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News: More councillors needed for Hawkinge after number of seats at May 2015 election is increased

Contributed by editor on Nov 13, 2014 - 06:35 AM

Hawkinge Town Council held an open evening on Tuesday (11 November) to explain about the changes that will affect the Council at the Town and Parish Elections scheduled for 7 May 2015.



Town mayor, Tony Hutt made it clear that he would welcome candidates to represent all parts of the town and all backgrounds.


The open evening at the Hawkinge Community Centre attracted members of the local community who went along to find out more about what it’s like to be 'on the council' from serving councillors and what the council does and its project work.

Wayne Fitter, democratic services manager from Shepway District Council gave a talk about the new warding arrangements for Hawkinge and the nomination process for becoming a councillor.


The meeting on Tuesday evening  Photo: Peter Setterfield


From next May the number of councillors on Hawkinge Town Council will rise from 9 to 13, at the same time Hawkinge will be divided in three wards each with its own councillors.


The area to the west of Hawkinge will be called Churchill and have six councillors, the central area, Uphill and have three councillors and the the east of Hawkinge will be called Fernfield and have four councillors.

Even if all the present councillors stand again there are four more places to fill and town mayor, Tony Hutt made it clear that he would welcome candidates to represent all parts of the town and all backgrounds.


Mayor of Hawkinge, Cllr Tony Hutt  speaks with his deputy, Cllr John Heasman  Photo: Susan Carey


Kent County and Shepway District Councillor Susan Carey gave an informal talk about how the various tiers of local government work together.


Cllr Carey said: ‘This event showed Hawkinge Town Council at its best, planning for the future and reaching out to the community.


"My district council colleagues and I really value the work of the town councillors. You don’t have to be part of a political party to stand and we’d all be happy to advise anyone who’d like to know more.’


Being a town councillor is an unpaid but vital role and if you would like to know more then do contact the town council.


Anyone interested in becoming a Councillor at the Elections in May 2015 should contact the Town Council on 01303 893928 or email [3]  or Democratic Services at Shepway District Council email [4]


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