As we in Trinity go to the Polls today, please support my re-election to East Devon District Council where I’ve represented us since 2009. I am the only candidate for Trinity, living in the Ward and eligible to vote here.
I am pleased to confirm that, if re-elected, I will be taking my seat as an Independent Councillor, not aligned to any political party or group, following my resignation from the Conservative Party.
*Please do not be concerned that your ballot paper will identify me as representing the Conservative Party. It is not possible to change how this is displayed, as my resignation dates from after the closure of nominations. To make sure that everyone is aware of this and my intention to sit as an Independent Councillor if elected, my team and I have hand delivered personal letters to all 2,197 residents on the Trinity Ward Electoral Register.
May 2019 local authority elections will be influenced by the Brexit fiasco at national level, not just for the Conservative and Labour parties, but also opportunistic smaller groups. Local elections should be decided on the issues around local delivery of services, within the remit of the district council.
Your Priorities are My Priorities;
A key part of my work, not simply at election time but throughout the last decade, has been to ensure Trinity residents are the best informed in East Devon.
TRINITYMatters.co.uk my personal website, is self-funded and maintained. It is almost ten years old and highly regarded as an individual Councillor site. This is augmented by my active social media presence.
I have written over 100 articles for the Uplyme Parish Magazine, and attended virtually all Uplyme, Combpyne-Rousdon & Axmouth Parish Council meetings, providing a written report to each. You may have noticed my website has never carried political party insignia. This is quite intentional, as I think it is important as a district Councillor, I am seen to represent everyone equitably.
My wife Sue and I have been married for 37 years. We live in Uplyme, near Ware Cross and have six children, the youngest educated locally, at Mrs Ethelstons Primary School. I Chair the Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club, passionate about ensuring the future of cricket in Trinity.
I was elected by fellow Councillors as Leader of East Devon District Council in 2018 and previously held Cabinet positions for Corporate Services, Economy and Finance. I Chair the Board of the Exeter & East Devon Enterprise Zone and represent East Devon on the Heart of the South West Joint Committee of Local Authority Leaders. This means local issues and opportunities in Uplyme, Combpyne-Rousdon and Axmouth are represented by an experienced, hardworking and influential local council member.
My priorities are much more than simply a ‘wish list’.
Led by my former team and I over the last year, East Devon District Council is already delivering;
SAFE AFFORDABLE HOMES
East Devon District Council owns 4,200 properties to rent, 57 added this year. We need more truly affordable homes for local and young people, safe, good quality homes for all, the right size, in the right place.
AN ECONOMY WORKING FOR ALL
We benefit from the economic growth of Exeter, but need to attract, working age residents and support further development of well paid, year-round, local job opportunities in Trinity.
PROTECTION FOR OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Trinity is in the East Devon AONB. Our council manages Trinity Hill, other Local Nature Reserves and the amazing Seaton Wetlands, BBC Countryfile Best UK Nature Reserve 2019 runner-up.
SERVICES TRINITY WANTS
EDDC collects waste and recycling from 70,000 properties each week. The recycling rate of 60% is a national leader, compared to just 30% in Labour controlled Exeter City Council. I support council moves toward carbon neutrality reduced plastic use and further recycling improvement, to help safeguard our local and global environment.
INTO THE DIGITAL AGE
I will continue to promote 24/7 access to council services by phone or computer, adding to the 200 services already online supported by the easy to use app. I will ensure continued access to services, for people unable to work online.
THE LOWEST COUNCIL TAX IN DEVON
East Devon Band D properties pay only £141.78 per year to EDDC, just £2.72 per week. To live in Labour controlled Exeter City Council would cost 9.4% more. East Devon should remain a ‘low council tax’ authority.
PLANNING OUR FUTURE
I am determined we do not simply build houses, rather sustainable communities with necessary facilities and services. I will support Rural communities wishing to build small numbers of homes for local people.
Support Leisure East Devon in delivery and maintenance of leisure, entertainment facilities and parks. Helping us lead fit, healthy and happy lives, in the fantastic natural environment that is Trinity.
Each of these priorities is the direct responsibility of East Devon District Council, unlike roads, potholes and the like, the responsibility of Devon County Council and Highways England, or BREXIT where responsibility and accountability lies squarely in Westminster.
Whilst not a District Council responsibility, the drive toward the best possible broadband service remains a personal priority. It seemed the Trinity Broadband Group job was done, with the award of the Gigaclear contract, but this has faltered, and our efforts need to be restarted.
Trinity Ward Polling Stations at Uplyme Village Hall, Peek Hall Rousdon and Axmouth Village Hall will be open from 7:00am until 10:00pm on Thursday 2nd May. If you have misplaced your Official Poll Card, don’t worry, you do not need to take it with you to vote.
Please support my re-election, to help me to continue working on East Devon District Council for you and all Trinity residents.
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