Valerie Kenny is one of the Canterbury City Councillors representing Gorrell Ward in Whitstable, where she lives. As a retired headteacher, Ofsted inspector and KCC adviser it’s not surprising that she is committed to giving our young people the best education possible. She particularly wants to get better funding for schools – especially for early years and pre-school age children. She is also a governor of several schools and was involved in the creation of Sure Start.
In her councillor role Valerie has served on a number of working parties including the Climate Action working group, Housing, and review of Housing for elderly residents.
Criminal justice is another area of deep concern to Valerie and as a retired magistrate she is deeply concerned about the impact of cuts on support for young people and families, in particular the devastating cuts to the probation service.
The rising cost of living is a huge concern and Valerie has worked closely with local residents to deal with food poverty, from projects encouraging people to grow food to supporting food charities.
She is also involved in fighting to preserve the Green Gap in Whitstable and to create communities with local facilities supported by good transport.
Valerie is also working nationally and internationally to change Town Planning so that our streets and towns are safe for women. She is a trustee of an alms house and a local arts centre.
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