Looking back, 2017 was a busy year. Sevenoaks, Swanley, Westerham and our villages saw tremendous successes. We finally opened the grammar school our area so desperately needed – one of my proudest moments as your MP. Unemployment fell to record lows, thanks to our robust local economy. And new requirements for the South East rail franchise revealed that we’re on-track to securing a better deal for rail passengers.
Looking ahead, 2018 will be even busier. We’ll need to work hard to retain vital local services. Innovative thinking will be required to drive down youth unemployment to zero. And SDC will publish its next draft of the Local Plan. It’s crucial that we deliver on the housing we need whilst fighting to maintain full protection of our coveted Green Belt.