MICHAEL J HANCOCK
STANDING FOR PARKSTONE
"I decided to stand as a candidate in order to become the kind of councillor we might want to see in the Council. Someone who acts as a facilitator of community, encourages good ideas and takes an active role in ensuring they get the support they deserve and need."
As a local father with a creative and entrepreneurial background I have often been frustrated at how simple ideas and solutions from local people who love their neighbourhoods are ignored and not supported.
I have lived in Parkstone for 18 years after studying Film and TV at Arts University Bournemouth. I love Parkstone where I have raised my two children, who still go to school here.
Having witnessed several council meetings over the last 12 months I am appalled at the quality of debate, a decision-making process that is over 150 years old and party politics. I can no longer be a “Silent Witness”!
For me the absence of a vibrant Neighbourhood Forum in Parkstone is a fundamental opportunity for change. We can listen to residents, get more people involved and come up with solutions to local problems with local people. Now with the merger with Bournemouth and Christchurch, there is a significant risk of the new council becoming even less connected with the residents and businesses of Parkstone. As your councillor it will be my job to ensure your voice is listened too and to facilitate change.