Hello. I’m Scott Warren and I was elected City Councillor for Bretton Ward in May 2018. I’m both an entrepreneur and a community campaigner, and I enjoy talking to local residents about their concerns and ideas for how we can improve the neighbourhoods we live in. I also sit on the Bretton Parish Council. The are many different issues that I would like to tackle as a City Councillor.
Firstly, we have a growing epidemic of loneliness among the elderly. There are too many older people sitting at home deprived of interaction with their peers and the wider community. I have worked with our local friendship groups to look at putting on activities to tackle this problem. I’m regularly in attendance at those activities myself, and at coffee mornings running at the various sheltered housing schemes in and around Bretton.
I’m also keen to explore what can be done to help our schools improve their educational provision. I was recently appointed Governor of Watergall school, which I attended myself as a child, and I will be taking part in reading buddy groups. I’ve recently engaged with other local schools on the subject of tackling mental health concerns in young children and teenagers.
I am a Trustee with Families First, a Peterborough-based charity that assists schoolchildren with special educational needs and their families. They operate a community centre within my ward, and I am keen to ensure the facility has a long term future, and serves more people within the wider community as we develop the support services it provides.
I believe that Bretton is home to some exceptional talent and very valuable community resources. The Cresset, at the heart of the ward, is the hub for a diverse range of arts, culture and community activities. I’m involved with the Friends of Bretton Library, who are working hard to ensure it remains a resource that’s relevant for the 21st century, and will continue to thrive by adapting the offering to match the lifestyles of its customers. I was also instrumental in securing the ongoing future of Bretton Water Park when it was threatened with closure in 2018.
I do not hold a walk-in surgery at fixed times. Instead I prefer to conduct a “Roaming Surgery” where every weekend I will meet people on the streets, in their homes, or at community events. I currently attend at least ten events every month, and they are a great opportunity for residents to tell me which issues they consider to be priorities.