Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Nether Edge ward.
Six candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Nikki Bond and Coun Qurban Hussain. Coun Anders Hanson is not seeking re-election.
The candidates are:
NASIMA AKTHER, of Abbeydale Road, Carterknowle – Labour
The 37-year-old volunteer legal adviser and school governor said: “In tough times, it is worth remembering our families and the people in our communities are our greatest asset. Children and young people deserve the best possible opportunities, and we must support older and vulnerable people. Our cost of living has risen sharply since the coalition came to power, but not our wages. I support the Living Wage and equality. We need to remember that, when some of us have to make a choice between food and heating, we should help each other and work as a big family giving whatever practical and moral support we can and being there for each other. Community spirit is the key to making peace and a better place to live.”
ANNE BARR, of Oakdale Road, Nether Edge – Green Party
The charity shop volunteer said: “I live close to Nether Edge crossroads and taught languages for many years in Sheffield schools. I joined the Green Party because it is inclusive with common sense policies based on fairness for all. Our local surveys have identified your key issues, including graffiti and anti-social behaviour. Austerity threatens our diverse community and the local initiatives and events that make Nether Edge special. The loss of the post office on Nether Edge Road is a blow to the shops near the crossroads. I will resist cuts to vital local services and support local shops over chains and supermarkets. I will promote public transport and push for 20mph speed limits on residential roads, other than main routes, to make them safer for everyone.”
MARC COOKLIN, of Fairbank Road, Fir Vale – Conservative Party
JAVID KHAN, of Glen Road, Nether Edge – Liberal Democrat
Mr Khan, who is self-employed, said: “Over the last few weeks I’ve literally knocked on thousands of doors and helped residents with countless problems, whether it’s tackling unwanted potholes or helping to keep streets clean. Lots of people I’ve spoken to are angry at the way Sheffield Council has wasted local taxpayers’ money and failed to collect almost £30 million in unpaid Council Tax. People know money is tight and yet Labour politicians are wasting millions at a time when every penny counts. In our area residents have seen parking permit fees soar and it seems this extra cash is just bankrolling Labour’s pet projects. I’ll be campaigning to cut down on council waste, to protect library services instead and to slash the charge for residents’ parking permits.”
JEFFREY SHAW, of Pinner Road, Hunters Bar – UKIP
Mr Shaw, treasurer of UKIP’s Sheffield branch, is a local solicitor and the principal of Nether Edge Law, a local firm specialising in standard and non-standard conveyancing and other matters of property law.
JAMES WILLIAMS, of Kenwood Avenue, Nether Edge – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
The 31-year-old postgraduate student said: “I am standing to provide an alternative to the main parties, including Labour, who are pushing through Tory cuts without offering any opposition to their austerity policies. Working-class people are not to blame for the financial crash and should not have to suffer: cutbacks to local libraries and council jobs; the implementation of the Bedroom Tax; the privatisation of council jobs and services, which ultimately leads to a poorer deal for Sheffield people; a cap on welfare for those most in need of them voted for by five Sheffield Labour MPs. If elected, I would support sustainability and action against climate change which has not been adequately addressed. I would also push for a council-run bus service offering cheap fares throughout the city so fewer cars will be on the road. I would push for real change, rather than tinkering at the edges, which Labour repeatedly does.”