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PCC Election result

The result of the election for Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent Police Area is:

Name of Candidate


Number of Votes

SCOTT, Matthew RichardThe Conservative Party Candidate237,278
OYEWUSI, Omolola Joanna
Known as Lola Oyewusi
Labour and Co-operative Party103,807
COLLEY, Graham DavidLiberal Democrats69,464

South Ashford Election Results

The results of the elections for posts representing South Ashford held on 6th May 2021

Name of Candidate


(if any)

Number of Votes

Kent County Council

Ashford South Division

ROSS, DirkThe Conservative Party Candidate1407 Elected
FARRELL, DaraLabour Party1319
PIZZEY, Thomas PaulThe Green Party263
BEHRENS, Wilhelm HeinrichLiberal Democrats232

Kent County Council

Ashford East Division

CAMPKIN, Steven RobertThe Green Party1854 Elected
GALPIN, Graham HaroldThe Conservative Party Candidate1428
JOSEPH, SojanLabour Party596
HARRISON, Garry GeorgeIndependent149
STROLZ, Samuel JohnLiberal Democrats136

Ashford Borough Council

Beaver Ward

BROOKS, TrevorThe Conservative Party Candidate468 Elected
JONES, Dylan AlexanderLabour Party402
HARRISON, Garry GeorgeIndependent105
PIZZEY, Thomas PaulThe Green Party70
STAMP, Jacqueline MaryLiberal Democrats64

How to vote if you are self isolating

Ways to vote

If you can’t get to a polling station because

and you were not aware of the circumstances on 20th April, you can apply for am Emergency Proxy Vote.

You should ask somebody you trust to vote in accordance with your wishes to vote on your behalf.

Download the appropriate Emergency Proxy Voting Application (use links above) complete it and arrange for it to be delivered to the Civic Centre. You should apply as soon as possible but this can be any time up to 5pm on polling day.

Ask your Proxy to go to the polling station named on your polling card (see our post regarding polling stations in South Ashford), and tell the staff that they are voting on your behalf by Emergency Proxy. Tell them who you want to vote for in each election in which you are voting: Police and Crime Commissioner, Kent County Council and, if you live in the ward, Ashford Borough Council Beaver Ward (see our list of candidates).

Your vote is yours alone

Remember: Your Vote is Yours Alone

You must not allow somebody else to use your polling card or vote on your behalf unless they have been nominated on a Proxy Voting Application.

Only nominate somebody you trust to vote in accordance with your wishes.

If you need information about voting:

South Ashford Polling Stations

The following is a list of polling stations in South Ashford.

Your polling card will give your Electoral Register Number but if you don’t have it use the map above.

You do not need your polling card to vote but must be on the electoral register.

If you applied to vote by post and have received your postal voting form you must post it or deliver it to the Civic Centre by 10pm on Thursday 6th May or hand it in at any polling station on polling day (6th May). You must not vote at a polling station if you have voted by post.

You will not be able to vote if you did not register to vote by 19th April 2021. If you have not done so, Register to Vote now for future elections.

Do not allow anybody else to use your polling card or your postal voting form if you have not applied to vote by proxy.

Situation of Polling Station StationNumberRanges of electoral register numbers of
persons entitled to vote thereat
Beaver Green Primary School, Cuckoo Lane4BE1-1 to BE1-1451
South Ashford Baptist Church, Brookfield Road5BE2-1 to BE2-2032
St Francis Church Hall, Cryol Road6BE3-1 to BE3-1248
Gateway Church, The Riverside Centre, Clockhouse71VI2-1 to VI2-742
Ashford Community Church, Francis Road73VI4-1 to VI4-1939
St Francis Church Hall, Cryol Road7BE3X-1 to BE3X-6
United Reformed Methodist Church, Cade Road45NO1-1 to NO1-1195/1
Christchurch Community Hall, Christchurch Road46NO2-1 to NO2-893/1
Polling stations in South Ashford

Matthew Scott

Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent Police Area

Matthew Scott

My six point plan for Kent will see even more Police hired – 300 will be recruited over and above those who leave or retire. And with crime falling before the pandemic started, I will be able to deliver even more for the people of Kent.

