All of our Candidates can be contacted via the office: 01843 863758 / firstname.lastname@example.org
THANET DISTRICT CANDIDATES:
BOB BAYFORD Having been a regular visitor to Thanet since childhood, I knew that it was a lovely place. Some thirty four years ago, my wife, Jill, and I decided to move to Kingsgate with our young family. It is a move we have never once regretted. My children both attended local schools and have made their homes here. I work with my son, Joe, in a financial services practice. Jill is a teacher at East Kent College, helping people to improve their basic skills, in order to enhance their chances of employment. My daughter, Georgie, runs her own business in TV production. I believe that the quality of life here is second to none and part of my motivation for being involved with local politics is to help to maintain this. There are many factors that can affect our lives and our local councils have a role to play in enhancing the positive and minimising the negative impacts that affect us all. I am presently Leader of Thanet Council and try to use this office to effect positive change. Locally, I believe that maintaining the Green Wedge policy is vitally important. The open space it protects not only separates areas of built environment, preventing an urban sprawl, but also maintains a valuable open space for us all to enjoy. It is also desirable that our beaches continue to attain the standards required to achieve Blue Flag status. Having been your councillor on Thanet District Council for many years, I would like to continue in this role.
MARC RATTIGAN I’m a local family man and currently own and manage a group of Nursery Schools across Thanet. Having lived in Thanet for my entire life, I have a huge passion to see the area develop for the local residents. I have a wide experience and background in Healthcare, Education and Business Management, which I feel would be an attribute to being a councillor. I feel the younger generation are under-represented in local government and I want to change this so that every generation has a voice within local government.
ROY DEXTER I'm a family man who lives in Broadstairs and have lived in Thanet all my life. In 2015, after serving 14 years as the Broadstairs and St Peter's Town Clerk, I was elected as a Councillor representing the St Peter's Ward at both District and Town Councils. I am also a Trustee of CT10 Parochial Charities and a Governor of the East Kent NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust. I am committed to the well-being of our community and, using my professional experience and local government administration background, will continue to support and represent the residents of St Peter's.
JASON SAVAGE I have lived in the historic centre of St Peter’s for over 25 years as a committed member of the community and I am married with 3 children all of whom have attended local schools. I am a retired Architect having worked in the building industry and later in business management. I have also worked abroad and was one of the few civilians to be decorated by HM Government for service in the First Gulf War. My wife and I are both active in the community and keen to preserve the individuality and character of St Peter’s. I have previously served St Peter’s and Broadstairs as Town Mayor and currently support Thanet Conservatives as Deputy Leader of the Council. With your support I would like the opportunity to continue to uphold the unique character and history of St Peter’s.
ROGER BINKS I have lived in Thanet since the 1970s, moving to Broadstairs in 1995. I am semi-retired, after running my hairdressing business locally for several years. I represented Viking Ward on the Town Council and retain a passionate interest in the fortunes of both the town and its residents. Having been a councillor, I appreciate it is not easy to bring about change and improvement. I am passionate to preserve Heritage Assets, retain Green Spaces, promote Clean Streets, Parks and Beaches and reasonably priced parking. I want to make Thanet a thriving economy and an even better place to live.
DAVID SAUNDERS I have lived in Viking Ward for thirty of the fifty-five years that my wife, family and I have lived in Broadstairs. Since being elected in 2009, I have on two occasions been honoured with the position of Town Mayor for Broadstairs & St. Peter’s and I am the current Chairman of Thanet District Council. With the experience gained, I consider myself to be a proven and highly regarded Councillor and if re-elected will continue to be accessible to the residents that I serve and to act speedily and effectively on any concerns that are brought to my attention.
MAVE SAUNDERS Having lived the majority of my life in Broadstairs and with both my children and grandchildren being raised locally, I believe that this gives me an insight into the concerns and aspirations of a variety of age groups. I have been involved as an event organiser and fundraiser. Since being elected in 2007, I have had the honour of serving as the Town Mayor in 2009/10. One of my main achievements is the installation of a Pedestrian Crossing in Osborne Road. I have always tried to be helpful and accessible and if re-elected will continue to work tirelessly for all the Community
CHARLIE LEYS I have lived in Thanet for my entire life and adore our district. I attended the Hereson school, and have recently graduated from University. You may recognise me from working in a local supermarket or indeed as serving as your Deputy Mayor for the last two years. I was elected in 2015 to the Town Council and have tried to bring a fresh, new outlook on issues that affect the town. If elected I shall push for better facilities such as public toilets. Secondly, Broadstairs relies on tourism; I will work with others to ensure that we retain our heritage while looking to entice new people to the town. Finally, I believe I can be a voice for the younger generation who are under-represented on TDC. If you see me out and about don’t be afraid to say hello!
