Getting to know the Bearsted Parish Council Chairman David Hall

Elected as Parish Councillor in July 2022, David Hall has been a Bearsted resident for over 30 years.

 

CommunityAd Exclusive - Getting to know the Bearsted Parish Council Chairman David Hall With a deep passion for caring for our environment and looking after it for future generations to enjoy, David has helped support our beautiful village and we had the pleasure of catching up with him to discuss his role and love of Bearsted.

 

For readers who might not know, can you tell us about your background and what inspired you to get involved with Bearsted Parish Council?

I have considerable experience in public service. My last role with Kent County Council was Deputy Director of Highways and within that position, I had an extensive liaison with Parish Councils. I saw how important Parish Councils are to the well-being of rural communities and I am delighted now to be in the thick of it for my community, Bearsted.

The other main thing for me is that I have been a Bearsted resident since 1990. It has been a fantastic place to raise a family and it manages to retain a community spirit despite creeping development. I want to give something back and being part of the Parish Council is one way of doing that.

 

What do you enjoy most about your role as Chairman of Bearsted Parish Council and what would you say have been your most memorable moments?

There are many rewarding aspects to the role. We have held a number of fun family events and it is lovely to get positive feedback from the community.

The Parish Council has undergone major changes over the past 18 months. It is very rewarding to see all the work we have put into good governance come to fruition.

We have an amazing office team and working with them is brilliant – the enthusiasm and effort they provide is so rewarding.

It is great to see the expansion of Bearsted Tennis Club with two new courts being provided.

 

Has your overall sense of the community of Bearsted strengthened from your role as Chairman?

It has, but I am always struck by the sense of Community in Bearsted. Community facilities such as the Churches and WI are very strong. We have many wonderful volunteers who do great work such as litter picking and community activities. We also have some wonderful facilities such as the Woodland Trust which is well used and the various clubs along the Church Landway. Two sets of allotments are very well used and maintained. There are many opportunities for young people to get involved in sports. The Tennis, Cricket and Football clubs are great examples of this as are the Scout and Guide Associations.

 

Can you tell us about some of the fantastic work you have done as Chairman for Bearsted including work with local clubs/groups and charities?

The Parish Council provides support for many groups and Charities and I am very proud of this as Chairman. We offer grants to help organisations and clubs using Parish Council land, such as that at the Church Landway and do so for a peppercorn rent which enables them to put funding into their facilities such as improvements and youth development.

 

What do you enjoy most about living in Bearsted?

The people are fantastic and it has many great facilities surrounded by beautiful countryside and walks. What more could you ask for?


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