Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Hillsborough ward.
Five candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Bob Johnson and Coun George Lindars-Hammond. Coun Janet Bragg is not seeking re-election.
The candidates are:
WYLLIE HUME, of Hawthorn Road, Hillsborough – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
JOHN KENDALL, of Langsett Road South, Oughtibridge – UKIP
CHRIS MCMAHON, of Blake Street, Upperthorpe – Green Party
Mr McMahon said: “I work in property management and I’m a musician in a number of local bands. I have campaigned against big supermarkets – there too many in the north of the city. Hillsborough Shopping Centre has lost the Co-op and less people on foot means smaller shops are increasingly under threat. The Hillsborough Traders Group needs support and assistance to ensure the District Retail Centre can thrive. Traffic issues around Hillsborough Corner also impact traders and the pressure points need revisiting to help traffic movement. It can take longer to get through when the bus gates are off between 11am and 3pm. Traders are not helped if people just think it’s too much hassle to come to the shops whether by car or on buses or trams that get delayed.”
JOSIE PASZEK, of Phillips Road, Loxley – Labour
The former local government worker works as a fundraiser for two local charities.
She said: “From living and working in Hillsborough for more than 10 years, I know people are rightly proud of the area. Many are, however, struggling due to the Governments spending and benefits cuts. How can it be right they are struggling to pay their heating bills and others are having to leave homes they have lived in for many years due to the Governments Bedroom Tax? If elected, I will campaign for a better deal for Hillsborough. I will continue to campaign against the cost of living crisis and will continue to work with and for the people of Hillsborough to develop our much-cherished facilities. We need to work together to improve the commercial centre in Hillsborough, which is so important to all who live here. I will be working hard to get the business rates paid in Hillsborough spent in Hillsborough. The coalition Government of Lib Dems and Tories has betrayed Sheffield. Labour is the only party which stand up for Hillsborough and Sheffield.”
JOE WARBURTON, of Romsdal Road, Crookes – Liberal Democrat
The trainee social worker said: “I’m proud of the investment Liberal Democrats in Government have brought to Sheffield. More than £1 billion is helping to resurface Sheffield’s infamous roads, record amounts of investment have been poured into transport infrastructure and funds have been provided to freeze council tax for four straight years. Across the city, apprenticeships are on the increase and more people in Sheffield are in work than ever before. I think it’s important that, as local campaigners, we shout out about the good things happening in Sheffield.”