Stoke Poges and Wexham Conservatives have selected their candidates for the May 2020 Buckinghamshire Council elections.
The successful candidates are Ralph Bagge, Trevor Egleton and Thomas Hogg
Ralph Bagge is the current County Councillor for Stoke Poges and Wexham, District Councillor for Stoke Poges and Chairman of the Parish Council. He has previously served as Leader of South Bucks Council. He is currently Chairman of the Planning Committee at SBDC. A self-employed Business Development Consultant, Ralph was appointed a member of National Institute of Care and Health Excellence (NICE) in 2011.
Trevor Egleton is currently a District Councillor for Stoke Poges being Vice Chairman of the Council and Chairman of the Licencing Committee. He has previously served as a County Councillor and Stoke Poges Parish Councillor. He has extensive local government experience during 30 years of service including chairing the Parish Council, Leader of South Bucks and a deputy cabinet member at the County Council. He is also the founding chairman of the Thames Valley Police & Crime Panel which scrutinises and supports the Police & Crime Commissioner.
Thomas Hogg is new to local Government. He is a however, an experienced campaigner, start up and technology innovator and Social Policy academic. He lives in Wexham and his stated aim is to protect our ward and environment from housebuilding and to help the Council develop policies to respond to the climate change around us.
The new Buckinghamshire Council is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to start with a clean slate and an opportunity for the new Council to demonstrate its commitment to improving the quality of life of our residents and to making Buckinghamshire an even better place to live in than it is today.
Whilst a single unitary Council offers the potential to make efficiency savings, it will face the same financial pressures as the existing five Councils in Buckinghamshire.
The most acute challenges, inherited from the County Council, will be: the rising cost of increasing numbers of at-risk children being taken into care; the demands of an ageing population for domiciliary and residential care and adapting to changes in the Health sector as the new Integrated Care System is rolled out across Buckinghamshire. At the same time, the new Council will continue to be challenged to maintain our roads, to manage the waste and recycling processes efficiently and to bring forward new local plans that will deliver new homes whilst safeguarding our designated special areas of conservation, areas of outstanding natural beauty, sites of special scientific interest and the Green Belt.