Stephane, Christian and Danny, our three campaigners in Ebbsfleet, talk about standing up for residents in one of Dartford’s fastest growing communities.
“Some people leap to conclusions about what life is like in Ebbsfleet” explains Danny Nicklin. “They read about all the building going on and
assume it’s all cement mixers and lorries. The truth is there’s a strong and growing community here who need a voice and that’s where we come in.”
Danny is one of three Conservative campaigners working alongside Stephane Tindame and Christian Terry who together are determined to help bring community spirit into one of Dartford’s newest neighbourhoods.
“Obviously, Ebbsfleet’s not the sort of place where families have lived in a neighbourhood for decades but people have CHOSEN to live here and that’s a great base for an exciting and united community.”
Stephane Tindame and Christian Terry say that the new Cherry Orchard Primary Academy is proving hugely popular with parents and is proof positive that new infrastructure was being delivered to support new communities.
“We sometimes hear the complaint that no-one seems to think about things like school places, but the truth is that DBC is actually very tough on developers to make sure that they make fair contributions. The brand new school and
community centre here are terrific and we see them as the real heart of the community. Our job is to see that health and other public services are also delivered as the community grows.”
These three local guys couldn’t be more different from old style political campaigners and say it’s only right that a new community should be supported by people with a fresh approach. Christian says “This community doesn’t need groups with their own agenda claiming to speak for people. Our aim is to draw out the authentic needs of local people by listening to them and fighting the battles THEY want us to fight.”
Already, this local Conservative team have heard worries about the management of new leisure facilities and the quality of some new-builds.
“Quality is going to be the key to everything here” said Stephane, “There are some who seem to want more and more housing just to increase the amount of social housing but we want to see affordability without compromising the
character and vision of this wonderful community”