It is a question that I have asked many times over the years. Is there really a place for national party politics at a local level and does this benefit or hinder local democracy?
Cllr Mike Baldock has just launched the Swale Independents Alliance in a bid to encourage like-minded individuals to stand as an independent, but with the benefit of an alliance of members who can support each other on real local issues.
Cllr Baldock say "Party politics really is having a negative influence on our local democracy"
Sittingbourne Carnival 2018
A condensed video of Sittingbourne Carnival day following the preparations and judging at Milton Regis, watching the crowds gather along Sittingbourne High Street and the carnival parade itself.