Polling day is November 15

County council by-election: The candidates have their say

On Thursday, November 15 a portion of the Canterbury district will go to the polls for a county council by-election

It was prompted by the death of Conservative John Simmonds, who passed away in August after nearly 20 years as a county councillor.

Six men are hoping to win the Canterbury North seat and become a county councillor for the first time.

Ahead of the election, the Canterbury Journal invited each one to submit a contribution stating his and his party’s case.

One, however, does not have a party. Independent candidate Joe Egerton argues that voters have had enough of the main political parties.

Maintaining vital services in public hands is key for Labour Party candidate Ben Hickman.

Lib Dem candidate Alex Lister believes that his party offers a real alternative to the polarities of the country’s two largest parties.

Environmental concerns are naturally the primary concern for teacher and Green Party candidate Henry Stanton.

The concreting over of the Garden of England is a worry for University of Kent student and Ukip candidate Joe Simons

Conservative Party candidate Rob Thomas is already a city councillor and wants to build on the work he has already done.

The division includes the Church Street and South Street areas of Whitstable, south Tankerton, Chestfield, Chartham, Chartham Hatch and Shalmsford Street, Harbledown, Blean, the University of Kent campus, Tyler Hill and Rough Common.

Whatever the result of the election will not affect control of the council in which the Conservatives are the largest group.

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