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Left to right: Carolyn Baynes (Town Clerk), Councillor Carolyn Kenney & Councillor Oscar Ashton-Konig

At our Full Council meeting on the 11th of November, we welcomed two new councillors onto Arundel Town Council following a co-option process.

Both Carolyn Kenney and Oscar Ashton-Konig made sterling presentations to the Council on how they could help achieve our objectives, following which the current Councillors unanimously voted to appoint both candidates.

Cllr Kenney, who has lived in Arundel for around seven years, splitting her time between London and Arundel whilst working as a development surveyor for a large property company specialising in the retail sector, said: β€œI am enthusiastic about participating in the Council and being involved in determining priorities and making decisions that will help to shape the town for the future and ensure it continues to thrive.” 

Referring to herself as a β€˜Wombler’, Cllr Kenney is keen to address the issue of litter in the town as well as the ongoing problem of campervans on Mill Road. She will be working with Cllr Johnstone and the Traffic and Access Working Group on an upcoming survey to Arundel residents to gauge the support for a change to the existing parking arrangements in Mill Road.

Cllr Ashton-Konig owns a business in Arundel which has weathered the COVID-19 storm and recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. He was interested in becoming a Councillor having observed his father as a Parish Councillor in his hometown of Herne Bay and witnessing his work within the community. Cllr Ashton-Konig said: β€œI think I could bring some fresh energy and perspective to the local community and Town Council.”

Being a local business owner Cllr Ashton-Konig has valuable knowledge of finance and understanding the needs of local businesses, as well as a keen interest in planning. He will be a great asset to Arundel Town Council and its links with the Chamber of Commerce and community events.

Mayor Tony Hunt says that: β€œWe welcome Carolyn and Oscar to the Council. We have a number of projects running which we believe will bring real benefit to our community and we are confident that Carolyn and Oscar will make a significant contribution to their success.”

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