Hi. My name is Tobias Holbrook, and I am running for election to Carnforth Town Council. I have lived in Carnforth for almost my entire life, since my parents moved here when I was young, and I want to see it become a stronger town. If you choose to elect me on the 14th of June, here are a few things I would like to focus on.
Parks. Parks are wonderful things which make life just so more pleasant to live, providing a refuge for nature and people among the asphalt and concrete of a town. There are plenty of patches of grass around Carnforth which could be transformed, with a little effort, into small parks, called pocket parks. All that is required is to plant a few trees and install some benches. I will push for the development of such pocket parks.
Housing. I make no secret of being in favour of development in Carnforth, but I am definitely not in favour of low density estates of scattered 'executive' homes. New housing needs to be well connected to the existing town centre, moderately dense to reduce the impact on greenfield land, and provide a mixture of housing that is suitable for people at all stages of life, whether they're just starting out, raising a family, or seeking to downsize for their retirement. I will push for the development of a neighbourhood plan, and seek to engage developers in shaping development in a way that makes Carnforth stronger, rather than weaker.
The market. Despite the claims of estate agents, Carnforth is not and never was a market town. But that doesn't mean it can't become one. A market can provide a low cost opportunity for people to try their hand at entrepreneurship, and so serve to incubate new businesses for the town. I will support the market and encourage it's use, and seek to hold a market on a Saturday in addition to the existing Wednesday market.