  • Recruit another 300 Police Officers and ensure they are active in our urban and rural areas
  • Work with residents, businesses and communities to prevent and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour
  • Expand the popular Police Cadets scheme for young people and bring back teams of Schools Officers
  • Make our streets safer for all road users
  • Boost the support available for all victims of crime and abuse
  • Tackle gangs and county lines and get drugs and weapons off our streets

Delivering for Kent since 2016

Kent has more Police than ever before, thanks to my work as PCC and the Government’s programme of recruiting 20,000 more across the country. As a result, there’s nearly 700 more Police Officers in Kent now. This has been delivered because of my effective management of your money and my drive for greater efficiency.

And the good news is that these Officers are doing the jobs that you want them to do. Town centre police officers have been brought back and the rural policing unit expanded. There’s a dedicated team bringing down county lines – with the number of these drug dealing gangs down by a third in the last year. More burglars are being imprisoned thanks to a new Crime Squad. There’s even a new team of PCSOs dedicated exclusively to reducing antisocial behaviour.

My work with young people has seen substantial investment in activities such as the return of the Volunteer Police Cadet units across Kent and Medway for those aged 13 to 17.

I have set about improving the service that you receive. 101 waiting times have fallen from an average of nearly five minutes to ninety seconds, with more calls being answered. I have worked hard to improve the way that the Police and the rest of the criminal justice system supports victims of crime. Kent Police is now seen as one of the best Force’s in the country now for how it uses its resources and how it keeps people safe.

I have secured millions of pounds of extra investment into Kent for a variety of programmes, including Brexit, tackling violence, support for victims and traffic management on our motorways linked to the ports. By working with the Government, I have ensured that the burden does not fall on the council taxpayers of Kent – exactly as I promised.

Thom Pizzey

Thom Pizzey

Kent County Council – Ashford South Division

Thom, a graphic designer, is a Young Greens Co-Ordinator and a key member of Ashford Greens Campaign Team. A Stanhope resident his entire life, Thom is standing for election to Kent County Council because he believes that we need loud and unapologetic voices willing to reject the status quo politics of the other parties and provide a strong opposition.

As a County councillor, Thom would prioritise tackling income inequality, defending local services from cuts and privatisation. Thom says: “As your Green County Councillor I would be a strong voice for Ashford South, opposing all cuts to our much needed local services.”

Thom has campaigned locally and nationally to end austerity and save our public services from being cut or privatised.

Garry Harrison

Ashford Borough Council – Beaver Ward

Hi you may know me or you may not let me introduce myself I am Garry George Harrison . I have worked closely with the unions as chair of unite community Kent branch and trying to save jobs and departments in the NHS and other Industries.

I am now an Independent candidate for Beaver Ward I have been working hard in Beaver ward by reporting the road signs lights and any issues that I can as a resident.

I do a Street cleaned on a regular basis in beaver ward and like most residents I feel that we have
been let down this is why I am running as an independent I have been a councillor twice and a
school governor.

I’m a Christian and I believe to be a good Christian you have to be the better person and as a
resident I believed to be a good councillor you need to be able to listen to your residents and I
promise that I will always listen to all sides and get the best deal for the local residents and Beaver

Garry George Harrison pledges to you in the upcoming election on 06 May 2021

  1. I would like to have a 3-month big waste removal free of charge for my ward.
  2. Make sure all buildings have the right infrastructure when they build.
  3. To make sure the housing department catches up with the exchanges and housing Council
  4. Help shop keepers with waste bills.
  5. More bins and dog bins put in the right place
  6. Have a 4 weekly community clean up.
  7. Better maintained play area and more things for kids to do.
  8. More community events and more days out for the OAPs for FREE.

Garry Harrison

Kent County Council – Ashford East

Hello I am running in Ashford East again I promised you I would be back and move into Ashford which I have done now.

I am running as an Independent. I have been a councillor twice and been chair of Unite Community Kent Branch and part of other committees.

I have also been a school governor and I worked for the Royal British Legion as vice-chair and helped in the organisation and have worked in many churches and charities like the Salvation Army and local winter shelter.

I am a Christian and I believe that to be a good Christian you need to be a better person.

At the moment I am currently a carer for my wife after a car accident. In my work life I have been an ambulance driver and manager in NHS and I have also run my own business.