PAUL MOORE I was educated in Broadstairs and trained at Sandhurst, I then went to University in London and Canterbury. I served in the Army as Lieutenant in the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment. At various times since leaving School, I have worked in the family business, and am now a Manager in the local Kent Fire and Rescue Service. On the 7th of May 2015, I was elected as a Conservative Town Councillor for the St. Peter’s Ward in Broadstairs. I have served on numerous comittees – Finance and General Purposes, Planning, and Tourism. I have the honour of currently being Mayor of Broadstairs. I have strong community ties and care very passionately about the constituents in my ward. I am at all times available to offer any assistance. It is my intention to widen my political role by being elected onto Thanet District Council.
JILL BAYFORD Having made several trips to Broadstairs with our young family and fallen in love with it, my husband and I decided to move to the area in 1985. Our children were educated locally and now live close by with our grandchildren. I have been employed in Adult Education at East Kent College for the past sixteen years and have found this work to be very rewarding and beneficial in broadening people's prospects of finding work. I became a Broadstairs Town Councillor, representing Bradstowe Ward, four years ago and have enjoyed the experience of working to maintain and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors to the area. If elected to Thanet District Council, also representing Bradstowe, I would welcome the opportunity to broaden the scope of my work in our beautiful town.
DAVID PARSONS Having lived and worked in Thanet my entire life, I have developed a full and thorough understanding of the challenges we face as both a town and as a district. I am a family man and the proud father of two young boys who ensure my spare time is well spent. For almost fifteen years I have also been busy working in our local hospital on the frontline of the NHS. It has been an enormous privilege to represent Bradstowe at Thanet District Council for the last four years and I am keen to build upon those precious links I have forged with our wonderful community. I remain incredibly optimistic about Broadstairs and firmly believe our best days are ahead of us.
JOHN DAVIS Born, raised and educated in Ramsgate, I have spent much of my working life locally, and have seen many changes to our town – both good, and not so good! I have been active for a number of years, campaigning and working to improve our environment and economic prospects, with particular interest in heritage, tourism, community welfare and housing standards. To improve local opportunities, we must attract inward investment, and to this end, I am an active member of the Ramsgate Regeneration Alliance. I would consider it an honour and privilege to provide a strong voice representing you at Council.
MORGAN HARRIS I’m a long-term local resident, living in Ramsgate with my wife and young family. Having obtained my degree in Horticulture from Hadlow College, I spent more than 25 years employed by TDC before leaving to develop my career in Horticulture. During my time at TDC, I was on the team that successfully bid for £1.6 million to regenerate Ellington Park, as well as helping a number of successful community groups become established, and believe I can truly help improve our town as an elected member representing you.
JAMES THOMAS I came from London to Thanet in 1999. I now own and run the very popular Royal Harbour Hotel and Empire Room Restaurant in Ramsgate. As an employer as well as a resident in the ward, I am able to connect with both residents and small businesses alike. I am often found collecting litter in the hedges outside the hotel in Nelson Crescent.
CLIFFS END & PEGWELL
BRENDA ROGERS I have lived in Pegwell for 33 years and been your councillor for the past 4 years. I am on the Joint Transportation Board and the Licensing Board at TDC. I regularly attend Cliffsend Parish Council and the weekly coffee morning, listening to concerns of residents. I also attend the West Cliff Association meetings. I have supported residents with their planning application concerns and represented them numerous times at planning committee. I owned a business in this area for 38 years. I am a trustee of an alms house charity in Ramsgate and I was chair of St Lawrence scout committee for 10 years. I have been a volunteer at the RSPCA Animal Centre for the past 6 years. I am retired and have the time and commitment to listen and act on your concerns and would love to continue my work as your councillor.
DAVID STEVENS I am a retired teacher with 34 years’ experience of dealing with people and sports teams. I currently live in Pegwell and have lived in this area all my life. I feel passionate about Thanet and Ramsgate in particular and its residents. I care about the future of Thanet and support projects which promote jobs for present and future generations, as well as local tourism. Within the Cliffsend and Pegwell Ward there are real areas of concern such as the proposed Parkway station, changes to bus routes, particularly in Cliffsend, parking problems, protecting our green spaces and facilities at the Western Undercliff and these are key priorities for me. The nitty-gritty issues about housing and planning, refuse collections, weeds and litter are also local matters I care about. As a good listener, regardless of political persuasion, I will endeavor to address any issues my constituents in Cliffsend and Pegwell may have.
