Parish Councillors 

Richard Camp (Chairman)

"My love affair with Bearsted started in 1998. 8 years later Suzanne, my son and I escaped London and moved to the village, attracted by the traditional feel, with its shops and open spaces that all can share and enjoy. 
Like any parent my priorities are good schools, and safe spaces for children and adults to play or relax, and the sense of community engendered by events like the Classic car and the Music on the Green. I work in London in adult education, commuting each day by rail. Not surprisingly, transport links are also of interest."

Paul Young (Vice-Chairman)

"I have lived in Bearsted for 10 years, and am happily married with two daughters, who attend Roseacre Junior and Invicta Grammar schools. I work as an Account Manager for an IT outsourcing company managing investment and retail banking clients. My family and I love living in Bearsted and want to ensure all sections of the local community are represented by the Parish Council. I want to improve communications, monitor over-development and put in place a long term council plan that benefits the whole community for the future. In my spare time I enjoy running, football, cars, real ale, barbecues and watching my daughters grow up too quickly!"

Fiona Redman 

"I’m committed to a parish which is good for families, good for business and good for living. As a resident and mum of primary school children, I relish being part of the local community. With 20 years senior management experience, I can contribute business, governance and relationship building skills along with a fresh approach to issues affecting us all. Like everyone else, I aspire to be fitter than I am."

Dan Conner

"I have been a resident in Bearsted for 7 years and have loved participating in many of the events the village has to offer. I am married and have 2 daughters who both attend Thurnham School so am keen to represent the families in the village. I have worked in IT for 20 years and enjoy all things technical both in and out of work. "

Richard Ash

I have served on the Parish Council since 1991 and during that time have been chair of the Council on 2 occasions from 2004 until 2008 and from 2012 until 2015. I have during my time chaired both the Environment Committee and the Finance and General Policy Committee.

My address is 14 Hampson Way, Bearsted ME14 4AP. tele. 01622 730151. E mail richardash1943@icloud.com 

Geoff Bennett

"I went to great lengths to choose where I moved to seven years ago and I'm delighted that Bearsted came up the winner. It is a wonderful village and I have made some very special friends here. I am a member of the Bearsted and Thurnham Club, the local Golf Club and Chairman of our Tennis Club. I have worked for a local glazing company for over 25 years, currently as Trade and Commercial Manager. I shall do all I can to keep our village the best it can be."

Suzanne Camp

"I moved to Bearsted 2006. I loved being able to walk to Thurnham and then Roseacre Schools with my son as he grew up. Now he’s at secondary school I work as a portrait artist, from home. I have worked closely with the Parish Council as the designer of the plaque in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee, and the Parish also asked me to refurbish the village sign, the image of the cricketer Alfred Mynn. The sign at Roseacre is also my work. I want Bearsted to maintain its community feeling. A place where all who live within the parish boundary benefit from good local amenities, have good job opportunities and a vibrant community feeling."

Fabienne Hughes

"French born, I arrived in Bearsted 23 years ago, married Jon, had two children now 19 and 16. Having been brought up in a close knit community, I tried to give my children the same environment to grow up in, local nursery, local schools, local football club, tennis club, dancing at the WI Hall, meet friends, learn to ride a bike on the Green. To me, the Green is Bearsted’s heart and our community should always be encouraged to use it and look after it. I have seen many changes in that time and I feel the Parish Council should protect and develop our community. I would strive to facilitate this."

Helena Goodwin

"Born in Kent, I have been a Bearsted resident for over 20 years. Married, with two children who were brought up in the village and are now at University. With over 35 years in the Marketing industry, I currently run my own business. I'm an active Bearsted Tennis club member and strongly care about the village and its community, which has played a major part of our life."

John Hughes

"I have lived in Bearsted for 25 years. Have married and raised 2 children here and have encountered problems that affect us all - including the lack of school places, planning issues, litter, traffic volumes and the state of our roads. I believe that a new group of Parish Councillors could help to address some of these issues."

Patricia Marshall MBE

Moved to Bearsted in 1965, first occupant on Madginford Estate

·         Founder  member with late husband of  Madginford Residents Association

·         Borough Councillor representing Bearsted as an Independent  Councillor for over 20 years.

·         Parish Councillor for over 40 years including 8 years as the first Lady Chairman.

·         Founder member and current President of Madginford W.I.

·         A leading campaigner for the provision of the community Hall at Madginford and currently Chairman of the Management Committee.

·         Governor of Madginford Infant and Junior Schools  for over 40 years

·         President /Secretary and one of the key Organisers of the Bearsted & Thurnham Carnival and Fayre held annually since the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1979 raising thousands of pounds for charities and village amenities/organisations.

·         Elected Mayor of Maidstone 2002  to 2003

·         Awarded MBE for services to the community in 2006.

24 Madginford Rd,   Bearsted ME 15  8LG   Tel: 01622 738455

Tony Ryan

"I have lived in Bearsted for 12 years, love the village and am a committee member of the Bearsted & Thurnham Club. I have spent 20 years in the catering and hospitality industry and am a director of an events management company. I love cooking and am a keen sports enthusiast (watching nowadays rather than playing!)"

Terry O'Sullivan

I wanted to join the council to assist with the great work done in the parish, I think it's a great opportunity to learn about the hard work that is put in by people for the benefit of the community.
I have lived in the Bearsted area since 2008, Hollingbourne prior to that, my wife has lived in Bearsted all her life.
I currently work as a Site Auditor/Quality control/ health & safety compliance Officer for Stobart Biomass, my job is about sourcing fuel for renewable energy outlets and keeping contractual obligations upheld on supplier and our own sites.
I am in the early stages of my Health and Safety career, but think long term I could be of value to the council.
I have previously worked, amongst others, in the chemical warehouse at Aesica Pharmaceuticals on the Isle of Sheppey for 7 years, this is where I initially became interested in health and safety.

 

Jonathan Askin

Maidstone Borough Councillors

 

Mike Revell (Conservative)

 

Mike Cuming (Conservative)

60 Madginford Road, Bearsted, Maidstone  ME15 8LB

 

Valerie Springett (Conservative)

Cherrybank, Roundwell, Bearsted, Maidstone ME14 4HN

 

 

Kent County Councillor - Maidstone Rural North

Paul Carter (Conservative)

Leader's Office, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ

 

 

 

 

                                       

 

 

Email Mike Revell

 

Telephone No.   01622 738825

Email Mike Cumming                                             

 

Telephone No.  01622 737702

Email Valerie Springett                                                                                

 

 

 

Telephone No.  01622 694310

Email Paul Carter

 

Becoming a Councillor

What is a Councillor?

 

Councillors are elected to represent an individual geographical unit, ie the parish.  They are elected, generally, by the public every four years.

Councillors have three main components to their work:                                                                                                            

  • Decision making - through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.
  • Monitoring - Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how things are working.
  • Getting involved locally - As local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards the residents and local organisations.

 

Who can become a Councillor?

You have to be:

  • A British subject, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union.
  • On the 'relevant date' (ie on the day on which you are nominated or if there is a poll the date of election) be 18 years of age or over.

and additionally:

  • On the 'relevant day' be a local government elector for the council area for which you want to stand.
  • Have during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the area.
  • Have during the same period had your principal or only place of work in the area.
  • During that 12 month period resided in the council area.
  • Have lived in the council area or within 3 miles of it for the whole of the 12 months preceding the 'relevant day'.

 

You cannot stand for election if you

  • Are subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.
  • Have, within five years before the date of the election, been convicted in the UK of any offense and have had a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.
  • You work for the council you want to become a Councillor for.

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