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Steve Riley

One of your 3 candidates for Aylsham Ward

Steve Riley

Steve Riley

I was first elected as a district councillor in Broadland in 2013 and spent a year of my first term as chair of the powerful Overview and Scrutiny Committee and also the last year as a member. This does what it 'says on the tin' in that it monitors the activities of the council. But it is even more crucial to council performance as it can 'call in' for review decisions made but not yet implemented; it can put forward proposals and it may be consulted by the ruling executive councillors on the development of policy.

I have also been, for the last 12 months, leader of the small LibDem group, the only alternative to the ruling Conservative group on the council. As such I have been part of the process overseeing development of collaborative working with South Norfolk District Council and interviewing the new Managing Directors applicants for the joint management team.

These have been heavy responsibilities and time consuming. It has taken all of my skills learned as a senior industrial relations negotiator, from my view point I have concerns that the new arrangements will provide the level of openness and democratic accountability that electors expect from a council and to ensure that services improve.

At the same time as these council duties, I've been engaged with parish councils, the town council and on planning issues and have advised and spoken for residents before the planning committee. I believe firmly that people come first before bureaucracy or any party politics. I always listen to residents first and then act on their behalf to help in the best possible way. Whether that be helping to clarify bureaucracy or to take up a case on their behalf to seek the best outcome possible.

I live barely 15 minute drive from Aylsham Town Hall and as a self-employed business advisor, I am able to spend time calling on residents when needed and take up their problems.

This is a time of great change in Broadland and people need support and help more than ever in this increasing complex world I'd like to be there after May 2nd to see it through and continue to help residents.