LESLEY ANN GAME Living in Cliftonville with my daughter and grandchildren, we are part of the local community, using the local shops and facilities. Since my election in 2015, I have worked hard for the residents of Cliftonville and having subsequently been elected as your County representative, I have had the added advantage of being able to combine resources to benefit the area. I have helped with bus links, planning, housing, waste collections and much more. There will soon be a zebra crossing this end of Northdown Road. If re-elected, my aim will be to ensure Cliftonville East is a safe and happy place to live.
STEPHEN (HORACE) SHRUBB I have lived in Thanet for 44 years and I had a fantastic education at Dame Janet Infants and Juniors, then at Conyngham School Ramsgate. I have been involved in Radio for over 30 years I am currently a volunteer at 107.8 Academy FM where I am known as Horace. I live in Kingsgate and can often be seen in Palm Bay and Cliftonville. I also work with local charities, helping them with fundraising events including quiz nights and dinner evenings. I hold regular meeting for charities, community groups and non-profit making organisations. I give advice and help them raise awareness and funds for their own causes. I have been helping various causes for over 35 years, raising over £180,000. I also work at the Britannia Pub in Margate.
CEDRIC TOWNING I have lived in Cliftonville with my wife Avril for the past 16 years. A qualified chef, I work in a hotel in Kingsgate as Kitchen Manager / Head Chef. I work with Thanet College to assist young student chefs by offering them work experience and training for their future. I previously worked with profoundly disabled young people and later was Catering Manager for Margate and Ashford Pilgrims Hospices, working with patients and their families. I helped develop a community service assisting patients and families preparing food at home. I regularly meet local people who express their concerns about deteriorating local services. These concerns I share. I am strongly committed to improving local services and employment opportunities for all. I am particularly concerned about protecting our environment and the impact of litter.
STEPHEN BYRNE I RETIRED TO RAMSGATE FOUR YEARS AGO WITH MY WIFE EVA WHOSE FAMILY HAVE A LONG ASSOCIATION WITH THE TOWN. I HAVE MANY YEARS BUSINESS EXPERIENCE IN THE LOGISTICS AND MARITIME SECTORS AND BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT THE FUTURE FOR RAMSGATE LIES IN ENCOURAGING TOURISM AND LEISURE LEVERAGING THE GREAT HISTORY WE HAVE SUCH AS THE WONDERFUL ROYAL HARBOUR, OUR MANY GEORGIAN SQUARES AND THE NOW RESTORED ROYAL PAVILION. THESE TOURISM RELATED PROJECTS INCLUDE BRINGING TALL SHIPS BACK TO RAMSGATE AND THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE PORT AND HARBOUR AS A MARITIME VILLAGE WHICH COULD INCLUDE A MARKET, A CONFERENCE CENTRE AND A MARITIME ACADEMY. LIKE MOST PEOPLE IN RAMSGATE, I AWAIT THE OUTCOME OF THE DCO ON MANSTON AIRPORT WHICH WILL, POTENTIALLY, HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON NETHERCOURT SPECIFICALLY AND RAMSGATE GENERALLY.
COLIN GROSTATE MANY OF YOU ARE THOROUGHLY FED UP WITH POLITICIANS SINCE THE REFERENDUM. I AM AN ORDINARY PERSON WITH COMMON SENSE WHICH I BELIEVE IS MORE USEFUL THAN AN ENDLESS LIST OF COMMITTEES THAT MANY OTHER CANDIDATES HAVE SAT ON. MANY OF YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN OR SPOKEN TO ME WHILE I WAS COLLECTING SIGNATURES FOR A WALK-IN MEDICAL CENTRE IN RAMSGATE, WITH NO CLOSURE OF EXISTING NHS DEPARTMENTS. I ENJOYED TALKING TO AND EXCHANGING VIEWS WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. MANY OF YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IS NEEDED TO INVIGORATE THE AREA. MORE INVESTMENT IN THE PORT; LOWER BUSINESS RATES TO HELP NEW AND EXISTING BUSINESSES; RENOVATE EMPTY HOUSES FOR SWIFT OCCUPATION; MORE POLICE ON THE STREETS; LITTER FREE STREETS. I HAVE LIVED IN RAMSGATE FOR THREE YEARS AND AIM TO BRING YOUR IDEAS AND CONCERNS TO THE COUNCIL.
DOVER DISTRICT CANDIDATES:
SANDWICH & WOODNESBOROUGH
I have lived, with my husband Peter who is a fruit grower, just outside Sandwich for many years and have been a District Councillor since 2007, where I have been Cabinet member for Community and Housing and Chairman of the Council. More recently I became County Councillor for Sandwich and surrounding villages.
