Meet the Candidates… Park Ward
I have lived in Frome for 19 years now, and it is a fantastic town – lively, creative, independent and wilful. I think our independent town council is a key part of this, and I am keen to keep that way!
I have worked hard for the town over the years – being a Chair of governors to both St Johns and, currently, Frome Community College. I am a local government advisor, helping councils across England to deliver better services and I now want to use this knowledge and experience to help Frome get the most from the creation of the new, Unitary Somerset Council.
Frome has always seemed to me to be a town of doers, people who get stuck in and realise their ideas. This is especially apparent in the arts and Frome Festival is a prime example. Having been active in the arts, both on and off stage, I know the importance of promoting all kinds of creative opportunities, especially for children.
I have lived, worked and raised four children in Frome over the last 20 years and I’m proud to call it my home. The opportunity to stand as an independent councillor has great appeal to me. It demonstrates a willingness to negotiate and work on local issues as a team, rather than be influenced by a political party line which may have little relevance to the people we actually serve.
I believe strongly in an equitable council; one which has a wide range of voices and life experiences. I’m passionate about supporting those who are disadvantaged and have found my work with Fair Housing for Frome as a Director and a volunteer both challenging and rewarding. I also feel women must be well represented to develop balanced policy.