A Bit About Me
Having lived in Lincoln for 40 years I am interested in making a difference to a city which I love.
As a former Economics teacher I want to see a fairer and more inclusive society, because I know it is possible. I would like to see an improvement in living standards for everyone, an end to child poverty, greater educational opportunity and more affordable housing. People need to feel a sense of belonging in the communities where they live.
Part Of Your Community All Year Round, Not Just At Election Time!
I have represented Park Ward since May 2017. Since then I have been involved with community events – in particular the regeneration of Sincil Bank which has been a privilege to be part of. I have been a member of the Community Land Trust whose aim is to provide social housing for local families. It would be fantastic to see this remarkable project reach fruition in the next few years.
Alongside my fellow Labour City Councillors and local residents I have been taking part in Rivercare which aims to improve the local environment by removing litter and reducing fly tipping in and around our local waterways.
I particularly enjoy social events within the community such as the annual Big Gig in the Arboretum and the Boultham Park Summer fair. It has been great to see our Labour City Council continuing to improve Boultham Park, which has been a much needed facility throughout the pandemic.
Improving Our Green Spaces
One of my main areas of interest is to improve the quality of life for residents by helping increase the amount of green space within Sincil Bank – a particularly densely populated area. The recent creation of St Andrews Garden will provide both children and adults with a pleasant outside space once this is completed.
Holding Tory County Councillors To Account
As a County Councillor I have been responsible for sitting on two scrutinising committees on a monthly basis. They cover the two highest-spending committees at the County Council, namely Adult Health & Well-being and Children’s Services. Together these areas form a large proportion of County Council spending. As a member of the opposition I ask searching questions to the ruling Conservative group about their financial commitments on agenda items and their priorities in these policy areas.
It has been disappointing to see the Tories sit on millions of pounds of unallocated funding whilst cutting Lincolnshires essential services. There is money available to make many improvements and as a Labour Councillor I will continue putting forward proposals for better ways to spend your money.
Standing Up For Park Residents
I consistently attend meetings and ensure that my constituents are properly represented. I follow up concerns within the council chamber by asking questions on important matters that affect community safety and quality of life; things such as street lighting restrictions, the quality of the pavements in the Monks Road area, residents parking and a whole host of other issues in relation to graffiti, fly tipping and litter.
The Community Hub on Portland Street has provided an excellent focal point and together with the neighbourhood team based there we are able to address the needs of residents as much as we can.