Caroline Rackham - Totton North and Netley Marsh

Currently a Town and District Councillor for Totton and Eling, Caroline has a long association with Totton. Four generations of her family have lived in her home in Totton and she has grown up seeing changes across the town.

‘We’re faced with some really tough challenges ahead.  All the building development set to go ahead at North Totton needs to be carefully looked at and to happen in a structured way to protect the residents of Totton and it’s infrastructure.’  Caroline is also a member on the New Forest National Park Authority and is the chair of the Neighbourhood Plan team for Totton and is really keen to make sure that Totton is not only protected but improved for future generations.  ‘We need to think of how this will affect young people and their needs as well as just now.’

Caroline started her journey into politics many years ago when she started a Neighbourhood Watch in her area after she had suffered both a burglary and arson on her property.  ‘It took a long time before I really felt safe in my home’ she says ‘but I realised that most people wanted to help and keep their area safe.  It was a really good lesson in what is important to communities – making sure that everyone in a community is safe and looked after, not just a privileged few’

Caroline has worked on community projects across Southern Hampshire for decades and is also known as ‘the Lantern Lady’, making lanterns with schools across the town for the annual parade.  She is currently working on community projects in the Bartley Park area to increase Biodiversity and has worked hard to improve the town centre over the past couple of years – even taking over the maintenance of two planters in the town.

‘Community is so important for our town, now more than ever.  We need to come out of everything that 2020 has thrown at us with a better, more caring, safer world.’

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