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Peter and his wife Maureen have lived in the Park Ward for the last 36 years. One of your current representatives on the Town Council, Peter would also welcome your help and support at the 2017 elections to be returned to represent you at County Hall...
General background and experience
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 still being at 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 Trowberidge 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 25 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 Wiltshire Council's Western Area Planning Committee from 2009 to 2013.
Having encouraged the developments in the town centre, particularly with the successful appearance of the Odeon, it was disappointing to hear of the inability of Morrison's to proceed with their approved plans for Bowyers. Whilst the demolition of the Peter Black factory to make way for M&S Food, et cetera, will continue the rejuvenation of our town centre, we cannot wait for another 10 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 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 who are all anxious to see an improvement in the leisure facilities available to our ever growing community. This scheme is included in the 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 centre of town. Central to this will be a new swimming pool available for use by the whole community.
Health provision at the elderly Trowbridge Hospital is hardly fit for purpose and it is hopeful that the services currently supplied there, including the valued Birthing Unit, can also be moved into the Campus.
With the applaudable aim of reducing government debt, grant support for the Council reduces year on year. Likewise Council support for the town & parishes is going down and next year the contribution towards the towns' Council Tax charge is likely to be nil. In order to minimise the pressure to increase 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. As long as they do not form part of our neighbouring villages, Peter believes that these houses should be brought into the town. As an example, those living at the 'Old Farm' housing in West Ashton Road look to Trowbridge as their town; however, they are part of West Ashton Parish and contribute to that Councils' precept. The review is in the hands of the Council and their extension of the boundaries will enable the Town Council to benefit the whole of Trowbridge. Some of our playing fields are currently under Council control and are, consequently, quite low in their priorities. These would be better maintained by the Town. Currently WC is 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 also hopeful that expansion of the Town will enable the Council to purchase the land which they rent from Developers at Woodmarsh and which in turn is rented to the football club. This is needed if they are to progress into the Western League.
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 5 Towns and maintains a close watch on the Town Councils plans for the future. He fully appreciates that most of the money to pay for these schemes comes from your Council Tax payments. He seeks to ensure that we receive value for our money and votes against the almost annual increases in the Precept.
Your help is needed to ensure that we retain a Conservative-controlled Council. Please contact Peter to help with his campaign.
Peter's Latest Projects
Peter Fuller - An Experienced Campaigner
On leaving Frome Grammar School Peter went to work for Wiltshire County Council. He moved to live in Trowbridge in 1963. Whilst living at Studley Green, Peter was persuaded by Dr Steven Henry to stand for the Council and was elected to the Trowbridge Urban District Council serving on the Housing and Planning Committees. After leaving Trowbridge to work in the construction industry, Peter and his wife Maureen moved back to Trowbridge to live in the Park Ward for the last 36 years.
Maintaining his interest in helping the community, Peter was elected to represent you on the Town Council, on which he has served for over 26 years. He also served on the District Council for 18 years before election to Wiltshire Council for 2009/13. A former Chairman of the Town Council, Peter was also a Chairman of West Wilts Planning Committee and of the Wiltshire Council's Western Area Planning Committee from 2009 to 2013.
M&S Food Back With Us For Christmas
Having encouraged developments in the town centre, particularly with the successful appearance of the successful Odeon, it was disappointing to learn of Morrison’s inability to proceed with their approved plans for Bowyers. As you know the site is being sold on and we wait to see what the new developers intend to do. Like you, I look forward to viewing their proposals over the next few weeks and will be delighted to see if they take up our suggestion for 10-Pin Bowling to be included.
Whilst demolition of the Peter Black factory, to make way for M & S and others, will continue the rejuvenation of our town centre, we cannot wait for another ten years before development takes place at Bowyers. With many more houses to be built between West Ashton Road and Yarnbrook there is a growing need for improved facilities for the Town and jobs to help pay for it all!
The Health & Wellbeing Centre of Trowbridge
The Area Board still has its Working Party looking into providing a community campus in Trowbridge. Peter is a member of this group which is anxious to see an improvement in the facilities available to our ever growing community.
This scheme is included in Wiltshire Council’s plans for the future which includes the demolition work in Bythesea Road as a move towards setting up new community facilities in the centre of town. The elderly Trowbridge Hospital is hardly fit for purpose and it is planned that the first phase of the Campus will see the currently provided services, including the Birthing Unit, moved to new purpose built premises in Bythesea Road.
Peter Fuller - Working For You
Government continues to reduce grant support for Wiltshire Council. Likewise the Council’s support for towns and parishes is reducing. It is anticipated that next year the support will be reduced to zero. In order to minimise the pressure on both Wiltshire and Trowbridge to raise the Council Tax, more encouragement is needed for those groups and Residents Associations in the Ward who are working so hard to improve our environment. Peter is particularly supportive of the Longmeadow TARA, Friends of Biss Meadows and Friends of the Park. All deserve to be applauded for the work they do in the community......particularly in removing the litter.
Your help is needed to ensure that we keep demands on the Council Tax payer to the minimum and at the same time maintain our essential services. Only a Conservative-controlled Wiltshire Council can do this. To ensure this Peter needs to be elected as your Councillor in 2017.
Please contact Peter if you would like to help with his campaign.