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Councillor Andrew Bowles

Title: Leader

Party: Conservative

Ward: Boughton and Courtenay

Other councillors representing this Ward:

Parish: Selling

Contact information

Home address: 
4 Selling Court
ME13 9RJ

Phone:  01227 752840

Mobile:  07778629879


Bus. email:

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Committee appointments

Appointments to outside bodies

Additional Information

Councillor Bowles is also a Kent County Councillor, representing Swale East Division.  Further details can be seen on the Kent County Council website.

Cllr Andrew Bowles was born into a farming family on the North Kent Coast in the Borough of Swale and has been involved in the family farm since leaving school.


Andrew joined Graveney Parish Council in 1976 at the age of 23, became Chairman in 1980, a post which he subsequently held for 11 years.  Having played a leading part in a campaign to keep the village school open he became a school governor in 1980 and has served at various times as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman of Finance.  Andrew is still a member of Graveney Parish Council and a Graveney School Governor.


Andrew has been a Swale councillor for the Conservative Party since 1987, representing the Boughton and Courtenay ward.  He became Leader of Swale Borough Council in 2002.


Within Swale he takes the roles of Conservative Group Leader, Leader of the Council and Chair of the Cabinet.  He is a member of Kent County Council.


Andrew’s other current responsibilities include:


·         Member of LGA Rural Commission

·         Vice Chairman of the Thames Gateway Strategic Partnership

·         Member of the Thames Gateway Strategic Partnership

·         Member of Faversham and Mid Kent Conservative Association Executive

·         Chairman Boughton and Courtenay Conservative Branch


Among the initiatives for which Andrew has taken personal responsibility are:


·         Establishing Swale Rural Forum – this was one of the first acts of the Conservative administration under Councillor Andrew Bowles when they took control in 2002.  This is a joint forum with representation from the National Farmers Union, Swale Branch Kent Association of Local Councils and officer and member level at Kent County Council.


·         Securing duelling on the A299 Thanet Way.


·         Re-structuring the Borough Council’s management and Local Strategic Partnership.


·         Reworking the Borough Council’s Standing Orders and Constitution.


·         Various planning appeals.


All Members have a Localism Grant, which is a funding opportunity designed to support small-scale, local community projects.  For more information and to download the application form please see our Members-Localism-Grants




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