Thursday 2nd May
All day at the Parish Hall
Choose your Councillor!
Your chance to choose your parish councillors, you can vote for 12 of the 13 candidates. Below is a little piece from each candidate about themselves.
Mike is a retired Chartered Surveyor, born in Moreton, returning here fifteen years ago. He had formerly been European Chairman of a major international property advisory firm and upon retirement took up an associate professorship with Plymouth University. Whilst there he undertook an MA in Architectural Conservation and for his dissertation studied whether climate change had adversely affected the life expectancy of thatch. He is a keen member of the History Society and serves on the committee of the Friends of St Andrews. Mike is very keen that Moreton should not lose its wonderful friendly nature through overdevelopment, but should grow steadily and organically.
I was born at 20 Fordlands in 1945 and have lived in Moreton all my life except for a very brief period when because of work commitments I lived near Chudleigh. I married a local girl and our children attended the local primary school. I have served on the Parish Council for 40 plus years and have endeavoured to do the best for Moreton.
Sebastian (Bas) PAYNE
I live at Clifford Bridge, and have served on the parish council for four years. I have seven grandchildren, and so am particularly concerned about planning issues and sustainable conservation. I helped to set up the recent parish survey and write the survey report, and have been working to get the Bowring Library back from DCC and give it a sustainable future. I am also very much involved in conservation work in Fingle Woods. If re-elected, I will continue to try to make sure that any development in Moreton delivers genuine benefit to the community, while protecting the character and beauty of the town and area. firstname.lastname@example.org; 01647 24515
Having lived in Moreton for the last 36 years and brought up three children here, I feel a love and sense of commitment to the town. I run a studio pottery business here and am keen to promote small businesses in the town, through co-operative initiatives and working with the Marketing Moreton working group of the Parish Council. As my pottery studio is open to the public, I am easily accessible to members of the community who wish to raise concerns or new ideas to the Parish Council and am happy to do my best to help.
I have been lucky enough to call Moretonhampstead home for over 15 years now and really can’t imagine living anywhere else. As a mum and B&B proprietor I am in touch with various sectors of this unique community - as well as tourism, I am also involved with the school and churches and feel passionately about the need to preserve what makes our town special. I believe that people value transparency, compassion, and being truly listened to in order that their views are represented accurately. These are qualities I prided myself on as a Nurse and that I feel I would be able to use to serve this community as a Parish Councillor.
I am 56 years old, have lived in Moreton 12½ years. I earn a living doing gardening, estate and farm work and bits of building. I am pretty bright, have a science education, but my life did not unfold in a conventional way as I am also a high functioning autistic, but was not diagnosed until my 40's. Consequently I have a tendency to look at and go about things in unusual ways, which can under
the right circumstances be useful. I enjoy the output of Jonathan Meades and the late Fred Dibnah, do some casual astronomy, read the FT, change my car's engine oil and am History Society Treasurer. Perhaps this combination of attributes might be of use on the Parish Council.
I am standing for election as a parish councillor so that I can represent the community and make their voices heard. I have worked as a volunteer at the primary school, reading with children and have been a youth worker for the community Youth Club. I have worked at Copellia House and more ecently within the community supporting our elderly people to live comfortably in their own homes.
I was born and brought up in Moretonhampstead as were my grandparents before me. Many things are important to me within my hometown, such as local employment, accessible parking, tourism and sensible management of council funds. I have a very practical mind, which comes from me being a farmer. I also ran a successful farming enterprise in Europe for many years giving me a very unprejudiced view of the world. Ultimately my roots lie in Moreton. I am an honest practical bloke and would be honoured to represent you on the council.
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