SHAPING the future of Kingsway is a top priority for all three candidates fighting the Quedgeley Fieldcourt ward in the May 22 elections.
David Norman, from the Conservatives, said: “I am standing in this year’s city council elections because I care passionately about both Quedgeley and Kingsway. Caring isn’t enough and must be backed up by actions. I feel the city council is the organisation that can positively shape Quedgeley and Kingsway – with the right representation.
“A strong voice is needed in the council chamber, to speak up for our interests. I have a track record of building communities and this is what is needed, particularly in the newer parts of the ward. With your support on May 22, I will champion our case and work hard to further improve a fast-developing part of our city.”
Kevin Neal, for Labour, said: “I am proud to be the Labour candidate for Quedgeley Fieldcourt at this election. If elected I will serve the people of Fieldcourt and Kingsway by continuing to fight against the building of a massive incinerator at Javelin Park, opposing the city council’s imposition of a ‘Kingsway tax’ on the new community centre, working to ensure that your money is spent wisely by the council and not wasted and work to get a GP surgery for Kingsway.”
Kira Barnes-Moffatt, for the Liberal Democrats, said: “I want to see more facilities for young people in the ward, particularly play areas and youth facilities. There is a lack of public open space, particularly in Kingsway. I am looking forward to the opening of the Kingsway Community Centre.
“I will be an active councillor, reporting issues such as potholes, weeds and broken street signs. Public safety will be a top priority, and I will push for better street lighting and for more frequent police patrols in the area. I would be a fresh voice on the council and will work hard for Quedgeley Fieldcourt ward.”
Retiring Conservative councillor Fred Wood was elected in 2010 with a 43% share of the vote compared to Barry Kirby’s 30%.
Labour support in the area was bolstered in 2013 with the election of Barry Kirby to the county council.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
KIRA BARNES-MOFFATT, LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Kira Barnes-Moffatt lives in Quedgeley Fieldcourt ward. She is a qualified hairdresser and works at a hair salon in Gloucester. She is 18 years old, and is standing for the city council because she feels that there are not enough young councillors, and that young people her age need a voice on the council. Kira loves football and is a proud Liverpool supporter. She also sings in Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir, and has interests in fashion and photography. If elected, Kira will work hard to represent all the residents of Quedgeley Fieldcourt.
KEVIN NEAL, LABOUR
I have lived in Quedgeley for since 2011 with my daughter, who attends a local primary school. I am a keen environmentalist and I want Field Court and Kingsway to be a green and pleasant place to live. I regularly walk around the ward talking to people about their concerns. I will represent all in our society and help to protect the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. I believe that the Tories have failed to lead this City and that it is time for change.
DAVID NORMAN, CONSERVATIVES
I live in Quedgeley with my wife Linda. Our daughters and three grandchildren live on Kingsway. I am a Governor of Kingsway Primary School. Knowing the area and the issues faced by residents I am ready to represent you effectively in the Council chamber. Currently working as a part-time trainer for St John Ambulance, I have the time required to seek election and I relish that challenge. My professional career spanned 38 years in secondary education, rising rapidly to Senior Leadership, alongside the Fire & Rescue Service, culminating with the award of the MBE in 2007 for service to community safety.