I moved to Stone in 2002 and have benefitted enormously from the 17 years I have spent here. In that time, I have been involved in a number of local organisations including Stone Revellers Theatre Group and Stone SP Cricket Club, where I still manage a junior cricket team. During the last 17 years I have had the privilege of witnessing the growth of the town and the developing of its identity, but there is, I believe, much potential to realise and the future could be even better, I would like the opportunity to be part of that future and help Stone realise that potential.
There are three main aspects of Stone that I would like to focus on, and I ask for your endorsement to allow me to do that;
Town Centre – Stone has a thriving town centre compared to many in the area. There are successful businesses and people that have worked tirelessly in order to achieve that and the efforts of the local people are to be applauded. There are some issues though that I would like the opportunity to address, traffic is becoming an increasing problem and there are workable solutions for this. Parking is limited and the management of it could be regarded as spiteful and I would like to change the approach to that. Providing access to all that Stone offers is a key priority and a well-balanced approach could not only boost the town’s economy but also alleviate traffic and congestion.
Development- Stone has developed very quickly, and in the last 17 years almost beyond recognition. Development is crucial to the towns long term future and provides many opportunities, but it does need to be sustainable for a long-term benefit. Any development has to be socially acceptable, environmentally friendly and also economically viable. I would ask you to allow me to influence the development of Stone to fulfil these criteria.
Youth and Opportunities – I have been a secondary school teacher for 15 years and I would like to think I have a good take on what pressures the young are under and what opportunities they have. It is essential that the pressures are relieved and greater opportunities are provided. Pressures included peer pressure, economic pressure and social pressure – the local town has a role to play in making sure these are minimised and provide greater opportunities. The young are the future of the town and Stone needs to be able to nurture that.
Finally, I have aligned with a party that shows where my core values and principals lie; responsibility, enterprise, freedom and justice, these are the values I bring to this candidacy and together with the three aspects of my campaign I believe I can help develop Stone long term and further realise it’s potential.
I would really value your vote and the opportunity to help Stone on its journey.