Labour councillor speaks out over Oval development

I’ve decided to post my speech in support of the petition to review the Council’s decision to sell the Oval.  The response of the committee was mixed with some hostility but many councillors were prepared to listen to the people of Whitstable speaking in favour of a review.  The good news is, the petition wasn’t thrown out.  The bad news is that the decision isn’t going through a full review but the committee will analyse

Questions on the Ladesfield Refugee Centre development

At a meeting with other Councillors for Whitstable yesterday, I put a number of questions to KCC representatives Philip Segurola, Director of Specialist Children’s Services and Peter Oakford, Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services. We were given answers to some of our questions and here they are. I’ll let you know as other answers are provided.

1)  Why is Kent, through KCC, responsible for these boys?

Asylum seekers are screened for age initially at the border by

Plan to house refugee children in former Whitstable care home

This is my letter to the Times and Gazette from Monday.

(If this broadly reflects your views, join our facebook page – Welcome unaccompanied young asylum seekers to Ladesfield.)

Labour opposed the closure of the Ladesfield Care Home in Vulcan Close and has campaigned to have it reopened. The building, however, currently stands empty and is in clear need of repair. I consider its use as a temporary shelter for refugees under 18 as a sensible and

Thank Your Gorrell

Just sent this letter into the local papers.

May I first of all thank the people of Gorrell for choosing me as one of their team of three District Councillors alongside Ashley Clark and Brian Baker. It is a genuine honour to serve the ward on the CCC and a truly daunting prospect!

The hustle and bustle of political life, with its committees and constant negotiations, is familiar to me from my work as a trade union

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