Hellesdon South East Ward
My name is David Britcher, I was born, raised and live in the Parish of Hellesdon.
I have had the honour and privilege to serve all the residents of Hellesdon as a parish councillor for some 15+ years, and now since the Broadland District Council elections in May 2019, as a Broadland District Councillor for the Hellesdon South East ward.
My wife and I have three adult daughters, all who have been educated in Hellesdon schools. I was a school governor at Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School for many years and remember those times with great fondness, being a School governor made me realise why good educational facilities, standards and the need to provide enough places for all the children of Hellesdon to go to school in Hellesdon if they so desire, are vital to our community to survive and thrive.
I was instrumental when as Chairman of Hellesdon Parish Council in ensuring Hellesdon Parish Council works very closely with all the local schools to the benefit of all concerned. This included, but not limited to having School Head Teachers regularly attending Parish Council meetings, which in turn led to school pupils visiting the parish council allotments at the end of Bush Road and the designing of the Parish sign located on the roundabout where Middletons Lane and Reepham Road intersect (formally known as the Bull) by a student at Hellesdon high School. The school children and students, having their 'say' in what play equipment was and is currently going to be installed in Hellesdons play areas.
For several years, I would with the assistance of another Hellesdon resident open and close the Meadow Way play area on the weekends, except on the odd occasion the play area was locked all weekend, when we were both too ill and unable to unlock it. This was because the Parish Council would not fund the opening and closing of the play area at the weekends, using council staff. Shortly after a change of the political makeup of the parish council, it was agreed to provide funding for parish council staff to open and close the Meadow Way play area every day, not just on weekdays, thus ensuring, the play area was open for use by the residents of Hellesdon every single day except Christmas day.
As a registered 'First Aider at Work' myself for over 30 years and realising, Hellesdon Community centre is a great asset for Hellesdon and regularly used by all ages, I was pleased when the Parish council agreed and passed my proposal as the then Chairman of the Parish Council to provide the funding for the purchase and installation of the 'Heartstart' defibrillator at the Community Centre. I also obtained matched funding of £10,000 for the Parish council from Norfolk Police for part of the CCTV system installed at Hellesdon Community.
Working closely with other councillors of the Parish Council at the time, in a cross party agreement, we reinstated the position of a Litter Warden for Hellesdon, to the benefit of all residents.
I have often been asked why I am a Liberal Democrat and the answer to this question is simple, 'I fully believe that serving the community of Hellesdon should come first' and certainly should not involve having to following the demands and instructions of businesses and unions, like other members of political parties do. I believe that Hellesdon residents should be consulted in changes that affect them and their opinions fully considered, and 'not just informed of what will or is happening' as currently is often the case.
I continue today to make Hellesdon a better and safer place for all the residents of Hellesdon, as I believe Hellesdon demands better.