Get it right first time and filled permanently and promptly.
Our young people need more local activities and things to do, we have excellent sporting and uniformed groups but we need to work with our young people to identify what would best support them.
* PROTECTING AND ENHANCING OUR ENVIRONMENT
We live in beautiful part of the world, Selsley Common, for example, is a jewel in the crown. However, fly-tipping, dog fouling, noisy neighbours, poor parking causes problems for all of us.
Stroud District Council has an excellent team of neighbourhood and animal wardens. We will press for more of them and greater powers to tackle these issues.
“I was born and grew up in Stroud. I consider myself an active member of the community with roles as a parish and Town Councillor for over 10 years and as a former School Governor.”
In her role as a Stroud Town Councillor, Vanessa has worked hard to tackle local concerns including road safety, neighbourhood development and other community environment and health matters.
Vanessa is passionate about green issues and in 1996 her family allowed one of the first wind turbines in the country to be built at their farm in Nympsfield, the first of its kind in Gloucestershire.
She loves the friendliness of everyone in her village community and how breathtakingly beautiful the surrounding countryside is. Although that never gets boring, there are issues that can affect the lives and wellbeing of people within these communities.
“For young people in rural areas, the lack of public transport is the most significant barrier to accessing education, employment and training opportunities.“
Andrew grew up near Castle Combe, and has lived in the Stroud area for the last 11 years. I have three children: two young adults, and one teenager. He graduated from UWE with an Accounting & Finance degree; he have worked in the food and agricultural sector for 20 plus years; and is currently a self-employed ethical auditor working throughout the UK.
“I am passionate about equality and accountability within today’s changing society. I believe everyone should have an equal and fair input into our society, and that everyone has something to contribute, and I will work to accommodate the views of everyone I represent, regardless of their position in society.”
COUNTY CANDIDATE FOR LEONARD STANLEY
I have lived in Dursley since 2005 and I love being a part of this growing and lively community. This area has so much to offer—beautiful countryside, vibrant town centers, active villages.
I have been a town councillor in Dursley for several years and chair the Town Improvements Committee, which has worked to increase CCTV in the town center, provide long-stay parking, and improve the town’s appearance. I am also a founder and chair of the Cam and Dursley Transportation Group, a small community initiative to help improve bus and rail service provision to our area, as well as cycling and pedestrian routes.
“My priorities include equality, community, social justice, the environment, better social care, and investing in local services, such as transport. Several of these areas are the responsibility of Gloucestershire County Council. Looking at the achievements of Labour-led Stroud District Council makes me really keen to increase Labour representation at the County level—think of what could be achieved!”
COUNTY CANDIDATE FOR KINGS STANLEY
I was born, raised, and schooled in Nailsworth. I am married with 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. I worked in the family butchery business for over 25 years, and have also worked with young people full-time and part-time for over 50 years. I am currently a Town, District, and County Councillor, and have also served as Mayor of Nailsworth.
The reason I became a councillor was that I feel passionate about the area and its residents and I am committed to working for my community to achieve the best possible outcomes.