Ken Perrett

Candidate - Weston super Mare Uphill

I have been a resident of Weston super Mare for the past 51 years. In 2005 my wife and I chose to relocate to Uphill from Victoria Square on Weston's seafront.

Moving to uphill was a fantastic decision which we have never regretted. Uphill is a beautiful village within walking distance of the town centre, but offers so much on our door step; village shop, two pubs, restaurant, beach, boat yard, stunning walks and a lazy stream to the sea, fantastic.

For most of my working life I have been involved within the tourism industry in Weston super Mare.  My parents moved here in 1964 from Yate, Gloucestershire. They operated a small guest house on the Locking Road with 4 bedrooms and like most start up businesses sacrifices had to be made which very often meant I had to sleep on the floor while my bedroom was let to holiday makers visiting Weston super Mare. 

Some years later we acquired the Granby Hotel in Salisbury Terrace with 16 bedrooms which soon expanded to 26. This was successfully managed for many years and in 1979 we went on to acquire the Sandringham Hotel on the sea front, opposite the Grand Pier with 7 letting rooms and Chaplin's Bar which was extremely popular and well known at that time. In 1994 I personally took over the hotel and since then have acquired other adjoining properties to expand the Sandringham to its current size, to date we now operate 92 bedrooms employing over 50 staff and catering for more than 20,000 guests each year.  

I am a hard working, caring man who’s interests and passions have revolved around our beloved hotel and the tourism industry, which has given me a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction not only looking after the visitors that stay here all year round, but more importantly, helping local people with employment.

My voice and opinions have been heard at countless meetings over many years only to fall on deaf ears by North Somerset Council. I have watched the continual disrepair and demise of our town and the decline of people who visit us each year. 

It’s about time we stood up and had our voices heard, that is why I have decided to stand in this year’s election. Without regeneration, there will be no future, no jobs, no visitors.

Let's make Weston super Mare worthy of its motto again "Ever Forward" which was given to the town by Victorians.