PERSONAL STATEMENT BY DAVID FINCH
Who am I? Kim and I have lived in Keevil since 2014. I am a member of St. Leonard’s Parochial Church Council, and was co-opted to Keevil Parish Council in September 2020;
While employed, I held a number of Finance & Governance related positions. In 2014 I set up a risk management consultancy, and now have interests in property investment and management. I try to “give something back”. I am currently an Independent Member for Aster Group Ltd and previously held a similar position within the Bristol CCG.
Why am I standing as a candidate in this election? I feel it is right to contribute where I can to the life of our parish. A Councillors’ role is to serve the community, and I have analytical and practical skills that can be useful. I want to include Parishioners as much as possible in that process. It is YOUR parish and YOUR Council.
What sort of person am I? I am a typical Libran – preferring inclusiveness and harmony to discord. I believe we have two ears and two eyes but only one mouth for a reason. I prefer order to chaos, which leads me to appreciate effective and efficient processes supported by good governance. I prefer working with others as part of a team to achieve common goals.
Where do I stand on key Parish matters?
|Highways||I am against the A350 Melksham bypass option 10D.|
I want to ensure that the parish public roads and footpaths are maintained.
|Public rights of way (PROW)||We should recognise that PROW pass through fields where farmers earn their living. We must work with farmers and ramblers to achieve the best outcome for all.|
|Verges||These are under threat throughout the parish. We need to work with Wiltshire Council to repair and protect verges wherever possible.|
|The School||The school is an important part of the village and I fully support it.|
|The Recreation Ground||It is important that we both maintain and enhance the recreation ground.|
|Car Parking||Parking is difficult in some parts of the village. We all have to be mindful of that fact, and park with due regard to other residents and road users.|
|Planning||Keevil lacks a Neighbourhood Plan. This leads to uncertainty as to what might be supported by the Council, and what might not. I believe it is important that all Parishioners are involved in planning matters, and that a properly considered and thought through Neighbourhood Plan / Design Statement would be beneficial.|
What can Parishioners expect from me?
Honesty; Commitment; A listening ear; Support; Inclusion; Straight forward approach; Humility.
Final thoughts: Thank you for taking the time to read this. You will have 7 votes to cast on 6th May, and I hope you found something to assist your decision making.
DAVID FINCH – Beech Cottage, 14 Main Street BA14 6LU
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