Recent news and updates
Article: May 11, 2022
Annual Report by Richard Streatfield - County Councillor for Sevenoaks Town
Progress in 2021 - 22
It is a year since I was elected. It is of course the electorate who make the judgement on work so far.
I welcome Libby Ancrum's election to the Town Council on May 5th and was particularly pleased 38 % of the electorate turned out to vote and of those 82% voted for her.
Article: May 11, 2022
Libby Ancrum, new Councillor for Sevenoaks Eastern Ward joined her colleagues at the Annual Meeting of Sevenoaks Town Council this week. Libby's result was one of the first declared on local election night last Thursday, and the most emphatic. She took 82% the vote against 18% for her Conservative opponent. Turnout was up on the last election in 2019.
Article: Apr 4, 2022
Libby Ancrum and the Liberal Democrats were out in Kennedy Gardens and Hartslands on Saturday and Sunday asking local people about electric car charging.
Most people here don't have off street parking, so charging a car from home can be very hard to do. So far Sevenoaks District Council has concentrated on chargers in its town centre car paks - about a mile away!
Article: Mar 31, 2022
Local teacher Libby Ancrum has joined the Lib Dem team, working with local councillors in Eastern ward. When there's an election for the vacant Town Council seat - almost certainly on May 5th - she will be our candidate
Libby is a former senior teacher at Walthamstow Hall, and now works helping students with economics tuition, and helping Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees support a local family under the vulnerable refugeee scheme .
Article: Mar 1, 2022
Sevenoaks Liberal Democrats, and his colleagues at Sevenoaks Town Council, are deeply sad to announce the loss of Edward Waite.
Ed served as councillor for Sevenoaks Eastern ward from May 2015 until his death in hospital on Saturday 26th February 2022.
He will be missed by all of us.
Edward Waite grew up in Southampton and moved to Sevenoaks with his parents in 1991 - and he represented the area of our town in which some of his family still live, Eastern Ward.
He won his Bachelor of Science degree - in Economics - at Bath University, and worked for a while in Japan. Ed returned to the UK in 2002, before qualifying as a solicitor in 2008.
His early experience of the Health Service led him to give something back to the NHS, and he was elected for two terms as a Patient Governor of the Harefield Hospital Trust, a role he served in until 2022. He took on the task of chair of its Membership Committee, charged with the job of involving the public and staff in the work of the trust to ensure its governance was anchored in the community.
When he came back to live in Sevenoaks with his wife Yuko, and later his daughter Megumi who was born in Pembury and lives in Sevenoaks, he decided he would like to give something back to our community too, serving as a member of the Council. He was elected to Sevenoaks Town Council in May 2015, and worked on most of its committees, as well as on the Stag Trustee Board. His legal training and his experience in a nationally renown Trust gave him valuable grounding in how publicly accountable organisations should be run.
To his fellow ward councillors Ed was an unfailingly conscientious colleague, clear in his convictions that everyone has the right to be heard. All in Sevenoaks Town Council, members and officers, knew him as someone determined to do his best for Sevenoaks, a really good councillor, modest, always considerate and a lovely person to know.
Our thoughts are with his family, and we will all miss him. Sevenoaks has lost, far too early, someone who was able to make a real difference.
Ed was a member of the congregation at St Nicholas parish church, which will hosf his memorial service on Tuesday 22nd March at 11.30 am; t St Nicholas Church - Rectory Ln, Sevenoaks TN13 1JA
Article: Feb 22, 2022By Tony Clayton
As Sevenoaks District Council met this week to agree its budget for next year, Council leaders owned up to a £3 million overspend on the project to build a new swimming pool and leisure hall in Swanley.
The new centre opened mid February to a fanfare of publicity. But hidden away in the papers for the all-Conservative Cabinet meeting just before was news that costs for the project ended up £3 million over budget.
Page: Feb 1, 2022
Brasted, Chevening and Sundridge Ward
A by-election for a seat on Sevenoaks District Council for this ward will be held on Thursday 3rd March. Our candidate is Clare Coombe.
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