Born and educated in St.Ives, followed by higher education at North Devon College Barnstaple and an apprenticeship at Falmouth Ship Repair Yard until its closure in the late 70’s. I then transferred to HM Dockyard Devonport to complete my training.
Subsequently, I joined a large newsagent’s chain as a Relief Manager, covering Devon and Cornwall and later, worked at St.Ivel Dairy, St Erth, from 1988 until 1997. After the factory closed I started work at Safeway’s (now Morrison’s) supermarket until 2004.
I moved to St. Erth in 1984 with my wife and we have 3 children, so I am aware of issues affecting families and young people and have always wanted to get involved in voluntary work of some kind to give something back to the community.
Over recent years, I feel that the strengths of traditional local communities have diminished for many socio-economic reasons but believe that working together will achieve more and help us to reverse this trend. I am a firm believer that you get out of life what you are prepared to put into it.
I joined Penwith Housing Association Tenants Committee to fight for tenants issues, working with the ‘Service Review Group’ to compile polices and with the design team for Decent Homes. I was also a member of the Resident Auditor Team, working with PHA and tenants to check on standards, quality and best practice and although no longer a committee member I am still very much involved in residents’ issues.
I became a Parish Councillor in 2010 and became Chairman of the Parish Council in May 2012 and am very proud of what has been achieved since then including:
Improving the ways in which the Council communicates – by the continuing development of the Council’s website, conducting two residents’ surveys, the installation of a new, more visable notice board outside of the Star Inn and the forthcoming Parish newsletter.
Neighbourhood Planning – by starting the process to create a Neighbourhood Plan, taking advantage of the Government’s decision to give local communities more power to influence decisions about where they live.
Increasing the number and quality of open spaces – by developing the Youth Shelter and CommunityPicnic Area at The Green Lane and upgrading facilities at Battery Mill Lane Park.
Governance – by ensuring that the Council always operates within the Law and has careful regard to the Code of Conduct, Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and follows ‘Best Practice’ in everything we do.
Investing in the Council’s assets – by preparing for the renovation of the Vestry Rooms, to transform the building into a modern, safe and efficient building which will be available for Community use.
I belive that because young people should have the opportunity to continue to live and work in the Parish they grew up in, I have a keen interest in all housing related issues.
I remain very positive about the future of the Parish and look forward to working with the community on Neighbourhood Planning in particular and on other matters, as we have previously.
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