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I live in Potterne where my children also go to school. I have come to realise that a strong local community is important to me and my family. I was 40 last year and this milestone made me reflect on what I wanted to do. Having had a career in public service and then spent time working in various parts of the country I wanted to be closer to home...
I live in Potterne where my children also go to school. I have come to realise that a strong local community is important to me and my family. I was 40 last year and this milestone made me reflect on what I wanted to do. Having had a career in public service and then spent time working in various parts of the country I wanted to be closer to home.
My work in the fire service and with local authorities has given me a background in management, budgets and helping people. I am a problem solver and will go the extra mile for people who can't speak up for themselves.
I have become involved in my community and I volunteer for a national staff association to support people in difficulty. In this work I see people at the lowest points in their lives and I help to build them back up again. Caring about people is perhaps my greatest strength.
Your Local Community Campaigner
I am an active community campaigner in the village of Potterne, where I live. In Blounts Court we have a lovely green space where children played, dogs were walked and fresh air and views could be enjoyed. There was a plan to build on this green space so I coordinated objections to the proposal and wrote letters, spoke up at meetings, engaged with the media and talked to anyone that would listen (and to those who wouldn't!) saying just how the proposal would affect local people and that it was inappropriate.
Together we won! I am now exploring how to further protect the park as an asset of community value. Since I announced I was standing as the Conservative candidate in this by-election I have been overwhelmed by the thanks I have received for saving the park, and for raising the whole issue of what is appropriate residential development in our villages. I now want to get involved in the rest of the Council Division of Bromham, Rowde and Potterne and help there as I have done in Potterne.
So why Conservative?
At times I ask myself why I am doing this and every time the answer is that I care about this community and strongly believe that together we can make it so much better.
The past few years of non political involvement in my local community of Potterne have given me a great insight into local issues in a rural village. I am a natural conservative and as a pragmatist, I feel that a stronger Conservative voice in Wiltshire Council is crucial if we are to flourish.
If you elect me I will be part of the governing Party in Wiltshire. Only as your Conservative Wiltshire Councillor will I be well placed to achieve better deals for our three villages and to get things done for the benefit of the whole community.
Community and council work
Devizes Area Board Video
Devizes community area board video by Wiltshire Council
I understand the issues that are of concern to Bromham residents. I have gained a real understanding of the recent Travellers planning issue, and am supported by Bromham resident and Wiltshire Councillor Jonathon Seed, who took a leading role in this matter.
I also understand that people in Bromham need a councillor who can get things done over smaller matters like the Chantry wall and potholes.
I am supported by leading members of the Bromham community because I have committed to working as hard for Bromham as I have for my own community in Potterne.
Getting to know the people and issues in Rowde has been one of the real pleasures of this campaign. I have attended Rowde Parish Council and I have made myself aware of views on issues like the Fitness and Dance Studio and the traffic at West End Farm corner.
Rowde Parish Council does a great job and undertakes great community work and, if elected, I will continue to work with them to respond to local matters. There are many local issues that affect Rowde and residents have raised these with me on the doorstep as I get around to meet and talk to people in Rowde.
These include planning applications, potholes, overgrown hedges, problems with housing and support for children with special needs. I am committed to being available to listen to Rowde residents and helping to resolve issues.
I live in Potterne and I have worked here at the Fire Service HQ. I have taken a very active part in our village community life and I have attended meetings of our Parish Council. Additionally, I have worked on the Potterne Neighbourhood Plan.
Understanding the importance of our precious green spaces, I have campaigned to save them for future generations. Speaking of the future generation, I help to run the Potterne Youth club.
I am on the PTA of the village school and I really understand what is important to the villagers of Potterne.
I am very aware that a large number of our residents live in remote and spread out rural locations and here people are often isolated from their local village communities.
This rural isolation brings its own special difficulties to peoples lives and issues such as transport and broadband access are particularly important to these residents.
Every resident is important to me and I pledge to be as active in my looking after the concerns of those living outside our villages as those living within the villages.