"I was born locally, my parents worked for many years
in Higbridge. I am a father and grandfather. I completed
23 years service in the Cellophane factory before gaining
my Health and Safety qualifications and setting up my own
business. Since I have retired I have represented the area
on Sedgemoor Tenants Voice, served a term on the board of
Homes in Sedgemoor as a member of its Audit Committee."
"Highbridge is a growing community that will of course
see further expansion in the future, what I do not want
to see is this happening without the schools, doctors surgeries
and suitable transport links in place. I want to see the
right mix of affordable and social housing in any further
"We have a train station which is lacking good access
for the disabled and mothers with strollers. Parking is
limited and the station itself has little character and
nothing to inform the traveller of what the town and the
surrounding area has to offer. I want to change these things
for the better and have brought our local MP to see the
problems and gain his support."
"When talking to business owners in the town, the
need to attract more people into the centre to shop is frequently
raised. There is very little roadside parking, so the shopper
has to pay for parking even if they only want a pint of
milk or a loaf of bread. I would like to see the first half
hour in the car park free, as happens in a number of towns
around the country."
"With the increasing numbers of houses being built
we need to attract more employment. I would like to see
our residents able to find suitable employment in the area
without the need to travel further afield."
"I think it would benefit our town if we had our own
skills training centre, so that people could obtain training
to get them into, or help them return to, work. Our children
and young people need the facilities for sport and recreation
maintained and increased as our town population grows."
"I am totally against the sale of the Apex Park BMX
track, wanting to see it reinstated to park land or alternately
try to find another community use for the site. I believe
in standing up for our community. I will campaign for a
safer community, support independent shops and fight for
local jobs and opportunities."
"My aim is to see a progressive council, one that
listens to constituent's views, and supports local groups
working to improve our town's parks and other facilities.
I will use my many years of experience, both in housing,
finance and local government procedures, to work for everyone."
"We as a party have kept our promises to deliver a
new school, a pedestrian crossing outside the doctors surgery
and the building of a new enterprise centre. I want to be
part of this team and I am committed to deliver further
benefits to our community."
"I am standing as your candidate in Highbridge's election
this Thursday. I am not a politician but as a local person
I care hugely about our area."
"I've worked in adult social care and education,
and have run my own business, so I feel that I have a very
good understanding of the needs, sometimes complex, of many
in our community."
"I hope you will be able to trust me with your vote
and put aside party politics for the benefit of our community."
"I would expect a councillor to be an effective representative
of residents, putting their views and needs first and looking
forwards to those of future generations."
"Having seen the changes in Highbridge over the course
of my life I am appalled by what has been inflicted upon
the area by people without connection to or understanding
of Highbridge's needs."
"My family have had strong connections to Highbridge
for many years and it is distressing to see the designed
decline of the High Street, the decimation of our public
services, the closure of the businesses on Morlands and
the loss of Woodberry's, for whom I worked early in my working
"There is no reason with all of Highbridge's existing
assets such as its excellent transport links and potential
for commercial development that it could not be again the
thriving hub that it once was - the issue is will, principle,
ambition and common sense."
"Without a strong voice, I believe the future of
the area is extremely bleak. I feel Highbridge would benefit
greatly from having its own Town Council which would give
"At the very least a clear and honest discussion should
be held on the issue with the public."
"Having listened to the views of local people, I
agree that urgent action is needed on many issues. Highbridge
is suffering from serious underinvestment in infrastructure
and hugely harmful overdevelopment."
"The coming years are key for Highbridge and the planning
process will be instrumental in defining Highbridge's future."
"I cannot promise to resolve all of these issues
but I can and will make sure the views of this community