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My name is Jordan Overton, and I am your local Conservative candidate in the Devizes Town Council East Ward by-election on 30th March.
I moved to Devizes six years ago with my wife and children and we believe this town is an excellent place to raise a family. There is a strong community spirit, an amazing amount of culture and history to explore and we are surrounded by greenspaces rich in biodiversity. But even in towns like ours there are challenges to overcome, and I believe I am the best person to help Devizes Town Council, and the whole community, rise to those challenges.
A quick look at social media, reading the Gazette, or even walking into town will highlight:
- Concerns about crime; a spate of bike thefts, street drinking, and antisocial behaviour particularly from a small number of young people makes us feel unsafe.
Speculative Development; Attempts to build on the Coate Road & Hillworth Road contrary to the Devizes Neighbourhood Plan, and attempts by others to avoid their obligation to build affordable housing make us feel like the communities wishes are being ignored.
Worries about our young people; With a perception that there is little to do, a lack of affordable public transport to larger towns and cities, and the challenge of finding local employment and housing as they grow, leaves us worried for the future.
I believe that the best way to ensure this community thrives and continues to support our young people is to make sure that we are supporting it together. If elected on the 30th of March I will be a strong voice on Devizes Town Council for collaborative working with Wiltshire Council, the police, and other agencies, to find solutions to the issues which are currently on all our minds and make sure they aren’t just kicked down the road or labelled someone else’s problem.