St David's and Haven Banks - Devon County Councillor

Carol Whitton - St David
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I am delighted to have been selected to stand again as the Labour candidate to represent St David’s and Haven Banks, in the forthcoming local elections. During my time as a Councillor, I have spoken up for local people and delivered on issues that matter. I have pushed for the County’s Carbon Neutrality target to be brought forward to 2030 to match the target already set by Exeter’s Labour-led City Council. If re-elected, I will support further action on climate change which is one of the most important issues that all of us face.

I will also be standing in the St David’s area as a City Councillor. I am convinced that more joint working between the two councils will have a real impact on some of the big issues that our City faces, particularly in responding to the climate emergency. If elected, I will also use my role on the City Council to speak up for St David’s residents about the over-development of student housing within the ward, the need for more good quality and affordable rented accommodation, and for continued action to address homelessness and anti-social behaviour within the city centre.

In the last 12 months, we have all had to deal with the profound challenge presented by Covid-19. Many residents of St David’s, have suffered. There is no room for complacency and I will take every opportunity I can to press for more support and help for those who need it, creating the best possible circumstances to help residents of St David’s and Haven Banks recover from the pandemic.

I am proud of the actions that I have supported so far in response to the pandemic. I pushed hard for new safe cycling routes put in to ensure the safety of our essential workers, as well as widened pedestrian routes to enable social distancing. I have also strongly supported the principle that local people should be consulted on how the environmental benefits of the temporary schemes might be adapted and developed in the future beyond the pandemic. In time, these could provide opportunities for outdoor seating, for green spaces, and the potential for long term benefits for our city.

The pandemic has highlighted inadequacies in our social care system and how we look after and protect our most vulnerable citizens, as well as the need for improved services for mental health and well-being.

These are all issues that I will campaign on if I am elected in May. Due to the ongoing restrictions of the pandemic, I am not able to listen to your concerns on the doorstep and I am worried that some of your voices are being lost. If you have any issues that you would like to raise with me, please do contact me.

Carol is an experienced Councillor whose terms of office are:

  • 05/05/2017 – 06/05/2021
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