Cllr David Melvin 9 Shillbrook Avenue Carterton OX18 1EQ
Tel: 07504 481684
Committees: Administration, Planning
Town Ward: Rock Farm
Originally from Surrey, I have lived and worked in West Oxfordshire since the mid 1980s, moving to Carterton with my partner Jackie in 2003.
Now retired, I have a background in the building industry. I had my own property maintenance business until 2001 when I joined the local branch of a national housing charity which provided support and practical assistance to older and less able people to maintain and adapt their homes to help continue independent living. From 2008 to 2015, I continued this role as a member of West Oxfordshire District Council's Home Improvement Agency, working in partnership with Social Services and other organisations.
This experience gave me a valuable insight into the problems and difficulties facing the public sector in continuing to provide services, particularly those concerning support for the elderly or less able. Financial constraints will create new challenges and difficult decisions will have to be made, local authorities will need to adapt, change, and be innovative in how services are delivered in future. It is vital that the general public have a voice in this process.
There are ongoing proposals for significant changes to the structure of local government in Oxfordshire. I welcome changes that will improve or maintain services in a cost effective way, and broadly support the intentions of these proposals but want to see the District and County Councils cooperate and agree a way to implement change. I believe the public should be encouraged to get involved and contribute to the process.
Local people must be informed, consulted, and listened to.
Carterton is a great place to live and work: peaceful, safe, with a good community spirit, on the edge of the Cotswolds but within reach of larger towns. I have seen significant expansion and changes in the relatively short time I have lived here and I commend the work the town council has done to improve and develop the town, and feel privileged to be able to serve and contribute to this process, particularly encouraging more employment opportunity and a greater range of shops and facilities in the town centre.
We are the second largest town in West Oxfordshire and deserve a greater say in what and how services are delivered in our area.