New Parish Councillor co-opted in succession to the late Alan Bennett.

Hollingbourne Parish Councillor this evening co-opted Catherine O’Meara to be a member of the Council as a replacement for Alan Bennett who died in October 2018. Ms O’ Meara was the only person who came forward for the vacancy after the post was advertised locally.

Ms O’ Meara lives on the Ashford Road and moved to Hollingbourne from North Kent in 2015. She is a mother and grandmother and is also a director of a firm of insurance brokers. Catherine is also a keen horse rider and has been instrumental in persuading the Highways Agency to consider resurfacing the M20 through Hollingbourne with a quieter surface sometime in 2019.

At the same Parish Council Meeting it was resolved to increase the Parish Precept by 1.5% from April 2019 which will equate to 76p a year for residents with a Band D Council Tax. The Parish Council hopes to spend around £18,000 over the next financial year on an upgrade to the children’s playground, the installation of at least one defibrillator, repainting the Cardwell Pavilion, six new benches around the village to replace those which are damaged, and the replacement of the “heritage” signpost at the top of Hollingbourne Hill.

At the same Parish Council Meeting local Maidstone Borough Councillor Patrik Garten reported that Maidstone Borough Council is likely to raise Council Tax by around 3% for the year starting in April 2019.

The date was also fixed for the Annual Hollingbourne Parish Assembly in the Village Hall when local organisations and the Parish Council report on their activities over the past and coming years. The 2019 Parish Assembly will be on Tuesday 9th April at 7.30pm.

Pictured below is Parish Council Chairman Adam Ward with Catherine O’Meara.

Parish Council Chairman Adam Ward welcoming Catherine O’Meara to Hollingbourne Parish Council on 14th January 2019.