Dara Farrell

Election Statement by 
Labour Party Candidate for Ashford Borough Council, Victoria Ward

One point of contact for local government, Ashford & Kent County Council

Having lived in South Ashford from birth it’s been a honour to represent Victoria Ward for the last four years

Since my election to the Council, I have been dedicated to representing the views of residents at full council, its committees and community forums. While also working on behalf of local people as an advocate on issues from parking to crime and planning, I’ve been steadfast in standing up for the views of our residents and scrutinising the proposals and decisions taken by the current Conservative administration.

I’m now seeking re-election to the Council in order to continue that work, but I need your support to do so. As a local representative I’m keen to ensure the election is centred on local priorities not national issues like Brexit, or single issues like the environment. This is the opportunity, with your help to decide the future of our local council.

A Councillor on the side of residents, not the Conservative Council or their developers.

Charlotte Mbali

Election Statement by 
Liberal Democrat Party Candidate for
Ashford Borough Council, Victoria Ward

The choice for people in Victoria ward on Thursday 2nd May is between the local Lib Dem campaigner Charlotte Mbali or the Conservatives.

Many people are fed up with the Conservatives. Nationally, the Government has made a complete mess of Brexit. At County Hall, the Tory-run County
Council is charging more Council Tax for fewer services. Locally, Conservatives running Ashford Borough Council are allowing more and more development without adequate infrastructure.

Charlotte Mbali said, “I am delighted to be the Lib Dem candidate in Victoria. I am passionate about our area and I would be privileged to serve the community as a Councillor. Now more than ever Victoria needs a strong voice on the Council and someone who will get things done for local people

The Lib Dem plan for Ashford

  1. The Council has already taken up my proposal to run a garden competition this year: Ashford-in-bloom, which will please those in the ward with nice front gardens and baskets (and my married name MBALI means a flower in Zulu !)
  2. Lib Dems promote practial policies to combat climate change by a mix of public money and individual responsibility. Householders are urged to take up the KCC grants to better insulate  their houses, thus lowering their energy bills and planet-warming gases
  3. Influx of new residents into new builds sometimes overwhelms services such as schools, GP surgeries and A. and E at the hospital. Lib Dems would ensure that the levy on developers is spent locally on the wards most affected rather than borough wide, as now under the Conservatives
  4. People of Ashford need to be equipped for the job changes that will come with more AI,   and digitalized creative industries. More adults should be able to access Makerspaces (funded by the Council) to learn coding, or film editing or music mixing.
  5. For older people, Lib Dems argue for increased public moey for better integration of the nhs and local care system. I would add that transport needs to be added to the joined-up planning, whether this is hospital parking, buses to clinics like Eureka, or ambulance times to proposed new A and E locations.
  6. Ashford needs more female councillors (currently there are 9 woman councillors to 35 men). As a mature female candidate, I can offer lots of dedicated time ( I’m retired) and experience in diverse civic intitiatves (both in UK and S. Africa). My working career in adult teaching and in Universities gives me the skills to digest texts quickly and voice proposals confidently. Long ago, KCC paid a grant for my Oxford degree: I’d now like to give something back to my home county and Victoria Ward where I live.

Maria Pizzey

Election Statement by 
Green Party Candidate for Ashford Borough Council, Beaver Ward

– has been a resident of South Ashford for 30 years and a teaching assistant at a local primary school since 1999 and is currently working on a Union secondment.

Maria has been a political activist for many years, both locally and nationally. She is also involved with the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, 38 Degrees and Save Our NHS.

Maria believes in standing up for local residents,  and if elected, would fight for affordable homes, secure tenancies and fair wages.  She believes that now more than ever we need Green voices on our local council, who have a fresh approach to politics, more deeply rooted in local communities, who put people not profit first.

Jonathan Small

Election Statement by 
Green Party Candidate for Ashford Borough Council, Victoria Ward

– has just completed a degree in Marketing and currently works at the Designer Outlet.

He has worked on many charitable fundraising campaigns, volunteers at a local Animal Rescue Sanctuary when time permits and has campaigned on many issues such as the NHS and Arms Manufacturing. 

Jonni lives in South Ashford and wants to be able to represent his community.  He believes that the local council should be for the local people and that we should have more say in the way that things are done, and he believes that the Green Party approach is a fresh approach that is closer to the communities that councillors serve. 

If elected, he will fight to improve public spaces, increase access to social housing and to provide more walking, cycling and public transport opportunities.

Al Arnold

Election Statement by 
Green Party Candidate for Ashford Borough Council, Norman Ward

Al is proud to be the youngest Ashford Green Party candidate standing in the local elections.  He is an active member of Ashford Young Greens and believes it is important to have better representation of young people on the council. 

He lives in South Ashford, and works in the town centre in a catering role.  He regularly helps out with Community Litter Picks and campaigns to safeguard our NHS from cuts and privatisation. 

He believes it is vital now for Ashford to have a far more diverse council to better represent the views of residents, than the current make-up of predominantly Conservative members and would be honoured to listen to and speak up for the residents of Norman Ward.

Amanda Hodgkinson

Election Statement by 
Conservative Party Candidate for Ashford Borough Council, Beaver Ward

Dilly and I know the shops, the churches, the schools, nearly all the ingredients that make Beaver Ward, because it’s where we live.

