Priestwood and Garth
Cllr Paul Bidwell, Tricia Brown, Lorraine Copley, David McMullen, Steve Fearon
Cllr Paul Bidwell
Standing for election to Bracknell Forest Borough and Bracknell Town (Priestwood) Councils.
I am proud to have represented Priestwood on the Town Council for the past four years as a member of the Planning, Carbon Reduction, Finance and Strategy committees. I will continue as a Trustee of Age Concern and Priestwood Community Centre, working for the local community.
Standing for election to Bracknell Forest Borough Council.
As Chair of the New Priestwood Community association, and as a former Borough Councillor, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to support the residents of the area.
I worked in computing for 25 years and currently work for an autism charity, I have lived in Garth for 27 years. I have enjoyed working with residents on many projects and issues and would welcome the chance to represent you again.
Notable action previously as a Councillor: Planning; decent an affordable homes including adequate drainage to avoid flooding to existing homes; support or concerns on individual planning applications; involved in early planning for the Lexicon; Parking and road safety: original residents parking scheme (punitive charges introduced when I was not a Councillor);crossing at rounds Hill on Wokingham Road; cycle paths; Housing and neighbourhood issues including being an advocate for residents dealing with housing issues; Social Services: support for children and young people; also checked provision for elderly; Financial: finding the most efficient and cost effective ways to provide Council Services, using the Council’s assets effectively to create long-term funding for projects.
Standing for election to Bracknell Town (Garth) Council.
I have always been an advocate of fairness and justice, my involvement in trade union activities saw me lobbying MPs in my early 20s. Currently working in retail, I have experience in telecommunications, customer service and the funeral industry. Having lived within the Bracknell Forest borough most of my life, I see this election as a real opportunity to use my local knowledge and experiences to help create a fairer community; For the many, not the few.
Standing for election to Bracknell Town (Priestwood) Council.
I have lived in Bracknell almost all my life, attending both Primary and Secondary schools here. When I was a child, I was involved in a car accident and after my full recover, I campaigned for crossings on the Binfield Road , making it safer for others. Two zebra crossings were later installed and this sparked my enthusiasm for ‘getting things done’ and ‘making a difference’. I served in Afghanistan and am now passionately involved in campaigning for support with employment and well-being for my fellow veterans when they return to civilian life. I am active in the GMB Union.
I now run my own business , also in Bracknell, and am keen to hear of the challenges facing local businesses and what help you need.
I believe all Councillors should be in contact with their residents, listening, discussing issues and keeping them informed of decisions before they are made. Bracknell is a great place to live, but there is still much to be done to ensure all have equal opportunities to enjoy all it has to offer.
Standing for election to Bracknell Forest Borough and Bracknell Town (Garth) Councils.
I have lived in Bracknell for 20 years. I studied Criminology at Southampton Institute and returned to Bracknell where I now work for Waitrose. I believe residents are too distant from their Councillors. Councillors should regularly contact their residents, listen, share their aspirations and concern,
Residents should be kept informed of all changes affecting their lives and consulted before the decisions are made. I believe a healthy democracy thrives on dialogue.
I am passionate about providing social housing as well as affordable housing. I am also determined that Bracknell Forest Council will take all opportunities to reduce its carbon footprint and face up to the crisis of climate change.