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Graham is standing in Great Notley

Graham is standing in Three Fields with Great Notley

I have lived in Braintree for 32 years, the last 21 of those has been in Great Notley. I am married with two adult children, who both live in the Braintree area. I am retired following a career in the Civil Service where I dealt with companies large and small, although the last 15 years of service was dedicated to large national and international organisations. I currently have the privilege of serving on the Great Notley Parish council, helping keep our community a safe and clean environment. I support the establishment of a crossing for pedestrians that does not impede traffic, on the A131 at the Bridge End Lane/A131 roundabout. It is currently very dangerous for those attempting to cross. Hopefully this can be achieved before a life is lost.

I am standing on a platform of making Essex a better place to live for all. Essex should have a fairer, safer and more sustainable environment. We need to reduce our emissions and this will be achieved by developing a coherent integrated public transport network, efficiently linking our villages to our towns and railway stations. This needs to be done intelligently, not by latching on to the most recent fad. We need to embrace schemes to support cycling and walking in inner urban areas. A sustainable environment requires us to as far as possible preserve our green open spaces and supporting development on brownfield sites. We also need to develop natural solutions to problems such as flooding and coastal erosion.

I am concerned at the reduction of services for disabled children that has occurred over the years. The services that my daughter enjoyed as a child, no longer exist. We need to support the families of those with disabled children by providing better respite care facilities.

With the trials of the pandemic increasing unemployment we need greater support for local businesses to reinvigorate the local economy and increase the opportunities for retraining, only then can we reduce the numbers unemployed.