Hello, I’m Ros Wyke and I’m the leader of Mendip District Council. I’m really happy to have been invited to write a weekly column in this paper as I’ll be able to keep you up to date with current news, issues and developments facing Mendip as a district.
I’ve been involved in local politics for many years and represent the district ward of Draycott, Rodney Stoke and Westbury sub Mendip.
After the local elections last May, I was proud to become leader of Mendip District Council. We’ve made great progress; despite the challenging times we’ve all gone through together this year.
I believe that the covid crisis, whilst presenting us with many difficult and painful times, has shown how important our communities are as we pull together and support each other through the uncertainties. We’ve witnessed communities facing the threat together, the forging of new friendships, and countless acts of kindness. Throughout this pandemic, ‘distancing’ has been the buzzword and yet, the sense of closeness and community has never felt stronger.
I think many of us realise and appreciate the crucial role played by volunteers in our communities. I believe these support networks will become even more important in the coming months as we recover financially from the impact of the pandemic. As a council we’re working hard to support our local people, businesses and economic re-growth.
Many of you will be aware of the current uncertainties around the future of local government in England which in turn will impact on how councils are structured within Somerset.
As a council we accept real change is needed. I’m fully committed to working with the other three district councils in Somerset to make sure the best decision is taken for the people of Mendip. That’s why the districts are standing strong together, to back a two-unitary council solution.
It’s our intention that this proposal for two unitary authorities is democratically debated and shaped by our residents in the coming weeks, making sure the different needs of our diverse communities are met.
Each week, I’ll be sharing progress and updates with you as we work to deliver a fairer, greener and more vibrant Mendip that values our distinctive towns, the city of Wells and our rural villages and communities. Do get in touch on the email below if there’s anything specific you’d like me to address as I want this column to reflect the issues and topics you care about.