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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.

Steve Campkin

Kent County Council – Ashford East Division

Steve is one of two Green Party Councillors on Ashford Borough Council, representing Willesborough, having been successfully elected in May 2019 with a large majority. Steve lives and works in Willesborough and is a well known, active member of the local community.

Since his election to Ashford Borough Council in 2019 he has opposed cuts in services, rises in council tax and unpopular, inappropriate developments, while supporting and enhancing our Green spaces and serving as a committee member on Ashford’s Carbon Neutral Strategy Group.

In 2020 he also took a place on South Willesborough and Newtown Community Council to improve his understanding of issues in the area and to better represent residents with regards to the environmental impact of climate change, the challenges we now face and the opportunities available.

He has already lobbied Kent County Council on drainage and road improvements, culminating in extensive works to mitigate flooding in Willesborough and the complete resurfacing of Kennington Road

Steve , attends regular surgeries to talk with residents about local issues alongside his colleague Green Party Councillor Liz Wright.

Steve believes that by being elected as your councillor on Kent County Council, he will be able to represent residents even more effectively, and would be honoured to have your support on May 6th

Thom Pizzey

Thom Pizzey

Ashford Borough Council – Beaver Ward

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 Ashford Borough 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 Borough councillor, Thom would prioritise tackling income inequality, defending local services from cuts and privatisation, and delivering affordable and social housing while preserving green spaces. Thom says: “As your Green Borough 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. He believes that it is crucial that we deal with the housing crisis and create
new social and affordable homes whilst protecting Ashford’s green spaces.

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
Ward.

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
    request.
  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.

Psychic and clairvoyant scams

The apparently psychic or clairvoyant fraudsters approach their victims by email, post, telephone call or even face-to-face.

Psychic and clairvoyant scams happen when a fraudster approaches you to tell you they have seen something either wonderful or terrible in your future.

They ask for money in order to provide a full report about it or tell you that you need to purchase a ‘lucky’ charm for protection?

They may tell you that you are in some kind of trouble, but can offer a solution in return for payment. They may claim to be able to give you winning lottery numbers, or offer to remove a curse.

Fraud has been committed if money has been lost.

Action Fraud
www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/clairvoyant-scams

Lottery/prize draw scams

Lottery scams are usually committed by email or letter, but fraudsters may approach you by other means.

Lottery, sweepstake or prize-draw fraud happens after fraudsters contact you to tell you you’ve won a large sum of money in an international lottery, sweepstake or other prize draw.

You’re told that you have won a large amount of money on an overseas or online lottery. Spanish, Canadian and Australian lotteries are among the most common.

So that you can process the payment of your winnings, it asks you to contact someone who claims to be an official at the lottery company. You are warned to keep your good luck a secret and, if you don’t respond quickly, you won’t be able to claim your winnings.

However, either the lottery doesn’t exist or you’ve been contacted by fraudsters misusing the name of a genuine lottery. But you can be sure there is no prize money for you to win. If you respond to the fraudster, you’ll be asked to supply personal information and copies of official documents, such as your passport, as proof of identity. The fraudsters can then use this information to steal your identity.

Once you have provided your personal information, the fraudsters will ask you to pay various fees – for example: taxes, legal fees, banking fees etc. – so that they can release your non-existent winnings.

Each time you make a payment, the fraudsters will come up with a reason why your winnings can’t be paid out unless you make another payment. They’ll also give you reasons why the fees can’t be taken out of your winnings and have to be paid upfront.

The fraudsters may also ask for your bank details, saying they will pay your winnings directly into your bank account. But if you hand over your bank details, the fraudsters will use them to empty your account.

Are you a victim of lottery fraud?

  • You receive an official looking email or letter telling you that you’ve won a large sum of money in a lottery.
  • You’ve responded to the email/letter and supplied personal information.
  • You’ve paid a fee to release your winnings.

What should you do if you’re a victim of lottery fraud?

  • Report the fraud to Action Fraud.
  • If you have responded to the email/letter, break off all contact with the fraudsters at once.
  • If you have given the fraudsters your bank account details, alert your bank immediately.
  • Be aware that you’re now likely to be a target for other frauds. Fraudsters often share details about people they have successfully targeted or approached, using different identities to commit further frauds.
  • People who have already fallen victim to fraudsters are particularly vulnerable to the fraud recovery fraud. This is when fraudsters contact people who have already lost money through fraud and claim to be law enforcement officers or lawyers. They advise the victim that they can help them recover their lost money – but request a fee.

Protect yourself against lottery fraud

  • Never respond to any such communication. If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it.
  • Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto.  No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win.
  • We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings.  Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you.
  • Never, ever disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance.
  • If they’ve provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of.
  • Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a fraud.
  • Many fraudulent lotteries have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work.

Action Fraud
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/prize-draw-scams#:~:text=Lottery%2C%20sweepstake%20or%20prize%2Ddraw,an%20overseas%20or%20online%20lottery.

Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Consultation

Kent County Council, Kent and Medway CCG

Kent’s Strategy for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 2021-2024

Opened: 02 December 2020
Closes: 04 February 2021

Kent County Council and the NHS in Kent and Medway are keen to hear your views and opinions about their new special educational needs and disabilities strategy for children and young people in Kent.

The strategy sets out our ambitions to make sure that all children in Kent have equal access to support and education that meets their unique needs and that they and their families are supported to live their best life.

It also explains how we will shape our services for children and their families in a way that improves wellbeing, resilience and learning in our communities.

The strategy has been prepared jointly by Kent County Council and the NHS in partnership with children and young people, parents and carers, Kent PACT and other key stakeholders.

We recommend you read the draft Strategy before completing the questionnaire using the link at the bottom of the post.

Consultation Documents

Supporting Documents

Respond

Kent County Council
kccconsultations.inconsult.uk/consult.ti/sendstrategyconsultation/consultationHome

ABC Consult on new homes in Harper Road

Ashford Borough Council

Harper Road Development

Open: 26 November 2020
Closes: 15 January 2021

Ashford Borough Council are consulting on a proposal to demolish 24 council owned garages in Harper Road and construct 4 houses.

The Council are holding an online consultation in place of a consultation event at a local public venue due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Following the consultation the Council will consider comments received and where possible adapt the proposals before they are submitted as a full planning application.

The proposal is for four x 2-bedroom houses. The intention is that they will be allocated to people on ABC’s housing waiting list needing social and affordable rental homes. ABC aim to set affordable rent levels on these homes that are around 60-80% of market rent levels in the area. This is to ensure the homes are genuinely affordable to those who are housed in them. These levels will be within the Local Housing Allowance.

ABC anticipate, that subject to obtaining the relevant planning permissions, work would begin on site within a year and that the build time will be around eight months.

The video below explains the development.

Further information and the opportunity to take part in the consultation can found on the ABC Consultation portal at
https://haveyoursay.ashford.gov.uk/consult.ti/harperroad/consultationHome

South Ashford Community Forum would be prepared to host an online resident’s meeting. Please contact us if you would like to attend such a meeting.