imageFollowing Steve Wright’s resignation as borough councillor, there is to be a by-election in Wye with Hinxhill on Thursday March 6.

Usually I keep the colour of my vote close to my chest but I’m not going to on this occasion.

I, like everyone on the parish council, feels the need for someone to represent the parish who is up-to-date with current negotiations with Imperial College over Wye3, and who also has an awareness of the many other thorny issues in the parish: the Neighbourhood Plan; the developments at Naccolt, Willesborough and Conningbrook; the construction of the MUGA; the complicated interaction between the Parish Council and the charitable organisations in the village; not forgetting traffic, level-crossing, network rail.

We need someone who is not just aware of these issues but also has the necessary skills to seek support and resolution at borough level.

I have no doubt that Noel Ovenden who is standing for the Ashford Independent Party will be extremely good at this. He has scarcely missed a parish council meeting, has done much to put the pc’s affairs in order over the past 14 months, and has been a good deputy chair since the last AGM. He is methodical, financially astute, and has a good grasp of what makes people tick. I have also very much enjoyed working with him.

Noel is standing for the Ashford Independent Party – a party set up by former Tory Peter Davison which believes that there is no place for national party politics in local elections. I couldn’t agree more.

With members free to speak their minds, it is no surprise that the ‘party’ is united against over-development. Many of their councillors’ constituencies are after all the targets of developers.

Surely, given the current situation in Wye, we could do with their support?

I have yet to hear of others who are standing for election, and will publish details when I hear of them. However I’m 99% certain that my vote will go to Noel.

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I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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4 Responses to MY VOTE FOR NOEL

  1. Dr Geoff Meaden says:

    Noel does indeed seem like a worthy candidate and no doubt he will stand up for the needs of Wye. However, there are other candidates who will do the same and who will also stand up for the needs of Ashford generally, and indeed for the wider world. I know because I am one of these candidates. Jasper – you might also consider voting for the Green Party. Would be happy to talk to you at any time.

    Geoff Meaden

    • Dear Geoff,
      Thanks for the comment. I’m glad that you recognize Noel as a good candidate. I’m sure that he will do an excellent job.
      With regard to your own candidacy, I am indeed sympathetic to many of the green policies in the national forum and a great admirer of some of your national politicians. However, on a local level I feel that you (and UKIP) are merely imitating the larger more established parties: you arrive four weeks before an election and start pretending that you’ve been interested all along. Yet I haven’t seen you at a parish council meeting, or a village hall meeting or a children’s playing field charity meeting… or indeed any other meeting in the village in the past 3 years (and there have been a few!)
      My understanding is that the work of the borough councillor closely mirrors the work of the parish council. The borough council deals with planning and licensing and waste collection and litter.. so I want to vote for someone who I know has already put in some hours on these subjects, and knows the position of the parish council on all of them. I’m afraid that I am not confident that any other candidate could do that as well as Noel.


  2. Geoff Meaden says:


    As I have said before, I agree that Noel has done lots of good work for Parish. But this is precisely the work that he should continue with. When any candidate gets elected he will find that about 25% of his ABC work will be with respect to Wye and 75% with the rest of the Wards and with ABC more generally. If I were to be elected I promise that I would help Wye in all its main causes, and I would do the rest of the ABC work. This seems a win-win idea to me. Your Parish gets to keep Noel on the job and effectively you “hire” another guy to help.

    Sorry that I have not been to all the meetings, but I do an extraordinary amount of other work that I feel is useful. I have incidentally been to all the Neighbourhood Plan exhibitions, and as I told Ian Coulson this morning, I will right behind this excellent work.

    Cheers for now.


    • Geoff,

      The issues in this community are such that we need to work with someone we know/ someone who has knowledge and expertise in what’s going on HERE.

      I have no doubt that much of the work at ABC will be to do with borough issues. But we also need to have confidence that the person representing us at borough level will have an understanding as to which borough matters are of most relevance to us here in the community. And we will need that person to report back on these matters, explaining how they are relevant to US.

      I’m afraid I don’t know you so I have really no idea whether you could do the above tasks. But I’ve been working with Noel for over a year now and I know that he would perform both of the above excellently.

      Best regards


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