As part of a strong Conservative team on both Councils I have made sure that projects for Sandwich have been given priority and succeeded in making things happen, particularly some changes to our roads to protect our beautiful historic buildings. If elected I will continue this important work.
As a member of the Vision for Sandwich Board I have been part of the exciting work to bring new projects and investment to Sandwich and will work hard to make sure they become a reality. I have also been able to support many valuable local voluntary organisations and will continue to help those who work so hard and bring so much to our community.
Above all I want to make sure that the voice of Sandwich and Woodnesborough residents is heard loud and clear at the District Council.
MIICHAEL JOHN (MJ) HOLLOWAY
I’m a former diplomat and originally moved to Sandwich in 2014 with my Partner, who now works in the town, and with our rescue dog from Panama. We live in the centre of Sandwich, so understand what makes this area so special but also are very aware of the pressures facing the town and outlying areas, in particular traffic.
Since my election in 2015 and promotion to the District’s Cabinet in 2017, I’ve built up a reputation for getting things done, ensuring our area is given greater priority by the District Council, and that residents’ concerns, especially on planning, are heard.
I’ve worked hard to get Kent, Dover, and Sandwich Town Councils to work jointly on projects that will improve our town centre, including pedestrian safety, proper elderly and disabled access. If re-elected I would see this through, making the refurbishment of the Guildhall Forecourt a priority, delivering on a modern fit for purpose market square increasing business and visitors.
It’s been a privilege over the past 4 years serving the people of Sandwich, Sandwich Bay, Woodnesborough and Marshborough, which forms what I think is the most beautiful and diverse part of Dover District. I care about it and its people, and if re-elected, will commit to give the time it needs to support and represent properly.
LITTLE STOUR & ASHSTONE
I have lived in Staple all my life, I am very passionate and dedicated about village activities and I take a keen interest in all aspects of the ward.
I have a Greengrocers business in Ramsgate and Deal - Bartlett and White Ltd, which I have loved being part of for the last 10 years.
I have been a Dover District Councillor since 1996 and I am the Cabinet member for Property Management and Environmental Issues - this has been an amazing role giving me the opportunity to be involved with the brand new Leisure Centre, works to improve Deal Pier, Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens and Maison Dieu.
I am Chairman of Staple Parish Council, Church Warden of St James, and Chairman of the Church Fundraising Group.
I was Chairman of the Staple Country and Craft Fayre and still play an active role.
I have two daughters who I love to spend time with, Alex, a Physiotherapist, and Tori, a Secondary School Art Teacher.
I was born and raised in South London and educated at Dulwich College and Cambridge, where I took a Languages degree.
Much of my working life was spent at Sainsbury’s where I held senior posts in trading, marketing and customer relations.
In 2002 I moved to Dover District to take up a commercial role at Kent College, Canterbury. I retired from this in 2008, the same year in which I was first elected to Dover District Council. I have been Deputy Leader since 2015.
I live in Wingham Well with my wife, Lynne. We have two adult children.
I am an active member of St Mary’s Church, Wingham, and Lynne is Chair of the fundraising Friends of St Mary’s.
We are also British Legion Poppy Appeal organisers for our area.
My other interests include sport of almost any kind, (including playing Bat and Trap for my local pub), wine tasting and walking our dog Lulu.
LIST OF CANDIDATES:
THANET DISTRICT COUNCIL
WARD / NAME
Beacon Road: Charlie Leys and Paul Moore
Bradstowe: Jill Bayford and David Parsons
Central Harbour: John Davis, Morgan Harris and James Thomas
Cliffsend & Pegwell: Brenda Rogers and David Stevens
Cliftonville East: Lesley Game, Stephen (Horace) Shrubb and Cedric Towning
Cliftonville West: Mark Mulvihill, Jeremy Scarlett and Avril Towning
Eastcliff: David Kingham, Janet Kingham and Peter Parsons
Kingsgate: Bob Bayford
St. Peter's: Roy Dexter, Marc Rattigan, Jason Savage
Viking: Roger Binks, Mave Saunders, David Saunders
Nethercourt: Stephen Byrne and Colin Grostate
Newington: David Spicer and Sandy Spicer
Northwood: Keith Clark, Ross Holding and Nickie Holding
Sir Moses Montefiore: John Holmes and Vic Todd
DOVER DISTRICT COUNCIL
WARD / NAME
LittLe Stour & Ashstone: Trevor Bartlett and Mike Conolly
Sandwich & Woodnesborough: Sue Chandler & Michael John (MJ) Holloway