Councillor Gary Peace
Electoral Division: Ventnor and St Lawrence
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Isle of Wight
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Term of Office
- 04/05/2017 -
Annual Report 2020
Councillor Gary Peace – Ventnor West Ward
Over the last year there have been a wide range of events and challenges at a local level. And as with everything else, this year COVID-19 has overtaken events.
One notable recent issue I have been involved in, was the “lockdown” closure of Ventnor Post Office. Residents were desperate for the continuation of the service and I led the campaign to persuade the owners to reopen and to support the community.
A post office is rightly an essential service and was desperately needed by vulnerable residents, those who could not travel and all those who need banking services.
We’ve also had the collapse of Belgrave Road. I have been involved from day one in seeking to ensure the safety of those living near it and its reinstatement. I’ve also made sure that those effected are being communicated with on a regular basis.
I’ve also brought to the Island (and Ventnor) the latest hi-profile event called, “LeBlanq” a cycling tour and gastronomic event that will publicise the very best of what the whole island has to offer, using local chefs, produce and iconic locations. https://www.leblanq.com/
In January I was very pleased to be invited back onto Cabinet, after having to step away for a year due to personal reasons. I have picked up my old portfolio of Community Safety, now expanded to include Digital Transformation. This means that I can now use my expertise to directly influence the “digital island” vision - a programme that is and will deliver greater opportunities and benefits to residents and enable this island to market itself as a world leader in the digital economy.
My portfolio also means that I now sit on the newly formed Local Outbreak Engagement Board. That will lead on any local response to further outbreaks of COVID19.