Initially, I came to live in the Forest of Dean for its beauty, its history and its difference to where I grew up on the Thames estuary, but we stayed because of the people. I cherish the Forest – the people and the place. I passionately believe that only through collaboration and cooperation can we achieve the best outcomes across our communities, for our elderly, our young, our vulnerable and our disadvantaged. For these reasons, I am standing as a candidate for County Councillor.
I believe that through working together and listening to all voices we can find sustainable and practical solutions to the challenges we face: managing the boar population, regenerating our town centres, integrating our rural communities and providing opportunities for the future. I believe these challenges can only be met through collective, cooperative and collaborative means.
Coleford Town Centre Regeneration
Coleford deserves a heart which reflects its vibrant and historic communities and its role as an economic and social hub. The County Council must add to District and Town Council and local community plans for regeneration I aspire to ensure all community voices are heard in achieving a sustainable, attractive and purposeful town centre.
Getting around the Forest
The prosperity of the Forest of Dean depends on its transport. At its heart, Coleford must be central to any strategy for delivering a modern, efficient and sustainable transport system across the district. Campaigning for localised road management and improving our buses are immediate priorities.
Health and Social Care
It is said that a community can be judged through the way it treats its elderly. I believe that now, more than ever, is the time to care. The profit driven market place is failing our elderly and most vulnerable. Elderly people stuck in hospital because of the lack of local support, is both economic madness and cruel.