Failing sight has not stopped me campaigning for my local community and for the things that matter to us.

I was the ABC Councillor for Singleton South Ward from 2007 to 2015 and a local Parish Councillor until my reduced sight meant I had to retire.

Now I have my faithful furry friend, Dilly, I am able to continue fighting for causes close to my heart and with your support I would like to highlight issues that affect the most vulnerable in my community, and to be a champion at the Council for those with disabilities.

I am looking forward to working with the South Ashford Community Forum so that local people’s voices can be heard at the top.

Dylan Jones

Election Statement by
Labour Party Candidate for Ashford Borough Council, Norman Ward

About Me

I was born and bred in Ashford, going to school at Norton Knatchbull. After studying Politics at Aberystwyth University, I was a fundraiser for South Ashford charity Find a Voice. I joined Royal Mail as a postman in 2013, and am currently a distribution manager. I am also a keen runner and completed the 2014 London Marathon for Find a Voice. This is my fourth time as an Ashford Borough Council candidate, the opportunity to represent the people of Ashford is something I am passionate about.

I Oppose the East Stour Park Development

This new development was unveiled at a public consultation on 6th March. I attended this event, and was very concerned at the following.

  1. Entirely 1 or 2 bedroom leasehold flats – This is not the family housing that South Ashford needs.
  2. No affordable housing – This is legal because the build is in close proximity with the town centre.
  3. No additional infrastructure – This places further pressure on existing doctor’s surgeries and schools in South Ashford.
  4. The development is at risk to flooding – There are reasons why this land hasn’t been built on before. Due to the large amount of building in Ashford, land that was previously deemed unsuitable is now being used for development.
  5. Lack of Parking – This development only has 1 parking space per flat. A lack of parking is already a problem in South Ashford, I believe this development could worsen the situation.

I understand that Ashford is a growth town and we need more housing, but this is the wrong development for Norman ward. We need freehold affordable housing, allowing hard working South Ashford families to get onto the property ladder.

Why you should Vote Ashford Labour

In my opinion the Ashford Conservative party have too much power. They currently have 34 of the 43 councillors in the ABC. As a result large amounts of developments are gaining planning permission, with little scrutiny or opposition. Ashford has seen continuous building, without the necessary infrastructure of doctor’s surgeries, schools and roads.

The East Stour Park development and many others will be voted on by the ABC planning committee after the May 2019 elections. We need as many Labour councillors in the chamber as possible to provide effective opposition and hold the Conservatives to account.

I and my fellow Labour candidates in South Ashford understand local public services are overstretched, and will campaign for an additional doctor’s surgery and primary school in south Ashford. We will protect South Ashford’s green spaces, to ensure a pleasant environment to live in.

We will act in the interests of the people of South Ashford, who I believe have been neglected by the current Conservative Borough Council.

Borough Council Election Candidates

The following candidates have been nominated for election to the Ashford Borough Council Wards in South Ashford.

Name of
Home Address Description
Beaver Ward
30 Pittlesden, Tenterden,
Kent, TN30 6HJ
Conservative Party
Amanda Georgina
Flat 4 Oakleigh House,
Watercress Lane, Ashford,
Kent, TN23 5EL
Conservative Party
Maria Ann
24 Lynsted Close, Ashford,
Kent, TN23 5RZ
Green Party
35 Queen Street, Ashford,
TN23 1RF
Labour Party
Thomas Norman
Festival Cottage, Colt Estate,
Pluckley Road,
Bethersden, TN26 3DD
UK Independence
94 Sir Bernard Paget Avenue,
Ashford, TN23 3RY
Labour Party
Norman Ward
(Address in Ashford) Green Party
Neil Robert
73 Hillbrow Lane,
Ashford, TN23 4XW
UK Independence
Party (UKIP)
Dylan Alexander
40 Copperfield Close,
Kennington, Ashford,
Kent, TN24 9RJ
Labour Party
7 Upper Denmark Road,
Ashford, TN23 7TZ
Conservative Party
Victoria Ward
Jeremy Paul
14 Church Yard,
Ashford, Kent, TN23 1QG
Conservative Party
Matthew James
(Address in Ashford) Conservative Party
38 Luddenham Close,
Ashford, Kent, TN23 5SE
Labour Party
23 Western Avenue,
Ashford, TN23 1LY
Liberal Democrats
57 Weavers Way,
Singleton Farm,
Ashford, Kent, TN23 5DY
Green Party
Peter Alexander
Childrens Farm Bungalow,
Norton Lane, St Michaels,
Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6TB
UK Independence
Party (UKIP)
35 Queen Street, Ashford,
Kent, TN23 1RF
Labour Party
Ann Marie
The Festival, Colt Estate,
Pluckley Road,
Bethersden, TN26 3DP
UK Independence
Party (UKIP)

Where candidate election statements have been provided, they can be accessed by clicking on the candidate’s name. Some of these statements are on the candidate’s or party’s website. Candidate’s representing the same party in any ward may provide common statement.

We would be pleased to post the statements for any of the candidates listed. Candidates should contact us to arrange for statements to be posted.

Voters should remember that Ashford Borough Council’s principal services are housing, leisure and recreation, environmental health, waste collection, planning applications, strategic planning.