‘‘Claudine is a fantastic and formidable campaigner who always has the best interests of her community in Marden and Yalding at heart.
She was the driving force behind the extremely successful campaign to protect Marden from the totally inappropriate plans to impose 2000 houses on the village. It was my privilege to work with her on this campaign where I observed her truly remarkable persistence, determination and ability to influence decision makers.
I can think of nobody better than Claudine to stand up for the interests of the people of Marden and Yalding on Maidstone Borough Council.’’
The Rt Hon Helen Grant
Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald
"As the retiring Borough Councillor in the Marden & Yalding Ward I am delighted that Claudine Russell has been selected to succeed me in this area. She has already shown she is a remarkable lady in mounting her campaign last year against the proposed development of 2000 more houses in Marden with the result that this project has now been excluded from Maidstone Borough Council’s Local Plan currently under review.
Being a long term resident in Marden, Claudine is committed to preserving the rural values of our community and will strive to keep our environment attractive and our roads safe.
Claudine will also ensure she is responsive to all our Parish Councils, complimenting the work of the other two Conservative Councillors, David Burton and Annabelle Blackmore, in meeting residents’ concerns and requirements. I have no doubt she will be an excellent representative on the Borough Council for our community."