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Kent Liberal Democrats set out key priorities for next County Council

March 3, 2021 9:32 AM
By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council
Originally published by Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council
Liberal Democrat Group on Kent County Council 2017 (Kent Liberal Democrats)

Covid-19 has highlighted the value of caring for each other. Now we need to care for those most affected by the pandemic and help them recover - NHS staff, care workers, those that care for family members, children with disrupted schooling, people with mental health challenges and many more. At the same time, we will aspire to a better quality of life for all, with clean air and green space that everyone can appreciate.

Kent County Council needs to help lead this recovery and help make Kent a better place to live for all generations.

The Liberal Democrats are committed to caring for our community, our environment and for you.

These are Kent Liberal Democrats' six key priorities for the coming years:

Improving care provision, especially for the most vulnerable and those with disabilities

We will ensure that care services are tailored to each individual's needs. We will help care workers get the support and recognition they deserve. We will provide voluntary carers with better support and respite breaks.

Protecting our precious green spaces, improving air quality and nurturing biodiversity

We want public open space to be protected and enhanced, with better access for disabled persons. We will provide more electric vehicle chargers. We will crack down on polluters. We will restrict the use of dangerous herbicides and pesticides.

Working to help ensure that every child can go to a good school, pre-school or college

We will press for every child to have access to a good nursery. We will give schools the help they need, so every child can thrive in the classroom and get a good start in life. We will make special needs assessments easier and quicker.

Promoting better physical and mental health and wellbeing from cradle to grave

We will help people lead more active and healthy lives. We will strengthen nursing support for infants and at schools. We will make it easier for children and young persons to get mental health support.

Making our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists

We will promote 20mph as the default speed limit in residential areas, shopping districts and around schools. We will press for more effective police enforcement of speed limits and action against danderous and anti-social parking.

Restoring and improving public transport systems

We aim to restore bus services, adding new routes where needed. We will promote transport integration and network-wide ticketing. We will encourage workplace travel plans, which take cars off the road.

For More Information see Kent Liberal Democrats