Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including two new representatives in Walkley ward.
Eleven candidates are vying to join existing ward member. Coun Neale Gibson. Ben Curran is seeking re-election, while Nikki Sharpe resigned from the council in March.
The candidates are:
OLIVIA BLAKE, of Fentonville Street, Sharrow - Labour
The Sheffield University postgraduate research student said: “I’ve lived in Sheffield for six years. I moved here to study at one of our brilliant universities and never wanted to leave. If I am successful on Thursday, I’m really looking forward to representing Walkley. I’ve lived in the ward and know how strong its communities are – I look forward to fighting with residents against the national government’s cuts.
BEN CURRAN, of Hawthorn Road, Hillsborough – Labour
Mr Curran has been a councillor for four years. He is currently cabinet member for finance and resources.
He said: “The Tories and Liberal Democrats are disproportionately cutting budgets in cities like Sheffield and protecting their favoured areas in the South of England. Now, more than ever, we need to pull together as a city to ensure we create opportunities for our young people, a fair local economy and ensure Sheffield is a great place to live. That’s why I’m proud the Labour administration has delivered more apprenticeships for our young people than any other city and has led the way on paying the Living Wage. And we are delivering in local communities as well. In my Walkley ward, we are working in partnership with the Wildlife Trust and community groups to deliver improvements to green spaces on Grammar Street, Burnaby Crescent, Jericho Street, Philadelphia Gardens and Edward Street. It is possible to make a difference in tough times – only Labour will deliver that”
JONATHAN HARSTON, of Camm Street, Walkley – Liberal Democrat
Mr Harston was a councillor for Walkley and ward colleague of Diane Leek for 11 years.
He said: “I believe Diane and I can make a great team for Walkley. The Liberal Democrats have a great history of fighting Walkley’s corner and we’ve always tried to stay in touch throughout the year. We don’t just turn up at election time.”
LORNA HURLEY, of Rushley Drive, Dore – Conservative Party
PHILIP HURLEY, of Rushley Drive, Dore – Conservative Party
DIANE LEEK, of Hawksworth Road, Walkley – Liberal Democrat
The former dinner-lady, who represented Walkley for almost 20 years, said: “Twenty years ago I was part of the campaign that fought to stop Labour closing Walkley Library. It’s a shame to see the Labour Party returning to their old ways and trying to close our library again. Liberal Democrats have shown that by making better use of the council’s funding we can avoid the need to close libraries. I’ll keep campaigning to save the library and will always fight for our area.”
CHAZ LOCKETT, of Harcourt Road, Crookesmoor – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
The 22-year-old student said: “I’m standing for a real alternative to the austerity agenda all three main parties and UKIP endorse. They all agree cuts have to be made – that ordinary working class people must be made to pay for a crisis caused by the rich. The Liberal Democrats and the Tories are in government, cutting council budgets. Labour are in the council chambers doing their dirty work and ruining lives in the process. The Greens claim to oppose the cuts, but in Brighton where they lead the council, they’ve not only passed on cuts, refuse workers went on strike against them to oppose a pay cut of up to £4,000. What is needed is the TUSC, which will stand up and say no, refuse to pass on the cuts and build a mass campaign to demand the government provides the money our communities need.”
SUE MORTON, of Fir Street, Walkley – Green Party
“I’ve lived here since 1978. I’m a founder member and former chairman of the Walkley Community Forum and was a governor at Walkley Primary School. I have campaigned to improve road safety and reduce traffic on what the Highways Department insist on calling the ‘South Road corridor’ but is actually our local shopping street and centre of our community. We have some good shops, but they are threatened by supermarkets and the increasing number of takeaways. Our Labour councillors have voted to make Walkley library volunteer-run from autumn with limited council funding and support and without professional staff. We feel let down, but our strong community must work together to try and keep the library going – it’s a huge task for volunteers to take on.”
CALVIN PAYNE, of Palmer Road, Darnall – Green Party
Mr Payne said: “I have lived mainly in the ward in recent years and work locally in supported housing. I’m a volunteer presenter on current affairs with Sheffield Live FM community radio station. I’ve campaigned for affordable, decent and environmentally responsible public transport over many years and led the ‘We Want Our Buses Back’ campaign.”
RICHARD RATCLIFFE, of Sherde Road, Upperthorpe – UKIP
JOSH SKIPWORTH, of Middlewood Drive – UKIP