Kent villagers are asking councilors to resign because they live in France

The local council is trying to get rid of two local councilors living in France

More than 70 people signed a letter urging married couple Jon and Fabienne Hughes to leave the council (Image: Facebook)

At least 70 people are trying to oust two councilors for representing a village in Kent while living in France.

Husband and wife Jon and Fabienne Hughes have lived in Bearsted, near Maidstone, for more than 20 years.

During this time, they joined the local council, focusing on local green spaces, planning issues, waste and the condition of nearby roads.

But the couple recently moved to France – where Fabienne is originally from and has family.

It is believed that they decided to rent out their home after it failed to sell fast enough.

The last time they attended a regular council meeting was in January, although they returned to Bearsted for the annual council meeting on 27 April.

By law, a ward council must hold a major annual meeting and no fewer than three additional meetings per year.

A green space in Bearsted, near Maidstone in Kent. More than 70 have signed a letter urging married couple Jon and Fabienne Hughes to step down.

Jon and Fabienne Hughes lived in Bearsted, near Maidstone in Kent, for more than 20 years before moving to France (Image: Getty)

About 70 locals have signed a letter to local newspaper Kent Messenger asking for the Hughes to be removed from the council.

Tony Grieve, a former councillor, argued it was “quite unreasonable” that they continue to act as representatives.

He said: “If they can’t be here, they should step down and make way for new councilors to be elected – that’s democracy.”

Community clerk Erin Sugden championed the couple, insisting there’s “a lot more to being a community councilor than just attending meetings,” adding that “a lot can be done online and through email.” .

Metro.co.uk has reached out to the Hughes family for comment.

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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/08/kent-villagers-ask-councillors-to-resign-because-they-live-in-france-16781931/ Kent villagers are asking councilors to resign because they live in France

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