Friday, January 20, 2023

Council ‘deeply shocked’ after sudden death of ‘dedicated’ councillor

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Councilor Cameron Beart of the Isle of Sheppey died on Friday. (January 20)

He was elected to Kent County Council in May 2021 and has served on the Council’s Planning Applications Committee. He also served on the Cabinet Committee on Children, Youth and Education and the Cabinet Committee on Environment and Transport between May 2021 and July 2022.

Cllr Beart represented Queenborough and Halfway on Swale Borough Council and he was also Deputy Mayor on Queenborough Town Council.

Kent County Council (KCC) Chairman Roger Gough said: “Everyone at KCC is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of one of our County Councilors, Cameron Beart.

“Throughout his time on that council and throughout his political career, it has been clear that Cameron’s first priority is to improve the lives of the people of the Isle of Sheppey and is a fierce campaigner for the island and all who live in it live there.

“Remarkably, he had a particular interest in improving educational outcomes at Sheppey, giving young people opportunities to reach their full potential. During the island’s water crisis last summer, Cameron and his County Council colleague Andy Booth did dedicated work to support their communities.

“It’s hard to understand that someone so young and with such a promising future is no longer here. He will be sorely missed by all of us and on behalf of the Cabinet, Chairman, members and staff of the KCC, I send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends at this terribly sad time.”

Sheppey Kent County Commissioner Andy Booth added: “I am deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Cameron. His strength, courage, and enthusiasm for the role of Councilor were beyond reproach. He will be sorely missed.”

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