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Norwich City Council Elections 2018: Spotlight on Eaton, Lakenham and Mancroft

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:08 02 May 2018

Norwich has gone to the polls. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norwich has gone to the polls. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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The fight for control of Mancroft ward could be one of the most interesting battles when Norwich goes to the polls for the city council elections.

Eaton candidates: Ben Hardie (L), Samantha England (C) Jane Saunders (G) and James Wright (LD). Pics: Labour, Conservatives, Green Party, Labour.Eaton candidates: Ben Hardie (L), Samantha England (C) Jane Saunders (G) and James Wright (LD). Pics: Labour, Conservatives, Green Party, Labour.

Until 2016, the Greens held all three seats in the city centre division, but one of the four seats which Labour took from them two years ago, was in Mancroft.

There were just over 355 votes between David Fullman, the current Lord Mayor, and Green candidate Amanda Chapman.

The Green’s sitting councillor Simeon Jackson is not standing this time around, with Sandra Bogelein switching from her current Wensum ward to try to see off the threat from Labour’s Jo Smith.

The Liberal Democrats have a group of three at City Hall - all representing Eaton. Lib Dem group leader James Wright is looking to retain his seat in a ward which tends to have the city’s highest turnout.

Lakenham candidates: Emily Cutler (LD), Peter Offord (G), Rachel Trevor (L) and Eric Masters (C). Pics: Liberal Democrats. Green Party. Labour, Conservative Party.Lakenham candidates: Emily Cutler (LD), Peter Offord (G), Rachel Trevor (L) and Eric Masters (C). Pics: Liberal Democrats. Green Party. Labour, Conservative Party.

The Conservatives generally take second spot in Eaton and their candidate this time is Samantha England, who unsuccessfully stood for Mancroft in last year’s county council elections.

The Lib Dems used to enjoy success in Lakenham, but recent years have seen that ward dominated by Labour. However, voters there are guaranteed a new representative at City Hall.

Labour’s Chris Herries, elected in 2014, is not defending her seat, so it falls to Rachel Trevor to try to keep the division red.

UKIP finished second there in 2016, but the party are not fielding any candidates.

Mancroft candidates: Iain Gwynn (C), Sarah Tustin (LD), Sandra Bogelein (G) and Jo Smith (L). Pics: Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Green Party and Labour.Mancroft candidates: Iain Gwynn (C), Sarah Tustin (LD), Sandra Bogelein (G) and Jo Smith (L). Pics: Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Green Party and Labour.

Eric Masters, former chairman of the UKIP Norwich South constituency, has switched to the Conservatives and will be looking to improve on the Tories’ 2016 fourth place showing, behind the third placed Greens, in Lakenham.

The Greens will be looking to former Thorpe Hamlet county councillor Peter Offord, to garner votes in the ward, while the Lib Dems will hope Emily Cutler can improve on her fifth spot two years ago.

Norwich City Council is currently under the control of Labour. They have 26 seats, the Green Party 10 and the Liberal Democrats three.

Polling day is Thursday, May 3 with 13 of 39 seats – a third of the council – up for election. The count will take place the following day, with results expected in the afternoon.

Tomorrow: Focus on Mile Cross, Nelson and Sewell wards.

Who is standing in Eaton?

Samantha England (C) “I have worked for many years in health and social care, I am a founding member of Community in Connection, which is an organisation set up to encourage greater wellbeing.

“In my spare time I work on mental health projects in schools and with women who have experienced domestic violence as well as being a member of the Independent Advisory Group to Norfolk Constabulary and chair of the Norfolk Constabulary Ethics committee. “I am a school governor and work with refugees and asylum seekers. In addition, I volunteer with several charities including Leeway, YMCA and Norwich MS Society.

“Working as a councillor, I value the responsibility I have in making a difference to the quality of people’s lives. Wherever I can I like to be able to give back to the community and make a true difference to the lives of the people.”

Ben Hardie (L) “I am delighted to be standing as the Labour candidate for Eaton in this year’s Norwich City Council elections.

“Having studied at the UEA for four years and worked in the city for some time, I know from personal observation what a great place Norwich is to live in, and my recent experience of canvassing and listening to people on their doorsteps has only sharpened my interest in the concerns of the local community.

“I am a great believer that you only get to know the ‘real issues’ by going out and speaking to residents, and as a candidate this has been a key priority of mine.

“I also have a background in renewable energy and finance which, if I am successful, I can put to the disposal of the city to strengthen our local community and make Norwich a better place to live for us all.”

Jane Saunders (G) “I have lived and worked in Norwich since 1984, and have recently retired after 30 years working as a solicitor, mostly in family law.

“I am a member of Norwich Cycling Campaign and was active in setting up a residents’ association at my place of work (Tombland Alley), which resulted in an improved green space in the city centre. I am a keen gardener and would like to encourage the use of our shared green spaces.

“I am standing for the Green Party because of its stance on environmental issues and because it reflects the socialist values which I have always held.

“I firmly believe that local authorities have a vital role to play in providing services and encouraging people to work together to improve society. I would like to use my experience to help heal divisions and care for members of the community in practical ways.”

James Wright (LD) “Having lived in Norwich all of my life, I am proud to be involved with the Liberal Democrats and to have represented Eaton ward for the last eight years.

“My work is in IT, initially in London for the BBC and a medical education company, and more recently working through my own business providing IT services to local schools and charities.

“Passionate about education, I have served as a primary school governor for over 10 years, and am concerned the impact of funding cuts will have on the ability of schools to provide a good level of education.

