Stronger and safer communities

Local communities were at the heart of our response to the pandemic with people checking on neighbours and forming mutual aid groups.

I’m determined to help strengthen communities across Faversham and Mid Kent. That includes making people feel safe with more police on our streets and tougher action on crime.

This also means helping to level up our communities with investment in housing, jobs, and infrastructure.

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A new creek bridge for Faversham

Restoring Faversham's swing bridge is not just needed to help people get around the town, it's also vital for regeneration work around the creek. 

As an ancient market town - and proud member of the Cinque Ports - it's high time we had this bridge back in working order.

Control expansion of Gypsy and Traveller sites

Kent has a long tradition of welcoming travellers and they are a valued part of our community. However in some areas, particularly around the villages of Headcorn, Ulcombe and Staplehurst, there has been such quick and uncontrolled growth of traveller sites that the permanent residents feel there is one rule for them and another for Travellers.


Magna Carta display gets underway

It’s wonderful that our treasured Magna Carta is now on show for everyone to see.

I was delighted to join the Mayor of Faversham (and King Henry VIII!) for the official opening of a new permanent exhibition in Faversham Town Hall, 12 Market Place. 

Maritime Minister on board for Creek Bridge restoration

Getting a new Creek Bridge up and running would be a huge boost to Faversham.

It’s crucial for regeneration work around the Creek – improving the local environment as well as attracting more visitors and investment to this part of the town.

Levelling Up Kent!

People in Faversham and Mid Kent will be benefitting from our new UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Both Maidstone and Swale Borough Councils have been allocated funding to spread opportunity and make life better for people in places most in need of support.

Extra funding to keep Kent safe

I’m delighted that the Kent and Medway Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is getting over £5 million in extra funding.

Shepway regeneration in full swing

Last week, I met the new Chief Executive of Golding Homes, Steph Goad, for an update on the housing association’s regeneration plans for Shepway.

Extra funding to improve access to culture

Extra funding is available to support local culture through our Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund.

Over the last 20 years, the Fund has supported 415 projects with £48 million shared out across 350 museums and galleries in the UK.

Statement on Ukraine

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Magna Carta display coming soon...

Faversham’s copy of Magna Carta is one of our town’s greatest treasures.

But too few people know about it, and even fewer have actually seen it.