Des Pollard is standing for the town council as the Labour candidate in the Wellington South by-election on October 26th. He’s taking this opportunity to write a little about himself and his policies. “I moved to Wellington in 2003, having lived in Taunton for the previous thirty-plus years where I worked and raised my family.
“I am semi-retired and work part-time for Somerset County Council as a mini bus driver, whereby I pick up adults with learning difficulties from their homes, and take them to various day centres and then return them home in the afternoon. It is a job which I thoroughly enjoy and find very fulfilling and hope to do for many more years.
“I love the history of Wellington and was fortunate enough to be able to assist Colin Spackman of Wellington Museum, in a couple of its recent historical projects.
“I am a member of Taunton Thespians and have been fortunate enough to appear in a number of their recent productions, including this year’s summer tour production of Canterbury Tales, which was performed for the first time at Wellington School.
1) Being an enthusiastic amateur historian I would be keen to support the history of Wellington.
2) As I am a regular driver through the town centre, I would like to see a resolution to the traffic congestion at Longforth Road.
3) I support moves to stop the closure of the Wellington Children’s Centre.
4) The provision of more affordable housing within both current and any future housing developments.
5) Ensuring that there will be sufficient infrastructure investment to match the increase in housing.