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I am Philippa Ridout, known as Pip, the Conservative Unitary Councillor for Warminster West...
I have been a Warminster Town Councillor since 2005 and a Unitary Councillor since 2009 (previously on WWDC for 4 years).
I have lived in Wiltshire since 1966 and been in Warminster since 1977, living on an estate in the West ward which I represent. I have been involved with numerous voluntary organisations in the Town.
I am a very active and engaged local councillor who always tries to help everyone and get involved with answering local moans, gripes, complaints and 'issues' and helping where I can.
Before retirement in 2004, I was the UK Projects Manager for Shaw Trust and the senior Finance Manager travelling countrywide setting up projects for those with physical and mental health problems and encouraging supported work-related training and employment.
Professionally I have two strings to my bow:
Books – as I originally trained as a Librarian and, while my sons were at school, was Librarian at Matravers School in Westbury.
Finance - where I had numerous positions as Payroll Manager, Sales Ledger Supervisor, Credit Manager (Unigate), etc., ending up as Senior Finance Manager and deputising for the Finance Director at Shaw Trust.
A trained Librarian initially, I was librarian at Matravers school for 8 years but I ended up as senior Finance Manager of Shaw Trust and the UK projects manager helping the disabled with employment and training. I retired in 2004 and stood for town and district councils having always had an interest in local and national affairs.
Having been on the Town Council for nearly 16 years I have served on most committees and working groups and was mayor in 2009. I belong to numerous town organisations, committees and groups such as; RBL, McMillan, Carnival, Fo.odbank, Athenaeum, St Lawrence and support many many more such as the Rugby Club and Cornerstone. I was Chair of Friends of the Park until it transferred to the Town Council
I was on WWDC from 2005-2009 and was Vice Chair of the council and served on its Finance and Audit, Performance and Risk, and Housing committees. I was on the board of Selwood Housing for those 5 years.
When the Unitary Council was formed and the District Councils disbanded in 2009, I gained a seat on Wiltshire Council and have been fortunate enough to have retained my seat ever since representing the West Ward of Warminster in which I lived until last January - not that I am far away at my new address.
I have been on the Health Select committee now for 12 years as well as Overview and Scrutiny Management committee where I am Chair of its Financial Planning task group and am a member of Audit, Licensing and Planning committees (latter a thankless task but someone's got to do it!!!) for which I have had the mandatory annual training.
I have also been on many task groups looking in detail at certain aspects in depth like the Better Care plan, Delayed transfers of Care, Homelessness, Disabled Facilities grant, taxi fares and public consultations.
Currently Chair of the Area Board, I am also Chair of its Neighbourhood Task Group and the Health and Wellbeing management group.
I am Treasurer of the Community Partnership and Treasurer elect of the Royal British legion.
During the pandemic I have collected/delivered for housebound residents, have delivered to villages for the Foodbank and am on the Covid Emergency Response and Recovery group at Wiltshire Council.
I am proud to have represented the Council on the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service for 6 years.
I am a very active and engaged councillor having lived here for 42 years and always try to help those with problems and to listen to the moans, gripes and concerns of everyone BUT I DO NOT HAVE A MAGIC WAND!! I am honest and say if I cannot help.
I can be bossy and loud at times and sometimes not very politically correct. There are always 2 sides to consider and it is not always possible to please or satisfy everyone especially over planning matters such as the West Warminster Urban extension where there are plans for 1400 houses by 2036. Despite my warnings most residents did not not engage in the consultation process until much too late and we've ended up with a fait accompli.
The most numerous complaints are about litter, fly tipping, dog fouling, drains, blocked gulleys, bad parking, speeding, traffic, potholes, anti social behaviour etc really important issues but most not very exciting.
I am not very good with IT and refuse to have a Facebook account as find latter is used to criticise with no right of reply - if I do wrong I apologise as I am not perfect.
If you want to contact me about anything my details are at the top of the page.