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Deputy mayor Wendy Hinder dies after a short illness

Monday 17th February 2020

MAIDSTONE'S Deputy Mayor, Cllr Wendy Hinder, has died after a short illness.

She was taken ill at the end of January with a suspected stroke but we understand she took a turn for the worse after a further complication was discovered in recent days.

Cllr Hinder (77) was the Conservative member for Boxley and also served on the local parish council for two decades.

She was married to Cllr Bob Hinder, also a parish and borough councillor for Boxley. They had two sons.

Conservative group leader John Perry said: "She was one of our most experienced and influential councillors who did a huge amount in public life.

“She was incredibly hard-working and you’d never be in any doubt how she felt on an issue. She was a real doer.

“Wendy was always very kind to me and I know that I and a great many others will miss her very, very much."

Cllr Martin Round, borough councillor for Headcorn, said: "To a dear friend, Bob Hinder, so many of us give you the deepest sympathy and support at this truly sad time.

“Wendy was probably one of the most active and busy Deputy Mayors at Maidstone Borough Council and such a lovely lady. So many of us have fond memories."

Cllr Hinder will always be remembered for her plain-speaking and forthright manner, especially on causes she had chosen to champion.

Recently, she had bitterly opposed the siting of two new schools on the edge of the Kent Medical Campus and directly next to the controversial Cygnet mental hospital.

In one of her final acts shortly before her illness set in, she had paved the way for a Weavering Heath to attain "village green" status, thus protecting it from future development.

Cllr Martin Cox, Leader of the Council and Liberal Democrat Group has expressed his sadness adding: “This is such devastating news for Bob, his family, friends and Maidstone Borough Council. 

"I would like to pass on my condolences to the family and Conservative Group who Wendy made such a huge contribution for so many years. 

"We will only begin to realise how much she will be truly missed as we talk to all those people whose life she helped and made a difference to. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.”