I put my name forward for election because I feel I can help contribute to the success of the town in which I live. I haven't applied to further my own ambition or increase my profile within the town in any way, shape or form. My only interest is to represent the residents of the town and my neighbours, with the sole aim of improving the lives of those residents. I was born and live in Andover, work in Andover from home for a multinational company and have been working from home since March 2019, so pre-coronavirus. I've had about a years' worth of practice before everyone else was forced to work from home.
I live locally in Andover with my wife and now four children. The youngest turned two months last week. So, I'm very keen to see the area in which they are being brought up improved and offer them the best of opportunities as possible.
I was a member of the Town Council for nine years previously, and bring considerable experience. In that time, I chaired the Allotment Committee for four years. Prior to that I was Vice Chairman. During that period when I was Chair, we worked incredibly hard with the Officers, Wardens and Members, in the attempt to put the allotments onto a firm financial footing and to catch up and meet all the health and safety commitments that had been overlooked for a number of years prior to that, especially under Test Valley. I believe that we did a good job of that and set the allotments on a pretty good footing before the Andover Alliance came to power in 2019.
My main message is that I'd like to help the Council to get back to the business of serving the residents of Andover to the best of its ability. I'm quite happy to work with anyone. Although obviously I am a member of the Liberal Democrats, I have no problem with working with anyone who wants to help our community and making things better, and we need a better deal for us all.