Paul has lived and worked in Canterbury for six years and fell in love with the city and its surrounding countryside after first arriving as a student at the University of Kent. A former journalist, Paul is used to asking awkward questions of those in power. He’ll hold the Conservatives to account at County Hall, where decisions are being taken with too little regard for the impact on the lives of people in Canterbury. And, as Kent emerges from the pandemic, a crisis that showed just how much we need the time to care for everyone, we need our councillors to support the rebuilding of our economy. The voices of local people will be crucial in that.
While this election is about issues Kent County Council is responsible for – education, transport, social care, and the economy – Paul is concerned about the Government’s recent policy to relax planning laws. This was supported by Tories at Canterbury City Council – stripping Parish Councils in Blean Forest, Chartham and Stone Street, Chestfield, Rough Common and Tyler Hill of their right to automatically review planning decisions affecting the villages.
Paul now works for the railway and is particularly passionate about the role excellent and accessible public transport can play in a greener, more sustainable county, as well as better provision for walking and cycling – so that people living in the villages have real choice about how they get around. He also supports a properly funded youth service for our young people – and the best possible schools regardless of a child’s background.