VIDEO: MEET THE CANDIDATES
POLITICAL lines are being drawn in Grange as the Conservatives and Labour fight for the close seat.
Councillor Nigel Hanman is hoping his 300-strong majority in 2010 will see him re-elected on May 22 – but Labour are fighting to take the seat off him, buoyed by their win in the ward in 2012 when Chris Chatterton, the mayor of Gloucester, was elected with just a 27 vote majority.
Mr Hanman, who had intended to stand as an independent after he was originally de-selected by his party before being reappointed, said: “I am passionate about my community and I want to do the best for it.
“Having personally suffered the misery of flooding from Daniels Brook in 2007, I am determined that my community should not see a repeat of that, so flood alleviation schemes and regular maintenance are vital.
“I also want to see the facilities at Tuffley Community Centre improved and I am currently working with the committee to secure funding for a new kitchen.
“I am pleased that the council housing stock in the area has been improved and the recent Government announcement means that they can be properly maintained and new homes built into the future.”
But Pat Juby, who is standing as a Labour and Co-operative Party candidate, said: “Grange is a lovely place to live. However, there are some issues that have been identified when talking to residents. These include paving across muddy areas and around dog poo bins, the state of some of the paths and the state of lighting in the Granges parks. I have also been working to address the issues of potholes and road improvements.”
Anthony Gowing, for the Liberal Democrats, said: “My priorities for Grange are better recycling facilities, more play areas and public open space, and fixing the potholes and poor road surfaces.
“I will push for more public open space and play areas for Grange’s young people. I will also campaign to get the potholes filled in and keep pushing for more roads to be resurfaced in Grange, as well as monitoring the ongoing resurfacing of roads like Bodiam Avenue.”
Rosemarie Marchmont, for UKIP, said: “I am very much a ‘people person’. I cannot promise to put things right overnight but if elected, as a resident of Grange, I do promise to listen to everyone in the ward no matter what political party they support. I will work hard to sort out their everyday and long term issues. Grange is a good place to live and together we can make it a great place to live.”
- Conservative Nigel Hanman had a majority of 312 over Labour’s Andy Jones in 2010.
- But Labour’s Chris Chatterton, who is the mayor of Gloucester, won in the ward in 2012 with a 27 vote lead.
- In 2012 UKIP got 10 per cent of the votes.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
ANTHONY GOWING, Liberal Democrats
Anthony Gowing is a freelance musician and organist. He has served as assistant organist in Sheffield and Gloucester Cathedrals. He is now forging a new career as a teacher and freelance musician. Anthony enjoys football, particularly the ups and downs of Ipswich Town FC, Alan Partridge and old movies. He has improvised accompaniments to silent films on the organ to critical acclaim. If elected, Anthony will be a hard-working, dedicated councillor for Grange ward. Anthony has been a Liberal Democrat for many years and is proud of the party’s record in national and local government.
NIGEL HANMAN, Conservatives
I have lived in the area for many years and am the only city councillor to live locally in the ward. I live on Bodiam Avenue with my wife Joy. We have two grown-up daughters and a grandson. I have served Grange as its city councillor for 12 years and was previously a county councillor for the area as well. I have run my own sign-making business for many years. My daughter my runs the company but I maintain an involvement. I am a regular at the Tuffley Community Centre.
PAT JUBY, Labour and Co-Operative Party
I have been involved in the community since moving to Gloucester in 2008. I am currently a Trust governor at Grange School and company secretary to the South Gloucester Learning trust. I am also an elected member of Midcounties and am Chair of the Membership Strategy Committee as well as chair of the local Co-operative Party. I am seeking election, as a Labour representative to the city council and am determined to make a difference to the residents of Grange.
ROSEMARIE MARCHMONT, UKIP
Rosemarie was born and bred in Gloucester and lives in the Grange Ward with her husband. She has two grown up sons and two grandchildren. She has worked in several big supermarkets and as a Care Assistant.