Malcolm Wade

Candidate for:

Butts Ash and Dibden Purlieu Ward (District) Elected & Dibden (Parish) Elected

Malcolm Wade

I have lived in Hythe since I was 7 years old and consider this community as my home.

I am married with two grown up children, the eldest, Alex, is carrying on the family tradition of serving this community started by my father Stan Wade.

He served this community for over 40 years both a Parish and New Forest District Councillor as well as achieving numerous other achievements for Hythe and Dibden.

In my professional life after a successful career in shipping I decided to move into manufacturing and worked for 16 years in a Hi Tec optical manufacturing company, which evolved into a major US Multinational, where I became the Senior Manufacturing Manager in the UK for the Hydrogel Lens business.

Now I work for a smaller European company based in Romsey, which produces specialised premier products for optical care.

My reason for entering into public service is to put something back into the community, where I and my family have grown up and to make a positive difference for people, who locally need help and support.

  • Hampshire County Councillor for 6 years
  • Hythe and Dibden Parish Councillor for 28 years – ongoing
  • New Forest District Councillor for 20 years
  • Trustee of the Handy Trust (Ex Founding Chairman)
  • Member of the Hythe Hospital stake holder group – ongoing
  • School Governor, Applemore School  – ongoing
  • Trustee of the Countryside Education Trust – ongoing
  • Chairman of the New Forest Environmental Liaison committee for 20 years
  • School Governor for Orchard Junior School for 12 years
  • Chairman of the New Forest Road Safety Committee for 2 years

Campaigning Issues include:

  • Part of the success campaign against Dibden Bay
  • Against Gravel Extraction at Forest Lodge Farm
  • Part of the successful campaign to keep Hythe Fire Station
  • For increased Public Transport
  • For Waterside rail link
  • Worked with others to keep free parking in Oak Road car park

Amongst my personal achievements for Hythe and Dibden :

  • Championed our Parish to have its own youth worker in 1999
  • Help set up the Handy Trust in 2001
  • Championed the Parish Council having its Community Safety Officers

As a local councillor my role is to help the local community, and work to make Hythe, Dibden and Dibden Purlieu a great place for people to live, work and visit.

In addition to help people in our community, who need it because we all need help some time in our lives and it is good to know someone out there cares enough to try and make a difference.

As a Liberal Democrat I believe in a fair society, where everyone regardless of gender, social status and ability should have the opportunity to reach their individual potential.

Most important of all I will always put the Community First!

Campaigning Issues include:

Malcolm was part of the successful campaign against Dibden Bay as well as the successful campaign to keep Hythe Fire Station

He is against Gravel Extraction at Forest Lodge Farm

Malcolm is a strong supporter of transport facilities for local people:

  • For increased Public Transport
  • For Waterside Rail Link
  • Supporting Hythe Ferry
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