I have lived in Basingstoke for over ten years; with my wife and two children who were both born in Basingstoke and go to school here. My wife’s family have lived in the town for three generations.
I love living in Basingstoke, and it has definitely become “home” after growing up in London, but I believe there is always room for improvement in any area, and with inevitable cuts to council budgets, it has never been more important to ensure every penny is well spent and accounted for.
As the oldest of five children and with a young family myself, I would relish the chance to be a voice for all residents, especially families.
I have worked in transport for over 10 years, and I know how essential it is to a thriving community to have access to affordable and frequent public transport, ample parking provision, pot-hole-free roads, and safe routes for walking and cycling. There is a real challenge over the next year to get people back on public transport to ensure services are viable in the long-run and operators don’t look to make cuts.
Our two children both play for Chineham Tigers FC where I am a coach and manager, and I would work to ensure people of all ages have equal access to open spaces and leisure facilities across the area.
I would work to keep the basic services that residents rightly expect to continue (weekly bin collections, street lighting, reduction of crime, parking), but also work with residents to improve the area.
It is vitally important for Labour to get a majority in the council again, and I believe I have the energy and drive to represent the residents of Chineham and ensure residents’ needs don’t get forgotten in the challenging years ahead.