Swale Borough Council among best in Country for tackling rough sleeping

Swale Borough Council among best in country for tackling rough sleeping
Swale Borough Council had the second highest reduction in rough sleepers in the country, according to newly-released government figures.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s annual report showed that the number of people found sleeping rough in the borough fell by 69 per cent between 2018 and 2019, from 32 to 10.
Cllr Ben J Martin (Lib Dem), cabinet member for housing at the council said: “It’s great to see the work we’re doing to tackle rough sleeping is having an impact, but this isn’t just about numbers, it’s about people. There are a host of reasons someone can find themselves sleeping rough, and often they are complex and difficult to resolve. This isn’t easy, and there’s still more to do, but we will continue to work with other agencies to try to get people off the streets and into permanent accommodation"
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"Forbes Road crossing MUST be made safer" say Lib Dems

Liberal Democrat Councillors and campaigners have called on Kent County Council to take urgent steps to make the Forbes Road crossing safe.
Cllr Ben J Martin said, "there have been several accidents and near misses over the years, including a incident that led to the death of a local resident in 2014 and most recently in December where a pedestrian was hit and required medical attention. Frustratingly we have been asking for some time for Kent County Council to meet with us to discuss the crossing, which they've finally done."
KCC highways engineers are looking into ideas to improve the safety of the crossing, but wouldn't commit to funding the improvements.

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Candidates Thank Voters

Hannah Perkin thanks voters in Faversham and Mid Kent

"To stand for Parliament in my adopted home has been the greatest honour. It is where my family lives; and where I am privileged enough to serve as a Town and Borough Councillor.
Faversham and Mid Kent is a vibrant and diverse constituency. From our thriving rural economy, idyllic countryside and precious open spaces, to our beautiful Town with its heritage and thriving centre - it is a great place to live and work.
I would like to express my thanks
to everyone who voted for us, whether you're a lib Dem member or you lent us your vote. People's votes are precious and I will remain forever grateful that you entrusted us with yours."

- Hannah Perkin

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Hannah Perkin, Liberal Democrat candidate for Faversham & Mid Kent

Hannah is a passionate, popular and dedicated community campaigner. She became involved in local politics after feeling that the voices of women and parents were being left out of conversations about issues that directly affected them. She is keen to diversify politics and to encourage everyone to have their say.

Hannah has lived in Faversham with her husband since 2010 and they have two primary aged children. Hannah is an award-winning business owner as well as a bar manager turned volunteer coordinator. She previously studied Archaeology and Classical History at the University of Reading. 

In May 2019 Hannah was elected to both Faversham Town Council and Swale Borough Council where she is the Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing. Hannah is an ardent campaigner on the environment and Vice-Chair of Faversham Town Council’s “Climate and Biodiversity Committee”. Hannah has pressed both Swale and Faversham Councils to declare Climate Emergencies since being elected in May.

Hannah is a passionate animal rights campaigner. Until recently she volunteered at a local animal rescue. She often speaks to local groups about animal welfare and about reducing our impact on animal suffering through making simple changes in our lifestyle. 

Hannah hopes to bring some kindness and empathy back into politics, qualities which are desperately lacking today. 


Please click here to find out more about Hannah’s campaign. 

Published and promoted by Darren Briddock on behalf of Hannah Perkin (Liberal Democrats) Lorenden Coach House, Painters Forstal Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0EN

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Council Group Leader opens up about dyslexia

Town and borough councillor speaks openly about his struggle with dyslexia to raise awareness during National dyslexia week.

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Sittingbourne & Sheppey Councillor Ben J Martin gave a presentation on Dyslexia to the Faversham and District Engagement forum on Tuesday evening where he spoke about his own struggles with Dyslexia. Cllr Martin, the Lib Dem group leader at Swale Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Housing in the Coalition administration, was diagnosed with dyslexia while at college.

Cllr Ben J Martin said “Dyslexia is a learning difference that affects far more than just reading and writing. There are 37 traits of dyslexia, I suffer with 30 of them, but I don’t see it as a problem. For all the negatives, there are positives aspects to being Dyslexic. Dyslexics generally think in images and feelings instead of words. As a result we tend to be problem solvers, we look at problems in a different way to others, enabling us to come up with ideas that others wouldn’t.”


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Hannah Perkin Selected as Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate

The Liberal Democrats have selected their candidate to take on sitting Conservative MP Helen Whately for the Faversham and Mid Kent constituency at the next General Election.

The constituency includes around half of Maidstone.

Hannah Perkin (forefront) at her selection meeting
Hannah Perkin (forefront) at her selection meeting

She is 34-year-old Hannah Perkin, a mother of two, and since May of this year, a councillor for Abbey Ward with Swale Borough Council where she is deputy cabinet member for Health and Well-being.

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Town Council aims for 20mph limit by next year

Faversham Town Council’s 20’s Plenty Committee last night voted to to re-affirm its wish to see slower speed limits across the town, with a 20mph limit on residential roads.

The Town Council, which needs Kent Highways to sign off the scheme, will push for changes to be made next year.

The unanimous vote of councillors present was proposed by new St Ann’s ward Councillor Julian Saunders and seconded by Abbey ward Councillor Antony Hook MEP who has pushed for slower speed limits since he was elected to the Town Council in January 2017.

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Council Group Leader selected as Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate

The Liberal Democrats have selected Ben J Martin as their Parliamentary candidate in Sittingbourne and Sheppey for the next general election.

Ben J Martin


Despite being just 32, Ben is a seasoned campaigner and the current Lib Dem group leader & Cabinet member for Housing at Swale Borough Council in the coalition administration.

Ben said “I am delighted to have been selected to represent the Liberal Democrats in Sittingbourne and Sheppey at the next general election. I am committed to working cross party to demand better for Sittingbourne and Sheppey. We need a voice in Westminster standing up for local people, pushing for the improvements to our road network, our health care and demanding the changes in legislation we need to ensure that development is led by the needs of local people and not the development companies. If elected, I will be that voice. In many ways the next general election will be a Brexit referendum in all but name, with  the Conservatives & Labour divided nationally and offering no clear way forward, people are being presented with a clear choice; continue with the current chaotic uncertainty or demand better with the Liberal Democrats. Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit and to demand better for our communities”



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Lib Dems Winning Here

Local Elections see huge gains for Lib Dems in Faversham

Liberal Democrat's were left celebrating following significant gains across Faversham in the Town & Borough Elections in May.

The Liberal Democrats took 11 of the 14 Town Council seats, as well as 5 Borough Council Seats.

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Register to vote by post

The local elections in May look extremely close between the local Lib Dem team and the Conservatives who have taken Faversham for granted for years.

You can vote at the polling station on 2nd May or you can register to vote by post.

Many people find registering to vote by post more convenient.

Postal voters will receive their ballot paper in mid April and have until 2nd May to return it.

If you would like to register by post please download and print out this form.  There is another link to it, via the Electoral Commission here.

Please send your completed form to:  Democratic Services, Swale Borough Council, East Street, Sittingbourne, ME10 3HT.


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