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2007 Election Pledges Progress So Far

On my election in May 2005, I made several pledges. After 2 years in post, I am reviewing my progress so far…

Complete the footpath from Pauls Dene to St Mark’s, at the St Mark’s end
This is now completed

Introduce 20 mph zones throughout the Salisbury East division
These are in the Local Transport Plan as Requested Schemes

Listen to you and respond promptly

  • I am delighted to have attended several meetings of the Residents Associations in Bishopdown Farm and St Edmunds
  • As well as this website, I have webpages on the Bishopdown Farm Residents Association website www.bfra.info, and on the Salisbury Conservative Association website www.salisburyconservatives.com
  • I produce the In Touch newsletter, although not as often as I had hoped…
  • I have held ‘Street Surgeries’ over the Summer. I deliver a calling card to your home, giving a date and time when I am in the area and inviting you to display the card in your window if you want to speak to me. If you are not able to meet me at that time, the card shows my email and telephone so you can contact me at your convenience.

Value elderly people and work to provide the services they deserve
As Joint Cabinet Member for Community Services, I have overseen a radical increase in choice and variety in the community meals available to individuals and to luncheon clubs. There was great concern about this change but, since its implementation, there has been very positive feedback on the new service.

The increasing percentage of our population who are ‘elderly’ is a challenge and also a great opportunity for us all. I am keen to encourage elderly people to share their wisdom and experience with other parts of the community. I am also working to ensure that vulnerable elderly people are cared for, as much as possible, within the communities they know and love. This is not solely the job of ‘local government’. It is a responsibility we all share.

Encourage young people to aim high through our excellent schools
Since my election, I have visited every school in my division. I greatly value the excellent work done in our local schools, and I long to stop unnecessary government interference in this

Love our historic City and be passionate about safeguarding Wiltshire's heritage
I have been on the Steering Group for the Vision for Salisbury almost since its inception, aiming to see Salisbury take its place in the 21st century, and so retain its unique character.

Over the Summer, there is a major public consultation on the Vision, on local Community Plans and also on the wider Local Development Plan for Salisbury and the surrounding area. Do please make your views known!

My new role as Cabinet Member for Culture offers further opportunities to fulfil this pledge…

Support effective crime reduction initiatives, making our streets safer
As part of my last cabinet role, I was responsible for Community Safety county- wide, discussing with senior management of the Police, Fire, Ambulance and Health how best to work together to make our communities safe places in which to live and work.

I have spoken recently to PC Beck Lennane and PC Darren Foulger, who head up the local Neighbourhood Policing Teams in my area. Neighbourhood policing is a real opportunity for local people to take responsibility for their own community, rather than just ‘leaving it to the experts’. It will also encourage all the agencies and organisations, who work in an area, to do so in a joined- up way!

If you would like to know more about Neighbourhood Policing, please e-mail beck.lennane@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk, darren.foulger @wiltshire.pnn.police.uk or phone 08454-087000.

Hold me to account...
If you have any concerns - or, even better, any creative suggestions - do please email marydouglas@wiltshire.gov.uk or telephone 01722-503260. Thank you.