Swindon Borough Council role


Appointed to Swindon Borough Council's Cabinet as Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning & Sustainability 2018/19:


A great opportunity to work in a field where I have 35 years experience - the Housing industry has been my life since I was 18. I fully intend to deliver on the ambitious plans for Swindon with good housing developments.


My work for residents




As one of a group of volunteers we give up our time to be a visible presence to speeding motorists in Liddington.


Data about speeding motorists is passed to Wiltshire Police and those motorists can expect to hear from the police.


The data is also used to inform the need for improved signage (which I have been succesful in securing for the B4192 Purley Road) in Liddington.







My son Will and I removed grafitti - cleared pavements of leaves and fallen branches and removed grass growing alongside the road on the Purley Road (B4192).


Great to look back and see what we achieved in doing this - a very tidy street scene afterwards.


We were just one part of the effort with other Liddington residnets concentrating on other areas.


We brought in a leaf blower from home to speed the task!


Swindon Borough Council work




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 and protected landscapes which surround us.


My family and I enjoy the sheer beauty of our countryside and The Ridgeway! 


We walk lots and have a demanding dog 'Coco' who also enjoys our countryside!







I have enjoyed a tour of a farm in Wiltshire to help me appreciate how hard our farmers have to work!


Working in Swindon but living in the rural communities of The Ridgeway ward I am able to get a great perspective on the challenges faced by both Town and Countryside.


I want to enhance our lives by keeping in touch with the hard work our farming community do to keep the countryside producing our food and being incredible stewards of our countryside and landscape.





I walk regularly in our countryside:


I love 'The Coombe' in Hinton Parva, the changing of the flora and fauna. 


I walk the Ridgeway, the footpaths and bridleways around Wanborough and Liddington.


I walk around Bishopstone - love the pond, love the pub and appreciate the work and investment that Helen Browning and Tim Finney have put into the Royal Oak as a heart in a rural community.





LIVING IN A RURAL AREA - we do enjoy our pubs:


In Wanborough we have some fantastic pubs - the New Calley Arms, Plough Inn, Harrow Inn, Brewers Arms and Cross Keys + The Burj Indian Restaurant at Foxhill.


In Badbury we have the Bakers Arms and in Liddington we have The Village Inn. Bishopstone has the fantastic Royal Oak.



Gary Sumner

Ridgeway Ward



Tel: 01793 790814


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