STRONG Liberal Democrat support in Hucclecote has left councillor Jim Beeley riding high.
Support for the party has increased year on year, enjoying a 55 per cent share of the vote in 2010 and increasing that to 59 per cent in 2012, while Conservative support has slumped to 26 per cent during the same period.
Mr Beeley, from Fieldcote Drive, said his focus if he is re-elected will be on pedestrian safety and road repairs. He said: “I am concerned with pedestrian safety at Glenville Parade crossing and I am working towards it becoming a controlled crossing.
“I am also demanding that Gloucestershire Highways does more to repair the roads in Hucclecote.
“I am also keeping in close contact with developers and other ward councillors over developer plans for the Hucclecote Centre, in Churchdown Lane.”
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The ward has two other Liberal Democrat councillors Declan Wilson and former Gloucester mayor David Brown.
Chris Etheridge, from Gilpin Avenue, is standing for the Conservatives. He said: “I am passionate about Hucclecote and know it and many of the residents well, having lived here for so long.
“A lot of people say to me that there are many issues in Hucclecote which don’t get addressed while other parts of the city are looked after. If elected I will ensure that Hucclecote doesn’t miss out but is always taken care of.
“I will continue my campaign for the elderly and disabled in the area, to get dropped kerbs put in where access is difficult.”
Labour’s candidate Tom Coole, who does not live in the ward, said: “From speaking to residents in Hucclecote, it was made clear to me that people are disappointed with the way things are and feel their representatives aren’t delivering.
“Concerns were raised about the cleanliness of the streets and dog fouling and this is something I would like to address.
“Recently, the county Labour group was instrumental in granting free bus travel to those on apprenticeships, which will help many people in Hucclecote – and we can do much more.
“Gloucester Labour’s ‘Free after Three’ pledge would allow people to park free of charge in city centre car parks after 3pm and this would allow residents to access the city centre and support local businesses.”
- Jim Beeley enjoyed a 1,234 majority over Conservative rival Luke Hindhaugh in 2010. Mr Hindhaugh is now UKIP’s parliamentary candidate for Gloucester.
- Lib Dem Declan Wilson increase his party’s vote share from 55% to 57% in 2011 and David Brown pushed it to 59% in 2011.
- Conservative support has dropped from 31% in 2010 to 26% in 2012, while Labour supported has nudge upwards from 14% to 15% during that time.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
JIM BEELEY, Liberal Democrats
Jim has been a Liberal Democrat councillor for Hucclecote for the past four years and lives in the heart of the ward. Jim worked for Gloucestershire College for many years and still does some part time work with them. As a result, Jim is passionate about ensuring that young people get good training and advice to help equip them for work. He was in the RAF and served in Cyprus. Jim is a board member of Gloucester City Homes and fully supports the plans to allow GCH to invest more in council homes and indeed build more council homes.
TOM COOLE, Labour
I am a final year politics student and I have lived in Gloucester all of my life. I have been active within local politics and the Labour party for a number of years and I am really excited about having the chance to stand for election. In an age of political apathy, where many people feel let down by their representatives, I believe myself, and the Labour Party, offer a fresh alternative, and new solutions to old problems.
CHRIS ETHERIDGE, Conservatives
I was born in Gloucester and have lived here all my life. I have lived with my wife Jenny in Hucclecote for the past 25 years. Between us we have two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren. I was employed by the Ministry of Defence for 34 years. On reaching the age of 60 I had to take compulsory retirement from the MoD. I then joined Stagecoach Gloucester as a driver and still work there today. I have been part of the Conservative team in Hucclecote for some time now and we work to make it an even better place to live.