About Me

Caroline Page, Woodbridge County Councillor (Toby Gray Photography)
Caroline Page, Woodbridge County Councillor (Toby Gray Photography)

 

Welcome ! 

You  can use this blog to find out some of the things that are happening in Woodbridge, some of the things I’m doing in Woodbridge, -also to get information about things that are happening, have happened, or are about to happen. in Suffolk.

This is an interactive site, a place for news and views not only mine but yours. So if you’ve got a problem, email me –  if you have ideas you wish to share, or comments you want to make about our  lovely town and how it runs and  how to make it better,  post a comment.

About me

Elected Suffolk County Councillor for Woodbridge in 2008; and re-elected 2009, 2013

Lib Dem spokesperson for Transport at SCC since 2009 (Shadow Transport Spokesperson 2009-13); Vice-Chair, Suffolk’s Education Transport panel; Suffolk Speed Limits panel member; Transport and Highways Policy Development Panel member 2013-15); also

Campaigner for Rural Transport, Cycling, Libraries, Young People, Disability,  Family Carers and  Epilepsy Awareness (amongst other things). Feels that people would be a lot happier if they got out of their cars and  walked  more.  Walk an average 4million steps every year…

A full-time family carer since the beginning of the millennium, I campaign ferociously for carers’ rights and public recognition for unpaid family carers. In 2015 unpaid carers  saved  the UK £87 bn in potential care costs –  more than the government’s total NHS  spend  last financial year. The UK faces significant economic consequences if even a small proportion of family carers gave up their caring role through eg ill health or lack of support. Yet ironically,   many carers are forced into poverty and a low quality of life because, being unpaid, the government puts no value on their work until they have to be replaced.

Prizewinning poet and short story writer ; Epilepsy Society Champion 2013; shortlisted Young Epilepsy Gold Champion award 2013; Frances Minns Memorial award for outstanding typographic design; University Challenge team captain (St Hilda’s Oxford ) back in the mists of time. Cycled unsupported from Lands End to John oGroats within living memory (2008).

The views expressed in the blog are my own.

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2 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. In these times of public spending cuts and when we are all being asked to economise, why is is that the park and ride car park at Martlesham is so heavily lit at night after closing time? From the A12 one can see it blazing.There is a gate in place for security. Also it is not good for your carbon footprint. As my taxes help to pay for this can you please give me a sensible reason for this extravagance

  2. Dear Carrie,
    I wholly agree that it seems to be a waste of money to keep the lights at the Martlesham Park and Ride blazing all night, both in terms of cost and of carbon footprint. I have passed your comment onto the relevant officer at SCC.
    If the lights are owned by Suffolk County Council they will be switched off/dimmed shortly (over the next few weeks) unless there is an overriding need to keep them on. This is because – in order specifically to save money and to reduce the County Council’s carbon footprint – this is happening to all council-owned lights in Suffolk. If you live in Woodbridge, you can read about the implications for Woodbridge in my blog entry http://carolinepage.blog.suffolk.libdems.org/2011/11/06/starrier-nights-in-suffolk/, otherwise you can find full details of the lighting changes in all other Suffolk towns/villages on the council website

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Caroline Page, County Councillor for Woodbridge