West Kent Green Party

Sevenoaks - Our Local Supporters

DISTRICT COUNCIL CANDIDATES 2015

 

*** Election results by wards ***

 

Ash and New Ash Green:

Norah Skelton

Mark Skelton

 

Brasted, Chevening and Sundridge:

Sarah White

 

Marcus Fry

Marcus Fry has lived in Sevenoaks for around ten years and is an ecologist with experience working throughout the UK and abroad. He studied MSc Environmental Technology at Imperial College London and is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. He is the father of two fantastic young children and runs a commercial consultancy business. Marcus was attracted to join the Green Party in 2014 due to the focus on important environmental and sustainability issues, along with the aspirational social agenda.

 

Crockenhill and Well Hill:

Aliye Batmaz

 

Dunton Green and Riverhead:

Maya Forth

 

Edenbridge North and East:

Hill Harris

email:hill.harris@greenparty.org.uk

 

Edenbridge South and West:

Sue Rule

Sue Rule

I've lived in Edenbridge for over 30 years. I've brought up my two children here and ran a small business from offices in the town for nearly 20 years. This is a good town to live in, with a great sense of community. I would seek to work with those with differing political views to support and sustain the community spirit that makes Edenbridge special. But I am a great believer in "think global, act local" and I would like to see SDC taking a much clearer lead on reducing the carbon footprint of our local communities; things like re-use and re-cycling initiatives; safe routes for walking and cycling to reduce our reliance on the car; encouraging sustainable energy production and opposing unsustainable practices such as fracking.

If we are to create a better future, we have to have the vision to tackle the real issues as well as balancing the books, important though that is.

 

Eynsford:

Sarah Perkins

email: sarah.perkins@greenparty.org.uk

Sarah Perkins

Sarah Perkins lives locally and is a seasoned campaigner for social and environmental justice and animal rights.  She has worked in the mental health sector for nearly 20 years, as a project worker with the street homeless in London, a researcher and most recently a psychological therapist in a primary care mental health service.  Sarah is strongly opposed to the creeping privatisation of the NHS and wants to see an end to the government's failed austerity programme, which has had a devastating impact on the poorest and most vulnerable in our society.  Sarah supports Green Party policy to re-nationalise the railways and introduce a 20 mph speed limit in all residential areas, including outside schools, which is proven to reduce road traffic accidents by 60%.

 

Farningham, Horton Kirby and South Darenth:

Hilary Harding

Hilary Harding

Hilary Harding has lived in Farningham since the 1950s and has written a history of the village. 

 

Fawkham and West Kingsdown:

Mark Lindop

Chris Russell

 

Hextable:

Phil Levy

Phil Levy

Phil Levy grew up in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He worked in the banking industry for 36 years in Yorkshire, Kent and London. For the last 32 years he has lived in Hextable with his wife Maria. Now retired he works as a volunteer for Swanley Food Bank managing the collection of food donated by the public at various locations and also sees people at the Food Bank who have been referred by professional agencies and need food as an emergency. He stood for the Hextable Ward of Sevenoaks District Council in May 2015.

  

Otford and Shoreham:

Phillip Otto

Phillip Otto

Phillip Otto grew up in Goddon Green, Seal and Sevenoaks North. He worked in the rag trade in Regent Street before working for the Association of County Councils in Eaton Square, London for 12 years. For the last 16 years he has worked at his local primary school as the Site Manager, where he spent eight years as a school governor. Philip lives with his partner in Otford. He has two daughters and three stepsons ranging in age from 13 to 25.

 

Philip Dodd

email: philip.dodd@greenparty.org.uk

Philip Dodd

Philip Dodd is a Local Government Officer who has worked in Housing for 25 years. An active trade union member for a similar period of time, Philip has been active in campaigns against Apartheid, the Poll Tax, and the Iraq War. Philip has lived in both Otford and Shoreham, and cares deeply about the Darent Valley. Philip is also standing for election to Shoreham Parish Council.

