I have been involved in Wimborne Minster since the mid 1970s when my newspaper, The Bugle, covered the Bournemouth Poole conurbation including Wimborne, Ferndown and Ringwood. Some older residents may remember the fireworks in Redcotts and Guy competition in the Square ably judged by Pat Sloman.
From 1986 until December 1999 my wife, Joan, and I published the Wimborne Magazine (part of Community Magazines) that covered all local issues and actively supported the successful move of the Model Town and the reopening of the Tivoli theatre.
I was also President and Chairman of Wimborne Minster Chamber of Trade and Commerce during that time. When we sold our publications we converted our offices back into a house where we live happily in the centre of our wonderful town.
However, to ensure that our town lives up to its “wonderful” reputation we need to ensure that the Town Council speaks up for Wimborne in the new Dorset Council. Whilst the Town Council cannot decide on many of the things that affect our lives it can lobby and make proposals that can improve our town.
It is important that the new Wimborne Minster Town Council will look to the future with some urgency and address these issues. Now, as a Councillor, I will be asking for a “Town Plan” to be undertaken that will address the problems of traffic congestion, pollution, car parking, pavements and anti-social behaviour. I also believe that the Town Council should be more accessible and Councillors held to account.