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.

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Making Shepway a better place for everyone to live

Crime and anti-social behaviour can have a huge impact on the places we live.

I visited Shepway last week with Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, and local councillors, to hear how crime is affecting people’s lives and businesses.

An update on policing in Headcorn

More regular patrols by police officers in Headcorn are already having an impact.

I was back in the village last Friday (7 February) for a meeting with the police and local councillors to see if action to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is having an impact.

Crime needs to be reported in Headcorn

Many people in Headcorn are concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour.

I visited the village with Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, last week to hear these concerns first hand and discuss what more the police can do to help.

More police on our streets

It’s good news that Kent is getting 147 more police officers next year as part of a recruitment drive by the Home Office.

This builds on the work being done by Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, to recruit 450 more police officers in the county.