No Hollingbourne hustings but you can e-mail questions to the General Election candidates.

There will be no hustings for the General Election on 8th May in Hollingbourne Village Hall but you can e-mail the five candidates with questions. All of the candidates for the Faversham and Mid Kent Constituency have been asked for messages for this website and they are being published as they are received. The Hollingbourne Polling Station is the Cardwell Pavilion which will be open from 7am to 10pm. The Electoral Services Help Line is Tel 01622-602007.

In England, Scotland and Wales including Hollingbourne, the deadline to apply to vote by post at the UK general election on Thursday 8 June is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May. You can download a postal voting application form at https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-post?gclid=CJvF9PqG79MCFUgq0wod3ucJ5Q

The delivery address for the completed form by 23rd May is Electoral Services, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6JQ

The e-mail addresses for the five candidates are as follows:-

Michael Desmond (Labour) desm.8888@yahoo.com

Alastair Gould (Green Party) alastair.gould@greenparty.org.uk

Mark McGiffin (UKIP) eddpow@hotmail.com

David Naghi (Liberal Democrats) davidnaghi@icloud.com

Helen Whately (Conservatives) helen.whately.mp@parliament.uk

All five candidates have been asked to comment on issues which may affect or already affect Hollingbourne as follows:-

There are two issues which may affect Hollingbourne in particular and perhaps many others in Kent following Brexit in March 2019 and their views on these subjects have been requested as follows:

The Health Service

It is heavily dependent on medical, nursing, and other staff from overseas and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has just under 10% of their staff from the EU who may not be able to stay after Brexit. Hollingbourne has a fairly elderly population possibly and many rely on the NHS for their care. What are your plans for maintaining and improving the standard of care including the recruitment and retention of doctors and nurses after Brexit? The issues have been previously reported on the website at http://www.hollingbournepc.kentparishes.gov.uk/foi-request-reveals-that-over-500-local-hospital-employees-come-from-the-eu/

Operation Stack and Traffic on the M20.

Junction 8 of the M20 in Hollingbourne has been the starting point for Operation Stack which causes traffic chaos not just in Hollingbourne but across Kent. If there is no Customs Union in place from March 2019 the RHA and the UK Chamber of Shipping have predicted traffic chaos at the Channel ports which could tail back up the M20. Please see http://www.hollingbournepc.kentparishes.gov.uk/uk-chamber-of-shipping-and-others-warn-of-traffic-jams-on-the-m20-after-brexit/  At the time of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner hustings in Hollingbourne Village Hall in April 2016, Mr Matthew Scott indicated that the cost of the policing of Operation Stack and related issues should not be borne by Kent. Please see http://www.hollingbournepc.kentparishes.gov.uk/no-assurances-yet-on-operation-stack-funding-after-brexit The recent suggestion that passport controls should be moved from Calais to Dover may affect the situation.

Finally there is the ongoing surface noise problem from the M20 which has not been resolved despite various promises from different Governments to take action. Please see http://www.hollingbournepc.kentparishes.gov.uk/m20-to-be-resurfaced-but-not-between-junctions-8-and-9-at-hollingbourne/

Their views on the various proposals to develop at Junction 8 of the M20 have also been requested..

Pictured below is Norman Davidson of the Monster Raving Loony Party who has stood several times previously for the Faversham and Mid Kent Constituency for the Monster Raving Loony Party who is not standing this time.