Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Arbourthorne.
Six candidates are vying to join existing Arbourthorne members Coun Julie Dore, council leader, and Coun Mike Drabble.
JENNYFER BARNARD, of Myrtle Road, Heeley - Green Party
The civil servant said: “I was born and raised in Sheffield and have lived on Myrtle Road for the past 12 years with my husband and two sons.
“Unemployment, poor housing, zero hour contracts and low pay affect many people in Arbourthorne. For some people, it comes down to a choice between paying bills or eating. The number of people relying on food banks is increasing, and the bedroom tax is affecting large numbers of people. For many people the effects of poverty and inequality are greater than ever.
“The Green Party offers an alternative by favouring economic stimulus to create real jobs; not the austerity measures favoured by other parties. Jobs which pay a living wage, support for local businesses that keep money within local economies, affordable housing and protection of public services.”
ALAN MUNRO, of Guildford Rise, Norfolk Park – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
The 44-year-old transport worker said: “Instead of passing on Tory cuts, the council should stand up for people against the government. There is no need for cuts. The money is there. There is £120 billion in unpaid taxes by the rich and big corporations. As a socialist councillor, I would demand the council accounts be opened to public scrutiny, to expose that more than 50 per cent of council spending now goes to private companies. I would lead a campaign to bring those services back in-house and mobilise people to ﬁght for the grants stolen by the government from our city. Then we could restore children’s centres, keep libraries open and pay a decent living wage to all workers. I believe that positive socialist policies like these are why I came from nowhere to get 8 per cent of the vote for TUSC in the Arbourthorne by-election and hope to better that in May.”
SUSAN ROSS, of The Causeway, Dore - Liberal Democrat
The former Sheffield secondary school teacher said: “I’m working with local Liberal Democrats to help build a stronger local economy. Already we’ve seen more people in work in Sheffield than ever before but I want the Council to do more. The Sheffield Labour Party are pushing some really badly-thought out policies through the Town Hall, which are damaging local businesses. Labour politicians tried to turn away a new Next store and they continue to dither over a proposed Ikea, which could create 700 new jobs. As a local campaigner I want to welcome new jobs to Sheffield and this is what I’ll be pushing the council to do.”
JACK SCOTT, of Loxley Road, Loxley – Labour Party
The current Sheffield Council cabinet member for environment, recycling and street scene is the chief executive officer of a Sheffield charity which supports vulnerable children and families.
He said: “I’ve worked in Arbourthorne for four years. In that time, I’ve helped hundreds of local people with problems around housing, crime, anti-social behaviour and improving our environment.
“By working together, we’ve achieved some very good things, such as the new playground in Arbourthorne and the new homes in Norfolk Park. We’ve also seen new roads at the top of the estate with more to come.
“This election is about people in Arbourthorne choosing someone who will stand up for them against this government and work with everyone in our community to make it better.
“Arbourthorne ward is a great community. It is the one of the first things I think about in the morning and one of the last things I think about at night. I will always stand up for its residents.”
BOB SHERIDAN, of Abbey Brook Court, Meadowhead - UKIP
Mr Sheridan said: “I’m standing because the people of Arbourthorne deserve better than the tired old politics we’ve had here in Sheffield for too long.”
Mr Sheridan’s plan for Arbourthorne includes ