Conservative Councillor for South Hanningfield and Stock and Margaretting
I have lived in Stock for over 28 years with my wife Shirlee. Both our children Dean and Louisa were educated at schools in Stock and Billericay and enjoyed activities in local clubs.
First elected to Chelmsford Borough (now City) Council in 2003, I have served in the Cabinet for the past 8 years and been responsible for the Safer Communities portfolio. This has included the modernisation of all our car parks, the introduction of two Park and Rides and overseeing various capital projects including the newCivic Reception, Council Chamber, and the updating and refurbishment of the Crematorium. Over the past 11 years we have enhanced services, reduced bureaucracy, and kept Council Tax rises low.
I regularly attend Parish Council meetings in Stock and Margaretting and substitute in South Hanningfield when Roy is unavailable.
I have campaigned strongly for potholes and resurfacing of key roads, I am glad to say 5 roads in Stock have been resurfaced this year and we are making excellent progress on potholes: we now have a planned programme for clearance and jetting of drains. During the summer of 2014 Hankins Wood (opposite Swan Woods) was put up for sale, I was delighted to have persuaded the City Council to purchase this fantastic facility and securing the enjoyment for residents for many generations. I was also pleased to have to have played a leading role to secure our Pedestrian Crossing Officer from the threat of redundancy. The Flood Alleviation Scheme in Margaretting remains very controversial and I also have never been convinced for the need and will continue to oppose as long as it is possible to do so.
I will continue to support the green belt, traffic safety issues,particularly reducing the speed limit in busy areas and continue to work closely with the community and our Parish Councils to maintain all that is good in village life.
You can contact Ian by email here.