Statement to voters
Your local Lib Dem Focus team is led by Rob Heale, who lives in the ward. Rob has lived in the Brighton and Hove area for more than 35 years and has been actively involved with a number of community organisations.
He is a former N.H.S. rehabilitation worker and has also worked for community groups and housing associations. Currently, he is a member of organisations as diverse as The Co-operative; Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust; long leasehold reform groups; Disability Rights U.K; and a Seagulls supporters group!
Rob takes a particular interest in health, housing, planning and transport issues. He has been involved in a range of campaigns, especially in central Brighton where he has lived most of his life such as those involving controversial building developments.
Mr Heale was probably the first to participate in the public "question time" which was introduced by Liberal Democrat councillors on Brighton Council in the late 1980s. The question was about using empty properties and making use of these for affordable housing. He also once called a taxi for Tony Blair who was attending a fringe meeting at a community centre where he was working!
Rob has taken a particular interest in council funding of projects and is concerned about both the secretive nature of meetings about this issue and the losses that this project has been making. He says: "We need a council that is open, democratic and fair. The council should provide good quality services and consult residents properly about major plans".
"The council needs to ensure that the basics such as street lighting, drains, pavements and road surfaces are properly maintained. It also needs to ensure that there is reasonably priced residents parking and that there is a quality rubbish and recycling collection service".
"We must ensure that the welfare of our residents is protected. Most of all, we need to give priority to housing issues because having a secure home is so important for the health and welfare of our people".
FOUR PRIORITIES FOR OUR AREA
1. Traffic schemes that WORK for local people, ensure the flow of essential traffic and encourage the use of public transport.
2. Ensuring that housing needs are a priority, particularly through the provision of affordable and social homes.
3. Making sure that there is a good, reliable rubbish and recycling service.
4. Encouragement and support for small businesses, including social enterprises.
This statement was added by Rob Heale, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.
This candidate has previously stood for election in:
- 2019: Brighton and Hove local election, as the Liberal Democrats candidate for St Peter's and North Laine
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