Sevenoaks District Council Election Thurs 13th Oct.
Jackie Griffiths has lived in Christchurch Ward, Swanley since 1960, with brief periods away when she trained as a nurse and was first married. Jackie says: “I have lived most of my life in the area & I feel this enables me to understand the needs & aspirations of the people living here.” Jackie’s background is in nursing and education. She worked as a midwife for many years, and then as a nurse in a GP surgery. For the last 15 years of her working life she taught at North West Kent College in Dartford.
Jackie is appalled and very angry at the way the Tories have allowed Swanley to decline. She wants to play an active role in making Swanley a pleasant and enjoyable place to live. Jackie argues Labour’s priorities are concerns about the proposed building in the area especially with regard to ensuring the infrastructure can cope; better access to GPs; and more front line services in care for all ages, disabled people and those with mental health problems.
As an officer of Patient Voice for a local surgery, Jackie continues to put her commitment to improving people’s health into practice. Jackie believes we need more council housing and more genuinely affordable homes for our community rather than see our people priced out of the area. Jackie supports Swanley Labour’s policy of promoting Eco Housing and Refurbishment, where all homes would have solar panels, insulation and other green technologies. Jackie believes it would improve the health and well being of all Swanley residents, providing free, clean energy for everyone.
Jackie is one of the leaders of Labour’s ‘Clean Up Swanley’ campaign, Labour supporters are working throughout the area to ensure people are proud to live in our town. Whether it is flytipping, litter, overgrown verges, unplanted flowerbeds, blocked footpaths or other unsightly problems, we will do our best to improve it.
It would be a privilege to represent the people of the town and I would see myself as standing for the present community rather than a mythical community created in the future as proposed by the Town and District Council. I have anxieties about the proposed building in the area especially with regard to ensuring the infrastructure of the area can cope with this. I know the problems that concern this area and I am able to make the links and understand the context of current issues.
Hear what Jackie has to say: