ALL eyes will be on Kingsholm next year as the Rugby World Cup comes to the home of the Cherry and Whites – any every candidate in the city council elections is talking about it.
Sitting Liberal Democrat councillor Jeremy Hilton is campaigning for Kingsholm Road to be resurfaced before the Rugby World Cup. He said: “I am also pressing Gloucestershire Highways to include both Henry Road and Edwy Parade in the programme too.”
In the last year, Jeremy says that he has succeeded getting Denmark Road resurfaced and having the pedestrian crossing outside the England’s Glory made safer for people to use.
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He added: “The other big issue affecting Kingsholm is the future of the former Civil Service Club sports ground. I have given strong support to residents who want to see the ground retained for sport and recreation.”
He is opposed to plans for the ground to be developed for housing citing a shortage of open space in the Kingsholm and Wotton ward.
Conservative candidate Matthew Stevens said: “The Rugby World Cup coming to Gloucester in 2015 is a huge opportunity for the city, but we must ensure that Kingsholm benefits from it and residents don’t just suffer from inconvenience.
“I know that match day parking, and parking in general, can be a problem.”
He added that he wants to encourage groups such as the Friends of Hillfield Gardens to carry on improving the area.
Jonathan Hoad, standing for Labour, said that Kingsholm is often ‘overlooked’. He said: “Kingsholm is a key part of the city which needs a strong voice and new ideas.”
His ideas include a campaign to turn all residential streets into 20mph zones, more prosecutions for dog fouling and fly-tipping and calling for a review of all the empty and neglected sites in Kingsholm.
Jonathan Ingleby, who is standing for the Green Party, said: “Roads need to be maintained, rubbish collected and recycled, parks beautified, health and safety guarded, and much else of this sort. But is this all? The ward also deserves a distinctive voice on the city council, a voice which speaks not only for it but for the wider community.
“The tired old demand for ‘improvements’ would then give way to a search for a life-changing dynamic society. Somehow we have got to turn ‘not in my back yard’ into ‘all for one and one for all’.”
- Lib Dem Jeremy Hilton was elected in 2010 with a majority of 554 votes and a 46% share of the vote.
- The Conservatives came second with 27% of the vote in 2010, but in 2011 they were pushed into third place by Labour, who beat them by just six votes.
- Jonathan Ingleby, for the Green Party, increased his vote share from 4% to 6% in that period, but his number of votes actually decreased from 132 to 108.
MEET OUR CANDIDATES
JEREMY HILTON, Liberal Democrats
Jeremy is the current Liberal Democrat city councillor for Kingsholm and Wotton. He has represented the area as a local councillor for 22 years. Residents of Kingsholm and Wotton are kept informed of the work that Jeremy does in the ward and on the council through regular editions of the Spotlight newsletter that he started many years ago. He works closely with ward colleague, councillor Sebastian Field.
JONATHAN HOAD, Labour
I have lived in Kingsholm for 24 years and brought my sons up here. They both attended Kingsholm Primary School. I spend my leisure time at Kingsholm watching the Cherry and Whites, out with friends in local pubs and restaurants and wrestling with the garden. In the ward, the city and the country, Labour is the only sensible alternative to a coalition that introduced the wicked bedroom tax, sold off our Royal Mail cheaply and slashed our public services. As chair of governors at the outstanding Kingsholm Primary School and a civil servant, I fully understand how vital top quality public services are to us all.
JONATHAN INGLEBY, Green Party
Jonathan Ingleby has been living in Gloucester since 1995 where, until his retirement, he was involved in higher education. The courses he most enjoyed teaching were about inter-cultural living, globalisation and postcolonialism. He thinks of himself as an ‘ideas man’ and would like to suggest (as modestly as possible) that he has some new ideas about local government. Jonathan is married with two grown up children and three grandchildren. He enjoys reading, walking in the countryside, and watching football. He likes food, but not cooking, gardens but not gardening. He hates shopping and overcrowded roads. He is worried about the environment and thinks that the nation’s growing inequality is a disgrace.
MATTHEW STEVENS, Conservatives
I have lived in Gloucester all my life and have run businesses in the city centre for the last 20 years. I am married to Jane and we have three daughters. My children have been educated at Kingsholm Primary School. As a trader in the city centre, I am keen to see the regeneration of Gloucester continue. Seeing the demolition of the Golden Egg has been an important symbolic step, as has securing funding for a new bus station. I will bring a small business perspective to running the city council.