All EU citizens can vote in the local and Euro Elections

All EU Citizens, including those from other EU Member States, can vote in the EU Elections, and in local elections too.

Some people don’t know that.


Are you or anyone that you know who lives here a citizen of an EU Member State other than the UK?
If so, are you all registered to vote in the Elections to the EU Parliament on 23 May?
Are you sure?

 

If you are a non-UK EU CITIZEN and you are NOT registered you need to register NOW to vote in the EU Parliamentary Elections using either of the ways below.

If you are not already registered you are too late to register for the Local Elections on 2 May.

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Marguerita Morton Liberal Democrat Candidate in St. Johns

My name is Marguerita Morton and I am of Chinese origin.  I came to live in Tunbridge Wells in 1964 so have been resident here over 40 years, with some years having being spent in Canada and the USA.  My daughter attended Claremont School and Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School.   It is crucially important to me that young people have the best education in life.

Tunbridge Wells borough council has 15 female councillors out of 48.  I want to improve on that.  The council should reflect the people that they represent and not be dominated by traditional male politicians.  I have many years of business and professional experience which I hope to bring to the council and have served as Southborough Town Councillor for 8 years.

I do not want to saddle the next generation with an unsustainable level of debt on the new Civic offices and theatre for years to come risking our services.  What people want are clean air, a viable town centre, less congestion, and affordable housing.

I know that parents are worried by the lack of road safety and pollution on the A26 and that is preventing children getting to school without harm to their health.  I will promote Kent Active Travel to enable healthy travel on foot or bicycle for short journeys and bus for longer journeys.  Bus travel is a priority for town and country alike.

Vote for me on May 2nd!

 

 

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Rachel Sadler Liberal Democrat Candidate for Borough Elections

I'm Rachel Sadler, and I've been campaigning with the Lib Dems for nearly a decade. I've been involved in many campaigns, both locally and nationally, and am an approved parliamentary candidate.
I've run in various elections, most notably when I was the PPC (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate) for Tunbridge Wells in 2017. I came third with over 5500 votes, a 1000 vote improvement compared with 2015.
My main priorities for Park, in no particular order, are as follows: 
1. To continue to campaign for an end to the civic development 
2. To campaign for more affordable housing, using brownfield sites where possible
3. To provide better facilities for homeless people locally, for example modular housing 
4. To reduce parking issues by improving public transport for all
5. To fight to prevent cuts  to local services 
Vote for change on 2 May 2019, vote Lib Dem in Park ward, Tunbridge Wells
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Gillian Douglass to Stand in Park

I live in Tunbridge Wells and want to see it thrive. I'm particularly interested in the Park ward of the borough council as I grew up there and, nostalgia aside, it is a beautiful area of Tunbridge Wells with some lovely parks and beautiful old, and new, buildings. I have worked with the Liberal Democrats for several years and held the post of chairperson for the last three years. I am also an approved parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats.

Recently, I've become more and more disillusioned with the government on all levels - national, county and locally. I'm particularly concerned about investment in the proposed civic development, lack of investment in infrastructure such as roads, schools and public services as well as the issues with retail development in the town. We need a variety of housing for our growing population and solutions for everybody, including social housing and shared ownership schemes.

There are two seats up for election in Park this year. Rachel Sadler, the former Tunbridge Wells Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate and I are both standing. We are both socially conscious, forward looking and keen to embrace creative solutions. We have both campaigned on a variety of issues, including the development of the old cinema site, recycling and environmental issues. We want an inclusive community in Tunbridge Wells that embraces our heritage and welcomes visitors as well as catering to our residents. We want policies that are friendly towards young and old, families and single people. A Tunbridge Wells for all.

If you want to see a real opposition to the Conservatives in Tunbridge Wells, vote Liberal Democrat on May 2nd.

You can reach me on 01892-278756 or direct message me on @gillydthack

 

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Andy Hickey to Stand as Liberal Democrat Candidate in Pantiles & St. Marks

I have lived in Tunbridge Wells for 14 years with my wife and two sons. I  commute to London several times a week to run a technology business and Chair the Tunbridge Wells Liberal Democrats. I’m also Secretary of the Tunbridge Wells Foresters Football Club in which many of the boys and girls of our Ward get their weekly fun and exercise.

You’ve told me what you care about most in the Ward and across Tunbridge Wells over the last few months and so my priorities as your Councillor will be: (1) improved roads, pavements and parking (2) reduced congestion and pollution, (3) better thought out new developments.

EUROPE - WHY STAYING OPEN AND TOLERANT IS VITAL

Brexit has led to uncertainty and worry for many of our town’s citizens.  In Kent we are closely linked to Europe both physically and culturally - this will not end because of Brexit, and we need to continue to recognise and embrace the diversity and tolerance of our local communities and support our local businesses in their trade with Europe.

Please contact me at andrew.t.hickey@gmail.com or 01892 618 277

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Relocating the Town Hall to Calverley Park

Here are extracts from my presentation to the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council planning committee last year. As I plan to stand in Park ward for the borough elections in May, my views may be pertinent to local residents.

In Tunbridge Wells, we have a brilliant civic site - with the library, museum, adult education centre and town hall grouped together - along with a theatre which is also used as a gathering place for large meetings. The Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is now proposing to divide this civic space into two spaces - one to include the library, museum and adult education centre and another for the town hall, theatre and office spaces. Public facing services will be accessed via the new cultural hub and the business of the council will be conducted down the street behind closed doors. The council plans to close the Gateway. The Liberal Democrat motion for a public referendum on the proposed civic development was denied.

Apart from the fact that there are some serious questions about the suitability of the proposed new building, the town hall does not need to be placed on expensive property in the centre of town as there are no plans for public facing services. It could be relocated to Pembury, Hawkhurst or Paddock Wood. Further, the business proposal put forward seems overly optimistic considering that Tunbridge Wells is an hour away from the west end and some of the best theatre in the world.

