I have lived in the Parish of Shoreham up in the Otford Hills with my husband Roger, and two children since 2003. I wanted to become a District Councillor to help make difference to local people, by making decisions on the council that affect all residents of the District, but also by helping individuals with their problems such as planning. I work with our MP, Michael Fallon and the County Council to help make a bigger difference to people.
I was first elected as the District Councillor for Otford & Shoreham in 2007 when I have worked hard with local residents to fight against unwanted development that is changing the face of our villages and to get parking restrictions introduced in Otford where residents are suffering from commuter parking. Before I gave up work in 2005 to raise my young family I worked in communications and marketing. I am now a mother and District Councillor.
I am currently Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet member for Housing & Health where I have led our comprehensive housing strategy: ‘Wellbeing Starts at Home’ which is the foundations of our health in all policies public health work. We aim to use all the council’s tools (Housing, Planning, Environmental Health, Licensing, Leisure, Community Safety, Economic Development etc) to build an environment conducive to public health.
We also take direct action through social prescribing (Super HERO and One You Advisors) to tackle the underlying non-medical reasons why people seek medical help. Examples include: anxiety caused by debt, asthma caused by damp housing and a range of issues caused by loneliness, poor diet and lack of exercise.
Our Handy HERO team helps people to leave hospital as soon as they are clinically ready by making changes to their home such as ramps and rails. This work is vital as older people lose up to 5% of their muscle mass each day they stay in hospital.