It is a great honour and a real privilege to represent the people of Petersfield Hangers Division at Hampshire County Council. Hampshire is consistently one of the best County Councils in the country and we intend to keep it that way. Despite having the second-lowest Council Tax precept in the country we have strong reserves which enable us to invest in new schools, new roads and new technology.
I live in Petersfield with my wife Paula and three children aged between 12 and 18. I started my career in the Civil Service where I became a Grade 7 Manager in the Cabinet Office and then the Prime Minister's Office at No.10. I then worked in the Mayor's Office at the Greater London Assembly. I then spent 15 years in the private sector, working in retail, international trade and property.
I have massively reduced my carbon footprint over the last two years, with a large solar panel array on my house, an electric car, a predominantly plant-based diet and less flights. I have a retrofit project underway to insulate my house and I have a battery on order from the Solar Together scheme run by HCC. I am keen to use my public roles to help others in the community to do their bit to tackle climate change. I am proud that all three organisations I represent have declared a climate emergency and have developed detailed action plans to reduce their carbon emissions and support community decarbonisation action.
At HCC I am now Executive Member for Highway Operations. I am proud of the work which Hampshire Highways does to keep us all safe and keep us moving. Many people do not realise that during storms, our people are out all night clearing trees and debris, ensuring that we can all get to work the next day. I consider these people to be true heroes.
I am spearheading efforts to boost walking and cycling in our towns and villages. I am also keen to reduce speeding and this will form part of our new Local Transport Plan in 2022.
We live in a special part of the country – conserving the natural environment and preserving the special character of our villages is central to everything that I do. I am pleased to be championing a project to boost biodiversity on our Highways Verges, starting with a pilot scheme in Froxfield. We are also planting more trees on Highways land.
I am working hard to ensure that we reach every household in every village in East Hants with superfast broadband as quickly as possible. We have had great success in Liss, Hawkley and Froxfield over the last two years. We will not stop pushing until every house has a fast fibre connection.
If you have a concern about a local issue, please do get in touch via this website. I will be very pleased to hear from you.
Thank you, Russell