Candidate for Chard North
Amanda moved to Ye Olde Poppe Inne at the age of 12, and has lived and worked in the area ever since. Studying at Holyrood School (Academy) for 'O' and 'A' Levels, Amanda studied Politics and International Relations at Staffordshire University.
Amanda worked her way up from the 'factory floor' at Oscar Mayer, Chard, spending a total of 18 years with the manufacturing business. Committed to ensuring all employees were treated fairly, Amanda became Operations Manager, at a time when Oscar Mayer employed over 1000 staff. After a re-evaluation of her career, Amanda returned to her first love - Politics - and especially helping local people. Elected as a District & Town Councillor in 2015, Amanda has helped over 200 different residents with cases - some as straightforward as signposting, some extremely complex. With a desire and commitment to help residents, Amanda is widely recognised in Chard as a hardworking councillor committed to making a difference for residents. This recognition has resulted in Governorship at both Holyrood Academy, and Yeovil College, something Amanda is extremely proud of.
Amanda’s Three to Fix
1. Buses & Transport
Our buses are a lifeline for residents of all ages and locations. Amanda has spent time travelling on our buses talking to local residents about recent cuts to the timetables. She is already working with Liberal Democrats at Somerset County Council to find a solution to this intolerable situation. If elected, Amanda will be able to support this critical service from inside County Hall.
2. Cresta Pool
Since being elected to South Somerset District Council in May 2015, Amanda has been working tirelessly with SSDC to help support sports facilities and their future development in Chard. Fitness is critical for the health and wellbeing of all residents. Supporting and helping to develop good facilities, to enable more people to appreciate physical activity is a cornerstone of Amanda's Councillor pledges.
As early as May 2015, Amanda submitted plans to address the condition of dropped kerbs in and around Chard. This was after a local resident contacted her to say he couldn't access Chard cemetery, from the lower entrance, with his disabled son. We should aim to be an inclusive town that engages and enables all residents to freely move around. If elected to SCC, Amanda will aim to make this one of her first improvement schemes.