Saturday, May 17, 2014
These are two wards where the current councillors will be looking to retain their seats and two wards where the sitting councillors will definitely not be returning to City Hall.
Labour currently hold the seats in Lakenham and Mile Cross, but present incumbents Victoria MacDonald and Vivien Thomas, respectively, have chosen not to stand again.
That leaves Chris Herries and Charmain Woollard looking to retain those seats for the party which currently controls City Hall. A couple of familiar faces will be trying to prevent that from happening.
Liberal Democrat David Fairbairn will be keen to win back the Lakenham seat he lost in 2012, while Green Richard Edwards held the Mile Cross county council ward until last May.
Eaton ward has long been the heartland for the Liberal Democrats. The party’s current three councillors all represent that ward, so any challenger will have their work cut out to change that.
One who will be giving it a go, however, is Antony Little, the former leader of the Conservative group at the city council, who finished second to the Lib Dems in the 2012 Eaton election.
Election time has come around quickly for current Mancroft councillor Simeon Jackson. The Green retained the ward for his party at last May’s by-election and will be looking to do so again.
There were about 300 votes between him and second-placed Labour candidate Tony Waring last time around.
The current political make-up of the city council is Labour (20), Green Party (15) and Liberal Democrats (3). There is currently a vacancy in University ward, following the resignation of Labour’s Sarah Grenville.
Polls are open on Thursday from 7am until 10pm. The count is the next day.
Chris ELDERTON (Labour)
“I am proud to be standing in Eaton and have run strong campaigns around keeping Barclays Bank and fighting the forced academisation of Eaton Primary School.
“Over the last few years it has been a pleasure to talk, listen and work with residents who want to see practical, positive improvements in Eaton.
“I am pleased with the continued investment in our community assets like Eaton Park, but remain deeply concerned at the constant cuts, privatisation and attacks upon local services and the most vulnerable in our community.
“For any local resident not wanting just another ConDem city councillor, I urge you to vote Labour on Thursday.”
Antony LITTLE (Conservative)
“I am very honoured to be standing in Eaton as the local candidate having come so close to winning last time.
“My decision to stand again to be our local councillor is based on being involved in so many local campaigns and wanting to follow up on the concerns that matter most to our community.
“I want to stand up for people ignored or forgotten by the parties at City Hall; helping to get roads fixed and campaigning to keep our local bank branches open, for example.”
Antony was one of a few candidates who responded to our request for a “quirky fact”. He said: “As a city teacher I was brave enough to take the exam alongside my students last year – luckily for my professional reputation I got an A grade!”
Jane SAUNDERS (Green)
“I have lived and worked in Norwich for nearly 30 years. I have lived in the Eaton ward for the last 11 and I am standing in the election because I believe I can contribute to the wellbeing of the residents of Eaton as a Green councillor.
“I work part-time as a family law solicitor. I would like to see the council commit to replanting trees they cut down to protect Norwich’s living heritage.
“I am particularly interested in education and in transport, as my husband and I are keen cyclists and founder members of the Cycling Campaign.”
James WRIGHT (Liberal Democrat)
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 for years.
I studied Business Information Systems at City College which lead to a career in IT, during which time I have worked for the BBC, with global pharmaceutical companies and across a number of schools. I now run a small business in Norwich providing IT services to local organisations.
Passionate about education, I am chair of governors at a junior school and recognise how important a good start is for our young people and welcome initiatives such as the Pupil Premium which will help deliver a fairer society.
James was another who stepped up to the “interesting fact” challenge. He said: “In the past I have spent 10 years as a part-time DJ at Norwich Waterfront.”
Steve EMMENS (UK Independence Party)
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David FAIRBAIRN (Liberal Democrat)
“I moved to Norwich 26 years ago, to work at the Institute of Food Research. After a spell at Anglian Water, I returned to IFR, where I am currently employed.
“I have been associated with Lakenham ward since 2008, and have been involved in local issues since then. I have argued against the sub-dividing of large Georgian properties on Bracondale, against the development of the old cricket ground for housing, and against McDonalds on Barrett Road being licensed to operate 24 hours a day.
“I get great satisfaction from seeing overgrown hedges cut back, ill fitting drain covers replaced, self seeded trees removed and fly tipping uplifted.”
Jonathan GILLESPIE (Conservative)
“Lakenham needs a representative who is willing to provide real opposition on the council. The current Labour led council provides itself with successive increases of councillor allowances and council tax, whilst cutting other services.
“It’s about having the right priorities. I want to see that money is spent on the right things that our community needs, such as repairing our local pavements and footpaths.”
Interesting fact: “I am an avid film director, and have worked as an actor.”
Chris HERRIES (Labour and Co-operative Party)
Chris is an experienced community campaigner, currently active in the Save Cavell Campaign to stop a local school being forced to become an academy. Chris taught in primary schools for over 20 years combining this with youth and community work and then worked for Oxfam. She is keen to support people in Lakenham to help develop the neighbourhood.
She actively supports all forms of cooperatives, from credit unions - helping people steer clear of loan sharks - to consumer cooperatives which put so much back into communities. Until recently she was national chair of Co-operatives UK, the trade association for all cooperatives.
