In addition to the party priorities set out below, I have my own interests.
I would like to see more investment
in cycling provision locally, which would mean more than painting a few
white lines onto roads. Cycling is a fun activity which can keep us
healthy. It is easy to do and can be enjoyed by almost everyone.
It also reduces the number of cars on our busy roads, which benefits us all.
However, most people see cycling as dangerous and would never dream of
getting on a bike. Local authorities can do a lot to encourage people
through simple activities such as requiring proper cycle lanes to be
included in any new roads. With all the planned development around
Witney in particular, this could be a once in a generation opportunity
to build a lasting legacy which can benefit everyone.
We also need to invest in affordable housing which is well designed, which does not swamp existing communities and which comes with the services that people need to live well in our district. I worked for the Vale of White Horse District Council for 7 years, during which time the then Lib Dem administration prioritised high quality affordable housing and delivered more than 1500 homes in town centres and sustainable communities. West Oxfordshire has a good record for affordable housing but we need to keep the pace of building up to make sure that our communities remain strong and vibrant. Leafield's shop and school are good examples of how new housing can benefit villages. More people living in Leafield has meant that both are thriving.
The district council is small and has limited budgets but those budgets must be spent wisely, building strong communities now and leaving a lasting legacy for the future.