Julia Batt

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Heath Ward Learn more

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Following the sad death of Corporal Ivano Violino after just 16 days in Afghanistan, a fundraising event for the 36 Royal Engineers Benelovent Fund was held today. Six teams of six people took part in a sports challenge event in the Mall Chequers. Each team raised a minimum of £500 to take part and a tombola […]

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Coriander Drive – Lamp post problem

by Julia on 4 October, 2007

Coriander Drive  Case opened 18th Sep ’07 – Lamp posts have been placed around the shops on the Oakwood Hospital estate without proper consultation with neighbours. I am investigating the possiblitiy of having them moved. Update – 25th Sep ’07 – Have confirmed that these are not Kent County Council lamp posts and have been […]

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Home made bags

by Julia on 29 September, 2007

Cllr. Tony Harwood (Cabinet Member for Environment – Maidstone Borough) is keen to see the practise of shops giving out carrier bags stopped, and instead replaced with a reuseable “Maidstone bag”. Following some publicity in the papers with this, Pat Fyfe contacted all Borough Councillors to bring to our attention the “Mors bag” concept and […]

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Allington Incinerator – Another problem…

by Julia on 27 September, 2007

The highly contested, controversial, multi-million pound incinerator at Allington was shut down today following further problems. For some weeks local residents and those that drive near the area have been overwhelmed with a truely awful stench eminating from the incinerator. This has allegedly been caused by a backlog of waste to be burnt. Thousands of […]

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Weekly refuse collections to stay

by Julia on 26 September, 2007

It was full council tonight. The main topic for debate was funding of the recycling strategy. If people voted against it (as many of the Conservatives did), it would have meant we would have had to continue with the previous administrations plans to switch to alternate weekly collections. Thankfully, the recommendation was carried, and in […]

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Councillor’s Surgery

by Julia on 22 September, 2007

Bridge, Fant and Heath Wards all held their quarterly Councillor’s surgery this morning. As usual it wasn’t particularly well attended, but people that did come had never before contacted any of us (their local Councillor’s), and so it was worth putting on. Issues brought to Peter Hooper and myself (representing Heath Ward) were very close […]

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New page on website

by Julia on 20 September, 2007

I’ve added a new page to this web site entitled “Current Issues“. I think this will be easiest way for anyone to monitor what it is I get up to and what issues people have advised me of! I’ve found it frustrating writing up just a few of the issues that I’m working on as […]

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Oakwood School Campus

by Julia on 17 September, 2007

I attended a meeting this evening organised due to the ever increasing number of  complaints regarding Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) around the Oakwood Campus. In attendance were local and County Councillors, the Police & PCSOs, heads of the three secondary schools and representatives from the Community Safety Team (Maidstone Council). There have been a number […]

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Freshlands Estate – Trim trail equipment

by Julia on 14 September, 2007

To ease some anti-social behaviour occuring on the Freshlands Estate, it has been agreed that one of the pieces of trim trail equipment will be moved. Currently, one of the pieces is just a few feet from a property and has become a ‘hang out’ bench, rather than the fun activity it was designed for. […]

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Changes to the No. 8 bus service

by Julia on 12 September, 2007

From the 1st October, the No. 8 bus service that runs from Maidstone Hospital to Downswood is having a slight cut in service. The detailed changes are that the following journeys are withdrawn on Mondays to Fridays: 0845 Downswood to the town centre. 1555 Hospital to Downswood, 1643 Downswood to Hospital, 1730 Hospital to Downswood 1815 […]

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