County Council Candidate - Barnstaple North - Robbie Mack

Barnstaple North Candidate

Since returning to Barnstaple in 2017, Robbie Mack has been working hard for the community all year round, not just at election time. He has influenced planning applications affecting the town, campaigned to get potholes repaired, dog poo cleaned up, bins collected, and park equipment replaced. He has worked with the police, council services and local businesses to find solutions to problems that have been affecting the town centre over recent years. Robbie’s hard work was rewarded in 2019 with his election to Barnstaple Town and North Devon Councils. He has used this position to better represent the needs of the people of Barnstaple. Robbie carries out surveys throughout the year (except during the lockdowns of the last year) to gather the opinions of constituents. He has used this information to speak up on issues that affect us.

 

The events of 2020 were very challenging for Barnstaple, and Robbie has been working hard to support residents and business owners. He helped organise the volunteer network to collect shopping and prescriptions for shielding and vulnerable individuals. Robbie also worked with local businesses to ensure they received the Government Grants (administered through North Devon Council) so that they can continue to serve Barnstaple after the crisis. Robbie supported those flooded last August, ensuring financial support was available for those without insurance, organising clean-up teams, and sharing contact information.

 

Robbie has also been working hard on Climate Emergency Action Plans and the £11m development strategy for Barnstaple’s town centre, ensuring no one is left behind as we progress on these major projects.

 

Robbie wants to get onto Devon County Council to ensure that Barnstaple has a louder voice in Exeter.

County Council Candidate - Barnstaple South - Lou Goodger

Barnstaple South Candidate

 

Lou Goodger is standing as your Barnstaple South candidate and you have probably already heard about the work she does in the local community.

Lou works as a dental nurse and has two children attending local schools. Lou regularly leads community litter picks and is active with the Friends of Yeo Valley Community Woodland, planting, clearing and building to help maintain the nature reserve on the edge of Barnstaple. When Coronavirus hit, Lou stepped up to help the more vulnerable in our town, sewing reusable face masks at home and volunteering to collect shopping and prescriptions for the community.

Lou has experience in fighting predatory planning applications in beauty spots and environmentally sensitive sites. She is committed to combatting the climate emergency and protecting our natural environment. Lou will always speak up for those struggling to be heard and wants to use her energy to fight for North Devon in the County Council.

 

County Council Candidate - Ilfracombe - Netti Pearson

Ilfracombe Candidate

 

Netti Pearson is the Green Party’s candidate for Ilfracombe in May’s County Council election. She currently represents Ilfracombe West in the Town and District Councils and has a strong record of campaigning on local and national issues.

She believes that we are facing two major crises in the UK: the Climate and Ecological Emergency, and the loss of the NHS. Action taken now can mitigate the effects of the first and stop the destruction of the second.

She was one of the founding members of Save Our Hospital Services and continues campaigning for a public NHS and a return of services to North Devon and Ilfracombe’s Tyrrell Hospital. She also has strong links with campaign groups across the country. If elected, she will be better placed to bring pressure to stop the closure of hospitals and keep services available locally.

With a small group of volunteers, Netti has set up the Earth Repair Shop on Ilfracombe Church Street which will offer information on climate change and actions that members of the public can take.

Netti is North Devon Council’s Lead for the Environment. In this role, she has produced a litter strategy and is working to improve waste, recycling, litter and dog waste collection services.

She was a key member of the team that produced an environment policy for the council and is planning to create more wildflower meadows and verges in North Devon. She is taking actions both personally and as a councillor that will help to improve the natural environment.

Though new to the planning process, Netti has been scrutinising planning applications to make sure developments give the best outcome for Ilfracombe’s population as well as for the environment. She has recently organised for the developer to present their vision for the Southern Extension to Ilfracombe Town Council and residents.

 

Netti is already getting huge results for the area through her work in and out of the council. She would be even more effective if elected to represent Ilfracombe’s interests in the County Council.

 

County Council Candidate - Braunton Rural - David Relph

Braunton Rural candidate

 

The County Council candidate for Braunton Rural is David Relph, Vice-Chair of Braunton Parish Council.

 

 

David Relph lives in Braunton with his wife and three dogs. David is standing for County Council because he wants to help bring to North Devon the benefits of a greener economy - better housing, new jobs and better quality of life for us all. To do this we all need to pull in the same direction, and David knows how to do this well – he has led big partnerships in the health and civic sectors and if elected he will bring the same collaborative approach to the role.

 

 

County Council Canddate - Combe Martin Rural - Steven White

Combe Martin Rural candidate

 

Steven white is the candidate for Combe Martin Rural, which spreads across Lynton and Lynmouth, Combe Martin, Bratton Fleming, Woolacombe and Marwood. Growing up in Lynton, Steven understands the problems these isolated communities face. An intermittent bus service means that many residents, young and old, struggle to reach jobs, family, and leisure activities. If elected, Steven would push for better public transport to better connect the area.

Steven volunteered in Lee Abbey as a youth worker and has since been working in hospitality, an industry that is exposed to seasonal work and low wages. Steven will work to create better employment opportunities for the people of North Devon.

 

Steven is a busy volunteer, helping vulnerable people during the Coronavirus crisis and campaigning for a better North Devon.

