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Swale Labour Councillor’s Report

This is the report that is being delivered to homes in Sittingbourne, Sheppey and Faversham. Use the controls at the bottom to zoom in or tab between pages.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Sittingbourne and Sheppey Labour wish all our members and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here is a Christmas message from our Council Leader, Roger Truelove.

Can I wish everyone in Sittingbourne and Sheppey a good Christmas and a peaceful New Year. The pandemic has changed our lives in so many ways and it has also changed our outlook, at least I hope so. We need to have a mutual regard for the safety of all. We cannot just look after ourselves and stay safe. We have seen the enormous demands of government, both central and local, with schemes to keep people safe and secure. We recognise too, do we not, that we cannot stay safe by just looking after our own country. To ignore the rest of the World is to invite new variants into our lives. And most people, I hope, have stopped sneering at “experts” and recognise that we must follow the science, even though key decisions still rest with politicians. We will recover, if we learn the right lessons.

Sittingbourne News prints a retraction.

A week ago our Local Paper printed a story that largely led the public to think that Swale Council had squandered over £600K on an abortive consultation. The consultation was not abortive and will inform the continuing work of the Council The reality is that the Council has to do considerable amounts of work in preparing a draft review of its local plan, in response to Government pressure to allocate 1000s of new homes. The sum quoted was for the costs of that over a long period of time. Not every thing in the article was wrong but the headlines and the introduction fostered the false impression. I appreciate the fact that the paper has made this correction. The original story was prompted by a Freedom of Information request from an opposition member on the Council.

Voting Guidelines for May 6th

The County Council, PCC and Sheerness By-Election voting day is less than three weeks away on May 6th. KCC have released details of the voting procedure and it is available in this link:

And here are the main points:

But if this procedure worries you it’s not too late to get a postal vote – The deadline to submit a postal vote application form to Swale House is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April. You can get an application form at this link:

Please don’t forget to vote on Thursday 6th May.

Sittingbourne and Sheppey Labour announce our Candidate for the Sheerness Borough By-Election

We are pleased to introduce our candidate for the upcoming Sheerness Borough Council By-Election on May 6th .  Standing in the seat for Labour is Nicola Nelson.

Nicola  is contesting the by-election in Sheerness caused by the death of Councillor Mark Ellen. She lives in Sheerness and knows the local concerns of residents. Nicola has been an active campaigner for cleaner neighbourhoods and is disappointed that during the pandemic a few residents have again started to deposit rubbish in the streets and alleys around Sheerness. She believes Sheerness has been neglected for too long, “I am really pleased that the Coalition Council is putting money in to improving Sheerness for its residents, it is long overdue.”