Rob Bird, Member for Maidstone Central, asked Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, the following question:
"Up to now the works on the Maidstone Bridges Gyratory have progressed well and traffic flows have generally been well managed. Unfortunately, on Saturday 24th September scores of motorists spe nt 2 hours queuing to get out of the Fremlin Walk car-park because of congestion caused by the roadworks. We have recently learnt that this situation was exacerbated and prolonged because the Kent Highways Management Centre at Aylesford was not manned at week-ends.
Ian Chittenden, Member for Maidstone North-East asked Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, the following question:
"The number of sawn-off streetlight columns around th e County seems to be on the increase, most have been taped and left for many months. Not only are they a blot on the landscape, but the lack of light in localised areas increases safety risk for both motorists and pedestrians.
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?
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.
KCC has spent £6,877.6 on just 200 copies of an 'Annual Strategic Statement' and an executive summary, 84 each of which were to go to County Members, the rest to 'key partners' and MPs. The cost, which equates to over £34 each, includes £3,430 for graphic design alone. The information was obtained by Lib Dem County Councillor Rob Bird.