“I would like to see more houses being built on existing brownfield sites across the city, protecting areas such as the Yare Valley, and for developers to be held to account for failure to build.

“I am a regular, but often disappointed, attendee at Carrow Road, and promote and fundraise for the work of the Benjamin Foundation in helping the homeless.”

Who is standing in Lakenham?

Emily Cutler (LD): “Hi, I am Emily and I have lived in Norwich since 2014. As someone who moved to Norwich and has chosen Norwich as my home, I appreciate the values that the city has. Currently, I run successful campaigns around disability rights, making sure that everyone can access the services they need.

“I am standing for city council to represent Lakenham, as I want to make a positive difference to the lives of residents. For far too long Labour have failed to successfully fight for local residents in standing up against the cruel Tory cuts, meaning a decline in local services.

“If you elect me to be your next city councillor, I promise to stand up for your interest in the city. I promise that I will take a stand on the things that matter to you most, such as building more affordable housing for the next generation. I promise to make sure Lakenham is kept thriving.”

Eric Masters (C): “I have spent this election in Lakenham, speaking to local people about the issues that affect all our lives. Norwich City Council has shown this city nothing but neglect and poor services.

“It’s time to send a message. If you, like me, want to see an end to vanity infrastructure and poor project management at city hall which cost us, the tax payer, and want to see the return of common sense to government in Norwich then vote for me, Eric Masters, and vote Conservative in Lakenham on May 3.”

Peter Offord (G): “Norwich has a great ability to adapt to change – but we want that change to be for the better. This is now more necessary than ever as environmental and economic pressures bear down upon the city.

“I would campaign for better and genuinely affordable housing and work towards resolving the homelessness problem.

“Providing and maintaining green spaces, which are so beneficial for health and well-being, is very important to me, and I would continue the work Greens have been doing on cleaning up the Wensum, as well as supporting the Town Close and Lakenham Way Green Spaces Group.

“Drug-related crime is a big problem – if elected, I would work closely with local groups and the police to address this issue. I would also campaign for a better, cheaper and more integrated public transport system with low-emission buses, to clean up our air and reduce the need to travel by car.”

Rachel Trevor (L): “I have lived in Lakenham for over 20 years. I am experienced in community and arts based roles and this is expertise I intend to put to good use in Lakenham ward.

“I am an active member of the Friends of Jubilee Park and I run a support group for parents/carers of young people with mental illness.

“I am a domestic abuse champion, a shift supervisor in a city centre charity shop and I work part time in a branch library.

“I have a good understanding of issues facing residents having experienced redundancy twice and having been a single parent, I think my combination of experiences make me an ideal candidate and I will be proud to represent the people of Lakenham and Tuckswood.”

Who is standing in Mancroft?

Sandra Bogelein (G): “I have been a city councillor for four years and really enjoy working with residents to improve their neighbourhoods and our city.

“I have learnt how to get things done at City Hall, and residents have benefited from this. I am really passionate about our local communities, and I want them to be welcoming and safe for us and our children.

“I am pushing for safer pedestrian crossings, more affordable housing and better air quality. I also think the council needs to be more open and transparent, listen to residents’ feedback and start finding creative solutions for residents’ problems.

“Unlike councillors from other parties, Greens don’t have to follow a party line, so I can always stand up for residents’ best interests without being told to ‘fall in line’.

“We need a strong Green opposition to hold Norwich’s Labour-led council to account and avoid Norwich becoming a ‘one-party state’.”

Iain Gwynn (C): “I have lived in Norwich for the past 10 years and I love this city. With its historic heart and expanding population, it is a fantastic place to live but, without decent organisation and planning, we can expect years of roadworks and poor buildings.

“I believe that Norwich and its people deserve better. I own a small company, and work hard to make it successful, and as such I, know the importance of planning, dedication and getting the job done. I want to nurture our small independent shops, which make Norwich great, whilst still supporting larger employers.

“I want to work with local businesses and also fill the vacant commercial spaces. In an age where online shopping is so simple, we need to grow and develop Norwich and maintain our Fine City’s reputation as a destination for all. I will champion and support the bid for Norwich to become the new headquarters for Channel 4.”

Sarah Tustin (LD) “My name is Sarah, I am standing for city council elections in Mancroft – the ward which I live in. I am relatively new to Norwich, coming here in 2014 to study at UEA and falling in love with the city. Since moving here, I been working with Norman Lamb MP and his Liberal Democrat team in North Norfolk.

“As a primary school teacher, I am passionate about improving education – and unfortunately research has shown that social mobility in the city is poor, and education needs to change to improve that.

“Alongside my interest in education I believe in community politics. I’d like to see our local government offer communities greater decision-making powers.

“The Russell Centre in Mancroft have started to host regular community meetings, I’d argue that these meetings should feed directly into city council decisions.

“I believe a good councillor works alongside residents not just for them.”

Jo Smith (L): “I’m delighted to be standing as the Labour candidate in Mancroft ward. I currently work helping Clive Lewis’ constituents with their problems, and in the past I have been an NHS nurse and a teacher in adult education, so I know that health and education are key to improving people’s lives.

“I have lived in this area for 20 years and I love it. I have raised my family here and I welcome the opportunity to represent Mancroft in City Hall because I want this to be a safe and secure place for our whole community.

“I have been busy meeting the people of Mancroft and hearing that drug use, insecure private housing, litter and parking issues are some of the problems that people face. I will do my absolute best to represent all residents of Mancroft.”

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