Margaret is a retired teacher and fully understands the unique community spirit of Covingham and Dorcan and wants their voices to be heard. Margaret says: I want Swindon to be a listening Council. A directly-elected Mayor would be more democratic and would improve accountability for the figure-head of our town. I want all consultations to be meaningful, involving the public at the earliest opportunity. This has proven to be a real issue in some of the decision making in Covingham and Dorcan. I think people should be able to have more of a say over how their Council Tax money is spent by giving more money and responsibilities to localities.