We need your help to win on 2nd May!

April 4, 2019

We have a real chance to have Greens elected to represent our communities on the District Council on 2nd May. In Hythe, in particular, we are the only possible opposition and can build on the great successes at Kent County Council and Hythe Town Council. So if you can help in any way at all – including distributing leaflets and displaying posters and boards – please make contact – martin_whybrow@yahoo.co.uk or 07727 185385.

We have an official action day, with Green Party deputy leader, Amelia Womack, on Saturday 20th April but will also have a lot of gatherings and work either side of this.

For Hythe we have Lesley, Jim and Georgina; for Hythe Rural we have Doug and John, with a full set of candidates elsewhere across the district, alongside Lib Dems as agreed by our progressive alliance to oust the Tories (see story, below).

Lesley Whybrow, from Seabrook, is 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 has volunteered for a local charity for the last three years which, she says, “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, also of Seabrook, 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”.

Georgina Treloar 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.”

Doug Wade was born and bred in Hythe. Much of his career was in children and family social work and he now works part-time at AgeUK Hythe and Lyminge. He says: “It was really the ecological crisis that persuaded me of the need to no longer be just an observer but to get involved, particularly the mass extinction that we are seeing, which is of course linked to climate breakdown.” Other priorities for Doug are safeguarding children and supporting families.

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.

The local elections take place on Thursday, 2 May. We also have a great set of candidates for Hythe Town Council standing alongside Hythe Residents’ Alliance and Lib Dem candidates.