Donald Nannestad for Castle Ward
The last year has been an extremely difficult time for almost everyone in Castle Ward. Many people have contracted Covid, some have lost their lives leaving their families, loved ones and friends devastated. Others have had to shield for months leaving them isolated and some residents have lost their employment with all the difficulties that brings.
Your Labour City Council has worked very hard to mitigate the effects of Covid on our residents and businesses. At the start of the pandemic, we set up a befriending service to help people who were isolated; we are working hard with businesses to ensure the shops and businesses are in the best position to recover; we set up testing stations at Sincil Bank and Monks Road, as well as many other things.
Part of Your Community
I have lived in the ward for many years and share the experiences, concerns and priorities that you have. Over the last year I have spent many hours walking around the ward and, where it has been possible, I have been able to talk to residents who raise their issues with me. Many residents have been in touch with me, raising issues which I have been able to help them with
My work as a councillor
I have regularly spoken up on behalf of residents, particularly on planning issues that have affected them and, working with the local County Councillor Robert Parker, have supported the introduction of residents parking schemes which have been brought into operation in the Chestnut Street and Burton Road area.
One of the biggest problems faced by residents is the lack of affordable housing. Our Labour Council has built almost 300 new council houses in the last few years and has also bought back more than 60 former council homes but more needs to be done. I will work to ensure that the Council continues this building programme. We have many residents in Castle Ward who are frustrated by the situation and are desperate to move into council housing or are currently in council properties and need to move to more suitable accommodation. I will also be working with other councillors to make sure our City recovers from the effects of Covid.
How Government Cuts Have Affected the City
The City Council has seen an ever-decreasing budget since the Tories entered Government in 2010. Back in 2010 our Council received £10 million a year from Central Government to provider services. That has been cut to less than £25,000 and will soon go down to zero. This has had a serious effect on the services we are able to provide
I have lived in Castle Ward for over 30 years and worked and lived in the Lincoln area for most of my life. I am an experienced City Councillor and have represented the residents of Castle Ward for a number of years. Outside of my role as a councillor politics I work as a freelance journalist. My interests are supporting Lincoln City FC and local history. I am an Imps season ticket holder and I have had two books published on the history of the club.
If re-elected will continue to work hard for the residents of Castle Ward to improve the environment and improve the lives of everyone living in the Ward.
Vote for Labour on May 6th and lets continue building a better future for Lincoln