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General background and experience
Peter and his wife Maureen have lived in the Park Ward for the last 37 years. One of your current representatives on the Town Council, Peter would welcome your help and support at the May 2017 elections to be returned to represent you at County Hall.
After leaving Frome Grammar School, Peter went to work for Wiltshire County Council and moved to live in Trowbridge in 1963. Working at County Hall seemed too much like school and after 9 years, mainly in the Highways Department, Peter moved to Westbury to work in the construction industry. Whilst living at Studley Green, Peter was persuaded by Dr Stephen Henry to stand for the Council and was elected to Trowbridge Urban District Council serving on the Housing and Planning Committees.
Maintaining his interest in helping the community, Peter served on Westbury Town Council for 7 years and on returning to Trowbridge was elected to serve on both the Town Council (for 26 years) and District Council (18 years). A former Chairman of the Town Council (before we had the expense of Mayors), Peter was also a Chairman of the West Wilts Planning Committee and of the Wiltshire Council's Western Area Planning Committee from 2009 to 2013.
The bottom line
Your help is needed to ensure that we retain a Conservative controlled Wiltshire Council which will see us through these difficult times and ensure that we are able to maintain those essential services which are so important to us all.
Vote for Peter Fuller for County and Town Councils on the 4th May so that he can use his experience of Local Government to the benefit of all those in Park Ward.
Peter's Latest News & Projects
M&S Food Back With Us Soon
M & S Back With Us Soon Having encouraged the developments in the town centre, particularly with the successful appearance of the Odeon, it was disappointing to hear of Morrison's' inability to proceed with their approved plans for Bowyers. Whilst the demolition of the Peter Black factory, to make way for M& S Food etc., has continued the rejuvenation of our town centre , we cannot wait for another ten years before development takes place at Bowyers. With many many more houses to be built between West Ashton Road and Yarnbrook there will be a growing need for improved facilities for the Town and jobs to help pay for it all!
The Campus – Health & Wellbeing Centre
The Area Board still has its Working Party looking into the provision of a community campus in Trowbridge, following the surveys carried out in 2012/3. Peter is a member of this group and is anxious to see an improvement in the leisure facilities available to our ever growing community. This scheme is included in Wiltshire Council's plans for the future and the group see the demolition work in Bythesea Road as a move towards setting up new community facilities in the of town. The Working Party believe that it is imperative for the scheme to include a new swimming pool available for use by the whole community. The first phase of the development will see the replacement of the elderly Trowbridge Hospital, which is hardly fit for purpose and the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group intend that the services currently supplied there, including the valued Birthing Unit, can be moved into the Bythesea Road site. It is hoped that work on providing these new facilities will start before the end of the year.
With the applaudable aim of reducing government debt, grant support for the County Council reduces year on year. Likewise County support for the Town & Parishes is going down. No contributions will be made towards the town's Council Tax in the foreseeable future. In order to minimise the increase in both Councils Tax demands, more encouragement is needed for those groups and Residents Associations in the ward who are working in Trowbridge to improve our environment. Peter is particularly supportive of the Longmeadow TARA, Friends of Biss Meadows and Friends of the Park. All need to be applauded for the work they do . . . particularly in regularly removing the litter left by the rest of us!
Trowbridge has and in the future will continue to expand beyond its current boundaries.
This year the houses transferred into the Town will produce some £75,000 extra for the Town Council. This will help pay towards the maintenance of 24 recreation areas which are being transferred to the Town Council, together with the cost of maintaining three closed churchyards.
Currently Wiltshire Council are providing Section 106 monies to enable the Town Council to purchase land for their Sports Pitches Project and meet the demand for more space. As a supporter of Trowbridge Town F.C., Peter is pleased that the expansion of the Town will enable the Council to complete the purchase of the land which they rent from Developers at Woodmarsh and which in turn is rented to the football club. This will help the development of the club and enable them to plan for the future with support from the F.A.
With all our older children having to travel across town for their secondary education, Peter has long campaigned for a new big school to be provided on the east side of Town,as envisaged when the Paxcroft Mead development was first given planning permission. Such a school is now to be included in the planned Ashton Park development and Peter would hope to ensure that our children actually get the school and just not unfulfilled promises.
Peter is aware that the Trowbridge Precept is the highest of the old West Wilts Towns and maintains a close watch on the Town Councils' plans for the future. He fully appreciates that the money to pay for these schemes comes from your Council Tax payments. Peter seeks to ensure that we receive value for our money and regularly takes exception when they overspend.
With increasing numbers of elderly and children requiring care the Wiltshire Council is under increasing pressure and by the Town accepting responsibility for the upkeep of more play areas, they will end up with a few more savings and help achieve a balanced budget.