I am Alan Goggin, and I am the Conservative candidate for the elections to Essex County Council on May 6. I have been privileged to already represent the 5 wonderful community parishes of Brightlingsea, St.Osyth , Point-Clear, Alresford, Thorrington & Great Bentley – for six years.
I have a history of experience in local politics, being proud to be a Brightlingsea Town councillor - 10 years, and a Tendring District Councillor - 8 years, with a record of achievement.
Rather than look back, I prefer to look forward and re-visit four of my pledges from my manifesto.
NUMBER ONE: I believe that you judge groups by how they treat the least fortunate within society. Essex is committed to its entire population but especially elderly, young and residents with special needs.
I pledge to ensure that these needs are paramount in decision making.
You can trust me as I have already helped create high levels of service in my existing roles where I chair a “special needs” grant board, and am a governor of Market-Field school for children with special needs.
NUMBER TWO: It costs £2,000 Million pounds to run the County each year. The residents Council tax is significant but is just £700 million. The balance comes from a variety of sources. It is essential that the County Council is run efficiently. Here my 52 years of experience in the Independent Financial Services industry allows me to Pledge that I will continue to ensure that the best value for money is achieved, whilst protecting essential services. It is worth reflecting that some County Councils have nearly gone bust!
Essex is already in the top 10 most efficient councils in the country.
You can trust me with my pledge. During my time I have been privileged to be deputy to a variety of key Cabinet members, including Education, Finance & business development.
NUMBER THREE: I Pledge to extend the move to localism allowing local councillors to have a say, and the responsibility, on issues that can be dealt with locally. An example could be road and pavement repairs to be carried out by local firms.
You can trust me to follow this through as I have already championed schemes over 3 years allowing exactly that. Councils have been encouraged to submit lists of the most needed repairs, plus an experimental budget to spend themselves over two years.
NUMBER FOUR: Essex County Council have an excellent Climate Commission. It has just published it’s recommendations. I pledge to ensure that Essex is a l the forefront of the war against global warning. Again, you can trust me as I am part of the team working in Education that already ensures new schools are scheduled to be carbon neutral from outset, with older buildings being carbon neutral by 2030.
There are 4 candidates, but I am asking for your vote as I believe I am the best person to represent the residents based on experience, and reliability.
Alan Goggin - Conservative Party Candidate for the Brightlingsea Division
Tel: 01206 308023/07860 519 117
Email: [email protected]