PROTECTING Quegdeley’s open spaces is a top priority for the candidates fighting for the Quedgeley Severn Vale seat in the May 22 election.
Sitting councillor Andrew Lewis, for the Conservatives, said: “I am very keen to retain the few existing green spaces in Quedgeley for recreational use and I will do all I can to ensure they are retained and not built on. I lobbied the county council to secure £5,000 to support ongoing youth projects in Quedgeley. This means that the successful project ‘Reach Out’ will be safe for another year.
“I will oppose any further major housing development to the south of the city as our infrastructure in this area will not cope with any more than is already proposed.”
Joanne Brown, candidate for the Liberal Democrats, said: “I am aware of the types of issues that local communities face, which means I am well placed to work closely with councillor Anna Mozol in Quedgeley Severn Vale. One of the current issues is at Clearwater, a very important open space and used by the residents for over 20 years. The whole community would benefit greatly with a play area at Clearwater.
“I am also keen to work toward bringing significant improvements to the road surfaces in Quedgeley Severn Vale. I am particularly disappointed with the lack of maintenance of speed bumps and the failure to repair potholes. I will make this a high priority if elected.”
Wayne Roberts, for Labour, said: “I am concerned about jobs and work for young people and so Labour’s local pledge for a jobs club where the council will work with employers to create jobs and apprenticeships will be a great benefit. The county Labour group has already secured an apprentice travel card to help apprentices get to work.
“If elected I will try to help the people of Severn Vale with their everyday issues but also work to build Gloucester into a prosperous and fair city. A Labour city council would also keep money in our community by enabling local businesses to compete for council contracts.”
- Andrew Lewis, a Conservative councillor for 12 years, had a majority of 283 in 2010.
- His rival in that election Anna Mozol won the following year for the Lib Dems with a majority of 80 votes.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
JOANNE BROWN, LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
Joanne has lived in Gloucester for the past 25 years and, as a qualified librarian, has worked in school and prison libraries. Consequently, she is confident engaging with diverse groups.
Married with two adult children, Joanne is familiar with the varied challenges and ongoing responsibilities that parents face. With a recent personal caring role, she is fully aware of the important role that the care services provide. She is currently active on her local church pastoral council and has previously enjoyed serving on various community groups including playgroup committees.
ANDREW LEWIS, CONSERVATIVES
I have been city councillor for Quedgeley Severn Vale for twelve years. I have lived in the area for the last 25 years, so consider myself to be a local man. Two years ago I was fortunate enough to be elected Mayor of Gloucester. I work locally on the trade counter at the B&Q store on St Oswalds Park, which gives me the opportunity to speak to lots of people and get their views on a range of issues. I have been closely involved with sport over the years, including rugby and cricket, so I was delighted to be asked to be an ambassador for the Rugby World Cup in Gloucester in 2015.
WAYNE ROBERTS, LABOUR
I have lived all my life in Gloucester and twenty-four of those years in Quedgeley with my wife Susan. I attended Linden secondary school after which I found myself a job and have worked at some of the finest engineering companies in Gloucester, and so the world. I have been a Labour member for many years because I believe that the Labour Party holds the interest of the working people of Britain at their heart and I believe now is the time to promote those interests by asking for your vote.