Ahead of Cheddar’s first parish council election for many years, I’ve set this page up to share some information about the sort of work I’ve been doing on the council since 2014 (as recorded in council minutes) as well as other community initiatives I’m involved with, and also some future hopes and plans. Much of it is stuff that friends of my personal Facebook profile have probably already seen over the years, so it’s only fair to bore everyone else with it too! 😀
Seriously though, I’ll add new material here over the coming weeks, if you like the sound of any of this stuff, I’d be grateful for an x in the box on 2nd May. Thanks! 👍
Hopefully you will find the posts on this page informative and should give a bit of insight into my work in the community, but if you are short on time to read it all, here’s a brief summary about me:
I’ve been a Parish Councillor in Cheddar since October 2014, and was elected as Chair of the Highways and Open Spaces Committee in June 2016. That’s the committee that interfaces with Somerset Highways, Sedgemoor Clean Surroundings, and looks after parish assets such as Sharpham Road playing fields and Hannah More Cottage and park, amongst others. Our highlights of the past few years include establishing a 30mph limit in Cheddar Gorge, saving the heritage phone box on Tweentown for Cheddar Artists, and winning the award for Best Large Playing Field in Somerset.
Separately, I’m on the committees for Plastic-Free Cheddar and Cheddar Walking, and also look after the Cheddar Village web site and social media pages. You might see me around Cheddar in my VW campervan, or jogging along the Strawberry Line, and I’m a regular participant at Parkrun. I also help out with leading guided walks around the Gorge for Cheddar Walking, at the Top of the Gorge Festival.
A number of Cheddar residents may also know me as an NHS volunteer driver, or from our local pages on Facebook and Nextdoor. I also maintain several web sites for local businesses and run a small e-commerce board game business. I’ve lived in Cheddar since 2001 and both my kids went through Cheddar’s three schools.
I’m looking forward to being able to continue working with the police, Longleat Estates, the National Trust, AONB and Bristol Water on improving the tourism offer for Cheddar – particularly as a destination for outdoor adventure. The new Plastic-Free Cheddar initiative, under the auspices of Surfers Against Sewage, is something I’m keen to help with and hope to work with local groups, businesses and schools to remove as much single use plastic as we can. And also, continuing initiatives to tackle crime and anti-social vehicle use such as a new Public Space Protection Order and working with Highways on traffic calming measures.
Finally, doing what we can, through our new Neighbourhood Plan, to limit over-development or inappropriate development in the village, and maintain it as safe and attractive community for people to live and work in.