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Norwich City Council Elections 2018: Spotlight on Mile Cross, Nelson and Sewell

PUBLISHED: 12:20 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:05 01 May 2018

The results in the Norwich City Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council elections will be revealed. Pic: Rui Vieira/PA.

The results in the Norwich City Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council elections will be revealed. Pic: Rui Vieira/PA.

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Nelson was one of the divisions where a seat went from Green to Labour two years ago.

Adrian Holmes (G), John Fisher (C), Richard Edwards (Ind), Chris Thomas (LD) and Jacob Huntley (L).Adrian Holmes (G), John Fisher (C), Richard Edwards (Ind), Chris Thomas (LD) and Jacob Huntley (L).

And Labour will be hoping their candidate Emma Hampton can build on Hugo Malik’s success last time out, when he saw off Roland Pascoe to take the seat from the Greens with a majority of 501.

Labour’s candidate this time is former UEA student Emma Hampton, with the Greens pitting former city councillor Paul Neale against her.

Mr Neale has experience at City Hall, having previously represented Town Close ward for four years from 2012. He was defeated by Labour’s Karen Davis in that ward in 2016.

The Liberal Democrat candidate for Nelson is another former councillor looking to get back into office. David Fairbairn lost his Lakenham seat in 2012, but was some way off the pace of Labour and the Greens when he finished third in Nelson in 2016.

Reece Durrant (C), David Fairbairn (LD), Paul Neale (G) and Emma Hampton (L).Reece Durrant (C), David Fairbairn (LD), Paul Neale (G) and Emma Hampton (L).

Mile Cross is another division where former councillors are eyeing comebacks.

It is the only seat in the city where an independent is standing. Former Green Richard Edwards represented Mile Cross on Norfolk County Council from 2009 to 2013.

And the Conservative candidate, John Fisher, who already sits on Norfolk County Council and Broadland District Council is looking to make it a hat-trick. He was previously a city councillor for Catton Grove.

The Green candidate for Mile Cross is Adrian Holmes, who used to represent Mancroft at City Hall, while the Liberal Democrat candidate is Chris Thomas, who used to represent Town Close. Labour’s candidate, in a ward where they already hold all three seats is Jacob Huntley, with Charmain Woollard not seeking re-election.

Matther Packer (L), Tessa Jackson (C), Cami Ouzerdine (G) and Neil Hardman (LD).Matther Packer (L), Tessa Jackson (C), Cami Ouzerdine (G) and Neil Hardman (LD).

In Sewell, Labour’s Matt Packer will be looking to retain the seat he won in 2014. The Greens came second two years ago, with the Conservatives third and the Lib Dems fifth behind UKIP.

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 Thorpe Hamlet and Town Close.

Who is standing in Mile Cross?

Richard Edwards (Independent): “I represented Mile Cross ward on the county council from 2009-2013. I helped many people during my term with many successes and also never claimed a single penny in expenses.

“I grew up on Drayton Road in Mile Cross Estate, went to Dowson infant School and Mile Cross Middle school and I still live in Mile Cross.

“I have been involved in many community activities, including being the chairman of the Mile Cross Festival.

“My greatest motivation is to help people and to listen to their concerns. I am a staunch supporter of public services and council housing rebuilds.

“I campaign against bedroom tax and against cuts to any NHS or local council services from any and all political parties in the council and from government.

“Cuts to public services are destroying people’s lives - I see it at first hand in my neighbourhood. I want to help change things for the better for the residents of Norwich. I

have lived here all my life,

and the people of Mile Cross and Norwich will always come first with me.”

John Fisher (C): “I am a recently retired engineer and currently a county councillor, so have the experience and time to ensure residents of Mile Cross are well represented at City Hall.

“I am a long-standing environmentalist, member of Friends of the Earth and chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership.

“I would work with officers on initiatives to increase recycling in the city and improve energy efficiency of the housing stock.

“City residents deserve to live in comfortable, efficient housing with low energy bills.

“Residents of Mile Cross have been ignored by the city council for too long. The county council has shown what can be achieved by funding the new school and now the city council should ensure residents can enjoy good quality housing.”

Adrian Holmes (G): “I am a former Green Party city councillor with eight years’ experience of helping people with housing-related issues and fighting to maintain green spaces. I have been active within the Mile Cross community for over 20 years, since planting an orchard and wild area in Sloughbottom Park with children from a local school in the 1990s.

“Recently I have been working with other residents to stop the county council selling off Train Wood (next to Marriott’s Way), and enhancing this valuable community resource.

“I believe everybody has a right to an affordable and warm home. Green Party councillors are committed to building energy efficient council homes like the Passivhaus development in west Norwich.

“If elected as your councillor for Mile Cross, I will work with residents to tackle urgent issues and fight for a better quality of life for everybody in the community.”

Jacob Huntley (L): “I am a lecturer at the University of East Anglia and I’m delighted to be standing as the Labour candidate in Mile Cross.

“It’s crucial that local communities are protected from the ongoing effects of the government’s austerity policies, which inevitably hit the poorest and most vulnerable in society the hardest, but ultimately affect everyone.

“Whether it is cuts to local services, the imposition of policies like the bedroom tax or the freezing of wages, these decisions negatively impact ordinary people and often cause real hardship, something I see every week as a volunteer at a local food bank. “I’m standing as a Labour candidate as a way of standing up for Mile Cross and to protect and improve the lives of everyday people.”

