling on Maidstone Borough Council & Kent County Council to pay all staff a Living Wage. The Living Wage is the independently verified amount of money needed to maintain a basic standard of living currently set at £7.85 outside of London and £9.15 per hour in London.

 

 

Elliot Dean the Southern & Eastern Region Young Members Network chair said “Everyone …

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MidKent College – Fair Pay Fortnight

MidKent College – Fair Pay Fortnight

MidKent College – Fair Pay Fortnight

Last Thursday I went to the ‘apprentice restaurant’ at MidKent College Maidstone campus and spoke about the importance of the living wage as part of the Trade Union Congress’s Fair Pay Fortnight campaign. From 16 February to 1 March 2015 the TUC is running Fair Pay Fortnight, a series of events across the country that will raise awareness about Britain’s cost of living crisis.

 

Elliot Dean speaks at Mid Kent College Maidstone about Fair Pay Fortnight

 

 

Its extremely important that people of …

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Acorn business centre forced to shut!

Acorn business centre forced to shut!

Acorn business centre Maidstone forced to shut!

 

 

I have been extremely concerned over a planning application to build 22 homes on the Acorn Business Centre Maidstone site. Last night (26/02/2015) the planning committee heard the application but unfortunately it was approved by a majority Conservative & Libdem coalition. I was extremely disappointed to see Cllr Stephen Paine (Conservative) abstain from the vote ignoring local residents concerns despite being a ward councillor. This disastrous decision will see local business forced off the site and more over density occurring in Fant. …

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Acorn Business Centre goes to Planning Committee

Acorn Business Centre goes to Planning Committee

Acorn Business Centre goes to Planning Committee 26/02/2015

I previously wrote about the Acorn Business Centre located just off Milton Street in Fant being under threat from a housing development. Maidstone Labour have called in this application to the planning committee which means members of the committee will be able to approve or refuse the application.The application will be heard by the planning committee on Thursday 26th February in the Town Hall at 6PM. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meeting to …

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Jubilee Free School Planning date change

Jubilee Free School Planning date change

Jubilee Free School Planning Committee date change

There is a new case officer dealing with the Jubilee Free School planning application.

There is a Planning committee meeting at the town hall on Thursday 26th February 2015 which starts at 6 PM. It was thought this was when the Jubilee Free School application would be heard but it has been put back to the 19th March 2015. 6pm at the Town Hall.

 

Email from Maidstone Borough Council 18/02/2015

Thank you for your email and attached petition.

The finished draft report has …

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Maidstone Hospital deemed “inadequate”

Maidstone Hospital deemed “inadequate”

Maidstone Hospital deemed “inadequate”

 

Health inspectors have revealed failings in the NHS trust running Maidstone hospital which has been rated as “inadequate” in some areas and needs to make improvements in the category of being safe. The group behind Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has been listed overall as “requiring improvement” by the Chief Inspector of Hospitals. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) which inspected the hospital in October found that the trust was “inadequate” for leadership and “requires improvement” to be safe.

 

Maidstone Labour Party …

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Maidstone Cycle Forum Launch Event

Maidstone Cycle Forum Launch Event

Maidstone Cycle Forum launches

Last night the Maidstone Cycling Forum launched with over 20 people attending all with different backgrounds including, cycle touring, race coaches , shops , commuter and pleasure cyclists.  It was fantastic to see a wide range of people coming from all across the Borough of Maidstone. The evening started with everyone introducing themselves to the forum before getting down to business.

 

 

So what went on?

 

The forum recognised that cycling facilitates and infrastructure in Maidstone is 20 years behind that of areas of the …

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Maidstone Cycling Forum Launches 28/01/2015

Maidstone Cycling Forum Launches 28/01/2015

Maidstone Cycling Forum Launches
28/01/2015

 

Maidstone Labour have arranged the launch meeting of our new Maidstone Cycling Forum to represent the voice of cycling in Maidstone Borough.The aim is to grow a forum to represent the voice of our local cyclists in the borough.  This will include key stakeholders and already have representatives from cycling clubs/ groups, individuals and cycling businesses and specialist cycling shops in the area. We have already been able to get Kent Police to successfully run a bike marking event in Jubilee square which …

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Maidstone Green Party forced to apologise

Maidstone Green Party forced to apologise

Maidstone & the Weald Green Party candidate forced to apologise

Maidstone & the Weald Green Party candidate Hannah Patton has been forced to apologise via social media. A joint leaflet from Ms Patton and the Green Party’s Fant ward candidate Ian McDonald has been distributed to residents stating the Jubilee School located at Gatland House, Fant currently has 60 students. As previously reported by the Kent Messenger (http://www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/news/traffic-concerns-raised-at-new-26184/ )  the school has been limited to a 30 student intake for the first year. This was also …

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