Representing local people at a local level
I’m your Labour councillor for Wolverton, which includes the areas of Bancroft Park, Bluebridge, Greenleys, New Bradwell, Stratford Park, Wolverton Park, Old Wolverton, Wolverton and Wolverton Mill. Wolverton is at an exciting time. There are major developments coming to fruition, and it is vital that the voices of all sectors of the community are heard.
I’m originally from south London, but have lived in Wolverton since 1978. My family were born here and went to local schools. My wife is a teacher in a Milton Keynes Special School. After working as a scientist, I became a science teacher and taught in Wolverton for twenty years. I then moved on to wider educational policy work. I am currently a director/trustee of a number of bodies connected with education and leisure, including the Wolverton Pool and Leisure Trust.
I first became politically aware in my late teams, and have always supported Labour, through good times and bad. I see myself as a local person representing local people at a local level. I have been Leader of the Labour Group on Milton Keynes Council twice, once as Leader of the Council and once as Leader of the Opposition.
I was first elected to Milton Keynes Council in 1990, representing Wolverton. During my time as a councillor I have been, at various times, involved in nearly all aspects of the Council’s work, specialising in Lifelong Learning. I am currently the Council cabinet member for Children and School Improvement.
I am standing for election in order that I can continue to bring my experience and values to bear on the increasingly difficult decisions the Council has to make, particularly those affecting Wolverton Ward. One of my current responsibilities is the School Building programme, which is one of the most extensive in the country. Bushfield School is currently being expanded to cater for the increasing number of children in the ward.
It is vital that we get the right results for Wolverton Ward in current developments, most notably the future of the Agora, and the railway works and its site. We must make sure we have the right mix of retail and housing types, and enough school places and health provision.
The current state of national housing policy is little short of a disgrace. Conservative government policy is directly leading to a shortage of affordable housing, to rent and to buy. This leads to overcrowding and homelessness. Public transport is another interest of mine, and I will continue to push for improvements in the local bus and rail networks.
I am a passionate believer in the power of education to change people’s lives. Better education means the chance of a better job and a better life. ‘A Good School for Every Child’ is an aspiration I am proud to support.
As your councillor, I will continue to do my best to represent your views in all parts of Wolverton ward, bringing my experience and judgement to bear on issues affecting the ward, and Milton Keynes as a growing regional centre.
Along with my fellow Ward councillors, Pete Marland and Rob Middleton, I am always happy to be contacted by phone, e-mail, text, and letter or in person. We are available at 10:00 every Saturday at Wolverton Library and other times by arrangement.
You can contact me on:
Telephone: 07874 885 924