Meet Councillor & Deputy Mayor Elect Fred Pritchard-Tagg
Fred was born in Plymouth and moved to Dartmouth for work 9 years ago, and this is also where he met his partner Daniel. Studying in Kingsbridge and afterwards at the University College in Newport, Fred has always had an interest in business and why they make the decisions they do. ‘This is one factor that pushed me to want to join the Council. I believe that you can change things better by working towards a common goal rather than standing aside and constantly pointing out things that are wrong.’
When Fred moved to Dartmouth, he was particularly interested in how the council worked for the local community. Having been a member of the Kingsbridge Youth Council he has a sense of how decisions made affect not only the individual but the wider community. This ‘lit’ a spark in Fred: how communities can be improved by giving the electorate certain responsibilities for their decisions rather than making decisions for them and telling them to like it or lump it.
On moving here he witnessed much criticism of the Council, and the crusader in him decided he should join the organisation and make a difference. Although unsuccessful in 2015, his voice was heard and he was co-opted on to the Council in April 2017 following the unfortunate passing of Councillor Roger Chillcot. When the time came round to choose the new Mayoral party for the coming year Fred originally put his name down as a nomination of Deputy Mayor, not because he didn’t feel other councillors couldn’t do the job rather he just wanted to throw his name into the mix. ‘To be honest it still hasn’t fully sunk in. I was delighted and very surprised that I had made such an impact on my fellow councillors in such a short period of time, that they felt that I would be able to fill the position satisfactorily!’ ‘The role will be important to me because I believe that you have to have enough conviction in your ideals and ability to make decisions that you will defend them no matter what. I am never one to back down from a challenge and will always welcome people to ask me to justify myself. I am passionate in taking Dartmouth and the Town Council forward without forgetting where it has come from. Big changes are happening all over the world and the Council needs to move with these times.’
Outside the council and work Fred loves to relax by curling up with a good book, or watching trashy TV. He loves travelling: his favourite destination so far is Las Vegas and he has Thailand planned to celebrate his father-in-law’s birthday, later this year. ‘People around me would describe me as fairly vocal: once I get my teeth into something I won’t let go! I like to put my full effort into everything I do which will hopefully stand me in good stead for my time as Deputy Mayor.’ We wish Fred lots of luck with his new role, and look forward to working with him.
You can contact Fred for anything council related by email