For 12 years until February 2018 I worked as a local government officer in Lancashire. Before that I worked for 8 years as an administrator for an environmental consultancy in Barkisland.
In my spare time I enjoy sport and have helped to run an amateur football club for many years. I also enjoy walking and cycling in the local countryside. I lived most of my life in Outlane before moving to Barkisland 9 years ago.
I particularly like the character of Calderdale's towns and landscape.
As a Ward Councillor, my priorities be for Greetland and Stainland Ward would be:
• Supporting communities within the ward to maintain and where possible improve local services and facilities against a backdrop of continuing cuts driven by central Government.
• Promoting walking, cycling and public transport improvements and supporting initiatives addressing the negative impacts of traffic in the ward, such as congestion, air pollution and speeding.
• Reversing the decline in local bus services and their usage which has already resulted in the removal of evening and Sunday/Bank Holiday services in some parts of the ward. This effectively imposes a ‘curfew’ on those who do not have access to, or cannot afford, alternative means of transport and could increase social isolation.
• Protecting and enhancing the local Green Belt, including land allocated for development in the emerging Local Plan and other local green spaces – parks, playing fields, wildlife habitats and corridors, waterways, allotments etc - and improving access to them where appropriate for the health benefits they provide.
I joined the Green Party in 1985 because it was and still is the only party truly committed to a fair, just and sustainable society, recognising the finite nature of the planet and the need to leave it in a healthy state for future generations. Since then I have seen Green Councillors elected and re-elected in our neighbouring authorities such as Kirklees and Bradford, with a lasting positive impact. Its time Calderdale elected its first Green Councillor.
People can get in touch with me, if they have questions, or would like to support my election campaign by email: email@example.com
Election Candidates May 3rd 2018
Brighouse - Kate Sweeny
Calder - Jenny Shepherd
Elland - Barry Crossland
Greetland and Stainland - Mark Mullany
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe - Martin Hey
Illingworth and Mixenden - Angela Street
Luddendenfoot - Michael Prior
Northowram and Shelf - Elaine Hey
Ovenden - Katherine Horner
Park - Finn Jensen
Rastrick - Angharad Turner
Ryburn - Katie Witham
Skircoat - Marie Nelson
Sowerby Bridge - John Nesbitt
Todmorden - Kieran Turner
Town - Alan McDonald
Warley - Frank Holt
Hebden Royd Town Council By-election 3 May 2018
Fairfield - Jenny Shepherd