I grew up in Cinderford. My wife and I raised 3 daughters there. As a family, we are proud of our long association with the area. We have been active, over many years, in local campaigns to protect the future of our local towns and the environment. I work as a town and a district councillor. My objective is to make sure that local voices are heard in the decision making processes that impact on our lives and future. I am keen to argue for opportunity. My wife and I provide respite care for vulnerable young adults. As with many parents, we have worked to support our children as they have struggled to find work, homes and raise their children in the area.
I love country life and will be campaigning in Newent after a stint of lambing! I make no false promises, only that I will make sure that there will be a strong voice standing up for the Newent area in shaping the County Council’s work.
Newent town centre is important as an economic and social hub. I will challenge the County Council to give priority to and use my resources to ensure that community voices are heard in achieving a sustainable, attractive and purposeful town and service centre.
An Ageing Population
As the concerns about crises in social care and the NHS loom large, I will argue for the range of local services that can support people to live independently from being a ‘dementia friendly town’ through to good home care services. I support proposals for more carer involvement in shaping services.
As housing prices soar, we must all be concerned at how our children and young families can put a roof over their heads and live where they grew up. I will argue strongly for affordable housing as part of housing development plans.