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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

County Councillor George Koowaree for Ashford East

George KoowareeAshford East Division covers Aylesford Green, Norman, North Willesborough & South Willesborough wards.

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"I've been nursing since coming to this country in 1957 from my birthplace in Mauritius. But it was retiring a few years ago that allowed me to commit myself to work for my community and I've been a County Councillor for Ashford South-East since 2004.

"I've been Borough Councillor for North Willesborough since 1987 and in that time I've become a trustee of many of my home town's best known charities including the Almshouse Charity, Ashford Parochial Charities and I sit on Ashford Youth Advisory Board.

"But it is being part of the Ashford Old People Welfare Committee and attending the Learning Disability Partnership Group that I most enjoy as it informs my work as Lib Dem Spokesperson for Adult Social Services."

News and Updates from George Koowaree

  • Article: Jul 5, 2013

    Question by Mr G Koowaree to the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Public Health

    "Each month of delay 'costs' approximately £1.5m of savings not achieved in 2013/14" (para. 10 (1) p.12 report to Scrutiny Committee on 17 April 2013*).

    Would the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Public Health provide the County Council with specific details of the KCC / Newton Europe (our efficiency partner) transformation savings during the past 3 months and whether this equates to at least £4.5m (or £1.5m per month)?

  • Article: May 20, 2013

    Question by George Koowaree to David Brazier, Cabinet Member for Transport & Environment

    Recently I witnessed a site employee at the temporary Ashford Household Waste Recycling facility getting into the metal recycling container to rearrange items to maximise the space for additional metal waste apparently because there was no crusher fitted.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2013

    Question by George Koowaree to Bryan Sweetland, Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste

    Would the Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste inform the Council of the management and delivery of the Kent roundabout sponsorship programme by way of completing the following table and providing detail of how the income generated has been spent?

  • Article: Jan 14, 2013

    Question by George Koowaree to Bryan Sweetland, Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste

    "With regard to the maintenance and repair of the Shared Space in Ashford, would the Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste please tell the Council if he regrets the decision to purchase and ship materials for the shared space from China and Belgium rather than using a UK source and was there any political input in making that decision? Can the Cabinet Member confirm that he will go back to the original scheme that included the expansion of the station forecourt and say how the expansion will be financed?"

  • Article: Oct 22, 2012

    At the Kent Liberal Democrat Group AGM on 22nd October, the group positions and spokespersons were agreed:

    • Leader [Trudy Dean]
    • Deputy Leader [Martin Vye]
    • Chairman [Dan Daley]
    • Secretary [George Koowaree]
    • Treasurer [Ian Chittenden]

    Group Spokespeople:

    • Democracy & Partnerships [Trudy Dean]
    • Finance & Business Support [Tim Prater]
    • Customer and Communities [Rob Bird]
    • Education, Learning & Skills [Martin Vye]
    • Environment, Highways & Waste [Ian Chittenden]
    • Regeneration & Enterprise [Tim Prater]
    • Adult Social Care & Public Health [George Koowaree]
    • Specialist Children Services [Martin Vye]
    • Business Strategy & Performance [Trudy Dean]
    • Health Reform [Dan Daley]
    • KMFRA [Dan Daley & George Koowaree]
  • Article: Oct 8, 2012

    Question by George Koowaree to Jenny Whittle, Cabinet Member for Specialist Children's Services

    Is the Cabinet Member for Specialist Children's Services aware of published research demonstrating that:

    • child pedestrians can't judge vehicle approach speeds as well as adults. The "speed illusion" problem relates to children's low-level visual detection mechanisms, children's estimates of how fast a vehicle is travelling became unreliable once 20mph is exceeded (Prof. John Wann, Royal Holloway College, London University); and
  • Article: May 14, 2012

    Question by Mr G Koowaree to the Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste

    Will the Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste inform this Council of the criteria for resurfacing deteriorated concrete roads, and provide me with copies of the analysis data reports for:

    1. Bond Road, Ashford &
    2. Osborne Road, Ashford
  • Article: Mar 26, 2012

    Question by George Koowaree to Graham Gibbens, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

    For more than 2 months (since 23 January 2012) I have been asking a relatively simple request* - to be provided with details of the number of KCC funded clients in residential & nursing homes with details of those homes; will the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health give his personal assurance that KCC does know where all our clients are living even if KCC cannot provide me with the details and please inform me what the problems are preventing KCC from providing the information, when these will be sorted and when I will finally be provided with the details I have requested?

  • Article: Feb 9, 2012

    Question by George Koowaree to the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

    Along with increasing the Blue Badge issue fee from £2.00 to £10.00 KCC has restricted payment to 'payable by cheque only'* - there is no longer provision for applicants to pay by any other payment methods (i.e. postal order, debit card etc.); will the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health inform this council:

  • George Koowaree
    Article: Feb 8, 2012

    Questioning by Liberal Democrat County Councillor George Koowaree on payment methods for Blue Badges in Kent has led to Kent reintroducing postal orders as an acceptable means of payment.

    Revisions to the Blue Badge application process by Kent had said that in future payments could be by cheque only. George questioned this, and has been reassured that this has now been amended so that postal orders are again acceptable.

    Ashford Councillor George Koowaree commented:

    "I'm delighted this change has been made - the team that handle Blue Badge enquiries are now aware of this and the application form and frequently asked questions are currently being updated on the Kent Council website.

    "Not everyone has access to a chequebook and bank account, and the extra flexibility of accepting postal orders will make applying for Blue Badges easier for some of our most vulnerable residents. Thank you to the Blue Badge team for thinking about my question and revising their application process."

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