Whitchurch Town Council By-Election Wednesday 29th June 2011

Each candidate has been asked to provide a Statement as to why they are standing for the vacant Town Council seat.

We have received the following:
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Emma Elise SHERMAN

As a child I grew up in Overton and moved to Whitchurch when I was 15. Whitchurch has always been the centre of my life, having gone to secondary school here and forming the strongest and lifelong friendships and relationships.

After a fantastic set of GCSE results in 2009, I have spent the last two years doing my A levels in the prestigious college of Peter Symonds in Winchester. My A levels were extremely eye opening, and gave me a chance to express myself both artistically and academically and begin to arrange a direction for my life and focus on what I wanted to achieve.
After much consideration I sacrificed a place in Warwick University to support my family and to avoid an extortionate debt, and accepted my place in the University of Winchester. This may appear an impulsive or even reckless decision, but coming from a disadvantaged background, it has allowed me to embrace different areas of life and make the most of other opportunities.
In September 2011, I begin BA Hons Sociology and Law.

Being involved in various projects in Whitchurch has been so rewarding. From Whitchurch Arts, where I earned my Secretarial status, working with the Youth Club, especially the Carnival, to the Off the Walls project where I learned about managing events and generally having the confidence to speak to people. This, for me, has emphasized the value of these experiences, and invited me to extend this knowledge to the rest of Whitchurch and offer new and exciting ideas.

Being only 18, I feel I could put a fresh outlook on the town, and promote the interests of the youth. This involves both enhancing the quality of life for existing members, as well as ensuring security and stability for the next generation.

Emma
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Linda Susan SUTTON
  • no statement received, however a scan of a pamphlet delivered to households is HERE.

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David Charles TITCOMB

I have served as a member of Whitchurch Town Council for the past four years and am very keen to continue to do so. In that time I have represented the town council on a number of bodies and committees.

These include:

  • Served on the Leisure & Environment Committee looking after footpaths, allotments, the cemetery and recreation grounds
  • Been a Trustee and Town Council representative on the Millennium Management Committee currently focussed on improvements on the meadow due to the Lottery Grant
  • Town Council representative on the Whitchurch fair trade group helping the town to achieve “Fairtrade” status
  • Town Council representative on the successful BT Faster Broadband team winning access to fibre-optic broadband for 2012
  • Town Council representative on the Whitchurch “groups together” helping to promote planning of events organised by the many groups in the Town
  • Member of the website team who helped develop the Town Council website with the assistance of the Whitchurch.org.uk team

Dave Titcomb writes:

I have served as a member of Whitchurch Town Council and am very keen to continue to do so. I was a parent governor at Whitchurch Primary School for eight years, three of those as Chair of governors through a difficult period. I worked closely with the local education authority, the diocese and other governors in implementing changes which have helped the school become the success it is today. I am a father of three daughters all of whom have grown up in Whitchurch attending the local schools. I am a keen runner and triathlete and a member of the Overton Harriers.
My focus as a Councillor was, and hopefully will continue to be, the promotion of opportunities and initiatives to benefit the young people of Whitchurch, promoting the enjoyment and access for all to our local environment and ensuring that our funds are spent wisely to the benefit of the whole community.

Dave

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OTHER CANDIDATES: (Statements not received)

Alan Robert BROMLEY