On Tuesday evening members in Joydens Wood re-adopted sitting councillors Ann Allen and Marilyn Peters to contest Joydens Wood in the 2015 Dartford Borough Council elections. Both have served the community in Joydens Wood admirably and we hope that they will continue to do so beyond 2015.
Joydens Wood resident Peter Cannon, currently a councillor for Brent, was also selected to fight the seat after the decision of Councillor Jennifer Rickwood not to seek re-election.
Cllr Peter Cannon commented: "I am delighted to have been selected to be a prospective candidate for Joydens Wood in next year's local elections. Having moved here from Thamesmead in 2003, I have come to appreciate what a lovely area this is to live in. Joydens Wood is a piece of the garden of England just outside the world's greatest city. I look forward to standing for election here next year with Ann and Marilyn and talking to as many of my fellow residents as possible.
I hope I can be a worthy successor to Cllr Jennifer Rickwood. Jennifer is the heart and soul of Joydens Wood and her knowledge of the local community is unparalleled. I particularly remember her successful term as Mayor of Dartford and am grateful for her work with the Normandy Veterans Association.
I have enjoyed representing Brent ward since 2011. I am pleased at some of the small improvements I have helped to bring in alongside Cllr Drew Swinerd, Cllr Nancy Wightman and Kent Cllr Penny Cole, such as the resurfaced residents' car park at Queens Gardens, the cleaning up of Fleetdale Parade, the new salt bins on the Fleet Estate and the improved parking system on Darenth Road. I am particularly excited by the plans for the new pavilion for Dartford Cricket Club at Hesketh Park, which will be a real boost for the park and the whole town. I think Cllr Avtar Sandhu and Rosanna Currans will be great local prospective candidates for the ward and I hope to continue to work closely with Brent councillors after the next election."
Cllr Marilyn Peters has said how pleased she is to have been re-adopted as a prospective candidate in Joydens Wood. She enjoyed working with local residents who persevered to enable the B12 Sunday bus service to start, and with Cllr Ann Allen, whose Kent County Council funding allowed the 429 Sunday bus service to commence.