Paul Gowen - Your Labour Candidate For Birchwood
Paul Gowen - Your Labour Candidate For Birchwood

A bit about me

I was born and bred in Lincoln in 1967 and have lived my life mainly in the south end of our great city.  On getting married 32 years ago to my wife Val, we moved to the Birchwood Estate. We have three grown up children who all attended local schools. Our eldest went on to train to be a beautician at Lincoln College, Our middle child is a dry-liner, and has a family of his own now; they also live on the Birchwood Estate with my grandson. Our youngest studied Computer Science at Lincolns University.

I was a school governor to two of our local schools, namely The Leslie Manser School and Kingsdown Nursery. Before being elected, and whilst representing you as a councillor, I was an active panel member of the Birchwood Neighbourhood Policing Team before these meetings were stopped; we now only do one-to-one contact by telephone.

There For You

In the last ten years I have worked very closely with Councillor Rosie Kirk. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to have face to face contact with our constituents due to the Covid-19 pandemic however we hope to soon be able to restart those coffee mornings and ward surgeries that we had monthly.

Cllr Rosie Kirk says:

“I have known Paul for over a decade. Paul lives in the heart of Birchwood and is dedicated to his community. He has a passion to make a real difference for the residents of Birchwood and will always work hard for his residents” 

As your Birchwood Labour Councillors, I passionately believe that an elected representative must listen and consult with you, and in doing so I will be able to work for everyone’s benefit.

Delivering For Birchwood

Under Labour, the Birchwood Estate has benefitted from extra litter bins and dog waste bins on the Jasmin Green’s field, along with other locations around the estate.  Working very closely and alongside our community we have done litter picks and generally made our whole estate cleaner and safer. This is one of my top priorities to get started again once it is safe to do so.

Having been on the committee that helped to set up The Old Birchwood Boiler House as a community centre, I served on both the management committee and as a trustee. I am very pleased that I’m still involved with the day to day running of what is now called Birchwood Community Hall.

If re-elected, my main priority would be to see facilities continue to improve, not only in Birchwood but city wide.  I would continue to campaign to eradicate poverty and inequality in our communities, working with police and other partners to further reduce crime.

My Priorities

I ask you for your vote to re-elect me back to council so I can continue to represent you as one of the Birchwood Ward councillors.  By having a strong Labour Group on the City of Lincoln Council we will be able to achieve efficient local services, prioritise decent and affordable houses, encourage the regeneration of the disadvantaged parts of our community, promote participation and increase empowerment of our communities.

I will fight on your behalf and be a voice for you at City Hall.   If re-elected by you I will be a listening and hard-working councillor who is easily contactable via phone, email, or in person as many of you do while I walk my two dogs, visit shops and walk around the area.

This year, due to the pandemic, Lincoln Labour Party has taken the decision that for the City of Lincoln Council election we will not visit you on your doorstep to speak to you face to face. We do not believe that is an appropriate thing to do at present whilst the infection risk is still high.

I hope that you will vote Labour on May 6th and we can continue to improve our great city.

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