We invited each candidate to supply up to 500 words on why they deserve your vote, optionally including a photograph and a link to an election address. We have published their submissions verbatim, no editorial changes have been made. Any errors are those of the candidate.
If you are tired of traditional politics and feel that none of the major parties truly represent you, then it may be time to vote differently. It’s time to drive the change that our community really needs.
Do you share the view that it is time for local communities to begin to take more responsibility for how our towns are run and how services are structured and delivered? Do you believe that local decisions should be made by local people for the good of their communities?
Rye is a hotbed of entrepreneurial ideas and creative people; the independent make up of our high street businesses and the vast array of creative arts initiatives epitomises this, making our town unique and the envy of others up and down Great Britain. Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the heartbeat of our local economy and the communities in which they’re built. They create jobs, attract visitors and generate local income – and they should be encouraged and supported.
As a business owner I recognise the intricate balance that exists between residents, business and visitors in making Rye the town that it is today; a great place to live and work. I believe that Rye can become even better and with your support I will do my best to ensure that our wonderful town can continue to grow, socially and economically, whilst protecting and nurturing its history, social fabric and community spirit – the things that make it so unique.
I believe that it is time for a change.
By voting for me we can drive change together.
Areas that represent most importance for the future of our town include:
- Parking – we need a credible solution, tailored to Rye. Not one that is superimposed from neighbouring towns that do not share any of the unique economic and geographic features associated with Rye.
- Independent Business – our local economy is an important element of what attracts visitors to Rye. Without these visitors our town would suffer immensely. We need to find a way to support local independent businesses, whilst preserving the nature of our town.
- Local Services – some of our local services are under immense pressure. As central funding for these reduces (in real terms) we need to ensure that we have local solutions that are fit for purpose and sustainable.
- Investment in Heritage – some of Rye’s most treasured assets are either being neglected or not highlighted enough. By investing in these we will improve our town both as a home for those who live here and a destination for visitors.
A vote for Sam Wood of the 2nd May is a vote for change and a vote for a better place to live, work and visit.
My own businesses reflect these ideals. Over a number of years I have diverted resources from these businesses into innovative social programmes that are dedicated to working with those from disadvantaged backgrounds, supporting them to be the best they can be and achieve what wider society may have felt was beyond them. I will bring my experience in driving effective change for everyone to my role as a Rye Town Councillor.
Image Credits: Sam Wood .