Election 2013: Adrian Davis

Name: Adrian Davis

Ward: St Mary’s

 

    • What, if any, changes would you like to see made to transport provision for the islands? What would you do to influence this if you were elected?

Against a background of less negative criticism and more good publicity I would initially strongly support the provision of a hard runway at Lands End and an all year round boat service and more Summer Sunday sailings.

    • What are you views on how to tackle the waste issues on the islands? 

As I understand it SLR, as consultants, have been contracted to provide a comprehensive plan to deal with our waste. This plan must be shared transparently with the whole community and only put into action after full consultation with  us all. There must be provision for as much recycling as is possible, with toxic and ‘valuable’ materials (e.g. metals) returning to the mainland, so that in future we do not repeat our mistakes.

    • Do you believe the Council needs to be more open with the local electorate? How will you personally influence this if you are elected? 

I have always supported the demand for more openness in our council affairs when this has been discussed at HEART meetings. I am concerned that the wording of the Council’s Code of Conduct has  been changed from the original NOLAN  wording and would move for the relevant phrase to be reinstated. My letter to The Electorate states that if elected I would consider holding regular ‘Surgeries’ in town should there be enough demand. (after all I have had over 30 years practice!) My ‘phone no. is in the book and my e-mail is adrian-davis@supanet.com.

    • The Council is facing a budget ‘black hole’ in the coming years. What are your top priorities for tackling this situation? 

Barry Keel has been employed to advise on this and other matters. The new Council should build a good working relationship with him and adopt a strategy after considering his advice in full consultation.

    • What do you feel is the biggest problem facing the islands? And what will you do, if elected, to try to tackle this issue? 

As I understand unless we sort the above problem we cease to be legal and would lose control of our governance. There are also several other issues that will be a serious test for our next Council.

    • How involved should the Council be in funding tourism-related activities like the Tourist Information Centre? 

This is one of the issues referred to above.I feel that the Council must keep the promotion of tourism as a core consideration but appreciate that it’s financial input may come under fire in the present financial climate.

    • What do you feel makes you able to speak on behalf of the local electorate in Scilly as a Councillor? 

I have lived here for 43 years spending the majority of my working life with residents on all five Islands. During this time I have  experienced the good and bad times that island life presents so feel I have some insight as to how the place ‘ticks’. I hope that I have built a trusting relationship with many folk and I would also like to believe that people know, that should the occasion demand, I would not be afraid to speak out on their behalf.

    • If elected, how will you maintain contact with the local electorate? Will you hold regular surgeries or similar events? 

As above (3)

    • What has been your biggest achievement in life so far? 

Surviving as a GP here for 30 years or so(!) — and helping to set up the Medical Launch Trust—‘kick starting’ and planning the New Health Centre etc.

    • Do you believe the current composition of the Council, with thirteen elected St Mary’s representatives, and two for each of the off-islands, is correct? If not, what changes would you like to see? 

I agree that perhaps the time has come to discuss this issue. This does NOT mean that change should be made without full consultation and careful consideration.

    • Do you believe Mundesley House should continue in its current form? If not, what changes would you like to see made? 

As above.