Cllr Ken Howard

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Ken Howard

Woking Borough Councillor for St Johns

19 Herbert Crescent, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey, GU21 2BZ

01483 480565 (landline)

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Very experienced councillor and long term champion for the environment, As well as taking care of his residents Ken has been making and shaping Woking's innovative environmental policies for 16 years.

Ken Howard has been a Borough Councillor for Hermitage and Knaphill South since 2000 and of the renamed St johns Ward since May 2016. Originally from Twickenham, Ken went to Grammar School in Hampton and studied technical photography at Isleworth, eventually taking charge of a photographic unit at Imperial College specialising in geological research. He has lived in Knaphill for more than 20 years, with his wife, Sally who he has a daughter with. He runs his own home maintenance company.

Ken is a member of the Council's Shadow Executive. He also sits on the Licencing Committee and is a leading member and former chair of the Climate Change Working Group. Previously he has been Chair of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Chair of the Appeals Committee and WBC's representative on the Fairoaks Airport Consultative Committee.

Ken is justifiably proud of the part he plays in developing Woking's reputation for environmental good practice. His primary interests lie in global problems like climate change and biodiversity. In fact, it was Ken who devised Woking's policy on Light Pollution to reduce energy waste, protect vulnerable species and improve the look of our night skies. He has been a leading campaigner to get "Green Education" in schools and is the Eco Governor at Woking's most environmentally progressive school in St Johns.

As a local councillor, he is also involved with the more usual issues, such as road safety and maintenance problems, finding solutions to litter and anti-social behaviour, protecting our green spaces, limiting aircraft noise and improving the lives of our most vulnerable residents. He recently voted against the Conservative Council's rise in Council Tax as well as their increase in the cost of parking in the town centre - Ken Howard believes that people are already struggling with the cost of living and it's unfair to saddle them with these extra costs.

In his spare time, when there is any, Ken is a big fan of live music and enjoys tinkering with old motorbikes.