Paul has an outstanding record of service as headteacher of the successful Kennet School for almost thirty years and is now ready to serve again, by representing Clay Hill at Newbury Town Council.
Paul says, ‘Through my work with Kennet School, Trinity School and Fir Tree School (in the ward) I know Clay Hill and the people who live there very well – and I hope they know me. I look forward to partnering with Councillor Jeff Beck to champion the provision of excellent, value-for-money services from the Town Council, opposing unnecessary increases in the precept at a time when family budgets are stretched, and working with colleagues at West Berkshire District Council to deliver sustainable local jobs, green investment and – of course – high quality education. If elected, I will be a strong voice for Clay Hill at the Town Council at this critical time’.
West Berkshire Conservative Association chair Jeanette Clifford said, ‘We are delighted that Paul Dick is standing in this important by-election. The people of Clay Hill deserve the best and that’s what Paul is. He’s more than an educator with a national reputation: among much else, he volunteers as chair of Reading YMCA and is a county football referee and chair of Newbury Sunday League. What’s more, he’s lived locally for more than thirty years.
‘We know that people are troubled that the Town Council’s Liberal Democrat leadership has overseen higher charges to townspeople and ask if the Town Council is straying from its core purpose of providing services that the town needs. Paul Dick is undoubtedly the right man to work alongside Councillor Jeff Beck to scrutinise decisions, making sure money is spent wisely and directly for the benefit of residents’.
Leader of West Berkshire Council Councillor Lynne Doherty said, ‘Conservative-led West Berkshire Council has plans for continued investment in Clay Hill, an important part of our strategy to ensure our District emerges from the pandemic an even better place to live, work and learn. Paul Dick is highly respected across our District and an outstanding candidate for the Town Council: he has the experience and ability to speak up for Clay Hill so that everyone listens. He will be a great servant to the ward’.