New prospective candidates begin campaigning

Brian Garden, Calvin McLean and Lucas Reynolds

Three new prospective candidates have recently been introduced to the wards that they are standing in for the local elections in May.

In Joydens Wood, members selected Brian Garden, a resident of the area for more than 20 years. Brian is eager to preserve the distinctive character of the area and strongly supports the continuation of weekly bin collections. Brian has previous experience as a traffic engineer, an operations manager at a bank and in information technology with the National Health Service. He has commented that 'if elected to represent Joydens Wood, my intention is to be accessible to all, ensuring that the residents of the whole ward feel involved in maintaining and improving this special part of Dartford.' Brian's selection follows the resignation from the Council of Peter Cannon, who accepted a politically restricted post at the City of London Corporation and was therefore disbarred from servin as a councillor.

In Newtown, Calvin McLean was selcted by the members of the branch. An enforcement officer at a London Borough Council who lives in Littlebrook Manor Way with his partner and dog, Calvin is looking forward to using his experience in local government to deal with the ward's issues: with noise, pollution, environmental crime (such as fly-tipping and dog fouling), licensing, planning and highways enforcement.

Lucas Reynolds has been selected in Sutton-at-Hone & Hawley by members there. A resident of Main Road, Sutton-at-Hone, Lucas was elected to the local parish council in 2011 and has come to be familiar with the local issues affecting the area, taking a very keen interest in planning issues. Lucas is a local history enthusiast and works in the financial services sector. Lucas' selection comes after the Deputy Leader of the Council, Tony Martin, announced that he would not be seeking re-election in May owing to changed work circumstances in which it would not be possible for him to devote the necessary time in future towards being a councillor. Tony has represented Sutton-at-Hone & Hawley for almost 13 years, having been first elected in a 2002 by-election. Since 2006, Tony has been the Deputy Leader of the Council and has had the responsibility for finance. In that time, Tony has stewarded the Council finances at a time of considerable reductions in Government funding, managing to find savings within the Council offices, freezing Council tax for the last six years without any loss of frontline services. These considerable achievements are in large part to Tony's aptitude and dedication and we are sure that his services to both the Borough and to Sutton-at-Hone & Hawley will be very much missed.

Brian, Calvin and Lucas have already been busy in their wards meeting the public and discussing issues with them. We're confident that they'll make excellent councillors if elected in May.

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