Author: Richard Wilkins

Richard Wilkins is a professional heavy goods vehicle driver and has driven across Europe. Richard also has experience of running the shop floor of an investment die-cast foundry. He is passionate about the values of the United Kingdom of tolerance, fair play, international diplomacy and its inventiveness. Richard is a family man, a keen cyclist and enjoys home cooking.

Council’s commercial gamble

Richard Wilkins

Is it right for local councils to turn to commercialisation to fill holes in their finances? Local councils are facing the biggest cuts to government funding since 2010, with the Local Government Association (LGA) revealing that, overall, councils will have suffered a 77 per cent decrease in government funding between 2015/16 and 2019/20. This represents […]

Somerset powers up!

Richard Wilkins

Somerset powers up as cutting-edge green energy storage scheme gets turned on. South Somerset District Council (SSDC) has proudly turned on the largest council-owned battery storage system in the UK. Located next to a National Grid substation near Taunton, the site – purchased in 2018 – has been transformed, in partnership with local and international […]