Chairman’s Letter May 2023

Hello to you all, 

There has been a recent change of chairmanship of the Parish Council, and I must introduce myself to you.  But, first I wish to praise our outgoing chairman, Clare Escombe who has devoted much time to villageaffairs, and contended with some tricky issues especially in the field of planning and controversial building proposals.  I hope, in time, to be able to match her efforts.

So, who am I and what will I bring to the role of Parish Chairman?  

I enjoyed a varied army career serving in places such as Northern Ireland, the Middle East, and NATO HQ.  Later in Whitehall responsible for MoD’s physical estate, and secure electronic communication for embassy-based defence staff across the globe.  My biography can be found on the Hawkhurst Parish Council website.

I have lived in Kent for over 25 years and first went to school in Broadstairs. Personally, I am passionate about village life and that is why I stood.  As your Parish Council Chairman, I have three main objectives. 

My first goal is to revitalise our role in maintaining our precious village fabric – including the Copt Hall, KGV Pavilion, play areas and open spaces, cemetery and Parish office.  A funded long-term plan will be worked upon to ensure all are kept to the standard you would wish to see.  Looking after things properly should be a given.  

The second goal is to involve you in what we are trying to do in an open and friendly way, discussing ideas, plans and funding implications and, of course, ensuring your monies are best spent.  The recent Jubilee and Coronation celebrations showed how people can come together to celebrate national events and village life.

My third goal is to ensure open and honest debate within the Parish Council permitting ideas to flourish to achieve positive outcomes for the village.  I and my fellow councillors want to help the village to be a better place to live, work and visit.

Thank you one and all.

Cllr Michael Anderson
Chairman, Hawkhurst Parish Council