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Name: Richard Baum

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Party: Bridgwater Mercury: ElectionsModule Party Logo Liberal Democrat


Richard has worked for 12 years in NHS Hospitals, having previously worked for a housing association and on a Local Authority improvement programme. He is a Governor of Berrow Primary School.

Richard has been a Councillor before, leading successful community campaigns, setting up an annual festival raising tens of thousands each year for charity, improving local roads, saving libraries. He chaired Committees, spoke on Finance matters, sat on the Licensing Committee and worked with the region’s Passenger Transport Authority. His voluntary career includes many years of hospital broadcasting, presenting and producing shows, talking to patients and serving on the station’s management committee.

Sedgemoor’s planning service is not working for local people - it rides rough-shod over local opinions. We pay for it - it should work better for us. It should better protect green spaces and keep its focus on our amazing environment.

We host countless thousands of visitors and guests, but the roads through our villages are shocking . The Conservatives have promised changes for years, but delivered little.  Walkers - particularly children and young people, runners and cyclists should be safe.

There is a serious lack of truly affordable eco-homes. We need these less expensive-to-run homes if our villages are to attract young residents and thrive as communities.   

I have the skills, knowledge and experience to be a strong voice for Berrow and Brean at Sedgemoor.  I don’t want a career in politics, but I do care - and I know I’ll be an approachable, accessible and effective Councillor.


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