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I have been a Wiltshire Councillor since the creation of Wiltshire Council in 2009 and was a Salisbury District Councillor before that. I am currently the Deputy Leader of Wiltshire Council and have cabinet responsibility for Housing, Communities, Climate Change, Arts, Heritage, Tourism and Corporate Services.
I am the Councillor for the Downton and Ebble Valley Division. I also sit on the New Forest National Park Authority and chair the Wiltshire Council Housing Board. My wife, Zoe and I run a wargames figure manufacturing company based at the top of Lode Hill in Redlynch...
To give a bit of background about me, my degree is in military history (War Studies, from King’s London) which rather helps in running our wargames figure company. Before that I worked in London as a marketing/management consultant for two companies, KAE and TARP. Most of my work there was with large multinational clients, Amex, BA and Vodafone taking up most of my time.
I moved out of London to help my parents run their school, Sherborne House Prep School in Chandlers Ford as Bursar. After they sold the school I didn’t fancy moving back to London so started a business importing and manufacturing wargames figures (basically toy soldiers for adults). Before university I took a gap year serving with the 17/21st Lancers on a Short Service Limited Commission based at Tidworth. It was during that time I decided that the Wiltshire/Hampshire border, particularly around Salisbury was where I wanted to settle.
Help and advice
If you have any issues, problems or questions please do get in touch.
The best ways to contact me would be by mobile phone 07980 756424 or e-mail Richard.Clewer@wiltshire.gov.uk. I try to respond as soon as I get an e-mail or phone message (I can’t promise to check e-mails every day over a weekend or on the rare occasions of a holiday).
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Richard's Latest Projects
I wanted to give a quick summary of the major areas I have been working on at Wiltshire Council in my role.
I have set up a new Council House Building Program delivering over 170 houses so far with 1,000 more being developed over the next 10 years to a zero carbon standard (where the council is building them). We are also retrofitting our existing council housing stock to an EPC B rating which will see a significant reduction in carbon emissions and will save our most vulnerable residents money.
Not the most exciting of areas at times but I have overseen the council’s response to the local government boundary review for Wiltshire and subsequent parish council boundary changes and area board changes. This is really important work in trying to ensure good local representation of councillors and also working to decide how to handle the growth of our towns and city.
I am responsible for the Council’s approach to addressing climate change. We have reduced the council’s emissions by 80% since 2014 and are committed to making the council (as a corporate entity) carbon neutral by 2030. We are now working on a broader climate change strategy which will be out for consultation in 2021.
On a local level I have been working with Parish Councils and residents on issues including speeding, pothole repairs, gully cleaning, planning, waste collection and sports facility renovation among many others. Perhaps the most difficult has been trying to bring together the Police, Wiltshire Council and other groups to address the ongoing anti-social behaviour in Downton and increasing problems with rural crime.