Paul Forrest
Paul Forrest

I’m Paul and I am pleased to introduce myself  as your candidate for Quarry & Coton Hill in next May’s Council elections.

I live in Shrewsbury, and have lived in the region over two decades, and what now seems a long time ago studied at Warwick University.  I have worked as a researcher both internationally and domestically, for American, Japanese, Russian and British institutions, including the Foreign Office, advising on investment and business prospects.  I initially worked in Papua New Guinea through the Voluntary Service Overseas programme.  Since living in the region I have undertaken extensive research for local public, private and third sector bodies, and continue to do so.  Running my own business, I have been actively involved in local and international Chambers of Commerce.  Additionally, I am an irregular commentator on business and economic issues in the region and nationally on TV, radio and newspapers.

I want to develop a campaign that listens to and involves people like yourself – so I’m interested it what your views are on how to improve Quarry & Coton Hill.  At present I think the main issues (although I am willing to be corrected) are the following:

the Town Centre is obviously under considerable pressure after the stop-start trading year, and its temporary pedestrianisation has highlighted the need to develop sensitive practical solutions that support both business and the residents that live within the Loop;
A number of homes, pubs and shops have yet to recover from February’s floods, with a new winter in which a further onset can be expected.  It is beyond urgent that a thorough public review of flood protection is undertaken;
In Coton Hill and Castle Foregate little efforts can make vastly improvements in quality of life and they often start with tackling simple issues, such as the state of local roads, poor street lighting and street cleaning;
Most importantly if elected I will make sure you are kept openly and transparently informed of what is actual proposed and happening;
However until we successfully tackle Coronavirus, web will not be able to progress, and this therefore must be the main priority for at least this year.

If you want to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

0770 955 1253

Paul Forest in the papers

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