Gravesham council’s Labour leader, Cllr John Burden, said: “The important thing is that she is dealing with her cases very well and attending meetings.
“Valerie has always been very good dealing with case work and issues from residents in her ward and she is continuing to do so.
“She continues to represent Westcourt ward, which legally she is entitled to do, and carries out work on behalf of residents by email and telephone.
“She has attended council meetings since her relocation.” There are two other councillors representing Westcourt ward, Labour’s Cllr Colin Caller and Cllr John Caller.
Cllr Valerie Ashenden, who represents Westcourt ward in Gravesend, sold her house in The Drove Way, Istead Rise, and relocated to Weymouth in the summer, but will continue to carry out her role as Gravesham councillor until the elections in May 2019, when she will step down.
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The Labour Party representative, who first became a councillor in 1997, representing Woodlands ward, and went on to become Gravesham mayor, last attended a committee meeting on Tuesday, October 10 – the only council meeting she has been to since Monday, July 10.
Rules state a councillor is allowed to live outside the borough and remain on the council as long as they attend a meeting once every six months.