Sidmouth Town Ward
I have spoken out for the town and its residents, as a District Councillor, since 2015. I will continue to do that, by any means possible. Challenging how the council makes decisions is essential in order to improve transparency, accountability and democracy.
I pledge to: encourage collaboration to support our high street and improve the street scene; seek action on the delayed Beach Management Plan; push for improvements at Port Royal to capitalise on the redevelopment of the Drill Hall; call for transparency on the true costs and break-even of relocation.
The biggest success has been saving the Drill Hall for redevelopment as a fish restaurant. This long battle involved many people; I picked up the fight with an architecture competition and initiated the 3Rs campaign. Our 1800-signature petition and combined pressure from resident feedback against luxury flats and the Neighbourhood Plan, finally won the day for people-power, I look forward to the restaurant opening in 2020!
Sidmouth Town Ward
I am a keen environmentalist, founder of Sidmouth Plastic Warriors and Regional Representative for Surfers Against Sewage, running regular beach cleans and helping to gain ‘Plastic Free Community’ status for Sidmouth.
I am standing because I strongly believe we should all put something back into our community. My focuses are the environment, youth and mental health services, house building (planning according to need, not profit), and re-energising our town. We need to offer careers (not just jobs) to keep our younger members satisfied living here, and that needs a strong economy.
We have thriving groups for all ages, schools that need support from their community and plenty of positives to build on. I am a supporter of voluntary work of all types and want to make it easier to unite volunteers with those in need of them and encourage civic pride wherever possible.
I will always act according to my conscience and the people I represent. I am not a fan of party politics in any form and I believe it’s time for a change.
Too many times, our local voices are ignored at the District Council; What matters to you, matters to me. Public Service is an honour, not a right or a chore.
If you want the best for your family, friends and community, vote Independent on May 2nd and vote for change. Your vote counts.