 

Penshurst, Fordcombe and Chiddingstone:

Joy Rosendale

 

Seal and Weald:

Linda Walker

 

Sevenoaks Eastern:

John Cornwell

email:john.cornwell@greenparty.org.uk

 

Sevenoaks Kippington:

Steve Plater

Steve Platter

Steve, originally from Newcastle, has lived in Sevenoaks (Julians Way) since 1995. He retired in 2008 after a diplomatic career. As well as completing his PhD on solar energy in Germany, he has been active in community voluntary work: Stag volunteer, Games Maker, St John Ambulance first aider, Ambulance service inclusion advisory group, now primarily with the Seniors Forum (SDSAF). He is naturally concerned with energy and climate policy. Locally he wants more promotion of solar energy; also of ‘grow your own’; a 20 mph limit in town, no HGVs, enforcement to stop obstructions on the High Street and London Road and much more support for cycling .

 

Chelsea Hodkinson

Chelsea Hodkinson

I was born in California and moved with my family to Sevenoaks prior to starting nursery. I attended Riverhead Infants School and then went on to Walthamstow Hall Junior and Senior Schools. I attained my Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Plymouth. After working as an Assistant Architect, I enrolled in The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and am pursuing my Masters degree. My Master's project focuses on environmental architectural design as I have an inherent interest in building a sustainable future - not just solely through architecture but also in everyday life. I am excited to be standing as a candidate for the election of District Councillors for the Green Party.

 

Sevenoaks Town and St John's:

John Harris

John Harris

John Harris has recently retired from over 30 years of service in health care, both as a Community Pharmacist and Public Health Specialist in the NHS. He has lived in the St John's ward during this period and has been a Governor at the Sevenoaks County Primary School. Currently John is a trustee for a charity that provides residential care for people living with Huntingdon's Disease and other severe neurological conditions. He is the Secretary of the Patients Participation Group at the St John's Medical Centre and is a volunteer driver taking people who cannot use public transport to hospitals, dentists and other appointments. 

 

Swanley Christchurch and Swanley Village:

Brian Thomas

email: brian.thomas@greenparty.org.uk

Brian Thomas

Brian Thomas grew up in South Wales and moved to Swanley 16 years ago. He has worked in the legal sector as an information manager for more than 20 years and, as a regular commuter in to London, supports Green Party policy to re-nationalise the railways and reduce rail fares by 10%. Brian wants to see a society that works for everyone, not just the privileged few and believes that the Green Party is the only Party prepared to implement policies of equality and wealth distribution.

 

Swanley White Oak:

Shen Batmaz

email:shen.batmaz@greenparty.org.uk

Shen Batmaz

Shen Batmaz has previously been a Youth Councillor and a Young Member of Parliament.  She has led successful campaigns to improve relationships between young people and the police and has presented to New Scotland Yard and the Deputy Mayor of London.  Shen is an active campaigner for women's rights, increasing the minimum wage and action against racism.  She lives in Swanley and is standing for Swanley White Oak ward.

 

John Owen Jones

 

Robert Woodbridge

Robert Woodbridge

Cllr Robert Woodbridge is a former leader of Swanley town council and is now standing for the district and town council. Robert has lived in Swanley since 1972 and has been a councillor for 16 years, during which time he brought solar panels to the town council's buildings, bio-diesels for the council’s vehicles and extended allotments in Swanley White Oak. Robert is also a great believer in protecting the Green Belt and reducing the speed limits outside schools and along the London Road.

 

Westerham and Crockham Hill:

Amelie Boleyn

Amelie Boleyn

Westerham and Crockham Hill desperately needs a more diverse mix of councillors representing the views of local residents. Amelie is keen to add a progressive voice to voters seeking an alternative to the Conservative cabinet on the District Council, and will actively engage with the community to help build on the excellent spirit that the town and surrounding villages has to offer.

A well seasoned environmental campaigner, Amelie has been involved in a number of local actions including opposing the proposed South London waste incinerator, divestment from fossil fuels, traffic calming and road safety, better access to more affordable transport, campaigning against fracking in West Kent and better awareness of the Sustainable Communities Act. Nationally, Amelie has campaigned on issues such as foreign policy, human rights, deforestation and climate change and global equality and development. Amelie supports the re-nationalisation of the railways, stopping the privatisation of the NHS and an end to austerity.

 

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