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. I have spent the last 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 am now personally carbon neutral. I am now using 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 carbon emissions.
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. Through my work Chairing the Transport and Environment Committee at HCC I am spearheading efforts to boost walking and cycling in our towns and villages. We are also keen to reduce speeding by installing more crossings and chicanes to stop inconsiderate drivers.
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