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The Mayor's Office

Deputy Mayor of Swale

Deputy Mayor of Swale, Cllr Benjamin Martin

Having lived in Faversham all of my life, now with my wife and three daughters. My career in the building trade has given me many opportunities to travel around the country, working in the commercial sector for a large supermarket chain and, for the last 15 years, in the restoration and conservation of historic buildings.

I enjoy sailing and I like to crew in the classic boat races that take place around Swale. I was first introduced to politics by Honorary Alderman Michael Henderson, then Cllr Henderson. I had been working at his house and was bending his ear over a cup of tea about an issue that I felt strongly about at that time. He sat and rolled his eyes at me, and pointed out that rather than moaning to him, why didn’t I get up and do something about it.

So in 2015 I won a seat on Faversham Town Council. Four years at Faversham Town Council taught me a lot about local politics and with the announcement that Cllr Henderson was to retire in 2019, there was no stopping me. Onwards and upwards to Borough. I won the seat for Priory ward. I now hold the position of Deputy Chairman on the Planning Committee and am a member of the Joint Transport Board (JTB), Local Plan Panel, and Policy Development Review Committee (PDRC).

I didn’t hesitate in my response when, late last year, I was asked if I would stand for Deputy Mayor. I am very grateful for the opportunity and to be voted in by my fellow Councillors at Swale, to represent the Borough and my ward in this honourable role. I hope to encourage younger people to consider taking up local politics and having their say where it matters.

I look forward to being able to support the Mayor for the forthcoming year and getting out and meeting you all properly, soon.

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