JOHN Wratten, one of Whitstable’s longest-serving Labour councillors, has announced that he will be standing as an Independent candidate in May’s local elections. Cllr Wratten is contesting the new Gorrell Ward, having previously represented Harbour Ward since 1999. He said:
“I had approaches from other parties but chose to be Independent as I believe people should be able to vote for a person rather than have to take on the baggage of a political party. Whitstable has had several well-known Independents in its history. I am certain I still have plenty to offer. In fact, I feel that my experience is an advantage. Before I became a councillor in 1999, I had already lived in the town for 25 years. I helped to form the town’s Volunteer Bureau, was a founder member of the Whitstable Umbrella organisation and served as a school governor for 12 years.”
Cllr Wratten says his achievements include fighting for money to be spent on the walkway from the Old Neptune to the west quay of the harbour, as well as successfully fighting plans for flats, a supermarket and an aquarium on the South Quay.
“My commitment to our town is as strong as it has ever been,” he said. “And I remain as approachable as ever. People can ring me and I will continue my regular surgeries and will be announcing a coffee morning soon, so that people can come and meet me. I look forward to finding out what the issues are in the new Gorrell Ward as I always take forward what people bring me, rather than imposing my own ideas. I would like to say thank you to the people of Harbour Ward who have supported me for 16 years and I hope they will continue to support me.”
Herne Bay Times, February 4th 2015