On May 22, people have the chance to choose the councillors who will represent them in 11 of the 33 ward seats up for grabs in the City of Lincoln Council election.
The Echo asked the candidates standing for election in Hartsholme, Birchwood and Carholme wards, what they most pressing issues are and what they would do for us if elected...
We asked the candidates:
1) What single issue do you think is most important to people in the ward?
2) Why should people vote for you and how would you make a difference?
3) Tell us something interesting about yourself?
Keith ‘Biff’ Bean, 51, is a businessman who lives off Doddington Road, Lincoln.
1. Traffic issues are a concern for Hartshome residents, including long delays at railway barriers and constant roadworks.
2. Lincoln born and bred. I moved to the Hartsholme area in 1963. I know the area well and if elected will work hard to get results for the people of this ward.
3. I am one of the Vice Presidents of Hartsholme Cricket Club and recently on holiday in Antigua I was overwhelmed to meet and talk to Sir Viv Richards, a hero of my late father.
Jessica Key, 30, of Nettleham Road, Lincoln, is married with two children.
1. Potential development on Swanpool could have an impact on Hartsholme residents’ amenities and these need to be protected. We need to work with residents
to enable them to improve the quality of their life and this is reached through education and good health.
2. I would engage with and listen to local people thereby enabling me to properly represent the ward.
3. I am currently working voluntarily with Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust in order to improve NHS services for LGB&T people around Lincolnshire.
Marika Riddick is a businesswoman who lives off Pershore Way, Lincoln.
1. Swanpool. I will fight to reform the proposed development, to ensure it is developed in keeping with Hartsholme.
2. I intend to be an active, campaigning councillor, listening to constituents, taking on board their concerns whilst investigating and finding solutions to their problems together.
3. I am an active committee member of the Lincoln Embroiderers’ Guild and an aspiring baker.
Elaine Warde, 63, from Lincoln, works for a local dental practice.
David Denman, an ecologist, lives in Birchwood.
1. Quality of life. This includes issues such as traffic congestion, anti social behaviour, new developments, bad parking and dog fouling.
2. I would be an active councillor who would champion the issues that matter to the residents of Birchwood and being local to the ward would be available 24/7.
3. I try to play the drums. Like a train I am very loud but rarely on time.
Tony Gray, 58, from Birchwood, is married to Lynne and has three daughters. He is a retired environmental health officer.
1. Anti-social behaviour and low level crime, often stemming from a lack of recreational opportunities for young people.
2. Having spent the whole of my career in public service, I know how the city council works and will work hard to ensure that people living on the ward get the high quality services that they deserve.
3. As a keen follower of Hull Kingston Rovers, I’ve visited the grounds of every professional rugby league club in the country.
TRADE UNIONISTS &
SOCIALISTS AGAINST CUTS
Samuel Mumby, 19, lives in Woodfield Avenue, Lincoln and works as a cleaner.
1. In Birchwood, there are many households still struggling to scrape together enough money to live to an acceptable standard. As someone on minimum wage myself I know how hard it is to pay rent, eat well and pay utilities on the poor wages that are offered.
2. I would work to support workers in their struggle for a living wage. There also needs to be more support available for the vulnerable. What disabled people, families and unemployed people receive from the Government in support is nothing compared to the amount of money that those at the top of society are hoarding away.
3. I play drums in a two-piece noise rock band. I also enjoy educating myself. I currently study ludology (the study of games and sports) through the internet.
Tony Wells, 66, from Lincoln, is married with five children.
Natasha Chapman, 21, of High Street, Lincoln, is a student at the University of Lincoln.
1. It is very important we work on building community spirit among the diverse range of people who now live in the ward using local groups and activities. We also need to address the housing issue considering the poor record of the current council.
2. I strongly believe that openness and transparency makes for better policy, so as your councillor, I would make it my top priority to ensure that you are made aware of every decision that affects the ward and ask for feedback so we can build a better community together.
3. I love animals and currently have two highly energetic ferrets and a kitten called Arya.
Karen Lee, of Rudgard Lane, Lincoln, is a nurse and mum of four with four grandchildren.
1. The deteriorating standard of private rented property and its management. Rundown properties, badly presented domestic refuse and anti-social behaviour are problems faced by many of the local residents in our community.
2. I am very experienced and used to working with different people and agencies to help local people and achieve the very best results for the area. I have worked hard to see the introduction of a compulsory licensing scheme for private rented housing so that the standard of housing is improved and that issues including anti-social behaviour are properly managed.
3. I am a keen cook who likes to experiment with different recipes. I have recently taken up an allotment and started growing organic fruit and vegetables.
Vasos Melides, 33, lives off Brant Road, Lincoln.
1. Traffic, parking and anti-social behaviour all impact massively on residents in Carholme.
2. I represent a fresh perspective. One party dominates the council from this ward and things never improve, It’s time for change not time to vote for more of the same.
3. I raised money for charity when I was 13 by walking 42 miles in 24 hours doing the Lyke Wake Walk.
Jacek Musialik, 34, a citizens’ advisor, from Lincoln.
1. The west end has many rented properties, a lot are houses of multiple occupancy. Overcrowding may sometimes lead to anti-social behaviour and issues with parking. The temporary nature of tenancies does not help to create a strong bond within the community. I am in discussion with the local residents’ association and the
University of Lincoln and plan to work tirelessly with the whole
community as their represent-
ative on improving this on-going
2. I am in a unique position that sees me engaging with a wide cross-section of the ward’s and city’s residents. I would like to bring people closer together through a programme of cultural events to strengthen mutual understanding and respect to assist with social cohesion and crime reduction
3. I used to be in my university basketball team, now I swim regularly and I am a fan of Premier League football and F1.
TRADE UNIONISTS & SOCIALISTS AGAINST CUTS
Lewis Shearwood, 18, of Longdales Road, Lincoln, is a sixth form student at Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School.
1. Cuts and privatisation facing our public services like the NHS and education.
2. I will use all legal powers available to me, including powers to refer local NHS decisions, initiate referenda and organise public commissions and consultations, to oppose all cuts and Government policies that will disadvantage residents of Carholme ward, and Lincoln as a whole.
3. I am also a member of the British Youth Parliament.
Mike Wilkinson, 49, who lives in Carholme ward, is married with three children and is an IT security consultant.
Nick Smith, chairman of UKIP’s Lincoln and Gainsborough branch, told the Echo that none of UKIP’s candidates for Lincoln could answer our questions due to their work commitments.