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I am Lorraine Corrigan-Turner and I am standing as a candidate for the position of Bude and Stratton Town Councillor for the Bude ward on Thursday 12th December 2019.
I am married to Cornishman Chris, and we have a nine-year-old son, I have lived in Bude for 21 years and work in Flexbury. My commitment and passion for helping my fellow Bude residents springs from starting a campaign in 2018 to improve emergency medical care at Stratton Hospital. The Bude area now has a 24-hour service at the pioneering Community Treatment Centre. I am now campaigning to improve local ambulance services and better health services for Bude and the surrounding areas
I know from personal experience how much Bude needs reliable health services. Members of my family, including my son, mother and father, needed emergency care and found it wanting.
When the 24-hour emergency cover was cancelled at Stratton Minor Injuries Unit, I launched a campaign to get it back. Thousands of locals’ signatures and experiences persuaded the NHS to reopen the MIU as a pioneering 24-hour Community Treatment Centre. In its first two months, it spared 90 local people the trip to Barnstaple or Plymouth, saving the NHS £9,000. The NHS is now rolling out a similar service elsewhere in Cornwall.
I am now campaigning to ensure this highly successful and vital service continues when Stratton’s pilot CTC trial ends in August 2020.
In Bude, we’re many miles from a proper hospital, so we need a better ambulance service — not a worse one, I’ll continue to fight to make Bude’s needs heard.
Speeding traffic is a problem that needs to be sorted in Bude, as someone who lives close to busy Kings Hill, I am very aware of the dangers of traffic speeding through Bude. We need to ensure Bude’s roads are safe for everyone who uses them, so I’ll work to find ways of making sure motorists stick to speed limits and cyclists are provided with safe routes through the town that don’t stop pedestrians and visitors from enjoying our fantastic town.
I would also like to see Bude police station always open – for all of us.
I support better child care for working parents. As Chairperson of Bude After School and Holiday Club, I know the time and cost pressures faced by local parents. In 2018 and 2019 I helped secure funding to take children on trips that let them experience amazing adventures and activities while their parents worked in holiday times.
I want to promote ways to protect our wonderful environment and coastline
I fully support Bude’s declaration of a climate emergency, led by Lib Dem councillors in Bude and at Cornwall Council. I will work hard to ensure Bude remains beautiful for future generations.