Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in West Ecclesfield ward.
Five candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Adam Hurst and Coun Alf Meade. Coun Trevor Bagshaw is not seeking re-election.
The candidates are:
KATHRYN ASTON, of Eskdale Road, Hillsborough - Green Party
Mrs Aston said: “I’m married, in my 40′s and live close to the ward in Hillsborough off Leppings Lane. I teach English for academic purposes at Sheffield University to overseas students and I’m also a teacher trainer. Ecclesfield Library is under threat after Labour councillors voted to make it volunteer-run from this autumn without professional staff, adequate support or council funding. Friends of Ecclesfield Library now have a massive task. They must be given more time and support by the council. Greens are working to protect the more rural communities in North Sheffield from the future threat of shale gas fracking. Fracking won’t help us to adapt to climate change and nearby communities will see truck after truck bringing in the huge amounts of water required in the extraction process.”
JOHN BOOKER, of Charlton Hill Rise, Chapeltown - UKIP
VICTORIA BOWDEN, of Cross Hill, Ecclesfield - Liberal Democrat
The parish councillor and former teacher said: “I’ve lived in our community many years and have also served as a parish councillor. I know the importance of keeping in touch all year round – not just at elections – and I believe our local Lib Dem team have always put our area first. Liberal Democrats helped lead the campaign to save Ecclesfield Library when Labour politicians announced plans to close the library, just as a Labour council closed the libraries in Grenoside and High Green in the past. I will continue to fight to protect and safeguard the amenities in our area, such as our wonderful green spaces and woodland.”
DAVID OGLE, of Greenwood Road, High Green - Independent
ZOE SYKES, of Chambers Grove, Chapeltown - Labour
Zoe lives in Chapeltown with husband Jon and their family. She works for the Highways Agency helping drivers on the motorway when in difficulty. She is active in the community being chairman of the Thorncliffe Conservation Group, the North Sheffield Tara and an area coordinator for the Neighbourhood Watch.
She said: “It is difficult for the council to maintain services because of the drastic funding cuts imposed by the coalition Government. If elected, I promise to try my best to safeguard the services in West Ecclesfield.
Despite the cuts, the Streets Ahead project is working in our area, installing new, brighter street lights and soon we will have all our roads and pavements resurfaced. Plans are also in place for new swimming baths near the Thorncliffe playing fields and the Tour de France will be cycling through our area shortly.”