New Forest East Constituency

Roy Swales New Forest East Constituency

Candidate - Roy Swales

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Biography:

I am a 5th Generation former soldier. My family were always Light Infantry and Indian Army. I served in the 16th Independent Parachute Brigade, was seconded to the FCO and carried out security duties at Embassies in conflict areas. I served in Surrey and Hampshire Police after leaving the forces. I am now retired but ran the Totton RBL remembrance parades for several years. I retrained and work as a Physiotherapy Associate Practitioner with the Local NHS community teams.

My wife is a Clinical lead locally with the NHS. I have lived in the Forest for about 20 years since retiring from the Army and Police, my wife was born at the former Fenwick Hospital in Lyndhurst and her family are lifetime residents here. I am a former Executive Director of Real-Life Options a charity for young people with learning difficulties.

Our constituency

The New Forest is a beautiful place to live for those that can afford it. However, take a walk into some of the more built-up populated areas and see the truth. Families on council waiting lists for years, with no houses being built. Planning regulations of a draconian nature exist to throw up barriers instead of facilitating building access. Food banks across the Forest due to soaring prices.

Access to services Drs and Dentists, public transport to the General Hospital and other medical services. The New Forest is so poorly served by our local ambulance services that some patients are unable to get to hospital or afford a taxi to get there, which is often the advice given. In the Forest itself, we see the younger generations driven away because of low employment, high costs in both lands, rent and lack of housing, leading to population displacements we can little afford to accept. Council accommodation waiting lists through the roof and virtually no building. Local NHS resources struggle daily to meet demand.

The council continually failing to provide good quality affordable housing and services. Employment has been decreasing limiting access to jobs for young people. Young people simply don’t have the connection or are disconnected from the forest. Sewage spillages into the sea around our beautiful coastline. Councils wasting money on art projects in Totton that have little meaning to residents and yet council tax continues to soar while no improvement to the provision of services is offered.

I am concerned about the potential loss of our military community in Marchwood. Rising rents from ABP for waterside clubs who use the waterways is concerning. The list goes on. However, there is hope. Reform of the system is needed to put things right, to fight to retain our New Forest way of life, our towns and communities, our schools and medical services.

I don’t pretend to have or know all the answers but sometimes a fresh pair of eyes in a position of authority can make wonderful things happen if they are given a chance. If you elect me, we can find the solutions together that is my pledge to you.

 

New Forest East Constituency Map

New Forest East Constituency Map

Constituency Information

Electorate: 73823

Wards:

1 Ashurst, Bramshaw, Copythorne & Netley Marsh

2 Brockenhurst & Denny Lodge

3 Dibden & Dibden Purlieu

4 Fawley, Blackfield, Calshot & Langley

5 Forest & Solent

6 Hardley, Holbury & North Blackfield

7 Hythe Central

8 Hythe South

9 Lyndhurst & Minstead

10 Marchwood & Eling

11 Sway

12 Totton Central

13 Totton North

14 Totton South

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