Hi. I'm Carl Hawkins
Bideford West - Town & District
I am now 47 years old, my family and I have always lived in Bideford, currently, I am self-employed and work in many areas related to media and IT.
My household comprises of myself, my wife Tina and my two daughters aged 17 and 13 who are Savannah and Trinity, we also have a big dog called Luka, 2 rats, 2 fish and 9 ferrets...Yes, 9...
I have never had any previous desire to get involved with anything like politics, its all just noise and childish antics that those people in London participate in.. for the most part nothing they seem to do has anything to do with our life other than raising costs on an ever increasing scale.
Politics to me is simply something that goes on elsewhere and has little impact on our everyday lives.
Something happened several months ago that made me take a step back from the mundane everyday events, remove my blinkers and made me take a look at our local community, It's embarrassing for me to say i had blinkers on but I think today's society can make us all like that.
That something was attending a meeting held by TCG where I had the pleasure of meeting some great local people, people that had a lot to say about the sorry state that the area of Torridge finds itself in..
The most important thing I learnt from that first meeting is that these people WANTED to listen to everyone that attended, from the confident woman at the front of the room to the quiet shy guy at the back (That was me by the way.. The guy!), there was a desire to listen and act and interact with each other to help solve problems within the Torridge area.
TCG aims to build communities, listen and act on the community's wishes, to build relationships and to empower the community to control and have their say in what goes on where they live.
Now, after spending some time in Torrington recently and talking to members of the public we found that these basic expectations of what a council should be like i.e. Community Minded were not being met and it doesn't even come close to being an adequate system for the community, its clear that we need to make changes to this out of date system AND SOON!!
There are a few buzzwords, two of which are "Sustainable" and "Transparency" that are thrown around today, you only need to do a little research on local websites to see there no transparency in how the council operates and there's nothing sustainable about their actions if we let them continue to control YOUR environment.
I need things to change for my family, for my children and grandchildren (Not for a while though kids)..and I do not see any way of progressing and improving our community without changing how its managed.
I am standing for election because I want to make our Torridge the type of place that thrives now and in the future, I ask you please stand with us.
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