Statement to voters
I have lived in Cleeve for the past 18 years and has worked in social housing for the past 7 years. I live in the ward with my wife and two teenage sons. I am a leader in a local church youth group. Looking after the environment is very important to me and I am a keen commuting cyclist and swimmer. I have an interest in amateur dramatics and is a member of the Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre. I am passionate about the community in which I live and want to ensure it continues to thrive and is sustainable.
Myself and John Kettle the other Labour candidate will work with the Bishops Cleeve community to meet the needs of young and older people, with school heads and governors to encourage links with the community and local businesses and advance our schools' needs. We believe in a more equitable society and a greener environment, that is fit for future generations to live in and to thrive.
The Labour Candidates want to do better for Cleeve:
Bishops Cleeve has already taken its fair share of the local housing requirement. Any future housing in Cleeve should be affordable and meet the needs of people already living here and in the surrounding area. Housing needs to be sustainable and have sufficient infrastructure to support it.
We will ensure that there is investment in our community to address the problems caused by rapid housing expansion. Schools are crowded and there are not enough places locally, shops are not able to service the community adequately, roads getting busier and more dangerous. We will oppose building on flood plains.
With the future of some bus services under review from November, we will defend these routes which have growing use and are vital to Cleeve and the local area. Investment in public transport is essential to ease road traffic.
Although the trend in crime has been downwards there has been a recent increase in burglaries and car crime. We will work closely with the police to support a visible police presence in Cleeve and re-establishment of somewhere that people in the area can meet with police for assistance. We will work to find ways to combat fly tipping, littering, dog fouling and anti-social behaviour. We will encourage more patrols of police and council officials to assist with these issues.
Help for our village economy
Small businesses are starting to thrive in Cleeve and we want to support and encourage these businesses with their needs for office and industrial space, assistance with setting up and managing enterprises and promotion of small businesses.
Help for young and old
Cleeve now has a significant number of younger families with nearly one in five residents under 16, but there are also a large number of older people. We need to support and restore facilities for younger people. We will support initiatives to help bring people across age ranges together.
This statement was added by Andy Barrell, 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: The Tewkesbury local election, as the Labour Party candidate for the Cleeve St Michael's
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