I am married to Katherine and have two stepchildren. Ipswich has always been our home and we run our small businesses here too. It is a great place to live as we are just an hour from London and have a vibrant waterfront area.
I was elected at the County Councillor for the Bixley Division in a by-election in May 2016. The Bixley Division is located in east Ipswich. Prior to that, I represented the Chantry Division from 2009 to 2013. I also served as an Ipswich Borough Councillor between 2004 and 2012. At Suffolk County Council, I am currently the Cabinet Member for Ipswich, Communities and Waste.
Being a Councillor means that I can have an impact on decisions that affect my local community. There are many issues residents raise with me, but the majority of them are parking related. This is due to the overspill from Ipswich Hospital related to the lack of adequate parking there.
I can be contacted at Paul.West@suffolk.gov.uk