APPOINTED AS CHAIR OF 'CHILDRENS HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE & EDUCATION OVERSIGHT & SCRUTINY COMMITTEE' 2017/18:
I'm delighted to have been appointed as Chair of this important committee covering a subject for which I have a great interest. I remain in the following committees:
Growing the Economy
Archaeological Advisory Board
AONB, Appointments Committe
New Eastern Villages Cabinet Member Advisory Group
MY WORK IN SWINDON BOROUGH COUNCIL and THE RIDGEWAY WARD:
Since my election in May I have really enjoyed the work in the Ridgeway Ward. I now attend four Parish Council meetings on a monthly basis and have met some really great people doing a lot for their communities. I have done as much as I can to support them in what they want to achieve.
I am grateful for the lovely comments from residents and appreciate your support for me. If residents report issues to me they will get a quick response!
WORK IN 2017/18:
Litter picking on The Ridgeway
I love having so much open space near to where we live - we walk our dog on The Ridgeway (yes - we always go well prepared and pick up any of her deposits whilst we are collecting other peoples litter.
I have asked the local police to keep a closer eye on the area as there has been anti-social behaviour and drug use as well as damage to livestock.
WORK IN 2016/2017:
Earlier in the summer I enjoyed an afternoon tour of a farm in Wiltshire to help me appreciate how hard our farmers have to work!
I also enjoy the many committees to which I have been appointed at the Borough Council including Corporate Parenting (Looked After Children – in the care of the Local Authority) and Children’s Health, Social Care & Education and to which I feel I add value.
This is in addition to the Planning Committee and Growing the Economy which are also fascinating in their own ways. Finally, I am Chair of the Archaeological Advisory Board which gives me an opportunity to discuss ways of preserving the heritage in this Town, including many finds in the local areas.
WORK IN 2016/2017:
I am a representative for Swindon on the Council of Partners of the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) - this is an organisation which is there to preserve the Nationally important landscapes which surrounds us. My family and I enjoy the sheer beauty of our countryside and The Ridgeway!