A few words about me
Hi I’m Colin Noble and this is my blog.
I am the candidate for the Row Heath Division, Suffolk County Council’s elections on 4th May.
I was first elected to Suffolk County Council in 2006 for the Row Heath Division being the villages of Lakenheath, Beck Row, Holywell Row, West Row, Eriswell, Gazeley, Highham, Icklingham, Isleham Marina, Kenny Hill, Sedge Fen, Thistley Green, Tuddenham and Undley. I was delighted to be elected to Forest Heath District Council for the Lakenheath Ward in May 2011. In May 2009 and May 2013 I was re-elected to the County Council and in May 2015 I was re-elected to the District Council. In July 2013 I had the honour to be elected to the Conservative National Executive of the Local Government Association (LGA).
Currently I am the Candidate for the Row Heath Division of Suffolk County Council and the Leader of the County Council as well as the Vice-Chairman of Forest Heath District Council’s Performance and Audit Scrutiny Committee and at the national level I am the Health and Social Care Integration Spokesperson for the County Council Network and the LGA’s Regional Conservative Peer. In my time I’ve been the Cabinet Member for Finance and Property at Suffolk County Council and sat on the LGA’s Community and Well Being Board. Previously to that I was the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Care and what seems a fair while ago now I was Chairman of the Conservative Group and Chairman of the Adult and Community Scrutiny Committee.
I have had a really interesting time representing residents and helping them with issues that effect their lives and our communities. I also have enjoyed getting to know the very complex thing that is a Council both County and District and hopefully in some small way I help to influence it to better serve the people of Suffolk.
I passionately believe in small government and keeping Council tax rises as low as possible. and am delighted that at the County our strong and effective management of the Council has delivered 3 years of no County Council Tax increases and in the recent election we pledged that there would be no rises for the next 4 year term, which this year as Cabinet Member for Finance I presented the budget that delivered on the first year of that pledge, so that 7 years of 0% County Council tax increases, if you take inflation at say 3% per annum thats a 20% real terms cut in the 7 year period.
The necessary cuts that this government are making are also right as they try to sort out the mis-management of the last 13 years but of course that does not make them any easier to address, this coupled with an aging population in Suffolk presents us with a real challenge, a challenge I am up for!
I am pleased to work with a group of fellow Conservatives who are as determined as me to make sure that we serve the people who kindly voted for us.
We serve people by listening to their concerns and discussing what we think we should be doing to address the challenges we face together in our communities.
In the Spring of 2011 as we were discussing how we deliver a Library service with less money I called a public meeting in my home village and from that we have formed FOLK – Friends of Lakenheath Library and the committee of which I am proud to be a part, have now got a blog of their own so you can see the project work being undertaken, please have a look at www.Lakenheathlibraryfriends.wordpress.com and recently I was pleased to be involved in the funding of their loan-a-iPad scheme leading the way on this initiative for Suffolk.
I was until recently the President of the West Suffolk Conservative Association for three years but have stepped down as my term of office has expired, having previously been its Vice President for three years, its Chairman for four years and its Deputy Chairman Political for three years before that.
In July 2011 I had the honour of being elected Norfolk and Suffolk Conservatives – Area Chairman and since then have done onto now being the Deputy Chairman Political for the Eastern Region Conservatives, and I enjoy working with the Association Chairman across both counties as we seek the right people to be the next generation of Councillors and Officers to be ever more effective organisations at campaigning and getting our message out there. I also really enjoy working with MPs as we try to do our bit for our part of the world.
In 2011 I also I took on a political challenge to help Norwich North Conservative Association as their Acting Chairman and I enjoyed getting to know them as they promote Conservative politics in the wonderful city of Norwich and its surrounding communities. I have now stepped down from that role not before helping them forge a Federation with the neighbouring Norwich South Conservative Association to campaign across the city.
In 2016 I was promoted to be the Regional Conservative Peer and was previously accredited as a Local Government Association Member Peer which means I am now accredited to help other Council’s Councillors as they learn and develop. In 2014 I have been a part of two different teams working with different councils looking at their Adult Safeguarding Arrangements.
In 2016 I was also appointed the County Council Network’s National Heath and Social Care Integration Spokesperson after previously spending two years as a full member of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board and I was a speaker on Adult Social Care at the 2013 Local Government Association Annual Conference and have represented the CCN and the LGA’s CWB at various speaking engagements at the two most recent Conservative Party Conferences. In 2014 during my year away from the Cabinet of Suffolk County Council I was very actively working with the LGA on a number of projects and have been a part of a programmes working with ADASS and Public Health England helping officers understand working in a political environment.
in 2009 I was appointed to the role of Portfolio Holder for Health and Adult Social Care Integration and Finance and as Health and Wellbeing Board Ambassador for the East Midland region. In both roles its about how can the system of social Care in Local Government and the NHS work more effectively together to meet the saving targets set and to deliver a better service for the communities we serve.