My wife Debbie and I live in Devizes. Our appreciation of the community spirit and neighbourliness in the town is just as strong now as when we moved here eight years ago.
Labour values are representative of my core beliefs but I am realistic. If elected I would bring to the role a pragmatic approach to problem solving forged from a rounded background of running my own business as an IT consultant and prior experience as a senior finance manager in a number of local authorities. I believe my experience would be valuable to Devizes Town Council as it takes on new responsibilities from Wiltshire Council.
As a sports enthusiast I appreciate the benefits that exercise can bring to physical and mental well-being for all ages. I am particularly keen on maximising the availability of recreation facilities locally, specifically the development of the Green Lane sports field as a high specification training ground.
With my Labour colleagues I have supported the campaign to save Braeside and Oxenwood outdoor education centres and worked with others campaigning to keep schools for children with special education needs small, local and accessible.
As a town councillor I would support local projects for improving the situation for homeless people and initiatives to provide affordable housing. I will also continue the Labour campaign in Devizes for extra health provision, in particular the long-awaited Urgent Care Centre in Marshall Rd.
Labour has a vision and a programme for all the people of DEVIZES.
Labour will protect the quality of life that makes Devizes a vibrant and successful town that welcomes diversity, encourages innovation and believes in community.