Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Fulwood ward.
Six candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Sue Alston and Coun Andrew Sangar.
The candidates are:
DIANNE HURST, of Stoneacre Drive, Owlthorpe – Labour
The married mother-of-one was educated at Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University.
Mrs Hurst said: “I have worked in housing and regeneration in both the public and charitable sector, I am proud to be able to say I have helped people to help themselves. I am concerned about the shortage of good quality affordable housing because I know how important it is as the foundation of a healthy, successful life. The coalition government has brought about a situation where the NHS is under threat, with longer waits to see a doctor, in accident and emergency and for operations. In addition, Sheffield has suffered disproportionate funding cuts to the detriment of jobs and services including libraries, travel subsidies, parks and sports facilities.
I want to give out a message to Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats that I don’t think its good enough. If you don’t think it’s good enough either, vote for me and I will promise to work hard for you to support business and the development of affordable housing, to work with communities to develop new ways of delivering services that are important to us all.”
NIGEL JAMES, of Endcliffe Hall Avenue, Broomhill – UKIP
CHRISTOPHER MCANDREW, of Endcliffe Crescent, Broomhill – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
The 19-year-old politics student said: “In the short time I’ve been here I’ve witnessed a terrible assault on the public services the city relies on. Vital infrastructure and support such as the majority of the city’s libraries and free access to rail travel for the elderly and disabled have been slashed. Budget cuts are not the only threat – council homes have recently been hit by rent increases of more than 6 per cent – three times higher than inflation. This has been done by a council more interested in acting as the axemen for the Tory Coalition rather than as representatives of the local community. Already, more than a fifth of households in Sheffield live in poverty. More than 42,000 homes do not earn enough to heat their homes. Austerity has failed Sheffield – we need a socialist alternative of job creation, a decent living wage and a huge building programme of affordable housing.
JUDITH RUTNAM, of Chorley Road, Fulwood – Green Party
She said: “I’m a keen cyclist and involved in Sheffield campaigns to promote cycling. This includes working with them to campaign for a citywide 20mph speed limit on residential roads – not main routes – to cut accidents and make our streets safer for everyone, including children. Greens are also consistent supporters of public transport with routes to serve communities and key users, like older people, who need bus stops close to where they live. Constant battles are being fought in Fulwood as First and Stagecoach make profit motivated decisions to change routes and services. People here should have access to bus services to take them to the two big hospitals. The council should be in control of bus services.”
IAN WALKER, of Whiteley Wood Road, Fulwood – Conservative Party
The 55-year-old married father-of-four is an engineer and entrepreneur, running family business Rotary Engineering and Rotary Electrical Services.
He said: “I believe there are too many career politicians in local government and this city needs a ‘down-to-earth’ and pragmatic approach to deal with its challenges and so we don’t ignore the many opportunities in front of us. “Neither the Conservatives nor the Liberal Democrats can win control of the council at this election, but I commit to you that, if elected, I will work tirelessly to bring a common sense approach and probity to the proposals, decisions and running of the council. I am an engineer, who has also worked in the NHS and have started two engineering companies – providing local jobs and export earnings. “I want to see cuts to Council Tax rates, leaving more money in the pockets of hardworking people and cuts to inefficiencies at the council. Conservative-controlled councils cost people, on average, £89 a year less than Labour-controlled councils. I want to cut waste and missed opportunities for funding. Other councils have saved millions per year by sharing back-office functions and sharing management teams, enabling councils to save libraries and invest in more front line services. This is something I want for my home city too.”
CLIFF WOODCRAFT, of Hallam Grange Rise, Fulwood – Liberal Democrat
The retired Sheffield University employee said: “It’s been just more than a year since Fulwood residents backed me to become their local councillor, following the sad death of Janice Sidebottom. Janice was dedicated to our community and she always worked hard to get our area a fair deal. It’s been a real privilege to follow in her footsteps and help as many people as possible in the local community. Whether it’s campaigning to improve bus services, protect treasured green spaces, or save local library services, I’ve kept Janice’s spirit with me. As a local team we’ve also work hard to keep in touch all year round not just at election time. I really want to continue the work I’ve begun so I hope local residents will back the local Lib Dem team again.”