Des Pollard is the Labour candidate in this week’s town council election and this is his manifesto: “I have lived, worked and raised my family in Taunton Deane over the last 45 years and lived in Rockwell Green for 15 years.
“I spent most of my working life at Avimo in Taunton where I was a shop steward for a number of years and also works convenor. I am semi-retired and work part-time for Somerset County Council as a mini-bus driver transporting adults with learning difficulties to and from their homes and day centres.
“I love the history of Wellington and have been fortunate over the past few years to be asked to assist the town museum with a number of its ongoing projects. I am an enthusiastic member of a local drama group and was delighted to perform for the first time at Wellington School last year. My wife and I enjoy going to our wonderful Wellesley cinema, going to the theatre and travel.
“I am keen to support our local police in their efforts to control the anti-social behaviour currently plaguing our town centre.
“I am very concerned about the lack of affordable homes in private and social housing. I will endeavour to ensure that all current and future housing projects adhere to their commitment of building the correct proportion of affordable homes.
“I am passionate in my support of our local NHS and in particular our own cottage hospital. As an enthusiastic amateur historian, I am keen to protect the history of Wellington. This would include the integrity of developments at Cornhill and the former Fox factory at Tonedale.”
There are four candidates: Wayne Battishall (Con), Des Pollard (Lab), Nicholas Andrew Smith (Independent) and Nancy Powell-Brace (Lib Dem) . The Polling Station at St John’s C of E Primary School will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 26th July.