Councillor Philip Edwards was elected the 632nd Mayor of Hereford for the Municipal Year May 2013 – 2014.
Born a farmer’s son from Witney-on-Wye, with five brothers and sisters, Philip soon recognised the importance of home produced food and protecting the environment it came from. However, his chosen career was not in farming but as a motor engineer, eventually becoming a Royal Mail road transport manager based in Hereford City. Here he began to recognise the impact that the built environment and city infrastructure can have on people’s lives.
Environmental issues and sustainability became increasingly important to him and in 1994 he became a Parish and District Councillor. He saw this as a way of promoting sustainability through the influence of local government decision making. Planning, transport and environmental issues have been and remain his drivers.
One of his greatest achievements to date is steering the development of the Belmont Haywood Country Park. It is a green, exciting place on the edge of our historic city with amenities for walking, cycling, fishing and other leisure activities.
He has lived on the city outskirts for 26 years, has a married son and daughter and three young grandchildren. He is a keen cyclist and volunteer, including Neighbourhood Watch and the Local Access Forum that safeguards public rights of way.
In his mayoral year, through his charity appeal, he hoped to enhance one small, overlooked historic area of the city (by raising money and encouraging participation in its transformation by local communities) and to contribute to the St. Michael’s Hospice appeal.