So I believe all my life experiences will see me through to make the best councillor for you. I live 2 minutes from the ward and I know what issues the ward is going through as I am going through it too.

My pledges to you in the upcoming election on 06 MAY 2021 Ashford East

  1. I would like to have a 3-month big waste removal free of charge for my ward .
  2. Make sure that Ashford is the next in line for electric buses.
  3. Help more Ashford businesses reduce their carbon footprint.
  4. Plant more trees so it absorbs the sound along the road and the rivers to help absorb water to
    help stop floods.
  5. Have electric buses running through our town centre free of charge for our town residents from
    the park and ride.
  6. More community events and more days out for the OAPs for FREE.
  7. Get more buses to run on an evening so people can go out and enjoy themselves in our High
    Street and clubs and restaurants.
  8. To get some Road calming measures put into place we’ll probably be pelican crossings I would
    also like to try to get some more lighting at junctions where there have been serious accidents
    recently and rumble strips to prevent people from speeding.

Local election candidates

Ballot box

Below we list the candidates standing to serve South Ashford in elections to be held on 6th May for:

  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent Police Area
  • Kent County Council member for Ashford South Division
  • Ashford Borough Council member for Beaver Ward

We have requested election statements from all parties / candidates. Those that we have received can be viewed by clicking the candidate’s name.

Police and Crime CommissionerKent Police Area
Colley, Graham DavidLiberal Democrats
Oyewusi, LolaLabour and Co-operative Party
Scott, Matthew RichardThe Conservative Party Candidate
Kent County Council
Ashford South Division
(includes area served by ABC Beaver and Victoria Wards)
Behrens, HeinLiberal Democrats
Farrell, DaraLabour Party
Pizzey, ThomThe Green Party
Ross, DirkThe Conservative Party Candidate
Kent County Council
Ashford East Division
(includes area served by ABC Norman Ward)
Campkin, SteveThe Green Party
Galpin, GrahamThe Conservative Party Candidate
Harrison, Garry GeorgeIndependent
Joseph, SojanLabour Party
Strolz, Samuel JohnLiberal Democrats
Ashford Borough CouncilBeaver Ward
Brooks, TrevorThe Conservative Party Candidate
Harrison, Garry GeorgeIndependent
Jones, Dylan AlexanderLabour Party
Pizzey, ThomThe Green Party
Stamp, Jacqueline MaryLiberal Democrats

Step 2

Restrictions in England
From 12 April

Meeting OthersOvernight staysEducationWork and business
You must not socialise indoors except with your household or support bubble.
You can meet outdoors, including in gardens, in groups of six people or two households.
Domestic overnight stays are allowed, but you must only stay with members of your household or support bubble.Early years settings, schools and colleges are open for all students.
Students on practical university courses can return. Students and staff will be regularly tested. Other Higher Education students should continue to learn remotely.
You should work from home if you can.
Retail and personal careBars, Pubs and RestaurantsAccommodationLeisure and sporting facilities
All retail open. Hairdressers, beauty and nail salons open.Open outdoors for groups of six people or two households. Those that serve alcohol must provide table service.
Closed indoors.
Campsites and self-contained holiday accommodation open for visits with your household or support bubble only. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs closed.Gyms, indoor sports facilities and spas open for use on your own or with your own household or support bubble.
Saunas and steam rooms closed.
EntertainmentPublic BuildingsResidential CareShielding
Outdoor settings and attractions, such as zoos and theme parks open for visits of two households, or in a group of up to six people.
Drive-in-events open for visits with your household or support bubble.
Indoor entertainment closed.
Libraries and community
centres open
People who live in a care home in England will be allowed two named regular indoor visitors.Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England are no longer
advised to shield, but should continue taking extra precautions such as minimising social interactions and shopping at quieter times of the day.
Domestic travelOverseas travelPlaces of WorshipWeddings and Funerals
You should minimise travel as much as possible. Avoid the busiest times and routes – plan your journey and what you need at your destination ahead of timeYou must not go on holiday abroad. You could be fined £5,000 for travelling abroad without a legally permitted reason.Places of worship open and communal worship is permitted, but you must not mix indoors with anyone outside your household or support bubble.Funerals can continue with up to 30 attendees. Weddings, outdoor receptions, and commemorative events such as wakes can take place with up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open).

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