Ambitious For Ashford - Working and Caring for our Community
ABC Elections 2019
We would like to thank everyone who went out and voted on Thursday 2nd May. In the months leading up to the election, we spoke to many residents at their doorsteps and heard clearly their issues and concerns.
To the many volunteers who came forward to assist with campaign, we would like to say a big thank you! We could not have got so many candidates elected without you. Many of you spent many hours contributing to the campaign and we sincerely thank each of you.
We would like to say congratulations to our elected Councillors who will stand up for your views at Ashford Borough Council: Cllr. Neil Bell, Cllr. William Howard, Cllr. Gerry Clarkson, Cllr. Stephen Dehnel, Cllr. Larry Krause, Cllr. Andrew Buchanan, Cllr. Peter Feacey, Cllr. Gerald White, Cllr. Mick Burgess, Cllr. Nathan Iliffe, Paul Bartlett, Cllr. Jenny Webb, Cllr. Jo Gideon, Cllr. Jim Wedgbury, Cllr. Matthew Forest, Cllr. Bernard Heyes, Cllr. Bill Barret, Cllr. Kalysha Howard-Smith, Cllr. Paul Clokie, Cllr. Callum Knowles, Cllr. John Link, Cllr. Clair Bell, Cllr. Neil Shorter, Cllr. Jessamy Blandford, Cllr. Alan Pickering and Cllr. Ken Mulholland.
We would also like to give our commiserations to all of those who have fought hard during this election but unfortunately lost and to all the long standing Councillors who did not get re-elected.
The last Ashford Borough Council election was on Thursday 2nd May 2019
Ashford Borough Council Election Conservative Manifesto 2019
As residents of the Borough, we make use of the same services, we enjoy the same parks and green spaces, we put out and recycle our rubbish, use the same shops and restaurants and visit the same leisure and health centres as you. That’s how we know that the decisions made by the Council have a direct impact on all our lives.
As councillors, the decisions that we take on behalf of you are never taken lightly, as we remember that every pound spent has been earned by you. We work hard to ensure that the services we provide offer great value for money for all the residents of Ashford, with all spending carried out sensibly, diligently and responsibly to ensure that every pound spent works as hard as it can and always with the best interests of ordinary working people at the forefront of our decisions.
This is why over the last four years we have been doing things differently as a Council. This has meant going beyond the traditional remit of a borough council by putting the wellbeing of our residents and businesses at the heart of everything we do, and of every decision taken, while still working hard to provide you with the best, most cost-effective, high-quality servicesand all the while keeping your taxes as low as possible. In spite of economic challenges, we have been successful in maintaining the lowest Council Tax in Kent since 2015 and we are committed to maintaining the lowest Council Tax in Kent for the next four years.
The Council’s work is built on excellence, forward thinking, innovation and offering great value for money.
Over the last four years your Conservative led Ashford Borough Council has delivered for the residents of Ashford. We have worked hard to become self-sufficient, rather than relying on central government funding, enabling us to serve you better. Over the last 10 years we have gone from receiving a Government grant of 8.1 million pounds in 2009/10 to receiving no grant funding at all in 2019/20.
We have successfully reduced costs, wastage and cut bureaucracy, whilst at the same time increasing income to make up the shortfall in our spending plans by investing in property, such as Elwick Place and International House in the town centre, in order to earn a return. Through innovation and tough choices, we have protected our services for all residents.
The Borough remains one of the safest places in the county. Over the last four years working with our partners we have had a positive impact on reducing the number of reported incidents of fly-tipping, illegal encampments and in reducing the number of anti-social behaviour incidents, as well as providing more support for victims of domestic abuse.
Although we are proud of our achievements and how we have met the challenges of the past four years, we know there are many more challenges to come.
Ashford Borough Council Conservatives have always been ambitious for the communities we serve. We will continue to make sure the Council delivers excellent services and always provides the very best value. The wellbeing of our residents and those visiting the Borough will continue to be the focus of everything we do.
As a positive, active Council this means that we want all our residents to lead long, happy and healthy lives. A great deal of what we already do as a Borough Council makes a significant positive contribution to your quality of life and sense of wellbeing as residents. As Conservatives we are ambitious for our communities and we want to deliver even more to the community by taking the right long-term decisions for Ashford’s future security and prosperity.
At the heart of this manifesto is the wellbeing of your Borough and of all of you, the residents. Wellbeing isn’t just about access to health services. It is primarily about providing decent, suitable homes for people to live in within a safe, healthy and protected environment; it is about enabling a strong local economy that provides the jobs and services we need; it is about our lifestyle choices and opportunities to plan our future and the provision of services that keep the people of the Borough living independently for longer. We also understand that even small changes can result in a significant impact and that we can play our part in supporting, promoting and delivering these. At the same time, we want to support our businesses and help them thrive and prosper
This manifesto sets out how we will make this happen for you and with you, using five themes: the environment, our economy, community safety, housing and health. We will build these on the foundations that support everything we do: excellent services, innovation and quality always making sure we deliver the very best value for money.