In May 2021, local Lib Dem Sandra Robinson stood for this seat and came a strong second to the Conservative. Now, another Tory in the ward has abandoned it to become MP for Southend West. This time, Sandra is backing another local Lib Dem activist, Clare Coombe. More details to follow very soon. Meanwhile, look back at what Sandra stood for last years. Have any of the issues she raised been tackled by the Tories?
I have lived in Chipstead for over 20 years. I love our area, but we have pressing issues that have been allowed to fester to breaking point.
Tired of waiting for others to solve these issues, I am standing to represent our Ward on the Sevenoaks District Council (SDC).
As a professional economist I have untangled problems to implement workable solutions at all levels of government and in the private sector. I can offer international experience of best practices from countries such as Australia (environmental, coordinated roadworks), The Netherlands and Belgium (traffic calming, pedestrian safety, city and rural cycling, fly-tipping).
District councillors need to do their bit. In addition to my SDC work, I will work actively with local groups and other councillors on issues that still affect us daily, years after first being raised …
Our stretch of the A25 has dangerous junctions, inadequate or absent pavements, lack of safe pedestrian crossings, speeding, and HGVs rattling our houses. There are also: poor rural broadband coverage; lack of parking for central village residents; overcrowded school buses; patchy local health and social care; and, as always, fly-tipping.
Above all, I will be our own, 'home-grown' voice on the district council for all residents. The other candidates do not live in our Ward, and neither do the current councillors. What sort of representation of our area is that?
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