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Sittingbourne is the largest of the three main towns in Swale and accordingly is the most populated. In term of size a lot of people might be quite surprised to learn that Swale as a whole is the third most populated borough in Kent, falling only just behind Maidstone and Canterbury. We are even larger than Ashford in terms of population which I think would astonish even those who live here.


Once a large industrial town, Sittingbourne has migrated into something of a commuter suburb of London. Indeed the majority of people moving into the area in recent years have originated from North Kent and London.

Sittingbourne from the air

The town is destined for large scale regeneration which a new focus on the town centre, although the recent withdrawal of Tesco from these plans has left the Council without a coherent plan for the future.

The Bargeman

Your Borough Councillors

The unparished area of central Sittingbourne is represented on Swale Borough Council by Labour Councillors Roger Truelove, Ghlin Whelan, Mike Haywood, Martin McCusker and Conservative Councillors Derek Conway and Sylvia Bennett.

This is very approximately split into three wards starting to the west with the ward of Chalkwell, central ward St. Michael's and the east ward of Roman.

Roger Truelove (Chalkwell)
54 Berkeley Court, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 1UP
Tel: 01795 425445

Ghlin Whelan (Chalkwell)
86 Adelaide Drive, Sittingbourne Kent ME10 1XU
Tel: 01795 475629

Derek Conway (St Michaels)
107 Bell Road, Sittingbourne Kent ME10 4HG
Tel: 01795 424865 or 07789 072677

Sylvia Bennett (st Michaels)
1 East Green, Kemsley, Sittingbourne Kent ME10 2SB
Tel: 01795 476979

Mike Haywood (Roman)
30 Albany Road, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 1EB
Tel: 07960 173264

Martin McCusker (Roman)
18 Lloyd Drive, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 2GA
Tel: 07403 006997