Stronger and safer communities

Local communities were at the heart of responding to the coronavirus 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 in places that need it the most.

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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.


Statement on Afghanistan

Like many people, I’ve been shocked by the recent events taking place in Afghanistan.

I know this is particularly painful for those who’ve been involved in the NATO mission in the country.

Record numbers of police in Kent

I’m delighted that there are now 3,971 police officers across Kent helping to keep us safe.

This is 242 more officers since September 2019, and 184 more officers than 2010.

Plans taking shape for Shepway redevelopment

Earlier this year I welcomed plans to redevelop part of Shepway in Maidstone.

The proposals announced by Golding Homes would see Cambridge Crescent turned into 240 new homes, an updated shopping area, and new public spaces.

Have your say on Shepway regeneration plans

Plans have been unveiled to regenerate part of Shepway in Maidstone.

Under the proposals announced by Golding Homes, Cambridge Crescent would be redeveloped to include 240 new homes, an updated shopping area, and new public spaces.

Funding boost to tackle serious violence in Kent

Kent Police are getting an extra £637,000 to tackle serious violent crime, including knife crime and murder.

This is a part of a £130.5 million funding package announced to tackle serious violent crime across England and Wales, making our communities safer. 

Another boost to policing numbers in Kent

Efforts to increase the number of police officers in Kent have taken another step forward with plans for an extra 145 officers by March 2022.

The plans are part of Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott’s, budget proposal for 2021/22.

More police officers on the way in Kent

Kent Police is getting a funding boost to help keep our communities safe and tackle crime.

Thanks to the increase in the national police budget, Kent Police will be getting an extra £19.5 million next financial year.

Charities in Faversham and Mid Kent get funding boost

I’m glad that several local charities in Faversham and Mid Kent have received almost £140,000 from the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund.

Charities and volunteer groups are playing a crucial role in getting help to people who most need it during this pandemic.

We need to make Faversham Rec safe for our children

I’m shocked by the recent stabbing in Faversham Rec.

My thoughts are with the boy who was attacked on Sunday afternoon and his family. As a mother, I can’t imagine anything worse than something like this happening to one of my children.

Report crime to keep people safe

I’m committed to helping people in Headcorn get better policing.

Last week, I hosted a virtual meeting with the police and local councillors for an update on work to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the village.