STRATTON WARD CANDIDATE

Siân Dearing

I am a Poughill resident and full time parent, with a background in primary and secondary (SEN) education. I grew up in rural North Devon but have always felt drawn to the rugged North Cornish coast. After studying Fine Art at Falmouth University and dipping my toes into the world of international travel (including a year living and working in New Zealand) my partner and I eventually re-built a home for ourselves and “settled” here to live and work. 

I am a passionate advocate for the type of inclusive and participatory local democracy that would reflect the true wishes of our community by prioritising listening, reinforcing community cohesion, and improving social-ecological resilience. In practical terms that might look like a council which is willing to facilitate people’s assemblies and be open to concepts like participatory budgeting. I would like to see a Town Council that serves the community first and asks “how can we help you?”. It is a huge privilege to be part of such a vibrant coastal community. However, I believe that so much more needs to be done to mitigate the effects of climate change within our coastal region. We are already on the frontline, and cannot hope to retain some of the wonderful facilities and features on our doorstep without a Town Council that is willing to future proof it’s decision making processes, and be open minded to change. 

2020 has shown us the power of community spirit in action. Brilliant things can be achieved by individuals, but it takes a whole community, working together, to realise positive and transformative change. I am keen to support projects that nurture creativity and support the mental health and well-being of all residents. Bude-Stratton is such a wonderful place to raise children and I believe that our Town Council should strive to improve community infrastructure that supports the needs of young and old alike. I would love the opportunity to be part of a progressive and forward looking Town Council, that thinks creatively and acts collaboratively to meet the needs of all citizens, including those of future generations. In my spare time (when I’m not busy exploring with a free-range toddler) I enjoy sea swimming, yoga and walking stretches of the beautiful North Cornish coastline, beachcombing for trash/treasure and searching for wildlife.