The time has arrived! In just a few days (6 May) Olney will be one of more than 50 Milton Keynes parish councils holding an election to determine its new group of councillors.
This election usually happens every four years, but last May’s election was postponed because of the Covid pandemic.
There are fifteen places available for election to Olney Town Council, it’s going to be an exciting and interesting contest. Remember, you don’t have to vote for just one favourite – you can mark your voting card with up to fifteen names, so you really do have a chance to get the councillors you want.
But who is on your watch list? How many potential councillors gets your interest going? Which candidates promise to deliver the important changes that you want for Olney? And who has the town’s best interests at heart? Still not sure where your crosses are going on the ballot paper? Let Phonebox Magazine help you come to a decision, with our easy-to-follow guide on all of the candidates.
There are details about each candidate, along with their past experiences and a vision of what they would like to achieve for Olney. They have all had their say here, and now they’re waiting for your vote.
Who will be elected? It’s in your hands…
I have worked at some local businesses and owned a couple. I have been involved in several of Olney’s sports clubs, NCT, Pre-School committee and Olney Is Kind. I want to make a difference within the community. With my business experience and compassion, I hope to bring that voice to the council.
I want to bring peace of mind that there will be an approachable member on the council for all ages, and I’ll be someone with passion, drive and willingness to deliver change and make a difference.
I want to look at how our town council can support local businesses who have been through an unbelievably difficult year and I’d like to make sure local traditions and events are well supported and preserved.
As a younger person with no previous links to the council, I hope to offer a new perspective and enthusiasm to the role. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
I’m a former Chairman of Governors of Ousedale School and am current Chairman of Trustees at the Cowper & Newton Museum. I was elected to the town council in late 2017.
As Chairman of Finance since July 2018, I’ve brought about significant improvement in the town’s finances – the net reduction in its general reserve of around £72,000 during the years 2016-2019, made good in the two years to 31st March 2021. If re-elected I will work constructively with fellow members of the council, continue to promote sound finance and value for money, and use my wide-ranging experience to represent the interests of all Olney residents.
Within days over 300 volunteers came forward, ready to put their own safety at risk for the good of others. The strength of community spirit in our town was, and is, humbling. Olney gave me a home and made me welcome at a difficult time in my life, a debt I will never be able to repay. However if you entrust me with the honour of representing you I promise you openness, hard work, honesty, inclusivity and integrity. If you were to ask me to choose one quality which makes me worthy of your trust it is an enduring love of our town and those who live in it.
either elect the same individuals who led OTC to getting to the point of mismanaged finances and mass resignation, or vote for a reinvigoration and change. I believe I am part of that change.
My background is from the Royal Navy and, as a young veteran, I bring honesty, common sense, and a purpose to serve for the benefit of others. I now have my own young family in Olney and, working in the area with my own Cyber Security company, I am invested in Olney’s future. A vote for me is a vote for:
A voice for all, fiscal responsibility and a drive for change.
I am often referred to as a ‘doer’ as I prefer action over words. If I am elected, I will bring enthusiasm, commitment and determination to improve all aspects of town life.
I will actively engage with residents ensuring their concerns and ideas are taken into consideration in every decision we make.