My name is Jonathan Pallant and I am the Town Mayor for St Ives for the Civic Year 2020/21. I grew up not far away in the village of Hardwick, and after some time away at University and with work, I returned to the Fenland town of March in 2009, and then to St Ives in 2013. I live on Comet Way with Carrie, my wife, our two girls Scarlett (9) and Amelia (6), and Bella, our lab-collie cross. I used to work in Cambridge, but these days my day job is as an engineer at a product development firm based on the edge of town. Ordinarily, of course, this would be a short cycle ride away, but recently I’ve been working from my small home office.
Those of you who know me already will know I’m a big supporter of green transport, and am keen to support initiatives to make it easier to walk, cycle and e-bike around town. Of course, sometimes a car or van is still the most practical option, and I’d like to help make sure people can access the infrastructure that would make an Electric Vehicle a viable option.
I love St Ives for many reasons. It’s a beautiful town, with some wonderful old buildings and delightful views down by the river. But it has also managed to grow without losing that charm, providing a home to many thriving small-businesses, which are so important to a town’s economy, as well as offering much needed housing, intermixed with plentiful green spaces and meandering footpaths. But of course, above all, St Ives is defined by its people, and I have been staggered by the efforts of all the hard-working volunteers in the town, working away in their groups and charities, to make life better for other people. I want all these volunteers to know that I see you, I thank you for your tireless efforts, and that I want to to use my year as Town Mayor to shine a spotlight on all your efforts. In particular at this time, I want to highlight the work of Timebank, the St Ives Foodbank, and all those part of the St Ives Community Hub, who have been working together to help make sure that those people in need in our town are being supported in these difficult times.
For all these reasons, St Ives is a place I’m proud to call my home, and I look forward to working with everyone to make sure St Ives remains a great place to live, work and visit, even as we move through these uncertain times.
If you have any questions for me, or would like to tell me about an amazing group working in the town, you can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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