“First and foremost, I’m a local parent who wants to see Totnes continue to be a safe, healthy, and inspirational environment for our children to grow up in.
Totnes has a wealth of community assets that were brought about by the hard work and vision of local people, all of which need guardianship to ensure their enjoyment by future generations and I am passionate about keeping this tradition of preserving our built and natural environment for community use alive.
I’m also a big believer in “Living Streets” and I think that the ongoing debate over the high street at times overshadows concerns that have a bigger impact on most of our daily lives; rat-runs, safer walking routes to schools, bad & dangerous parking, and a lack of seating for the less mobile all contribute to making Totnes’ streets more dangerous, polluted, and unwelcoming to pedestrian use. I would like to see residential streets that are for residents, not through traffic, and that parents can feel safe letting their children play out in.
I’ve worn many hats over the years: 20+ years as a printer in the photographic industry, a 6th-form teacher, a middle manager in both the private and public sectors, a trade union rep, and a sole trader for two decades, I believe I can bring a young(ish!) and novel voice to the council that will strive to keep Totnes thriving economically and socially. I’m not affiliated with any political party, nor am I an idealogue with an agenda. I’m just a local citizen that believes in local democracy.”