Laura MIDDLETON (Green Party)
“I grew up in Lakenham and have strong connections with the area. I am particularly interested to represent young people and champion the rights of children and families in the ward.
“I am keen to see 20mph speed limits introduced which would make streets safer for children and pedestrians whilst cutting carbon emissions.
“I work as a communication and website consultant. I am also editing an academic book, but my most important role is mother to my four-year-old daughter. I am training for next year’s marathon and a triathlon. This involves regularly swimming in Norwich’s rather-chilly Whitlingham Lake.”
Caroline ALIWELL (Liberal Democrat)
“Having moved to Norwich in January 2013, I felt that now would be a great time to become involved in local politics.
“I have a strong background in giving welfare support to people and I currently work as a full-time caseworker on local issues, which involves giving advice and representing residents on a variety of issues, such as housing and benefits.
“My priority campaign is the future of the Timber Hill Health Centre. It is a vital community amenity and its city-centre location is essential to relieve pressure from our local A&E department.
“In my spare time I love to go indoor rock climbing. I also spend a lot of time fundraising for Cancer Research UK.”
Stephanie FRIEND (Labour)
“I believe that it is important that residents have a candidate who is on their side. One of the biggest difficulties we all face during elections is misinformation, so I want to tell you that Labour is putting forward a positive alternative – new council housing, boosting recycling and delivering on community safety in Mancroft ward.
“For me, being a Labour candidate is about more than our manifesto. It’s about being someone residents can trust to listen to their concerns, to be consistent, and to find fair solutions to problems.
“I’m a Roller Derby girl with the Norfolk Brawds, a musician, Morris Dancer, and bell-ringer at St George’s Church on Colegate.”
Simeon JACKSON (Green Party)
“I have been a Green Party city councillor since May 2013 and am standing again because I am fed up with the poorest and most vulnerable in our community paying the price for the failures of big business and centralised government.
“I would like to promote community banks, community ownership of local facilities and support for local businesses. I enjoy the arts and was part of a Glee club (choir) during a year spent at the University of Pennsylvania, America.
“As a city councillor, I will promote regeneration for the benefit of the community (including better public transport networks) and call for a more transparent City Hall.”
Stefano POLLARD (Conservative)
“Norwich gave me loads of opportunities, and I am standing as a candidate because I want to give something back. Mancroft is where much of the city’s beauty lies: but here tourism also meets the daily lives of workers and residents.
“My deal for this ward is to make sure the city works efficiently for the thousands of people who cross Norwich every day by focusing on front line services such as road safety and cleaning, while making sure our visitors keep enjoying our unspoilt beauty.”
Quirky fact:” I volunteered for the London 2012 Olympic Games.”
MILE CROSS CANDIDATES
Steven BRADLEY (UK Independence Party)
“I am very passionate about the regeneration of the city, especially Mile Cross - more safe areas where our children can play and less building on parkland.
“The only reason we have to build in these much needed areas is simple - immigration - approximately 5,000 a week.
“I believe local people should have more say and that existing empty council accommodation should be used first and local UK citizens take priority.”
Richard EDWARDS (Green Party)
“I was elected as the first Green County Councillor for Mile Cross Ward in 2009. I have lived on the Mile Cross Estate for most of my life.
“I love living in Mile Cross and I care greatly about what happens to the area. I also believe in freedom of speech, council transparency and equal rights for all.
“I want to see a fairer financial system and would support credit unions, community banks and access for all citizens to sound financial advice. I enjoy visiting the East Norfolk coastline and I am particularly fond of Hemsby beach.”
Jessica LANCOD-FROST (Conservative)
“I have lived in Norwich for most of my adult life and consider it to be a great city with many attractions and opportunities. However I am only too aware of the problems that many residents face in Mile Cross.
“Having dedicated a lot of my time to volunteering with a number of charities I understand the range of different needs that people have and how they can be best met.
Interesting fact: “I am an avid motor racing fan (Formula One in particular) and it is a great pleasure to cheer on our home grown racers such as Lewis Hamilton.”
Michael SUTTON-CROFT (Liberal Democrat)
“I moved to Norwich in 2008 and am proud to call this Fine City my home.
“In my day job I work to protect Norfolk’s wildlife, and it was the Liberal Democrat’s green credentials that were a major driver for me to join the party.
“Should I be elected I would work to ensure that normal, hard working people in Mile Cross are given the best chance to get on in life.
“I offer an alternative to local residents that have been let down by the wasteful Labour run city council who have increased council tax by a further 1.95pc, choosing to ignore sensible suggestions from local Liberal Democrats that could have prevented this increase.”
Charmain WOOLLARD (Labour)
“I have lived in Norwich all my life and am very passionate about our fine city. I have worked in the caring and retail industries, but I want to do more.
“Since I moved to Mile Cross I have helped to organise two Rainbow Girl Guiding Units at St Catherine’s Church, helped with the Mile Cross festival as well as helping to alleviate parking problems at Mile Cross Primary School. I am also told that everybody loves my cakes!
“I feel so at home in Mile Cross and I want to help make this Ward the best it can be.”