Julia Batt

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Heath Ward Learn more

Maidstone Elections

by Julia on 2 May, 2008

Well…. my predictions, it turns out, were hopelessly optimistic…. The Conservatives won Bridge, Fant and Coxheath, although they did lose Barming. Maidstone, for the first time since 1983 is no longer a hung council. The sad thing is, I just can’t put my finger on why…. I feel that Fant ward was won by the […]

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After so many weeks busy on the campaign trail, today, at last, saw the arrival of polling day. After a day spent “Telling”, “Knocking-up”, leaflet delivering and running around like a loon, I’m just showered and changed ready to go off to the count. For once I’m early and so I thought I might as […]

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Concessionary Fares – The FACTS –

by Julia on 22 April, 2008

And so it begins – with an impending election, the Conservatives have chosen to not tell the truth in their literature in the hopes of winning a few illgotten votes…. The Conservatives are claiming that the Liberal Democrats wilfully refused to support a fully costed scheme which would have preserved tokens for the disabled and […]

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Yalding Organic Gardens

by Julia on 12 April, 2008

I have just sent off the following email to Garden Organic: Hi there,   I received a letter in the post this morning reminding me that my membership is expiring.   I became a member specifically because of the beautiful gardens at Yalding that I visited all to infrequently with my family. I was disappointed […]

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100 years at Maidstone Police Station

by Julia on 2 April, 2008

Late yesterday afternoon, all Councillors from Maidstone Borough were invited to attend a photoshoot today to recreate a photo that had been found in 1946 of the opening of Maidstone Police Station. Unfortunately, the late notice meant that only a few Councillor’s could attend, but I’m very glad to say I was one of them. […]

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Laws, Rules & Regulations

by Julia on 31 March, 2008

I just left my friends house where we were discussing the state of the country today (as you do), and something was said that really resonated with me and I felt was worth blogging. We were talking about the amount of red-tape and over regulation that exists today in this country for just about every […]

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Concessionary Fares – update

by Julia on 23 March, 2008

I’ve been loathe to write anything about concessionary fares since the local Tories came up with their alternative budget which offered nothing genuine to the residents of Maidstone. Instead, they shocked me by coming up with a cruel political stunt, in my opinion, to do nothing more than win a view votes in May. In […]

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I know, I know…

by Julia on 26 February, 2008

so what do I know? Firstly, I know I haven’t blogged in ages and I apologise; and Secondly, I know the following blog is so irrelevant to you all but I still wanted to share it with the world! so much so, that I’ve actually logged back onto my PC, prior to going to bed… […]

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Concessionary Bus Fares

by Julia on 21 January, 2008

In April 2008 the Government will be introducing it’s new national concessionary bus fare scheme. From now on, every person over the age of 60 and all disabled people will be able to travel on any bus in the country for free. Sounds great doesn’t it? Yes it does – and it is a great […]

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No one else would get away with it…

by Julia on 2 January, 2008

On the 21st December (my 35th birthday for those of you who’d like to send me a card in future!) those lovely people at HM Revenue & Customs sent me a bill for just over £750 for underpayment of tax in the year 2000/01 which I was to pay by tomorrow. In other words 6 […]

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