I have lived in Houghton Regis for over 35 years, teaching in a local upper school. I support the 1st/3rd Houghton Regis scout group and I am church warden at All Saints our parish church. This is a heritage site welcoming visitors interested in exploring the history of the town. My concern about the rise of homelessness led me to join Signposts, our local homeless charity, where I am a Director and Trustee. I enjoyed my time as Town Mayor and being involved with the Events working group for the last eight years, helping to organise the Carnival and Houghton Rocks. I’m a bit of a gardener and have two border collies who take me for walks locally, around our wonderful open spaces. Along with other recreational facilities these places are essential for our well-being. It is important to protect and improved them in the future.
WHY YOU STOOD AS A COUNCILLOR:
As a busy teacher with three children, I was confined to voluntary work like fundraising and after school activities. Retiring has allowed me an opportunity to give something back to our Town. I think we should all do our bit when we can. Also, I must admit, I do enjoy meeting people and being involved in all the many activities that take place in our community.
I enjoyed my time as Town Mayor, and took every opportunity to remind those I met that the people of Houghton achieve so much every day, especially when it comes to helping others. It is often done with few resources and often goes unrecognised.
To be honest, I think those who live and work in Houghton deserve a better quality of life, especially when it comes to our environment, recreational facilities and opportunities for young people.
WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO ACHIEVE:
I want to work with all the Town Councillors to ensure that wise decisions are made, which get the best value for the money (the “precept”) we spend. As to the much larger amount of rate payer’s money, that is spent by Central Beds Council, I will argue we should be treated fairly and that the needs of our community are recognised.
Specifically, I want to support any initiative that seeks to meet the needs of young people and their families in these difficult times. The provision of Leisure activities is not an optional “extra”, but a vital ingredient in encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
Doing whatever we can to protect our open spaces has become essential, at a time when legislation will make it easier to build wherever the planners want to put houses.
Having a nicer environment is also about feeling safer by having more visible policing. Let our local police do the job they do best, out in the community meeting and talking and reassuring us all.
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