My name is Stephen Rushbrook and I am a 50yo computer game developer. Originally from deepest darkest Essex, I first came to live and work on the Island over 20 years ago. My job has taken me as far afield as Melbourne (Australia) but the Island keeps calling me back. This is my home. I love the Island.
On top of being an excellent artist I have a reputation of being a problem solver. A quality I am eager to bring to the role of Councilor for Newport Central.
I am eager to find solutions to drive a regeneration of the town center. I don’t believe, like some, that retail is a lost cause and should be swept away in zoning changes and a frenzy of house building. Does it need to change? Yes, but we need to work to build a new, more, community focused Town Center.
I would also fight to stop throwing good money after bad in the ongoing saga that is Floating Bridge#6. From day one, it was clear it was not fit for purpose. Since then we have been throwing millions at it in an attempt to simply make it work. I’ve talked with engineers and seen photos of the damage it is repeatedly doing to itself. We need to sell it, or write it off, and commission one that WILL work. 100% of the time. And WILL pay for itself (and FB#6) in a timely manner. Simply put FB#6 needs to go.
I also play the Ukulele, and wish for world peace.