Dane is a self-employed gardener living in Cromwell Road. He’s a passionate about the environment and the world his two teenage daughters will grow up in.
As an apprentice straight from school, Dane appreciates the value of hard work and opportunity through education. In our community he has run forest school activities at Westmeads School, led a community growing initiative on the Grimshill estate and mentored more than 20 vulnerable young people through Stream Walk Community Garden. He now proudly employs his own apprentice.
He believes that people in our town go out of their way to support local business. He thinks the council should follow their example and commit to money earnt in our town being ploughed into local projects.
He wants to show his daughters that they can achieve anything and nothing should hold them back.
Whitstable has a long history of supporting opposition parties but smaller parties are frustrated under the current system. Local politics is best played in teams and independent or single issue councillors are never offered seats committees where 90% of the council’s work is done.
The Tories have admitted publicly that they have the numbers to win most votes and are as such are unwilling to listen or debate issues in public. Voting anyone else but Labour, only helps the Tories here and allows this arrogance to continue. The Tories have over 60% of council seats with less than 30% of the popular vote and aren’t giving up that power.
Labour has been delivering on their promise to be effective opposition but needs your support to remain that way. Recent decisions to pull funding for the Whitstable Oyster Festival were lost on a single vote. It’s important that our opposition is united and as strong as possible.
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Local councillors visit sewage plant
Local government can be extremely glamorous some times and as such I spent Monday afternoon visiting the Swalecliffe Sewage Plant in Brook Road.
Labour launches 'Whitstable News'
Whitstable News is the new way in which Labour councillors in Whitstable will keep residents informed. The new magazine replaces the more traditional Labour Rose newsletter produced every six months and has been designed to be easier and simpler to read.
Whitstable News is printed of FSC certified recycled paper using natural vegetable inks. The delivery and production of the newsletter have been carbon offset by the printers (Solopress) and is hand delivered by our volunteers
Council supports protestors in sewage fight
This evening Canterbury City Council united to condemn the actions of Southern Water following a summer of unauthorised sewage discharges on the coast. The final wording of the motion also saw the council concede to four out of the five demands made by Labour Councillors at the SOS Whitstable protest in early October and published on local blog site Whitstable views earlier.
Afghan Toy Appeal
Residents in Whitstable have raised over £2000 in ten days to help fund toys for Afghan Refugees in a scheme organised by Cllr Chris Cornell.