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Maidstone Lib Dems warned not fritter government cash windfall

Friday 16th February 2018

THE Conservatives have urged a government windfall handed out to councils to be spent on tackling growing problem fly-tipping, plummeting air quality and traffic congestion.

They accused Liberal Democrats – who run Maidstone Borough Council - of frittering the cash on “marketing campaigns and shareholder engagement projects”.

Tory spokesman Cllr John Perry said: “Maidstone Borough Council received a potential windfall from Government of up to £640,000 from being part of a business rates retention pilot scheme.

“At the recent meeting of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee, Conservative Councillors called for the windfall to be directed to address some of the key challenges facing Maidstone, including air quality and traffic congestion. 

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“However, Liberal Democrat and Labour Councillors sanctioned £160,000 to be spent on marketing campaigns and shareholder engagement projects.

“In the same meeting, Conservatives refused to vote to increase council tax for residents by 3% while the Liberal Democrat run council retains expensive subsidies for non-frontline services.

“Conservatives called on members to re-direct spending away from non-essential communications campaigns in order to deal with the growing issue of littering and fly-tipping around the borough.”

We approached Lib Dem MBC leader Cllr Fran Wilson for a comment.