Meet the councillors!
Westwood Ward- 5 years
See description above. I never want to be in Cabinet- too much time in the Council House, not enough out with the people
First military; then career Foreign Service officer; Served on a Royal Air Force station and in Central Planning Branch; then as a Foreign Service officer, I served in Congo; Gulf; South Africa; Nigeria; Germany (twice); Foreign Office, etc.
What are you up to today?
Me and my council work
Individual queries from residents; Health Scrutiny; much contact with Police; great emphasis on keeping people informed, etc
As a Ward Cllr, you cover anything from social service queries;people being threatened; noise; roads; building plans, etc. I work on a permanent 7 day/ night week basis, and try to answer any query within maximum 6 hours. I am on Health Scrutiny, subsitute on other bodies as necessary; was formerly on Planning and Licensing Committees but unfortunately site visits were too dangerous for my legs- I am permanently on crutcches. When I fell about 3 weeks ago, my wife was really worried. I believe that disabled people should be fully involved in local affairs. I am very proud to be a Director of Whitefriars Housing Group- 17,000 residences throughout Coventry; say 60,000 residents. There is an enormous need for more affordable housing.
My Typical Day
Never a typical day, since I do permanently Sunday to Saturday inclusive and regard midnight as a normal working time
Sometimes in meetings with residents; Canley Regeneration, etc; sometimes in Council House; sometimes with Whitefriars; I am the only Cllr to run a permanent email update service for Ward residents and receive a non-stop barrage of enquiries
What I'd do as "Youth Champion"
Try to keep in touch and help young people where I can
I think that many young people suffer unfairly because a few mindless vandals spoil the image of the rest. I believe very strongly that everyone is born with certain abilities and my message would always be; BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE” So to help where I can,and always tell people the truth, even if it is sometimes unwelcome
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
I try hard
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Garth Brooks- that dates me!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Possibly transferring by line between two Royal Navy warships travelling at speed . You hang a few feet over the water and try not to think what would happen if the wire snapped.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To see my grandchildren grow up as healthy, sensible members of society; to see them marry good people; to find my glasses without always having to ask my wife where they are
What did you want to be after you left school?
Either MilItary or Foreign Service. If I had my time again, I would still say the same, even though doctors in a Military Hospital thought I had no chance of survival.
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
Not that I remember. I grew up just South of London. Life was just too serious then and people were being killed or injured by bombing.
What's the best thing you've done as a councillor?
Helped a gentleman dying of cancer and his disabled wife to live in peace.
Tell us a joke.
My profile link:
- Would you be able to get more lesiure facillities in longford because there is nothing to do which causes more people
- what will you do to make the area better
- Hi Councillors, How long have u been working for the council?? and where did you become a councillor??
- could you think about getting some more sports equitment like trampolines and much more and make some new games up or
- my mum is a childmider i was wondering if her job might be efective by the spending cuts?
- Are you ready for I’m a Councillor, Get me out of Here!?
- why did you want to become a councillor.
- do you no if the police patroll stoke
- how do you deal whit anti-social behaviour in stoke
- are u building skate parks in stoke
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