Once again, the council has failed to properly maintain and update a building, causing it to fall into disrepair to build a case for replacing it. Personally, I do not like the architecture of the current civic development and would prefer the Decimus Burton houses that stood there before the town hall, but demolishing a building on the basis of its design and the fact that it hasn't been properly maintained does not seem to be in the public interest.

I understand that the current theatre is not fit for purpose but suggest that we do not need a 1200 static seat theatre in Tunbridge Wells but should, instead, be looking at a much more flexible space since we are unlikely to attract first run shows.

Finally, we should consider the fact that this will put a prominent building on a well-loved park in a conservation area. Despite the fact that it has been designed in two blocks, it still creates a large mass where there was relatively open space. For the residents, it may well seem as though they will have a Mela every night of the week with a much larger volume of night time traffic, particularly up Mount Pleasant and Grove Hill Road.

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Rachel Sadler to Stand in Park

I've had life-long links to Tunbridge Wells, and I moved from Norwich to Tunbridge Wells in the late 1990s.

I live and work locally, which means I'll be free to represent local residents at council meetings as well as doing case work.

I joined the Liberal Democrats seven years ago, as I wanted to get involved in politics in a meaningful way.

Since then, I've campaigned on a number of local issues, such as parking permits, and I've also run for office at Borough, County and Parliamentary level.

In 2015 I was the PPC for Bexhill and Battle.

In 2017, I was the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Tunbridge Wells. I came third with over 5500 votes, which was a 1,000 improvement on 2015’s result.

I was also part of the successful campaigns to rid Tunbridge Wells of the old cinema site, and also to keep Tunbridge Wells in the EU.

My wealth of experience demonstrates that I'm a capable candidate with a lot to give.

I will bring a fresh perspective to Tunbridge Wells, as I am truly focused on bringing more innovative ideas to the ward.

I have more than 1700 followers on Twitter, which shows that I have a certain level of influence. My political experiences have honed my interpersonal skills, and I pride myself on being able to adjust my style to my audience.

I'm an energetic, experienced and spirited candidate who's keen to make a difference.

#Passionateaboutpeople

@RachelSadlerTW 07832147557

 

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People's Vote March on Saturday, March 23rd

Join the Liberal Democrats tomorrow to march for a people's vote. Councillors Ben Chapelard and Mark Ellis with some of our members and supporters will be taking the 10:09 train from Tunbridge Wells (10:12 from High Brooms). The march will start in Park Lane at noon and walk to Parliament Square. Information can be found here. Please join us! 

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Dave Funnell Speaks Out for Rusthall

Dave Funnell, a former civil servant walks down Rusthall High Street. It’s a walk he’s done often being Rusthall born and bred. Dave grew up and has spent his whole life living in the village surrounded by an extended family.

"We are so lucky to have a vibrant high street with no empty shops. You have almost everything you need in Rusthall High Street. How many villages let alone places can boast a vibrant high street these days?"

He believes in shopping local and supports many of the village businesses groups and associations. "There really is no better place to live in Tunbridge Wells for a wonderful community spirit."

Dave intends to stand in Rusthall as the Liberal Democrat Candidate and for Rusthall Parish Council for the forthcoming elections in May and wants to be able to continue in a family tradition and try to serve the community as best he can. He, alongside his wife is currently a General Committee Member of the Bonfire and Fete Group (something his aunt and uncle helped to start over 40 years ago). Dave also volunteers with the elderly lunch club and the library plus is also involved with other community groups in the village.

"Having lived in Rusthall all my life, my neighbours and my community’s concerns are naturally my concerns. When I talk to people on their doorstops, they voice the very same concerns I and my family have had. Three things that come up constantly are: - speeding, parking and congestion."

Dave has volunteered for the speed watch campaign and does his training within the next two weeks. One issue he really wants to address is speeding in the village via the 20 is plenty campaign and other traffic calming measures working alongside the Parish Council. 

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Conservative Led KCC Raises Price of Bus Fares for Young People

After several years of sustained pressure from the Liberal Democrat opposition, Kent County Council has finally agreed to accept monthly payments for the Young Persons Travel Pass (YPTP) in the coming year. This will come as some relief for parents faced with an inflation-busting £60 increase in the cost of the pass to £350 in the next school year from September.

Under the new arrangements, parents will be able to pay the total £350 cost in 8 monthly instalments payable from August 2019. There will however be a £10 administration fee for those paying by instalments.

The Lib Dems first proposed payment by instalments some 5 years ago. Although the Conservative Administration acknowledged this need, the costs of the passes have continued to rise each year without any scheme for monthly payments being introduced up to now.

Tunbridge Wells Lib Dems press officer, Dr Alan Bullion, said: “The new £350 charge will be a heavy burden for many local families. We hope the new monthly payment scheme will make budgeting a little bit easier when finances are tight. We also welcome the decision to scrap plans to impose a £400 charge for travel passes for young persons over the age of 16 with special education needs or disabilities (SEND). We recognise that local government finances are tight, but our council tax bills are rising again this year above inflation by almost 5% to help pay for vital services, while Kent is having to find emergency funds in the event of a no-deal Brexit to keep these services running smoothly as possible across the county.”

Local party chairman Andrew Hickey added: “The £350 charge represents a 21% increase year-on-year in a year when the official inflation rate is 1.8%. It is highly likely drive more cars onto the road. The bus services are currently so patchy and unreliable that many kids get off the bus early, or don't get on it at all, due to delays from congestion and frequent road repairs. The winter is a lottery of late school arrival. It also disproportionately taxes lower-income families who have no means of relief, while wealthier families who have their children in local private schools are unaffected.”

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