In the town council I found that communications between the council and Hayle residents and groups was poor and I have worked hard to improve this. I proposed that the council should aim for Quality Council status. This sets standards for a range of council activities, including communications, and improves the democratic process by requiring elections for all council members - rather than co-options when vacancies occur. The council voted to “strive to achieve Quality Status” and we are moving ahead with the process.
Part of this is improved communications and we have started a regular column in the Hayle Pump called ‘Council Corner.’ We also have a web site at www.hayletowncouncil.net which I designed, set up and administer.
On the district council I have found that there are a lot of good, committed councillors and a strong core of well-qualified officers to carry out the many tasks required to provide good service to the community. There is never, of course, enough money and resources, and conflicts inevitably occur.
What I will endeavour to do
- Try hard to represent the people of Hayle, recognising that there are frequently many views on any subject - the harbour development, for example.
- Listen to my constituents and try to creatively resolve the differences.
- Explain my decisions and actions.
- Act as a champion for your problems and issues. I will ensure that the council listens to you and responds.
What I expect you to do
- Understand the issues as much as you can. Read the information that is available and ask me for more where needed. I try to put as much as I can on this web site. Look through it.
- Not dwell on past failures. Help me to look to the future and get some wins.
- Communicate with me. If I don't know your views on an issue, I cannot take them into account.
- Tell me when I go wrong. I can't improve without feedback.