Abe Allen

Abe

Abe Allen

Community Engagement Committee Member

Tel: 07715 982725
Email: abe.allen@tidworthtowncouncil.gov.uk

About Abe
I am young. 20 to be precise however, I do not let my age define who I am, I have a strong work ethic and I’ll always do what I can to act in the best interest of my community. I have come from a predominately military background and have moved across the country and overseas with my family throughout my life. I was also “shipped off” (as they say) to Boarding School in Suffolk during my secondary education, though I absolutely loved it! Following my GCSEs, I decided not to follow the traditional route of A-Levels and University but instead completed a Level 4 Apprenticeship with the Civil Service, in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. I now work for the MOD and I have since left my family home. In addition to being employed as a Civil Servant I am also actively involved in my workplace Trade Union and I am very passionate about supporting my members on an individual basis and collectively when negotiating with management. I have always enjoyed helping people and I take great pride in improving the lives of MOD employees. In my free time (if I ever have any!), I enjoy spending quality time with my partner and pets, socialising with my family and friends, renovating homes and performing (I dabble(d) in acting and singing). To me, community isn’t a term I use loosely. I believe it is much more than a word but, a set of values that we should all follow. Being part of the community means offering a helping hand to those in need. It means supporting our local, smaller businesses (I’m certainly an avid supporter of the local Takeaways!). It means feeling like you can have a chat with your neighbours ‘just cause’. It means working together to support and level each other up. I want everyone in Tidworth to feel like they have a sense of community and to be a part of building their version of what a community looks like. I am keen to make Tidworth a better place. From the commute in the morning, to the shopping trip at the weekend, I want our residents to feel proud of our town and take pride in calling it their home. My goals for our community When I was co-opted, I made three pledges. Three pledges to support our community. Between now and the next elections I will begin working on my pledges and if I am elected to serve you for four more years, I will make every effort to ensure: That our young people have a place where they can belong; a place to communicate with each other away from TikTok, Snapchat and Facebook, a place to socialise face to face – this includes ensuring the popular “teen cafe” is maintained and also launching additional groups for young families and their children (such as baby groups). Additionally, I want to give our young people opportunities to have voice in the running of our community – opportunities which allow them to shape a Tidworth where they decide to settle when leaving their family homes. Furthermore, I will establish employment advice which suits the needs and aspirations of our young people, ensuring they follow an education and career path they desire as oppose to a more traditional path which they may not be in favour of. That our local housing is safe, comfortable and efficient for our residents. For renters, I will work with other councillors and landlords (such as housing associations and the MOD) to ensure that our renters’ homes are fit for purpose. I will also explore and ensure the council advertises the opportunities which can make the dream of home ownership a reality to our renters. For homeowners, I will support them in ensuring their homes are fit for purpose by promoting various schemes backed by both the government and private sector organisations. I will also ensure that new build home companies are held to account for issues that arise in homes as a result of their build quality. That local or community owned businesses come first. Coronavirus has devastated our country. In addition to the numerous tragedies caused by the pandemic, our economy has taken a hit thus, threatening the livelihoods of those in our community. Unemployment may rise and our council needs to ensure that we support our local and community run businesses by encouraging our residents to shop locally. Not only does this allow our local business owners to prosper, but it also increases our local employment opportunities, thus ensuring all our residents can flourish. I will explore different options which encourage more residents to shop locally and establish community led businesses. (P.S. Here’s my first opportunity to encourage you to #shoplocal – even something as simple as a portion of chips from the chippy, a trip to one of the beauty salons/hairdressers or posting a letter/parcel to a family member from our wonderful post office!)