Election candidates announced

The candidates have been announced for the parliamentary constituency of Ashford and for the Ashford Borough Council Victoria Ward.

General Election

The candidates Ashford Constituency for the  are:

Name of Candidate Home Address Party
GATHERN Sally 16 Hoppers Way, Singleton, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4GP Labour Party
GEE-TURNER Adrian John 41 Western Avenue, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1LY Liberal Democrats
GREEN Damian Highlands, Charing Hill, Charing, Ashford, Kent, TN27 0NG Conservative Party
O’BRIEN Gerald Michael (address in the Sevenoaks constituency) UKIP
ROSSI Mandy (address in the Ashford constituency) The Green Party


The candidates for the Victoria Ward  are:

Name of Candidate Home Address Party
GALLOWAY James Angus 21 Jemmett Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4QD Liberal Democrats
GOLDENBERG Serge 42 Beaver Road, Ashford, TN23 7RP UKIP
PIZZEY Maria Ann 24 Lynsted Close, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5RZ Green Party
ROBEY David The Old Farmhouse, Faversham Road, Throwley, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0JN Conservative Part
SUDDARDS Charles 35 Queen Street, Ashford, Kent Labour Party

To participate in these elections you have to be registered.

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the Electoral Services Office on 01233 330402,

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Electoral Services
Ashford Borough Council
Civic Centre
Tannery Lane
TN23 1PL

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Your vote matters

Your vote matters - don't lose itTime is running out to make sure you can take part in the General Election on 8 June. Take action now if you are not already registered to vote. It’s quick and easy to register, but after the deadline of 22 April, it will be too late.

For residents in Victoria Ward there is also a by-election for your Ashford Borough Council councillor on 8 June.

Research shows that young people, students and recent home movers are particularly less likely to be registered to vote. So if you have moved house recently, then make sure you’re registered correctly. If you’re not registered, you won’t be able to have your say on issues that directly affect your day-to-day life.

If you will be unable to attend your polling station on 8 June you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote. You can apply for all elections or for a single election for which you are unable to attend the polling station. If you are in Victoria Ward don’t forget to apply for the by-election as well as the General Election – you can do so by applying for a postal vote or proxy for a period that includes the election day.

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George Koowaree retains KCC Ashford East

Ballot boxGeorge Koowaree has retained his seat as Kent County Council Councillor for Ashford East.

George is the existing KCC Councillor and Ashford Borough Council member for North Willesborough




Election Candidate Party Votes %
George Koowaree Liberal Democrat 1426 41% Elected
Larry William Krause Conservative 971 28% Not elected
Martin Chandler Labour 534 15% Not elected
Garry George Harrison UK Independence Party 338 10% Not elected
Steven Robert Campkin Green Party 191 6% Not elected

Voting Summary

Details Number
Seats 1
Total votes 3460
Electorate 12888
Number of ballot papers issued 3467
Number of ballot papers rejected 7
Turnout 27%

Dara Farrell takes KCC Ashford South

Dara Farrell, Labour Candidate, has been elected as Kent County Council Councillor for Ashford South Division, winning 32% of the vote of a 23% turnout.

Dara is the also the Ashford Borough Council member for Victoria Ward

Conservative candidate, David Robey, came a close second with 30% of the vote.


Election Candidate Party Votes %
Dara Farrell Labour 1022 32% Elected
David Robey Conservative 966 30% Not elected
Ryan Paul MacPherson UK Independence Party 727 23% Not elected
James Angus Galloway Liberal Democrat 312 10% Not elected
Claire Madeleine Wallington Green Party 146 5% Not elected

Voting Summary

Details Number
Seats 1
Total votes 3173
Electorate 13910
Number of ballot papers issued 3176
Number of ballot papers rejected 3
Turnout 23%

Notice of vacancy – Victoria Ward

Ballot boxCasual vacancy in the office of Borough Councillor

Notice is hereby given under Section 87 (2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that following the death of Harold Apps a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Borough Councillor for the Victoria (Ashford) Ward of Ashford Borough Council. To call an election a request must be made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TWO local government electors in the local authority area.

Terence Mortimer Returning Officer 22 April 2017

KCC Election candidates announced

The candidates for the Kent County Council elections on 4th May have been announced.

The candidates for Ashford South Division (includes Beaver and Victoria district wards) are:

  • Dara Farrell – 38 Luddenham Close, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5SE – Labour Party
  • James Galloway – 21 Jemmett Road, Ashford, TN23 4QD – Liberal Democrats
  • Ryan Macpherson – 105 Beaver Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5NU – UKIP
  • David Robey – The Old Farmhouse, Faversham Road, Throwley, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0JN – Conservative Party
  • Claire Wallington –  12 Baileys Field, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4XE – Green Party

The Candidates for Ashford East Division (includes Norman district ward) are:

  • Steven Campkin – 7 High Trees Close, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0ND – Green Party
  • Martin Chandler – 88 Christchurch Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 7UZ – Labour Party
  • Garry Harrison – 2 The Haven, Appledore Road, TN29 9UB – UKIP
  • George Koowaree – 28 Tadworth Road, Kennington, Ashford, TN24 9LA – Liberal Democrats
  •  Larry Krause – Stable Cottage, Church Lane, Hothfield, Ashford, Kent, TN26 1EL – Conservative Party

You must register by 13th April to vote in this elections

For more information about the KCC elections, visit the KCC website

SACF drafts response to LGBCE proposals

ABC warding proposal for South Ashford

LGBCE Draft Recommendations for wards in South Ashford

South Ashford Community Forum (SACF) have reviewed the Draft Recommendations for wards for Ashford Borough Council, produced by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE), and have drafted a response.

SACF is concerned because the LGBCE Draft Recommendations fail to address issues raised by them regarding the pattern of wards serving South Ashford. They also believe that inadequate provision has been made for new development in South Ashford and the town centre.

SACF has produced alternative proposals which address these matters. SACF’s response can be viewed on the South Ashford website under Local Information/Representation/Electoral Review and will be discussed at their meeting on 22nd March.