Councillor Nigel Betts is widowed, with a grown up family and formerly worked in the field of computer security.
He was first elected in May 1974 and has served on most Council Committees. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Places Overview & Scrutiny Committee.
He was Deputy Mayor 1999-2000 and served as Mayor in 2007-2008.
A former TA Officer he is a keen supporter of the Reserve Forces, and is currently the Representative Councillor for Bexley on the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association of Greater London where he has served variously between 1974 and the present.
He is a school Governor at Bishop Ridley C of E Primary and Eltham College
He is also involved with a number of Community Groups and Charities. He chairs the East Wickham & Welling War Memorial Trust, the Falconwood & District Horticultural Society and SE London SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).
I’ve lived a great deal of my life in Bexley and that experience, combined with engaging regularly with residents on their doorsteps and through monthly surgeries means I understand what matters to my residents allowing me to represent their views. I have been a Councillor since 1986 and have a track record for helping with their problems & concerns.
I witnessed another side of Bexley when I was Mayor, appreciating the work of the many volunteers to add value to our borough as indeed I have as a trustee of Falconwood Community Centre, a Governor at Hook Lane School (where I listen to children read), a Panel member of the Ward Policing Group, a member of the Falconwood & District Horticultural Society, the Irish Community services & I litter pick regularly in my Ward.
I have a special interest in road safety drawing on my previous experience as a local driving examiner.
I have lived locally all my life and I am passionate about protecting and improving our local area and community.
I am a daily commuter (Southeastern sufferer) to my day job in the City and alongside being a Councillor since 2014, I have volunteered at community events, fundraised for local charities, helped pay for and organise Christmas lights, litter picked on a weekly basis, planted trees in Danson Park and I am a local School Governor.
My financial experience has helped Bexley’s Conservative Council save millions over the last four years, which helps keep our taxes as low as possible, while allowing more money to be invested in the things that matter most. That is fixing more pavements and potholes, improving parking and traffic, increasing street cleaning, preventing bin collections moving to three weekly, improving Welling Library and local parks, and supporting vulnerable people in our community.