Anna Gillett standing in Penwerris for Cornwall and Falmouth Town Councils
I first entered Cornwall County Chambers with Wild Young Parent's Project in the late 1990s. As a young mother I went along to this community group. We were celebrating our Youth Achievement Awards and we danced to Nancy Sinatra's Boots.
My personal involvement in the community began in Penwerris. Sure Start Pebbles provided so many supportive services. I joined the Parent Group and was elected to the Chair when we formalised. Pebbles is now the Lighthouse Children's Centre and our Parent Group ran the competition with the children to name the centre 'Lighthouse'.
I received training that helped me to gain employment. I became a parent participation worker and facilitator of community groups.
I went on to do a degree in Combined Honours in Social Sciences at Cornwall College. I have also recently qualified as a Facilitator of Restorative Practices. This training has given me a strong sense of local identity and a clear understanding of people's differences and similarities. We have more in common than what divides us.
When the Junior Doctors decided to strike, I chose to stand with them and I continue to campaign for sufficient provision for our NHS today. I saw them as canaries down the mine. They work tirelessly for all of us. Now we see our NHS collapse. What next? I will not support these cuts in the current form of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Cornwall. I will fight to save Falmouth Hospital. With our growing and ageing population and not least the docks, we need efficient and local health and social care services, now more than ever.
People need secure affordable accommodation, yet we are being plunged into a deeper housing crisis, where accommodation is becoming unaffordable.
We need education that best enables all our children and young people to achieve what they are capable of. Yet, our local schools will have cuts in teachers, cuts in budgets and cuts on expenditure per pupil.
It doesn't have to be like this. With real investment and voice, we can work together and build a better community for all of us.
Parking and the proposed student developments are going to be a serious, on-going problem. First of all we have neglected road markings thanks to the Cornwall Council cuts passed down from Central Government. The proposed imposition of parking permits and the proposed developments at the Coachworks on Penwerris Lane and the Four Winds on Grenville Road are unacceptable.
Penwerris is where I have lived most of my adult life and where my children are growing up. It is important to me and I will be a strong voice for you, the people of Penwerris.