Cllr Mike Smith
I am Mike Smith and I was born in Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands, part of the United Kingdom famous for its local hero Robin Hood. The first 30 years of my working life was spent working within the Co-operative Movement, starting as a junior and ending in 1989 as the senior Departmental Store Manager, when together with my partner we came to live in Cornwall.
In 1989 we purchased the failing village store and post office in St Erth, looking back I realise that we had the typical idyllic view of running a village store, that is one in which the shop together with the pub and church is the centre of the community, and ignores the reality of the dominance of the national and international supermarket chains and their impact on the traditional neighbourhood economy.
My experience in first regenerating the business then making it financial viable, during the 10 years we ran the village store, gives me a insight into the pressures faced by all small business within our parish, and the role of local government in creating a environment in which they can succeed.
Having been given the privilege to represent the Parish Council on the Connor Downs Resident Association I have learned how voluntary groups working with, and sometimes pushing, the council can create community ventures which benefit the majority of our residents.
As a Parish Councillor I will use the experience and knowledge gained throughout my working life, together with lessons learned serving with voluntary groups, in whatever work I undertake within Gwithian and Gwinear Parish Council.
Regarding my interests, well I was that typical school boy in the 1950’s standing by the railway line collecting train numbers, and getting covered in soot and coal dust; now with the demise of the steam engine my interest is focused on the history of the railway network. Photography is my second great interest, and with the advent of digital photography now being able to produce and print your own photos without the smell and mess of a dark room, and being able to crop and enhance my pictures in the comfort and warmth of an easy chair in front of a monitor is ideal.
1 Treeve Court,
t: 01736 753887