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BURFORD; Yvonne

Post by GD on Sat 17 Mar 2012, 5:37 pm

Manifesto to follow..


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"Always be yourself because the people who mind don't matter, and the people who matter don't mind"

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Re: BURFORD; Yvonne

Post by GD on Sun 01 Apr 2012, 11:46 pm

About me
I was born in Guernsey in 1960 and have lived here nearly all of my life. For the past 20 years I have lived in the Western parishes Ė the Forest first followed by 15 years in Torteval and Iím just in the process of moving to St. Saviours.

Iím married with one son aged six. My working life began in local finance where I spent 10 years, including 3 years in international money markets, before leaving to train as a flying instructor and then as an airline pilot. I worked for British Airways in the UK, rising to become a 737 Captain, before returning home to Guernsey to work for locally-based airlines.





Since my son was born, I have freelanced for Aurigny on the Trislander aircraft. A great believer in life-long learning, I recently completed a distance-learning Masterís Degree in renewable energy and sustainable construction.



My interests include pottery, boating and architecture. I flew as a volunteer pilot with Channel Islands Air Search for 15 years and for the last 5 years I have undertaken voluntary work at the States Prison. I also love going to Portelet and Rocquaine with my family, friends and a picnic.



Why vote for me?
If elected, I will serve the people of the West and of Guernsey by listening to their views and concerns and representing those in the States. My values and aims could be most simply described as fairness for all, a concern for the local and wider environment and keeping Guernsey the unique place that it is. I donít pretend to know all the answers but what I can guarantee is that I would thoroughly research issues and make sure my voting decisions were well informed, balanced and fair.

Capital Spending and the Economy
Whilst it is of course absolutely necessary to maintain Guernseyís infrastructure, I believe that capital spending should be carefully scrutinised to avoid vanity projects and over-specified contracts. Amongst the resident population we have a wealth of talent and first recourse should always be to local individuals and firms before decisions are made to employ outside consultants and firms.

Diversification of our economy is essential for our future well-being. Renaissance of the tourist industry, further investigation into renewable energy and development of a local food industry are some areas to pursue. We also need to consider how Guernsey is looked upon by the outside world and ensure new avenues are morally justified. For me, this was ultimately the problem with LVCR, although I support the States in doing all they can to help the employees that were affected to find new jobs. A clear, ongoing plan to deal with the structural deficit is needed and this will be very challenging in the light of the demographic situation. We need to balance the books but not at the expense of the poorest in our society.


Public Utilities and Essential Services
I believe that utilities such as water and essential services such as the harbour and airport should remain in public ownership. I was strongly against the sell-off of Guernsey Telecoms and I am not convinced that the commercialisation of Guernsey Electricity has brought about any meaningful benefits for islanders. Such essential operations should not be run for the profit of outside shareholders, but for the benefit of islanders.

Housing and Development
Housing is a crucial issue on such a densely-populated island as ours. Recent moves by the Environment department to hold open planning meetings are to be welcomed. I also support the work done by the Housing Association. New development wherever it takes place must be a positive addition to the island and must respect the local character. I did not support the suspension of Dwellings Profits Tax as I believe it allows property speculation which makes homes even more unaffordable for many.

Open, rural land should be protected from development. I would also support a self-funding scheme to bring derelict vineries back into use as grazing land or allotments and I would like to see opportunities for small local enterprises (Freds-in-Sheds).

Children and Education
I support measures to make it easier for parents to make the choice between returning to work and staying at home after having a child. I also think children tend to do better in smaller schools and therefore I would have to be persuaded of the case for closing primary schools. I believe that top-quality, inspiring teachers across all schools are the key to education and to keeping childrenís innate sense of curiosity and desire to learn alive. We should not lose such teachers because of housing licence expiry.

The Environment
I have a particular interest in environmental matters. I believe there is a pressing need for a fully integrated transport policy that would make public transport much more useful, more accessible and more practical and that would alleviate congestion on arterial routes and in Town. I support the concept of paid parking, with proceeds ploughed back into public transport. Careful implementation to avoid an adverse effect on the Town Centre is necessary with perhaps free areas for short-term shopping.

Energy is a particular topic of interest of mine and I am happy to discuss it in depth with anyone who is interested. In brief however, I do not think, as an island, we have made sufficient attempts to look at what energy we can save. Investigation into obliging heavy users such as data parks to generate renewable energy as part of their planning consent is another avenue to explore.

Waste
I was very involved in the waste debate, campaigned vigorously against the Suez Incinerator and subsequently took part in the waste consultation. If elected I would continue to work towards ensuring an effective, efficient, environmental and user-friendly way of dealing with our waste, with a strong emphasis on waste prevention and reduction measures.

Criminal Justice
I do not believe that building more prison places is the solution to crime. Rather I believe that more investigation into why people commit crimes, particularly repeat offenders, would be beneficial including extending restorative justice and community sentencing measures.

Government
I support the current system of consensus government and also retaining the number of deputies. Although there would be a small saving by reducing the current number, this would come at the cost of less contact with the electorate, less diversity in the debate and the risk of outside interests having greater sway. Already young people and women are markedly under-represented. With fewer deputies there is a risk that they might not be represented at all. I was pleased to see the initiative by the Home Department to encourage young people to consider politics as a career. I believe that similar initiatives should be followed to discover why so few women put themselves forward for consideration by the electorate and to encourage a States that is more representative of the population. I also support freedom of information and Government that is transparent and accountable.

Island-wide voting
I support further investigation into designing a workable system for island wide voting whilst still retaining a parochial element. This is not an easy task, but I am convinced of the need for change towards a system whereby a voter can vote for any candidate.

Thank you for reading this manifesto. I hope you will consider giving me one of your votes on 18th April.

Contact details:
Phone: 264776 Email: yvonneburford@live.co.uk Website: yvonneburford.com

Many thanks are due to my proposer, Annette Henry and my seconder, Jill Vaudin.


......THE BOSS......

"Always be yourself because the people who mind don't matter, and the people who matter don't mind"

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Re: BURFORD; Yvonne

Post by kat on Mon 02 Apr 2012, 8:02 am

Shame you are not in my district as you would have my vote
Good luck we need women who know what they are talking about in the states .
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