I am delighted to have the opportunity of representing Ashdon, Sewards End, Hadstock and Little Walden if re-elected to Uttlesford District Council (UDC) on 7 May. They are four beautiful villages and like many in our District are quite rightly concerned to retain their rural charm and elegance. By way of background I have lived in this area most of my life and am married with three grown up children. Professionally I was with Marks & Spencer and from them was seconded to the Cabinet Office in Whitehall for two years. I was also a Non Executive Director at Papworth Hospital where I chaired both the Audit and Quality and Risk Committees.My experience in the public and private sectors has shaped my approach to local Council work. I believe it is essential to listen to the resident, (or the customer or patient) to really understand their priorities, needs and concerns. Looking ahead we must remain vigilant to the needs of our villages and this requires working closely with the relevant authority for:
•The provision of school places and well maintained roads by working with Essex County Council.
• Sufficient primary and community healthcare by working with the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.
The Ashdon Ward is close to Saffron Walden and it is imperative that school places, health facilities and traffic flow are fit for purpose. I am pleased that UDC's work with Essex County Council is resulting in more primary school places and the development of a scheme for Ashdon Road. I have been an Uttlesford District Councillor since 2007 and it was an honour to be elected as the Leader of the Council in July 2014. We are proud at Uttlesford of being rated the Best District Council in England, to have an excellent financial position, provide high quality services and to really care for our communities. In conclusion I would like to thank Andrew Ketteridge who is now standing down for his work over the past four years and for his support. If elected I would be a passionate supporter for the whole Ward, its residents, its environment and its infrastructure. I would be most grateful for your support.