I am a lifetime resident of Kent. Brought up in Broadstairs and educated in Ramsgate. Lived in Whitstable since 1964. 3 children all educated in Canterbury and 6 grandchildren, 3 educated in Canterbury. Career in Banking with Lloyds for 34 years working mainly in central London, finishing as an area director for London's West End.
I have been a County Councillor since 2001 representing village communities around Canterbury. For the last 8 years I have been Cabinet Member responsible for Finance and Procurement as well as having the role of Deputy Leader. My time has coincided with a period of government austerity. Producing the county's budget has not been easy but we have balanced the books and preserved front line services.
I understand the need of rural communities representing 8 parishes. Traffic is a problem particularly when the village is used as a rat run, too many heavy vehicles unsuitable for rural roads and house prices which preclude young locals from getting on the housing ladder, coupled with a lack of public transport. On the plus side, the joy of living in beautiful countryside.
What have I achieved in that period. Influencing the provision of a roundabout and traffic lights at either end of Rough Common, help with the funding of village halls in Blean, Rough Common and Bossingham, facilities at Petham Church, providing children and adults play equipment in Chartham, Blean Bossingham and Chartham Hatch, Highways safety measures in Blean, Lower Hardres, Stone Street, Chartham and Tyler Hill. There is more.
Despite advancing years I am still enjoying the role of county councillor and working for constituents. Easy availability is the key when people need to make contact.