Statement to voters
My position is generally the same as it was previously as my values have not changed. I am anti-austerity, pro opportunity, pro-education, pro innovation, pro job creation and retention etc.
Some of these will be outlined on my leaflet but I would need a book to discuss every single thing in detail.
Here is a brief outline of my policies:
I believe in sustainability and have done a lot of work on this when I was an Executive member with political responsibility for carbon footprint reduction, sustainable transport, renewable energy, community growing schemes, and biodiversity.
As a Councillor I would promote schemes which benefit the environment, both for wildlife and humans. I will oppose large scale housing developments that could destroy the fields and ancient woodland in the ward, as well as overburden roads and local services.
I will push for the completion of the Newport to East Cowes cycle track, having overseen the installation of phase one between Island Harbour and Seaclose. This is an important route for commuting, leisure and tourism.
I will ensure that Island Roads replaces dead trees along Victoria Grove and manages the verges along the Whippingham Road for the benefit of wildlife.
I support proper funding for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) so that they have the same opportunity to succeed as other children. I would particularly support a new school for children whose needs cannot currently be met on the Island.
The ward has a higher than average percentage of children whose families are struggling financially. These families need extra support to help ensure that they have a secure home and don't suffer from malnutrition. I previously ran a 'pay it forward' scheme in order to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to local families in need.
I would like to inspire more girls to get involved in science and engineering, as I have a science degree myself, and we have a centre of excellence here in the ward.
I believe in protecting the youth club and activities for young people.
The Council has powers to deal with rogue landlords and so I will help residents living in damp/mouldy conditions, or where repairs have not been made.
I promote awareness of many health conditions, including mental health, to reduce the stigma and encourage people to seek help. The Island has a fairly high rate of suicide, particularly among men, so we need to get people talking about anxiety and depression.
I helped to bring a tourist information point to East Cowes and the installation of new signage and town maps, so that visitors could find their way around. We must protect the beautiful countryside in the ward as a green asset for nature-based tourism, whilst improving access with a dedicated walking and cycling route.
Folly Reach is a development which already has planning permission for a hotel and posh houses. I will liaise with the developers to try and progress this project and access the S106 planning contribution for the cycle track and community bus.
The Coastal Path is a good idea in principle but the route must not impact on residents and I will work to help find a route that it more suitable that the one proposed.
I will continue to raise awareness of the government cuts imposed on the Council and the effects of Austerity which predominantly affect women and children, the elderly and those with additional needs or disabilities. Where possible I will propose alternative savings and/or new income streams to protect key services.
I live in East Cowes, just across the ward boundary but half of my road is within the Whippingham and Osborne ward, so I spend a lot of time there: doing the school run, visiting the Family Centre, going to the Lifeboat pub and Folly Inn, visiting friends and family.
I have a proven history of being easily contactable by phone, email, messenger, Skype, or face to face at regular drop-in sessions and community group meetings. I will continue this policy of being open and transparent, with more frequent drop-in sessions across the ward, so that no one needs to travel far. I have an active Facebook page where I share lots of news and topics for discussion. I will reinstate writing a monthly report of issues and actions that I have taken.
Roads and Parking:
Many of the local roads and pavements are still awaiting repair and resurfacing as part of the Island Roads initial seven year investment period. It seems that they have fallen behind and the Council has now reduced the standard/quality of surfaces in order to save money. I will chase and seek resolution of any road issues reported to me. I will also work with community groups to identify road safety improvements they think are needed.
Parking is an issue in many roads and is likely to get worse unless some action is taken. One option is the introduction of Resident Parking Zones, but this won't benefit everyone and would therefore require a thorough consultation.
This statement was added by Luisa Francesca Hillard, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2017: The 2017 Isle of Wight Council local election, as the Independent candidate for the East Cowes
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