FORMER youth worker Terry Pullen is hoping he can hold onto a 300-strong Labour majority in Moreland as he stands for election.
Mr Pullen, who recently quit Quedgeley Parish Council so that he could fight the city council seat, told voters: “Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you. You have told me your priorities are street cleaning, dog mess and blocked drains, anti-social behaviour such as the dangerous driving of mopeds and motorbikes, protecting Parry Hall as a community resource and ensuring the continuation of the ‘Increase the Peace Project’ where I have recently joined the management committee.
“You have also said that other issues include traffic management such as addressing speeding vehicles, poor road signage in places like Lysons Avenue where we are having signage replaced and new 20 mph road markings introduced. I will also be pressurising Severn Trent to install new pumps to prevent future flooding on Bristol Road.”
Current Labour councillor Nick Durrant is stepping down after more than two decades on the council.
Lyn Ackroyd, for the Conservatives, said working with Gloucester City Church on Star 66 to provide facilities for children would be one of her priorities. She said: “Currently we have nowhere for the children to go, with the council on updating the skate park by Gloucester Park (Bakers Field).”
She also wants to continue the fight against fly tipping, dog fouling, parking issues, antisocial behaviour and keeping drains clear.
Charley Bircher, for the Green Party, said: “If elected I’d listen to the views of my fellow residents, about what is important to them. Better road crossings together with wider 20mph zoning would improve road safety. Flooding risks within Moreland must not be worsened by redevelopments. Small but valued local shops need breathing space to survive. A new Aldi by the old Moreland Match Factory would damage these businesses. Moreland certainly needs more good quality affordable houses and flats. These should include council or housing association owned properties, with long-term reasonable rents. I would support a council-subsidised home insulation scheme for existing properties.”
Mike Anderton, from the Liberal Democrats, said: “As a new city councillor for Moreland, I will demand that more is done to fix the potholes in the roads of the ward.”
Richard Edwards, candidate for UKIP, said: “There should be more volunteering opportunities for young people in the area, and council services should reflect the needs of local people.
“To fight crime and anti-social behaviour, policing needs to be visible and I would like to raise the awareness of schemes like Neighbourhood Watch and Paws on Patrol.”
VIDEO: MEET THE CANDIDATES
Retiring Labour councillor Nick Durrant had a majority of 325 when he was last elected in 2010.
The Lib Dems were pushed into third place in 2011 by the Green Party and into fifth place in 2012 by UKIP and the Green Party. Their vote share was just 3%.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
LYN ACKROYD, CONSERVATIVES
I have lived in Linden, part of the Moreland ward, for 27 years. I have four grown up children, grandchildren and one great grandchild. My family all live and have businesses in Moreland so I have even more of an interest in the area. I have worked voluntarily for local organisations for eighteen years, including St. Luke’s playgroup, Calton Infants School (now Calton Primary) on committees and as chairperson, I have also been a school governor for twelve years. I formed Linden Residents Association a few years ago, to bring the community together, and been chair ever since.
MIKE ANDERTON, LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Mike Anderton was brought up in the Pennine mill town of Todmorden. He attended the University of St Andrews. Mike moved to Gloucestershire 35 years ago, and has lived in Gloucester for the last 20 years. He is married with one son. Mike Anderton works for Royal Mail originally starting in Cheltenham, then to Gloucester and now he works in Bristol. He is a member of a community church in Gloucester and helps with the running of local athletics fixtures.
CHARLEY BIRCHER, GREEN PARTY
I have lived in Tredworth for over 10 years. Trains regularly passing my house remind me how a greener transport future for Gloucester might look. I’ve been installing renewable energy for 5 years, including solar panels now often seen in and around Gloucester. Times are definitely harder, with promised radical improvements in national finances and economy slow to appear. Despite this, I believe in a positive vision for Moreland and Gloucester where investment in our community comes first.
RICHARD EDWARDS, UKIP
I am pleased to stand for election in Moreland. I work in Adult Social Care and work across the City. I also volunteer for St John Ambulance and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with an emphasis in working with special needs young people. I am always willing to listen, understand and see how we can all make our community a better place to live.
TERRY PULLEN, LABOUR
Before being made redundant, Terry worked as a Community and Youth Worker in Gloucester for many years. He has a wealth of experience in working with local people to improve things for the benefit of local communities and a reputation for getting things done. He now works for a local marine engineering company. Terry said “I was honoured to be selected as the Labour Candidate for Moreland. If elected I promise to work hard and be easy to contact. I will help you with individual problems and work with you collectively on issues of importance to the local community.”
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