I have lived in this area all my life.
Since I was married, we have lived in the Parish of Hythe and Dibden, previously in Hythe.
We have now lived in Dibden Purlieu for 30 years.
Our 3 children went to Hythe or Orchard schools and then Noadswood and Totton College.
I had always worked with computers since the early 1990s and was training others to use them.
I qualified as an Adult education teacher and taught at Taunton College, Phoenix Pupil referral unit and for 14 years at Totton College.
Many people still know me from IT courses successfully ran at the local Waterside Adult Education Centre in Lunedale road.
That is now closed due to cut backs.
Around the time I had my third child I had the opportunity and was voted on to the Parish Council.
It was a time when the council was ran extremely efficiently and lots of changes were implemented for the better of our parish.
During that time on the Parish council, I was lucky to have been involved with important decision making and planning for various projects.
The Library, Fire Station, Tesco, Allotments, Calshot Activity Centre, free parking, and The Grove, were just a few positive developments at that time.
At the end of my 4 years on the Council, I was back working as a teacher and at least 2 evenings, it was time to leave.
I have always genuinely loved my area and care about its future.
The path to be involved again, on our local councils was started by my concern at the decision to terminate our Parish ACSO’s.
Like many parishioners, I valued the service and went to a few heated Parish meetings.
I spoke in the “public time” and hopefully put many people’s view across.
I was quoted in the Lymington Times and congratulated by many others attending.
I thought I need to be back and involved with decisions for our unique village and surrounding areas.
As a local person, I know the feeling about our area being overdeveloped with no thoughtful planning, infrastructure or strategy.
The poor old A326 nightmare that is our only way in or out….. The frustration of the “the forever promise” of a much needed railway, cycle paths and support for our ferry.
The lack of clarity on everything and being told that there is no money to do anything?
I am concerned at the lack of affordable transport, housing and lack of vision to help small local businesses to flourish and employ more locals.
Parking needs serious consideration, it needs to be given back to enhance the village’s businesses and people who work, live and shop there.