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ELECTIONS 2013: Combe Martin candidates - fun facts

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: April 25, 2013

  • Andrea Davis

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On Thursday, May 2, residents across North Devon and Torridge will be asked to elect a county councillor for their area.

To help you make a well-informed decision on election day, the Journal has contacted all of the candidates and asked why you should vote for them.

We also asked them to submit a video to support their application and asked them a few fun questions which have thrown up some very interesting answers.

Below are the responses from candidates standing in Combe Martin:



Why should you vote for me?

Vote for me because I will work hard to take sensible decisions for the communities which make up Combe Martin Rural.

I have a local business called Green Deal Installations, a young family and a profound love for North Devon.

I believe I understand many of the important issues, and am keen to learn those I do not.

With a local renewable energy business I understand the importance of the local economy to employment, and the links to national drivers which influence it.

I consider myself an environmentalist, but not a militant greenie.

I am a practical and commercially minded individual who believes that when we make decisions as individuals, communities or as a planet we must we must strive to consider the environment along with economic and social factors.

I will bring a fresh, practical, energetic perspective to the Council and humbly request that you vote for me.


Occupation: Company director

If you could have one super power what would it be: Flight

Most embarrassing moment: Nothing stands out right now. I suppose that is because either there are too many or nothing particularly bad.

Favourite place in North Devon: Croyde Beach when the surf is good

If your house was on fire and you could only save one thing, what would it be: My family

If you could invite any three people to a dinner party who would they be: Darwin for the conversation, Mozart for the Music and Jamie Oliver to cook.



Why should you vote for me?

As County Councillor for what is one of the most beautiful and widespread wards in England, I have made it a priority to be readily available for my constituents.

I am the only candidate for Combe Martin Rural who actually lives in the ward.

My ward is challenging with 16 parishes and it is not often recognised that it stretches from Brendon and Countisbury to Pilton West and from Kentisbury to Woolacombe and Morte Point.

This is a challenge that I relish and enjoy when dealing with the daily issues of residents and regularly attending parish council meetings to hear of local concerns and problems.

My experience and record show that I have been able to make a real difference right across the ward.

I was able to win £600k for the pavilion in Lynmouth which will become an iconic centre for Exmoor and North Devon and £30k for the restoration of historic Parade in Combe Martin.

There are many other day to day issues from potholes to planning.

Having a leading role on Exmoor National Park and a Cabinet member of DCC for Children, Health and Schools I am well placed to represent the best interests of our area.


Occupation: Full time mum of three

Most embarrassing moment: Wish I’d gone to Specsavers is all I will to say about this

Favourite place in North Devon: Home, because that is where my family are

If your house was on fire and you could only save one thing, what would it be: My children

If you could invite any three people to a dinner party who would they be: Socrates, Sir Thomas More and Winston Churchill. If they were lucky I would make one of my lemon cheesecakes.



Why should you vote for me?

I’ve lived and worked in North Devon for 30 years.

I have been deeply involved in local politics as a Town Councillor with 14 years unbroken experience and as a County Councillor from 2001 to 2005.

I represent Devon’s Parish Councils at a national level and have served on Devon Fire Authority, a role I would aspire to return to with a clear mandate to protect our Fire Services in Woolacombe, Combe Martin and Lynton.

North Devon’s voice needs to be heard both in Devon and nationally.

I will work tirelessly to achieve this. Within Devon, the majority of County Council spending under this Conservative administration goes to South Devon.

We need to redress that situation by having a Liberal Democrat administration that will spend your money in your area. Otherwise you will pay more council tax and get less service.

Devon’s roads are a disgrace, this Wards’ more so than others.

We have blocked drains and ditches and roads closed for months on end.

We need to protect our village schools, to invest in Communities and provide better services to our older citizens.

Fuel poverty in our area still remains a big problem.


Occupation: Retired

If you could have one super power what would it be: Time travel

Most embarrassing moment: Being trapped in the ladies for three hours as a teenager

Favourite place in North Devon: Heddons Mouth, its raw beauty sums up North Devon.

If your house was on fire and you could only save one thing, what would it be: My laptop, it has all my photos on it.

If you could invite any three people to a dinner party who would they be: Elizabeth I, Abraham Lincoln and Lord Mountbatten.



Why should you vote for me?

I live in Barnstaple with my partner Jane and have four grown-up children.

We both run small businesses so we know of this bureaucracy and waste from central and Local Government.

In local Government as Nationally and in the EU, Party Politics have become the norm.

UKIP stands for a return to the older values in which people are elected to serve the community first, not be part of the machinery of Government which is getting further away from the people.

What difference does it make to you?

Right now there are huge national policies which are set to impact on you right here in North Devon.

The Government house building drive, backed by their national policy framework, is determined to try to pump up the economy by building huge numbers of houses around our towns and villages, along with out of town retail developments.

But have they planned for the supply of water, the chances of flooding, the schools, hospitals, transport and the jobs those new communities will need?

If you want things to change. Do something different. Vote UKIP. Vote for Andy Norden.


Occupation: Self-employed carpenter and joiner

If you could have one super power what would it be: Mind reading

Most embarrassing moment: Talking to a charming lady, late in the conversation I asked if she was hoping for a boy or a girl. “I’m not actually pregnant,” she said. Wonder if I’ll get her vote?

Favourite place in North Devon: Too many to mention.

If your house was on fire and you could only save one thing, what would it be: My football boots and bottle of cider (they would be in the same bag)

If you could invite any three people to a dinner party who would they be: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Winston Churchill and my nan (God bless her).



Why should you vote for me?

I am married with three children and live in North Devon.

I work for Unite, the UK’s largest trade union, employed as a Regional Official.

Heathcliffe is a local Parish Councillor and is involved with voluntary work in his community.

This April, many North Devon families have been hit hard by the latest round of tax and benefit changes.

On the same day as millionaires got a tax cut of £100,000, many local working people saw their tax credits cut.

Government economic policy has had a devastating impact on our local communities and here on the North Devon coast, the last three years have been particularly challenging for our tourist industry on which many depend.

As a Labour Councillor I’m determined to see that the County Council does all within its powers to develop policies to support local shops and enterprises while also protecting the services for the young, the elderly and the vulnerable.

Coalition policies are not working - these elections are an opportunity for the people of North Devon to say 'It's time for a change.

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