I am an artist and designer, and was a long term resident of Devon before moving to Cornwall in 1995. I have lived in St Erth since 2000 and I am married to Sarah Hanley, flautist and music teacher with Cornwall Music; we have two teenage children, Max and Zuzu.
I have worked as an artist and designer for over 30 years, specialising in building portraits for major clients in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. I have had major exhibitions in London, Devon and in The Hague. In addition to my fine art painting, I have completed artwork for developers’ planning presentations and gained much experience in this field, working with clients, architects and planners across Europe.
My interests are in art and design, architecture and all kinds of music, north European history, and transport. Since living in St Erth I have always been keen to see improvements in the parish. In 2004 I secured funding for riverside planting opposite the church. In 2005-6 I conducted a survey of the parish; after securing funding, I designed and assembled the St Erth Parish Plan 2006 – 2016, using the results of the survey and further public consultation.
My motivation for working in the community is to improve the built environment of St Erth, while keeping the visual character of the village and countryside. I believe it is essential to maintain this integrity by respecting local styles, but to avoid promoting dull and unimaginative buildings which do nothing for the parish. I wish to encourage interesting building design and the use of environmentally sensible choices of building materials.
I also believe it is important to open up opportunities wherever possible to attract business to the parish and to employ local people near where they live. I see the old dairy site at the station as a particularly important opportunity to develop for the benefit of our community.I want to see St Erth well connected to surrounding towns and villages with good walking and cycling links, to encourage health and fitness and discourage over-reliance on cars. I have been working on plans to establish a network of pedestrian and cycle trails in the parish to connect the village, station and Hayle with safe off-road paths and, where possible, improved and well lit pavements.
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