Candidate for Baddesley and Grendon
I moved to ‘The Fish and Chip Shop’ at the bottom of Keys Hill,Baddesley in 1979.
The Shop is now at the top of the Hill,of course. My wife, Diane and now grown up children, Ruth and Charles – both educated at local Schools by excellent Teachers have enjoyed living in this wonderful area. Socially, I played cricket for Birch Coppice and Atherstone, performed many times for The Rockers Pantomime Society and the still very active Baddesley Amateur Dramatic Society ( Bats ).
My first ‘community volunteering’ was as Chairman of The Baddesley Outcast Action Group in the late 80s/early 90s. We won against the might of British Coal and the policy of the then Conservative Government to opencast coal purely for a quick profit. A local demonstration of POWER TO THE PEOPLE.
I became a School Governor and Chairman of Baddesley Parish Council, along with active involvement on The Carnival Committee and it’s successors. I may also be remembered as The Proprietor of Midland Fireworks as so many villagers were involved, and, latterly having taught many young people to drive as a DVSA ADI ( Driving Instructor ). These days I remain on The Parish Council, with special responsibility for Planning and am Vice Chairman of Baddesley Party in The Park. I am also Chairman of The Atherstone Dickens Event ( used to be Dickens Night ).
My Pledges to you are also those of my Labour Party Colleague, John Moore. His vast experience along with the kind help from Councillor Ray Sweet, BEM, who is standing down, will be a phenomenal help.
My personal Priority will be to listen to what you want and work with you. I promise not to be concerned only with self enhancement and petty political rivalries – or just plain idle. I have started on this path by establishing ‘The Baddesley and Grendon Stop The Build Action Group’. It welcomes ALL Residents who will be affected by the present Local plan. Unless we reverse the decision by the presently Conservative controlled Borough Council we will have 10,000 more homes in the North of The Borough. We DO NEED more homes, but not that many in the wrong place – and mainly of the wrong type. We MUST build more affordable homes that young families can move into in particular.
I have fought hard on behalf of justice for the wider local community before – and am prepared to do it again. We can then all celebrate together.