David has lived in Paulsgrove for 51 years and knows the area pretty well. He believes it’s a great place to bring up a family, as he and his wife Mary have done, and with schools, shops and other local facilities close at hand, is a neighbourhood with a real sense of community. But he’s seen the loss of local services in the area that many people relied on.
David says: ‘Our local well used Age Concern shop in Allaway Avenue has closed after being there over 20 years. The Citizens Advice Bureau in Cosham has been forced to close after 26 years of providing valuable advice and support. The Patey Day Centre, (well used by residents from Paulsgrove/Wymering), has been forced to close leaving people to make a journey miles away. Our current councillors have done nothing about this. There’s money around to provide and maintain these services, but Portsmouth City Council has other priorities. Well, I want to speak up for the people who need these services because nobody else is.’
For the past 23 years he’s worked for a local youth activity centre charity, but now he’s retired he has more time to devote to his other local community commitments in Paulsgrove.
David says: ‘My wife Mary and I are volunteers at the Paulsgrove Community Centre where we spend most days helping out. I’m still serving as a school governor at King Richard secondary school and have done since 1985 and I’m also a governor at the Victory Primary school and have been since it opened 7 years ago.’
He also sits on several other local boards, and has been involved with the Paulsgrove carnival association for many years. David was part of the team who applied for a grant from the Community Development Foundation (CDF in London), for funds for the local area and was successful in gaining over £30,000. Grants were then awarded to 28 local groups for a variety of activities over the next three years. A further grant was applied for and was again successful with£2,500 awarded towards producing a Paulsgrove Community Action Plan which was completed and approved in February 2016 by the CDF.
As a former city councillor for 27 years, David has gained a vast amount of experience of local government and understands what can be achieved for the ward.
David says: ‘If elected, I want to continue to help all those seeking advice and support in the only way that an elected member can. I want to be a voice for the people of Paulsgrove, bringing their needs and concerns to the attention of council members and working on their behalf to make sure those needs and concerns are addressed.’
‘I will campaign on local and city issues with the Labour group on the council, to challenge cuts the administration are trying to make in the name of austerity.’
David in discussion with the Deputy Lord Mayor at lighting of Paulsgrove Christmas lights which David had organised.
David in discussion with ex Councillor Jim Patey at Paulsgrove Resident’s meeting.