Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Stocksbridge and Upper Don ward.
Six candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Richard Crowther and Coun Phil Wood. Coun Alison Brelsford is not seeking re-election
The candidates are:
SUSAN AUCKLAND, of Norton Lane, Norton – Liberal Democrat
She said: “I think residents in Stocksbridge can feel quite justly that they have been ignored by Labour’s bosses in the Town Hall. Whether it’s backing the campaign to save Stocksbridge leisure centre or fighting to save Stocksbridge library, local Liberal Democrats have always fought for the local community in Stocksbridge. At this election, I’ll be campaigning to protect important services like libraries, while keeping costs low for families. We know that if Labour politicians cut down on their pet projects and high-paid consultants, or got tough on unpaid debt, they could continue to provide the services the community needs most.”
LISA BANES, of Millthorpe Road, Sheffield Lane Top – Labour
The 34-year-old married mum-of-two has a background working in community empowerment and improving social equalities. She is committed to traditional Labour values of fairness and social justice, having grown up in Barnsley during the Thatcher years. She is married with two children.
She said: “With the cost of living crisis, wages stagnating, chronic unemployment throughout the region and prices rising phenomenally, Labour values are more important than ever. It has been a privilege so far working with the people of Stocksbridge and Upper Don on these and many more issues, as well as local concerns. I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with local residents for many years to come, following my election as your local area Councillor. With the election of your two Labour councillors Phil Wood and Richard Crowther, the area has finally started to benefit from the kind of positive action Labour brings at council level. By joining them in their hard work and dedication to the community, as your team of three local Labour councillors, we will continue to work hard for local residents. And if you feel we’ve missed an issue of importance, or you want us to take on another issue for you, just let us know and we’ll be happy to help.”
MARTIN BRELSFORD, of Victoria Road, Stocksbridge – Independent
JACK CLARKSON, of The Rookery, Deepcar – UKIP
DAN LYONS, of Whitwell Lane, Stocksbridge – Green Party
The researcher and animal welfare campaigner said: “I served as a Green Stocksbridge Town Council member from 2007 to 2011, where I focussed on protecting the district’s precious green spaces such as Hollin Busk and Ewden Valley. I also spearheaded a campaign against fly-tipping and helped to establish the local Walkers are Welcome group. As a local resident, I am deeply concerned that Sheffield Council routinely ignores the views and needs of the people of Stocksbridge, Deepcar, Bolsterstone, Wharncliffe Side and Oughtibridge on critical issues such as the future of the leisure centre and major housing developments. If elected, I would use my expertise and passion to provide an effective voice for this unique and beautiful area.”
NIGEL OWEN, of Whitehead Avenue, Deepcar – Conservative Party