Meet our District Council election candidates for Hythe

February 1, 2019

Meet our candidates for Hythe for May’s Folkestone & Hythe District Council elections. We believe they would be great additions to the council, bringing enthusiasm, a willingness to listen to residents, new ideas and a lot of diverse, relevant experience. If you would like to help their election campaigns – and we have a real chance of a breakthrough at these elections after our recent election successes – please make contact.    

Candidates include Lesley Whybrow, from Seabrook, one of the founder members of Save Princes Parade. She will continue fighting for open spaces and wildlife, as well for better support for homeless people.

She says: “I have volunteered for a local charity for the last three years which has opened my eyes to the problems of homelessness and the precariousness of renting in the private sector. If elected, I will do all I can to make sure that the council fulfils its obligations towards the homeless.”

Jim Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has a strong interest in how the built environment impacts upon its natural setting and should be managed and maintained for the benefit of everyone. He is the Chair of Save Princes Parade and critical of “the current mismanagement of our environment in Hythe, which places Council profit as its central objective rather than the wellbeing of residents”.

Jim adds: ‘I will continue to fight to protect our environment, open spaces and wildlife. I want to see a greater focus on facilities which benefit children, as well as a more inclusive and collaborative approach to facilities for the elderly.”

Georgina Treloar moved to the UK from Australia in 2005. She is a copywriter, has previously worked in local government and broadcast advertising, and has experience in performance and budget monitoring.

Says Georgina: “As a parent, I’m passionate about ensuring our next generation have clean and safe open spaces in which to learn, explore nature and grow up. There’s so much to enjoy here, but much to protect and improve in our natural environment to ensure a healthy, sustainable future for our community.”

John Wing has lived locally for over 30 years, during which time he has volunteered for several local charities to help the well-being of both the community and the environment and has learnt much about social issues facing many people today.  He has recently retired.

Says John: “I believe in sustainable building which enhances the environment and doesn’t destroy it. If elected, I will endeavour to make our environment and community a better place in which to live, for us and for future generations.”

Ross Carter has 30 years of experience in local government and the civil service, working in housing and education. He is a long-standing resident of Hythe and has stood as a candidate in two Kent County Council elections and one District council election. He is a member of Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, a keen runner and cyclist, and passionate about the nature and history of the Royal Military Canal.

The local elections take place on Thursday, 2 May. Ross and John are standing for election in Hythe Rural; Georgina, Lesley and Jim are standing in Hythe.