Councillor Kieron Wilson
Councillor Kieron Wilson is the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Regulatory Services.
This portfolio includes:
- housing management and landlord services
- housing strategy and standards
- homelessness and housing need
- environmental health
- community safety
- trading standards
- anti-social behaviour enforcement
- liaison with Dorset Police and fire services
- licensing policy.
Kieron was born and raised in Bournemouth and, after studying politics at Salford University, returned home to gain his MA in Political Communications at Bournemouth University.
It was Kieron’s interest in preventing homelessness and desire to correct inequality that initially drew him to local politics, and whilst working as a Housekeeper at Bournemouth Hospital he first stood for local government in a 2018 by-election and was elected to Bournemouth Council.
Re-elected the following year, Kieron became the Portfolio Holder for Housing and was instrumental in launching the council’s multi-agency Homeless Partnership and Homelessness Reduction Board in 2019 - both of which improved the response to tackling homelessness across the BCP area.
Kieron’s key ambition for his current portfolio is to improve safety in Bournemouth town centre as well as the wider conurbation by building on similar partnership working. He also wants to reduce the use of temporary accommodation to house families and single people in the BCP area. He says:
“A lack of good quality affordable housing not only impacts the individual, but society in general. A home is the foundation on which we all build our lives, and I believe everyone deserves a safe place to call home.
“Nationally we are seeing an increase every year in families being housed in temporary accommodation. I want to see us put more focus into prevention, working with families and landlords in the BCP area to slow this trend for us.”
Kieron lives with his family and their dog, Nero and in his free time enjoys sports, particularly football and running, reading and attending local gigs.