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Today is the turn of Martin Dorey for Stratton ward.
My name is Martin Dorey and I am standing as an independent with Bude Stratton Community Alliance for Town Council in the May elections. I am a writer and founder of The 2 Minute Foundation, a Bude-based charity that employs 11 people, manages 900 beach clean stations around the UK and runs a free beach school for local kids from Crooklets. I am resident in Poughill, having lived in the area since 1996. I am an active member of the Surf Life Saving Club and have proudly served as Men’s Captain.
I love Bude and first came here to surf in the 1980s. Somehow the place got under my skin and I moved to Bradworthy when I was in my twenties. In 2013, after a stint in Horn’s Cross, I moved to Flexbury, enrolled my children into Marhamchurch School, joined the Surf Club and began to get to know Bude a little better. I am glad I did. My eldest, Maggie, will be patrolling the beaches with the RNLI this summer, thanks to the training she has had at the surf club.
Bude is a great place to live and to bring up kids, but I am concerned that we still lose some of our young people, in all kinds of ways. They have had a really tough lot recently and I think it’s time we, as a town, stood up for them. There are so many wonderful groups here, set up by enthusiastic people, often to fill a gaping void. They teach our kids to surf, play rugby, swim, save lives and help them deal with mental health issues. However, there is still more to be done.
I want to be a member of a town council that is at the heart of this. I believe that a Town Council should be able to listen, and instinctively says: “Yes, how can we work it out?” and be engaged at every level with every part of the community. We desperately need to find new ways to support young people as they grow, study, try to find jobs and homes, and begin to build families of their own.
But that doesn’t mean forgetting everyone else. We have much to learn from our older people and it’s time to listen to what they need and know too. During the pandemic we learnt what it’s like to look out for one another. We know we have it in us to offer help to those who need it, not those in the know, with the right connections or those who shout the loudest.
We face an uncertain future with climate change and are on the front line. I have sat on the Climate Change committee since 2019 as a non-voting member of the public following BSTC’s declaration of a climate emergency. The progress that has been made by the brilliant BSTC team and grounds staff, which should be applauded, has not always been made easy.
When it comes to the environment, I believe that we need actions not committees. There is a lot to do, for all of us, and the Town Council should be leading from the front, asking us what we want and ensuring that we all benefit, instead of relying on the goodwill of community groups.
Bude already has a reputation for eco-activism. So why not seek a reputation for green tourism and business too? Could new cycle paths, together with our existing adventure centres, new green businesses, eco-minded hotels, restaurants and campsites, clean air, the sea pool, brilliant surf and a beautiful setting help us become the number one destination for green tourism in the UK? And how could this benefit all of us? Joining us up to the National Cycle Network, investing in green projects and local transport, as well as encouraging community action, could surely help to reduce summer jams, bring more year-round visitors, provide meaningful employment, help restore nature, keep the air clean and bring a new kind of prosperity to our lovely little corner of Cornwall? And all the while keeping it beautiful, yet still playing our part in combatting climate change.
I’d like to be a part of that. Would you? Please use your vote wisely on May 6th.