I moved to Harlow in 1997 and have lived in Brockles Mead with my son Alex since then. I became involved in the Brockles Mead Residents’ Association shortly after arriving in the town and that was the catalyst for me standing to become a councillor in 1999.
I became involved in the Brockles Mead Residents’ Association shortly after arriving in the town and that was the catalyst for me standing to become a councillor in 1999.
My one overriding principal as a councillor is to, at every opportunity, ensure that my constituents have information and know what is happening. There is nothing worse than having a problem that you want to resolve and not getting any information or, even worse, not having something clearly explained.
As a past Chairman of the Council’s Licencing Committee, I campaigned against underage alcohol sales in the town. I am very proud of getting the test-sale failure rate down from 32% to 7%.
I am also proud to have pushed through the private hire door signage that clearly shows that the vehicle is an officially licenced minicab, ensuring that residents using minicabs know they are safe to use.
I have been involved as a volunteer at Pets Corner for over 10 years, working with the animals and helping to set up, and now along with our wonderful team of volunteers, run the gift shop.
Every December I help Father Christmas bring some magic to Pets Corner for children of all ages, something I really enjoy and look forward too.
For most of my life, I have been involved in volunteering, ranging from fundraising for a number of charities to founding Radio Forest Hospital Radio at Forest Hospital, Buckhurst Hill (now based in St Margaret’s, Epping).
Following a major heart attack in 2014, I have had to slow down a bit but it has not stopped my enthusiasm and love of being a councillor and I continue to help my constituents at full steam as well as manning the new Pets Corner shop whenever I can.
If you wish to contact me: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01279 621094.