Your Conservative team in Chineham and Sheffield Park are
Jenny Vaux, Paul Miller and Laura Edwards for the May 2021 Local Elections.
All 3 borough candidates live in the ward and are committed to supporting our amazing local communities.
As your Conservative team we bring together parish, borough, county and parliamentary experience and resources to make things happen locally. For example supporting Chineham Library, redeveloping the Shopping Centre, expanding Chineham Medical Practice, keeping the hospital in Basingstoke, and bringing back the Post Office.
All 3 borough candidates, supported by our MP Maria Miller, live in the ward and are committed to supporting our amazing local communities.
Jenny Vaux, is an experienced local borough councillor, thrilled to be standing for reelection in the Chineham Ward, having moved to Sherfield Park with her husband Steve in 2012.
Elected as a Sherfield Park Parish Councillor in 2016, Jenny has been working with Elaine, Laura and Paul on local issues and is very excited about the potential of representing the wider Chineham Ward area. She is passionate about local services for residents, especially health, transport and community safety. Jenny brings experience in health services from a career in the NHS, and volunteering in social housing and mental health charities.
She has also been a borough councillor since 2019 in a nearby ward, gaining valuable knowledge in local planning, supporting community educational and leisure facilities, tackling anti-social behaviour, and helping people with issues and concerns.
Paul has been a Chineham Ward Councillor for 12 years, focussing on Planning and Development. This strength ensures that Chineham has the best voice at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, particularly with roads infrastructure a challenge. Paul is also a Chineham Parish Councillor. Residents are his priority.
Laura was first elected to the Chineham Ward in 2019 and has since immersed herself in the community and parishes. She would love to be voted in for a second term, as she feels she has so much more to give an would be privileged to represent you once again.
Chineham Post Office: In response to strong community interest in bringing back a Post Office in the Chineham Shopping Centre, your Borough, County and Parish councillors are working with Maria Miller MP, the Post Office and Tellon to explore how to make this happen.
In mid February 2021 Cllrs Laura Edwards, Paul Miller and Elaine Still attended a virtual meeting with Maria Miller MP and a representative from the Post Office to understand actions already taken, and remaining obstacles. Further meetings are being arranged to explore how to address identified challenges, in particular how to make a Post Office in Chineham a more attractive business, including its financial viability. These meetings will bring together Tellon, the owners of the shopping centre, and the Post Office.
Your borough and county councillors are keeping the pressure up and pushing all parties to look at all options available.
Thanking our Lockdown Heroes: What amazing communities we live in – whether staying at home or isolating, as key workers or volunteers, everyone has helped beat the virus.
We have all been in awe of the way our local health staff, borough employees and volunteers are delivering the vaccination programme. In Chineham, the GP-led centre at the Hampshire Court Hotel has universally been praised for its efficient and friendly delivery of around 1,000 jabs a day.
While neighbours and friends help with picking up prescriptions and groceries, Spotlight and the Basingstoke Foodbank have been delivering food parcels to families who need them. Teachers and supermarket workers, delivery drivers and posties, refuse collectors and all our key workers have given so much during these challenging times.
The borough has played it part too, ensuring essential services have kept going throughout, and supporting local businesses. £64m in grants and loans has been distributed to businesses large and small including charities and community centres.
Chineham Library saved: Following massive support from local residents and library users, Chineham Library was removed from the list of ten Hampshire libraries to close.
The welcome decision to keep Chineham Library open was announced by the County Council on 28 July 2020, after a consultation earlier in the year to achieve £1.76m savings across the Hampshire Library Service. Throughout the public consultation Elaine Still, our County Councillor, together with Borough Councillors Paul Miller, Laura Edwardsand Jenny Vaux, undertook to represent our community on the future of the library service. This included attending consultation events at the library, and other local meetings, to hear residents’ views and discuss the proposals with library staff and county council officers.
The news that the Chineham Library will remain open was received with delight by everyone involved. The library will be reducing staffed opening hours by 20%. Your local councillors will continue to provide support to the library and its users as we start to understand how these changes can be implemented. This is the best news we could have hoped for, recognising the massive community support for our much loved local library.
Communicating With You
Your Conservative team communicate regularly with residents through inTouch newsletters and in ‘normal’ times, would come out knocking on doors to hear residents' views. If you would like to raise any concerns or would like to get in touch for any reason, please contact any one of us (contact details above). We would also love to hear from you If you would be able to deliver inTouch in your road.
Get Social With Us
Pre-Covid, local Conservatives would also hold regular drinks, dinners and other events all year round, which we plan to re-start when we can safely do so. If you would like to come along to an event - even simply out of curiosity - do get in touch as described above.
SAFE HANDS TO LEAD THE RECOVERY
(L-R : Jenny Vaux, Paul Miller, Laura Edwards andElaine Still outside Sherfield Park Community Centre. Picture taken before Covid-19)