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News Civic role ‘is source of pride’

THE mayor for 2015/16 will be Daniel Moriarty, who has lived in Maidstone his whole life. Cllr Moriarty (70) is an Inde- pendent ward member for Park Wood, where he has lived for 25 years. Born at Pembury Hospital, he

spent his early years in Florence Road and Gatland Road, both in Fant, before moving to Worcester Road, on the new Shepway estate, when hewas nine. Cllr Moriarty worked at What-

man paper mill but retired early on medical grounds after a triple heart bypass. He became involved in politics in

his 20s after meeting Labour’s Ernie Flood, who was a plumber at the

paper mill and served as mayor in 1980-81. Cllr Moriarty said: “Iwas not po- litically minded but I started doing work in the community.” Hewas first elected in ParkWood

as a Labour councillor in 2001 after retiring from his job. He said: “I didn’t like whatwas going on in the area; therewas a great deal of anti- social behaviour in places like Bell Road and at the time it looked as if the council was going to transfer properties to Maidstone Housing Trust so I pushed for Bell Road to be regenerated and it progressed from there.” Cllr Moriarty later joined the Lib

Dems, with whom he parted com- pany after being voted out in 2010.

HQ sale boosts Tory coffers

THE former headquarters of Maidstone and the Weald Con- servatives – a house in Albion Place – has now been sold. Association chairman Cllr

John Wilson has reported that this will bring financial security in time for borough council and European elections on May 22 and the General Election, which

will take place next year. The association has joined

with four otherWest Kent Con- servative associations (Chatham and Aylesford, Tonbridge and Malling, Faversham and Mid Kent and Tunbridge Wells) to set up a centralised campaign- ing and administrative office at PaddockWood.


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Two years later he returned to the council as an Independent. “I was not happy that the Lib Dems had joined a coalition with the Conserva- tives na- tionally. I had always been my own per- son. “I would

not regard myself as a town hall councillor, but one who works in the commu- nity, which is where I prefer to be. I

Cllr Daniel Moriarty

am heavily involved with Golding Homes during the Park Wood re- generation project.” Cllr Moriarty will become deputy mayor from the summer, succeeding Cllr Richard Thick when his mayoral term ends in June 2015. His first mayoral duty will be at- tending a classical concert in Maid- stone Leisure Centre on June 29. He says wife Lana and daughter

Kelly have given him plenty of sup- port: “The family is proud for me and it is a strange feeling. “I really hope the residents of Park Wood are happy that they will have a mayor from 2015. At the moment mythoughts are on helping and as- sisting as deputy mayor.”

Town out of C5 TV show

MAIDSTONE’s night-time econ- omy will not be starring in a Chan- nel 5 documentary, as broadcasters have now decided to film else- where. Atelevision crewwas due to join

the town’s street pastors on their Saturday night patrol in the town centre, after researchers said they wanted to feature a place which had earned the purple flag award

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for night-time entertainment, secu- rity and policing. However, Channel 5 said it had decided to focus on a different town, although itwas possible that Maidstone might be asked again in future.

Maidstone is also due to feature

in a Cutting Edge programme for C4, following Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes.

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