Zoe said it was a great privilege to be elected as the Conservative Councillor for Privett Ward in 2016. Living in Gosport all of her life and attending the local schools, Zoe is now married with 2 teenage boys. She qualified as a Sports Therapist in 2000, taught at a local College and later moved into management at a Hampshire College acting as Deputy Head of Faculty. In 2012 Zoe completed her Management degree and became a member of the Chartered Management Institute.
Currently Zoe works as an Education Manager for a well-established charity. She is based locally in Gosport and supports local projects as well as projects run across the South. She has also been a member of local partnerships such as GAIN, and the Rowner Community Trust. Zoe believes her experience of local issues and helping people will stand her in good stead to support the residents of Privett and Gosport alongside the Conservative team. For example in April this year Zoe took part in a careers conference to offer help and advice to students in Years 10 and above across Gosport to help them to reach their full potential in the world of work.
In Privett, Inge Forder and Keith Gill together with Zoe Huggins have been successful in delivering on local issues. These issues include fighting off further housing development on the green spaces on the Gomer estate, getting pedestrian refuges on Privett Road and working with the Gosport Society and Friends of Stokes Bay to refurbish the historical interpretation boards around Stokes Bay and Stanley Park. Zoe is pleased that the work has now started on the Bury road/Privett road/ Anns Hill road/ the Avenue junction to improve the traffic flow.
Locally Zoe believes it is right for the police to remain in the town centre. The Conservatives were the only group to support the move into the town hall after the independent police and crime commissioner closed Gosport’s police station. The Liberal democrats and Labour councillors voted against the move in the budget meeting in February. Zoe believes this is the right way forward and that the opposition parties should not be playing politics on such a major issue such as this.
Leading the council for the last six years, Zoe believes the Conservative team can be proud of a record of achievement such as the ferry pontoon, leisure centre, eclipse bus service, new hotel, Daedalus enterprise zone, splash park, Rowner regeneration into Alver village and high street improvements but there is much more to do. If she is elected, she will do all that she can to be a strong voice and contribute to that success on behalf of the people of Privett and Gosport.