My name is Fran Vandelli and I moved to Malmesbury in 2003 with my family. I quickly became committed to the community that welcomed me so warmly and I have grown to love the things that bring us together, like the Carnival and events at the Abbey. I've always been eager to give something back to the town: I volunteer as a youth arts worker and my husband and I run the annual carnival drumming workshops. Now I want to use this opportunity to protect our community from the dangers inherent in short-term economic growth and ad-hoc, unsustainable development.
I've been listening to concerns expressed by local people and the biggest fears seem to relate to the impact of government policy on the town, particularly at a time of financial stagnation and increasing environmental pressures. While I can't promise to change national trends, I will promise to stand up for what is right for Malmesbury – for what strengthens the town and adds to the wellbeing of all its residents.
Common sense tells us that infinite growth in a finite world just isn't possible, so we need a sound evidence-based neighbourhood plan that increases our resilience and allows Malmesbury to evolve in a way that doesn't add to existing infrastructure problems, such as parking, transport, flood risk, school places, health care facilities, or occupation for young people.
What can I offer?
As an independent candidate I'm offering my honest allegiance to the town, along with experience from my recent Masters degree in sustainability, corporate social responsibility and community engagement, and previous work in conflict resolution. My day job is in dementia care training, so I am also mindful of issues relating to services for, and using the wisdom of, our elders. Young and old, we all need to work together in increasingly difficult times, and cooperation is something we can do.
If you choose to elect me I will work to support development that adds value to our whole community.