I am a current Town and District Councillor, although I am standing for Priory Ward for the first time this year. Many residents will however be familiar with me, and hopefully used to voting for me as I am also the Norfolk County Councillor for Thetford West division which includes much of the Priory Ward.
Susie Dowling, one of your Breckland Councillors is standing down at this election and I have decided to put myself forward, moving from the neighbouring Burrell Ward where I have been a Councillor for many years. I feel Priory Ward needs a hard-working, proactive Councillor, particularly at this time, to work with you and fight on your behalf which is why I am making the change and putting myself forward. There are many issues facing this community, not least the proposals from Flagship Housing for the Abbey Estate. Residents need someone hard working, proactive and someone that understands how the Council works. I think I can offer that which is why I have decided to change areas. I hope I can count on your support and I look forward to working with you if elected.
I’d like to think that I have a reputation for getting things done – I was the driving force being the creation of the Charles Burrell Centre and I run the popular About Thetford magazine. I have lived in Thetford all my life and I was previously the manager of the Abbey Neighbourhood Centre and the Meet Up Café. I also had the pleasure of serving as the Mayor of Thetford in the past.
Terry is 37 years old and born and bred in Thetford. After leaving Charles Burrell High School he began working for Keystone Development Trust, managing the Abbey Neighbourhood Centre. From there he worked for Norfolk-based charity the Benjamin Foundation. He became the first manager of the Meet Up Café, co-ordinating the conversion of the redundant Redcastle Community Centre into a drop-in and support centre for children and young people. Terry was elected to Thetford Town Council in 2008 at the age of 22 and re-elected in 2011 when he was also elected to Breckland Council. He joined Norfolk County Council in 2013 at a by-election and was successfully re-elected in 2017 and 2021. Terry is a member of Unison.
Learn more about Terry’s community work on Blogspot: jermysjournal.blogspot.com