STRATTON WARD CANDIDATE
Bude is beautiful and we want it to stay that way, but we face uncertainty ahead. That said, during the pandemic, Bude has been truly inspiring and I think we can all work together to keep it that way – and make it even better. I am an author, surfer and environmentalist. I founded Bude-based charity, the 2 Minute Foundation, which aims to ‘clean up the planet 2 minutes at a time’. We employ 11 people in the area, including an apprentice, and recently started a Beach School for local primary school children. I have lived in Poughill since 2013 and in the area since 1996. I am happy my children could grow up here and relish the opportunity to help make Bude even better for them.
I am an active member of the Surf Life Saving Club and have coached both the Nipper and Junior sections of the club as well as served as Men’s Captain. I was very proud to do my duty during the summer of 2020, taking part in voluntary patrols to help keep our beaches safe while the RNLI were unable to be present due to COVID.
I am a committed environmentalist and believe we can look to the past – as well as to new technologies – to help solve the problems of the future. This means using everyone’s knowledge and know-how to work out how the changes we need to make to protect our way of life from Climate Change can benefit everyone. For that reason I sit on Bude and Stratton Town Council’s Climate Change Committee as a member of the public and am keen to support projects that promote greener business and tourism, local transport, local growers, young people, mental health and a healthy, safe and future-proof environment for our children – and their children – to grow up in.
I believe that the Town Council should be diverse, welcoming, open, committed and always willing to listen, instinctively asking ‘How can we help?’, whenever the community has a problem. All decisions that are made should be made with everyone, from the young and old to parents, single parents, the LBGQT community, businesses and community groups in mind and with the community’s best interests at heart.