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I would certainly consider Milton Abbas to be one of the most picturesque villages in rural Britain and feel incredibly fortunate to live within an area of such outstanding natural beauty. With a background in heritage building conservation I can both appreciate the importance of maintaining and protecting the sensitive historic integrity of the village while incorporating a realistic and essential requirement for 21st century family living. I feel passionately about this natural balance and felt honoured to be co-opted in as councillor to serve the village honestly, fairly and with transparency.
I feel that the Parish Council has failed the residents of Milton Abbas. Some examples: Article 4 that they endorsed, means that affected houses no longer sell and owners have to produce detailed plans and pay fees to replace garden sheds. I have seen no efforts to slow traffic, and no financial provision for the maintenance of those village amenities for which they have responsibility. The dismantled Play Park Climbing Frame is a case in point. The felling of trees in Jane’s Wood required them as owners to go cap in hand to MATCH to fund this necessary operation. Simply, with your support, I will do better than this.
For most of my career I have worked for the Prison Service and over the years have acquired negotiating skills learned in difficult situations. This experience might I think stand me in good stead as a parish councillor! I have now in addition, a small computer that helps me run Steeptonbill Farm and its associated Farm shop. On a day to day basis, I am made very aware of the issues and concerns that confront the people of Milton Abbas. I believe I will have a positive impact on village activities as I always try to approach problems with a down to earth and rational outlook. It will be a great pleasure to be of service to the village.
I have lived in Milton Abbas for the past 17 years and in Dorset for 40 years and for the past 10 years I have been a parish councillor. I welcome all the new councillors joining us. I am sure it will bring new ideas and opportunities for the village. I urge all parishioners to help make it a successful term by participating in the PC meetings and giving us all your views and concerns. We are lucky to live in such a unique location, but we must also ensure that conservation is balanced with the modern day requirements of families who choose to live here.
My name is Ellie Payne and I have been on the Milton Abbas Parish Council for 4 years and I am happy to continue in this role as someone representing the interests of the community and to whom you can look to for help, guidance and support. I am much looking forward to working with the new members of the Parish Council who no doubt, will bring with them fresh ideas and new proposals.
I have a 1 year old daughter, Amelia, and have lived in the village for 3 years with my wife Susan. I passionately believe in going beyond simply following procedure and “doing things right” by “doing the right thing”. Through my recent listed building and planning applications I have the skills to draw up, read and visualise these applications, surveys and drawings. I will always welcome questions, comments and constructive criticism.