Candidate for Norreys & Current Norreys West Town Councillor
I live in Norreys ward just off Deacon Close with my fiancée and young family. My step daughter attends a local school and my son to start at a local nursery this year, it gives me a real grounding in my local community and I understand the struggles and issues of local residents and can relate to them first hand as they are my issues too.
I’ve worked for Thameswater , a national utility company for 25years and now run the water treatment works for Reading, having previously worked all across London for Thameswater working my way up from a field technician to a site manager responsible for a large team and treatment works. I constantly work under pressure and to tight deadlines and know what it is to juggle family and work life and more so with the duties of a town councillor this year.
In May of 2019 I was elected to Wokingham town council as a councillor representing Norreys West ward and I’m very proud to represent my local area on the town council. I sit on the Planning and Transport and the Finance committees. I’ve been vocal on the planning committee in my objections to the over development of Wokingham and worked hard with my colleagues to try and stop these developments.As part of the planning committee I’ve submitted a response to the woeful draft local plan and how it’s missed a golden opportunity to really hold developers to account and get them to build the houses Wokingham really needs. On the finance committee I was privileged to be part of the grants finance committee which saw WTC award grants to a number of worthy local causes, individuals and charities.
I am chairman of Our Community First group which is a local volunteer group offer activities in Wokingham, and especially the norreys area to vulnerable adults and disadvantaged families to aid inclusivity and help when times are difficult. Last year we identified an issues of local families struggling during the summer school holidays when school lunches were not available and we ran a lunch club giving local struggling families regular meals during the week. We are in the process of becoming a charity and it’s an exciting time for the group with lots of activities and projects coming to fruition.
I’m passionate about local community representation and residents having their views heard and championed at town council and I hope at borough council. As a town councillor I’ve spoken to hundreds of residents on the doorstep, throughout the year in all weathers, and taken on board your views and issues which is why the main themes of my campaign are Road safety, housing and climate emergency. With the ongoing over development of Wokingham our roads are busier than ever and it must be time to put the focus on safe non-car travel around the borough and not have the car come first every time. The climate emergency must be taken seriously and WBC are failing to do so with the climate plan, a plan that included £18m of road building and had few if any targets for actual carbon reduction. Housing is a emotive subject and we must build some houses to allow for the growth of Wokingham but they must be the right houses for Wokingham families and not just large executive homes turning Wokingham into a London dormitory town, we should be matching the houses that we do build with the highest environmental standards and creating eco-homes that lead the way in sustainable developments not allowing developers to build whatever they want.
As a borough councillor I want to continue and build on the work I’ve been doing as a town councillor. Wokingham borough council is dominated by Conservative councillors and they have driven Wokingham to where it is today with little effective opposition. We have a chance at this election to change the direction of the borough council and have it under ‘no overall control’ where councillors will have to work together for Wokingham and can set a new direction for the borough council and the services it provides for residents.
So please vote for me, Nick Fox at this Mays local elections for Norreys to have a strong local voice at Wokingham borough council.