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Julie Cavendish

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Julie CavendishA Personal Message from Julie Cavendish

I live with my husband Bill in Gloucester Road, Malmesbury. We have lived here for 13 years.

I care passionately about the local community – I spent 6 years on Malmesbury Carnival Committee as Minutes Secretary; this year we held Carnival events to help with the Carnival fund-raising effort, such as Cool Jazz and Open Gardens. I was Treasurer of the Malmesbury Junior Badminton Club for 2 years, am a member of the Residents Association and Civic Trust, and an active supporter of the River Valleys Trust.

I believe I can put my local knowledge to good use as an independent Town Councillor. I’m asking for your vote as I believe I can contribute to improving the quality of life and the local environment in Malmesbury, by actively involving community groups and residents in local decisions.

My work background is in business - a variety of sales, marketing and customer services roles. I have travelled widely on business and am used to dealing with all types of people, and building trusting relationships. I studied languages at Bath University, then Business Administration. I am now working locally part-time – teaching languages and working as a PA/administrator for a local philanthropist/ entrepreneur.

My Interests: I am an active member of PD Fitness, regularly attending classes and took part in the Malmesbury Carnival 10K run this year. I am keen on films, often attending the Malmesbury Film Club. I love walking in and around the Cotswolds – and have on many occasions enjoyed walks with the Malmesbury Walking Group.

Key issues facing Malmesbury I care about Malmesbury and believe that the key question is how we can best secure the sustainable development of our town. We are living in a period of change – change of Government and change of planning policy. Central government is now keen to put communities in charge of local planning. Let’s make sure we grasp this opportunity!

I am not against growth of the town as long as it is well-planned. Malmesbury is at risk of being ruined by indiscriminate development. I believe that our community should have a big say in what sort of growth takes place, (such as smaller properties for the elderly and young couples), and ensure that real improvements come with it. It is so important to maintain and enhance the character and environment of our historic and beautiful town.

The challenge is how best to respond to any proposed new development. Large-scale projects are inappropriate unless Malmesbury’s infrastructure is enhanced to cope with growth. Currently we have Primary Schools unable to cater for present needs, overloaded roads, a lack of parking (both off street and on street), and medical facilities which are approaching full capacity.

A growing population means it is vital to attract new employers to the town which will particularly help the young to find work locally and avoid Malmesbury becoming a dormitory town. A good relationship with local businesses is important to maintain a strong and vibrant local economy.

People in Malmesbury must have a safe and secure environment in which to live, and local Community Groups and Leisure facilities should receive appropriate Town Council support.

What I can contribute:

My commitment is to give my time, energy, enthusiasm and to draw on my business experience and skills.

I am already a core member of the recently formed Malmesbury Development Forum, which has been established to determine how best to respond to matters relating directly or indirectly to the development of the town, such as plans for large-scale housing developments. Further, I am keen to promote a wide-ranging review of Malmesbury’s infrastructure needs and future housing needs, and ensure that any improvements which may be required to enable sustainable and appropriate development are implemented before any further house-building takes place.

Whilst recognising that the Town Council itself has no authority on planning and other issues which affect the Community, it nonetheless plays a vital role in taking a lead in influencing decisions that affect this community, such as planning, infrastructure, housing and employment.

I am committed to actively promoting the interests and views of the people of Malmesbury, influencing decisions in the best way I can, if elected to the Town Council.

Please use your vote and vote for me, CAVENDISH JULIE on polling day; Thursday 25th November. Thank you for your support.

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