It would be hard to be a more local candidate than Fred Pearce, who has lived his whole life in Herne Bay, much of it in Heron Ward. Most of his education was in the area too. Politics has been an enduring passion and Fred started early – representing students at the Herne Bay High school forum where he also played an active role in its redevelopment in 2009 as part of a wider student consultation group.
Fred works in an NHS community pharmacy in the town and throughout the Covid pandemic he was assisting vulnerable patients and delivering PPE and test kits to local businesses.
In his spare time Fred volunteers at local events and supports various fundraising groups including community banks offering help to Ukraine and support to the recent humanitarian efforts after the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. The damage humanity is doing to our environment is deeply troubling to Fred and he is often seen helping with local beach cleans of litter and plastics.
Fred is committed to better equality of opportunity for everyone within Herne Bay, including the LGBTQ community, and improving inclusivity for all other minority groups within the district; he was one of the pioneers who helped organise and run Herne Bay’s first Pride event in 2022.
As a councillor Fred would put the interests of local people first by going out of his way to listen to residents; fight for a greener, cleaner Herne Bay and the coastline. He would also try to ensure that better investment is provided to boost local tourism and much needed infrastructure.
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