 

County Council Candidate - Fremington Rural - Stephen Jarvis

Fremington Rural Candidate

 

We are proud to declare Steve Jarvis as your candidate for Fremington Rural, a lifelong environmentalist with a degree in physical geography.

Steve chairs Fremington’s Climate Emergency Working Party, working with Parish Councillors to get local action on the Climate Crisis.

During the Coronavirus lockdown, Steve organised a support contact network for his neighbourhood.

 

In his free time, Steve is a keen DIYer and cyclist, and fights to improve cycling infrastructure. He sails out of Instow Yacht Club and is part of a singing group that raises money for charity entertaining in care homes.

 

County Council Candidate - Chulmleigh and Landkey - Nick Withers

Chulmleigh and Landkey candidate

 

Nick grew up in South Wales and spent his childhood walking in the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. He has lived in Chulmleigh for the last 18 years. He is a passionate environmentalist and campaigner on environmental and social justice issues. He has volunteered for The Conservation Volunteers, National Trust, Exmoor National Park and The DoE award scheme.

He is a Chulmleigh Parish Councillor and, working alongside Devon County Council as Chulmleigh Parish Paths Partnership Co-ordinator, helps maintain footpaths and bridleways in the parish.

He is a founding member, along with his wife Claire, of Sustainable Chulmleigh ‘working towards a greener future’ a group with over 200 members. He has organised Chulmleigh’s first repair café before lockdown last year and hopes to run them as a bi-monthly event in the future.

Through Sustainable Chulmleigh and North Devon Biosphere he organised a group of volunteers to plant 1300 trees at Lakehead Farm over two consecutive weekends in December 2020.

Nick is an active member of Chulmleigh Community Welcome, a group of volunteers working together to welcome a Syrian family to Chulmleigh through the governments refugee resettlement programme.

He is working to increase the number of allotments in Chulmleigh and assisting with a ‘men’s shed’ project in the town.

 

Nick’s spare time is usually spent either riding his bike, walking on the moors, or out with his camera photographing Devon’s wildlife.

 

 

County Council Candidate - South Molton Rural - Gill Saunders

South Molton Rural Candidate

 

After a varied career mainly in the IT industry designing and delivering training, Gill Saunders moved to South Molton with her husband in 2018. Gill has performed and directed shows over the years, volunteering in the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple back in the 1980’s.

Never having been involved in politics before, Gill joined the fight against the fracking industry which threatened her local area in Lancashire. There she met Green Party campaigners who were leading the movement, and realised how important it is to stand up for what you believe in.

Now retired, Gill enjoys volunteering on Exmoor, working to restore Ashcombe Gardens in Simonsbath, as conservation has been a life-long passion. Gill has become an active member of the U3A, as well as getting more involved in the local Green Party, as they represent many of her feelings towards how to improve life for both people and the planet.

 

Gill Saunders is hoping to be elected to represent South Molton in the upcoming County County elections.

 

Ilfracombe Town Council By-election Candidate -  Kyle Chivers

Ilfracombe Town council candidate

 

Police Crime Comissioner Candidate - Stuart Jackson

PCC Candidate

Stuart is passionate about improving the accountability, inclusivity, and environmental impact of Devon & Cornwall Police (D&CP.) If elected, he want our Chief Constable to work on the following:

Accountability Organise monthly "Listening Forums” for local people, three in each city: Truro, Plymouth and Exeter.

1. For all women to attend

2. For anyone identifying as non-binary or LGBTIQA+

3. For people who experience racism, including refugees People in these three groups are over-represented amongst victims of certain crimes. Listening Forums would allow people to raise concerns and/or questions with a senior police officer.

Conversations would be facilitated using the NHS model of Schwartz Rounds, enabling police to better understand issues affecting us, the people that they serve.

Inclusivity Publish annual data about recruitment into Officer and Civilian posts, for the three groups above Explain retention, promotion and recruitment data for under-represented groups Adopt best recruitment and retention strategies of other Forces As PCC, Stuart would examine cases of proven harassment of officers or staff, where protected characteristics were a contributory factor.

Environmental impact Monitor how police estates are managed with wildlife in mind Invest in solar and wind investment on police buildings Insulate existing buildings efficiently Halt further closures of Smaller Police Stations and examine feasibility of re-opening closed stations Investigate feasibility of a mentored Allotment scheme for people at risk of re-offending, using police land at Middlemoor, to help them learn how to grow their own food.

Publish an annual report on the maintenance,  purchasing choices and use of Police Vehicles.

Monitor the strategy of reducing Unnecessary Journeys, including increasing video-conferencing. Stuart has previously worked as Training Officer for D&CP. This provided insights into the many strengths and some weaknesses of the Force.

Lou Goodger is standing as your Barnstaple South candidate and you have probably already heard about the work she does in the local community.

Lou works as a dental nurse and has two children attending local schools. Lou regularly leads community litter picks and is active with the Friends of Yeo Valley Community Woodland, planting, clearing and building to help maintain the nature reserve on the edge of Barnstaple. When Coronavirus hit, Lou stepped up to help the more vulnerable in our town, sewing reusable face masks at home and volunteering to collect shopping and prescriptions for the community.

Lou has experience in fighting predatory planning applications in beauty spots and environmentally sensitive sites. She is committed to combatting the climate emergency and protecting our natural environment. Lou will always speak up for those struggling to be heard and wants to use her energy to fight for North Devon in the County Council.

 

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