Chris Thomas (LD): “I have lived in Norwich since 1983, have lived in Mile Cross ward since 2007. I was an elected to Norwich City Council from 1992 for Town Close and represented the residents of the ward for 16 years.

“Outside of politics I help to run the Norwich Beer Festival a very popular event at St Andrews Hall at the end of October each year.

“The event is organised by the Norwich & Norfolk Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale and I

am a member of the Branch committee.

“I started working for Barclays Bank in 1979 and July this year will represent 39 years of service.

“In my spare time I also help to organise Norwich Open Christmas, a recently registered charity that provides a meal and a warm welcome on Christmas Day for those in need.”

Who is standing in Nelson?

Reece Durrant (C): “I’m a hard-working charity volunteer who enjoys cycling and exploring our fine city and improving it one step at a time.

“If elected I will fight for lower council tax, tackle antisocial behaviour and promote a greener city. I’m an active member of the LGBT+ community and I fight for equal rights for all regardless of race, sexuality, gender or identity.”

David Fairbairn (LD): “I retired recently from working as a laboratory technician at the Quadram Institute Bioscience. This has given me the free time to become more involved in community concerns. I have lived at my present address, in the ward, for over 25 years and have formerly been a city councillor.

“Traffic congestion and parking problems are a big concern for me. I think much more use could be made of the Park and Ride service so that it becomes commonplace to get a bus into the city.

“There also needs to be a way to mitigate the impact of student houses in Nelson, as overflowing letter boxes and bins left in the street are upsetting for long term residents.

“It annoys me when contractors dig a hole in the pavement, put barriers round it, then nothing gets done for days or weeks to finish the job, as has happened many times locally. Such disruption must be minimised.”

Emma Hampton (L): “I joined Labour just after the 2015 General Election, at which time I was living in Nelson and studying Chemistry at UEA, then quickly became involved with campaigning in this area.

“Ever since then, I’ve worked closely with city councillor Hugo Malik and county councillor Jess Barnard: helping resolve residents’ issues, running local campaigns and organising community events.

“From the thousands of conversations I’ve had on the doorstep over the past few years, I know the issues that matter to local people and would be a strong voice for Nelson residents in City Hall when it comes to taking action on these.

“I also strongly believe that, especially with the current Tory government leaving us behind, it’s important for young people to have their voices heard and get involved with local decision-making; if elected as the next city councillor for Nelson, I’ll work hard to help make this the case.”

Paul Neale (G): “Having been a Green Party city councillor in the past, I know how to effectively represent residents and businesses, listening to their concerns and views to make a difference to politics at City Hall and beyond.

“If you elect me, I can continue to campaign for changes such as building new social housing to the highest environmental standards – a proposal I made in 2014 which was adopted by the council.

“I also want to see better living standards in private rented housing and make sure tenants’ rights are protected. I would work to support small businesses in areas like Unthank Road, which bring so much to the city.

“I would hold the Labour leadership to account, making sure residents get good value from their council. Having an effective opposition at City Hall brings balance, new ideas and avoids the dangers of one party having unchallenged power.”

Who is standing in Sewell?

Neil Hardman (LD): “I have always liked to give something back to my community whenever I can. Since joining the Liberal Democrats I have been encouraged to engage in local politics, campaigning to improve my local area and the lives of fellow residents.

“Voter participation and engaged democracy are things I care for passionately and have worked to improve all of my adult life, particularly amongst younger voters.

“Whilst campaigning for Remain in the EU referendum, I spoke and took part in events motivating voters to sign up and make their voices heard and I believe that the public should be given the opportunity to have a vote on the final Brexit deal.

“I am also passionate about the environment, as a member of several organisations and volunteering with conservation groups.

Born in Norwich, I live locally in Sewell, and work in the city centre.”

Tessa Jackson (C): “I am a hardworking local woman. I am not a career politician, I have an ordinary job. I’m running for city council because I feel let down by the seemingly constant failure to address the issues that matter to me as a hardworking local mother.

“I have been a Conservative for many years, it was my belief that people should be able to hold on to as much of the money they earn as possible that first got me involved. To that end I will fight any rise in tax going to Norwich City Council.

“I am also concerned about the level of anti-social behaviour on our streets, and I pledge to tackle this issue as my main priority

on behalf of the residents of Sewell.”

Cami Ouzerdine (G): “I am a change management professional who grew up in Norwich and moved back to make Sewell my home in 2015 after several years living in Brighton and Australia.

“I have been active in environmental campaigning for a number of years, and am passionate about reducing unnecessary waste in my local area. I am standing in Sewell ward to make it a cleaner, greener, safer place for the whole community.”

Matthew Packer (L): “I am a father of three who works in the public and third sector, and I am standing for re-election as a councillor for Sewell because I want to make a difference for residents.

“I hope that you will vote for me because I am committed to Sewell and have a track record of being active in the community and fighting for your interests, most recently against proposed cuts to children’s centres and bus routes. I campaign year round and know the challenges facing our residents.

“If elected, I will continue to listen and act upon community concerns. I will continue to campaign to ensure local residents are not exploited by unscrupulous landlords, fight for the building of more affordable council homes and for support for those affected by funding cuts.

“I have strong connections to Sewell and would consider it an honour to be re-elected as a councillor.”

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