The Guildhall, Faversham
In the mid-1250s, soon after Henry III’s 1252 charter to Faversham, Robert Dod was the first person to be called “mayor”, to the annoyance of the Abbot of Faversham, who protested to the king as part of the long battle between townspeople and Faversham Abbey about who held authority over the town. In the mid 16th century a charter was granted to the Mayor, Jurats and Freemen of the Town of Faversham in 1546. It was subsequently regranted in 1685.
The council was established under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 and, following local government reorganisation in 1974, Faversham Borough Council became a town council.
Faversham falls within Swale district and contains the four electoral wards of Abbey, Davington Priory (to be re-named Priory), St Ann's and Watling. These wards have seven of the forty-seven seats on Swale Council. At the last election in May 2011, Faversham residents voted for 13 Conservative Councillors and one Labour Councillor. Five of the 14 Members are also Swale Borough Councillor Members, and one, Councillor Tom Gates, is the town’s Kent County Councillor. Their details can be found under Links to the left of this page.
Faversham is a member of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports, being a limb of Dover, the town’s head port. As such, the Mayor of Faversham and the Town Clerk attend confederation meetings on behalf of the Town Council. Further details of Faversham’s Cinque Port links can be found here.
Mayor of Faversham
The Mayor of Faversham is chairman of the town council and successor in a line of civic heads dating back to the mid 1250s. The Mayor is elected at the town council’s Mayor-making ceremony in May each year. The ceremony takes place in the Alexander Centre, and Faversham residents, Mayors and Mayoresses from across the county and other dignitaries attend this key event in the town council’s calendar.
The current Mayor is Councillor David Simmons who is also a Swale Borough Councillor. During his year of office the Mayor will be supporting the Pilgrims Hospice, Faversham Cottage Hospital and 'Trees to Treasure' a tree planting project covering all the parishes in East Swale (details of which can be found on the North West Kent Countryside Partnership's website - www.nwkcp.org).
The town council has six part-time employees:
Town Clerk – Jackie Westlake OBE (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deputy Town Clerk - Adrienne Begent (email@example.com)
Tourism Officer - Sally Wookey(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Town Sergeant – Doug Camp
Deputy Town Sergeant – Barry Brockman
Guildhall Caretaker - Louise Muddiman
John Sell CBE is the town council’s planning consultant.
Sir Philip Neame VC KBE CB DSO KStJ
In August 2013, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced a campaign to honour Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War. As part of this, commemorative paving stones will be laid in the birth place of Victoria Cross recipients to:
(i) honour their bravery
(ii) provide a lasting legacy of local heroes within communities
(iii) enable residents to gain a greater understanding of how their area fitted into the First World War story
Lieutenant-General Sir Philip Neame VC who, as a young lieutenant and explosives expert, was awarded the Victoria Cross on 19 December 1914 for his valour and quick thinking at Neuve Chapelle.
Sir Philip is also the only person to have gained a Victoria Cross for military service and an Olympic gold medal for rifle shooting in the 1924 Paris Olympic games.
On 19 December 2014 Faversham will celebrate the life of Sir Philip, along with those from Faversham who died in the service of their country, with the unveiling of his memorial paving stone. Faversham Town Council, working closely with the family of Sir Philip and Swale Borough Council, is planning a memorial event, with the local churches, cadets and others. Further details will follow. Please contact Jackie Westlake for further details.
Town Council meetings
Meetings are open to the press and the public. It is open for registered electors of the town to put questions to the town council before the formal business takes place. The council has a number of formal committees and working parties, through which work is progressed to the point of town council consideration and decision-making. The town council supports the freedom of information to its electorate and minutes of council meetings, planning schedules and budgets are given below. Please click here for freedom of information request.
You can view the Neighbourhood plans on the Swale Council website here.
To read the Faversham Town Council response to the Town Action Plan, visit Faversham 2020.
Faversham Creek exhibition on 7 and 8 June 2013
Town Council Support for Voluntary and Community Sector
Grant Allocations for 2013, Town Council Grant terms and conditions and the Grant application form can be found under the LINKS top left of this page.
The Town Council's Service Level agreement to the FEP
is now available to read.
Annual Town Meeting Agenda. If you would like to view older agendas and minutes please contact the Faversham Town Council.
Faversham Council wards
Faversham has four electoral wards for Swale Council and Faversham Town Council.
This is the eastern part of the town, north of the London-Canterbury railway (excluding Tin Bridge). It encompasses the Love Lane estate, the Millfield estate, the Recreation Ground, Dorset Place, much of the Town Centre, Abbey Street and Belvedere Road.
Its councillors are Bryan Mulhern, Mick Gates, Anita Walker and Trevor Payne.
St Ann’s Ward
This encompasses Briton Road, Roman Road and the Cottage Hospital in the east, and stretches past the Western Link Road. The railway is the southern boundary for part of the ward, whose northern boundary runs just south of Bysing Wood Road and Dark Hill. The ward includes the Nat West Bank side of the Market Street and upper West Street, plus lower West Street, the St Anne’s estate, Alexander Drive, the Knole, Hazebrouck Road, Wildish Road, and roads off Wildish Road. It includes Ospringe Road and the eastern end of Lower Road as far as Lion Field.
Its councillors are the Deputy Mayor, Nigel Kay, and Tom Gates, John Coulter, and Trevor Abram.
This ward is located around the A2, the Roman’s Watling Street. It includes all of Faversham south of the London-Canterbury railway line. In addition, it covers, north of the line, the Tin Bridge area and the west end of Lower Road from its junction with Lion Field to its end at Sumpter Way, as well as the roads reached from turnings off that stretch of Lower Road (such as Lion Field, St Nicholas Road and Cress Way).
Its councillors are the Mayor of Faversham, David Simmons, Cindy Davis, Ted Wilcox and Shiel Campbell.
This ward is the north-west area bounded by Faversham Creek and Stonebridge Pond, by Dark Hill and Bysing Wood Road (on both sides of the road), and by Oare Creek. As well as the Brents and Wells Way, it takes in Ham Marshes and Hollowshore.
Davington Priory ward is half the size of the other wards and, therefore, has two councillors rather than four. They are Jane Hawkins and Andy Culham.
Email:see above for individual email addresses
Telephone: 01795 594442/3