Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Gleadless Valley ward.
Six candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Steve Jones and Coun Tim Rippon.
The candidates are:
PETER GARBUTT, of Raleigh Road, Heeley – Green Party
The teacher said: “Heeley Advice Centre has closed and our Labour-run council are forcing volunteers to run Newfield Green and Gleadless libraries without professional staff or adequate council funding and support. Our economy needs investment to create jobs – there is huge potential in renewable energy and home insulation to cut fuel bills. But Labour has failed to commit to rolling back austerity if they win the General Election. Councillors have an increasingly important role as support services are cut back, especially in supporting the poorest and most vulnerable. I will work hard to protect vital community services threatened by austerity and council budget cuts.”
JENNY GRANT, of Thorpe House Road, Norton – Conservative Party
MARTIN LAURIE, of Totley Grange Road, Totley – UKIP
CATE MCDONALD, Moncrieffe Road, Nether Edge – Labour
Cate has represented Gleadless Valley on the Council for the past four years, campaiging on a number of local issues, including road safety outside schools, flytipping and improving facilities for young people.
She said: “Everyday I see the impact of Coalition government cuts on the people of Gleadless Valley. It is a disgrace so many people are forced to rely on foodbanks at the same time as tax cuts are given to the richest. If elected, I will continue to campaign against cuts in funding for vital services. At a local level, if elected, I will focus on issues that make a real difference such as improving community safety, promoting access to services and ensuring that our young people get a good start in life.”
ELIZABETH MORTON, of Gleadless Road, Newfield Green – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
The 64-year-old retired post office worker said: I am incensed by the millions-of-pounds worth of cuts that are being handed down by the Tory government and dished out by the Labour Council, causing untold misery. These cuts like the bedroom tax and of concessionary travel passes mean the destruction of the very things that make a civilised society: care of the young, the old, the sick and the disabled. Also the running down of leisure facilities that make life bearable e.g. libraries, youth clubs and play facilities. We need to fight for these things because if they go we’ll never get them back. The few Labour councillors elsewhere who have voted against cuts have been suspended or expelled for their principles. Labour isn’t socialist, it isn’t even Labour anymore. We need people in the council who are free to say what needs saying. Free to defend the things we hold dear. So vote TUSC and give us that chance.”
PHILIP SHADDOCK, of Norton Lane, Norton – Liberal Democrat
The married dad of two and recent retiree said: “I recently took early retirement after a career in the computer industry, but have since worked as an adviser with Citizens Advice and at a call centre for a major bank in Sheffield. I have lived in Norton for more than 20 years and am active in the local community, helping out with the Norton Show and at community activities such as an older people’s club and a toddler group. I’m happy to see Newfield Green library selected as one of the libraries to receive extra council support, but recognise it will take a lot of hard work to maintain its future. The Liberal Democrat plan will see funding restored to our local library.”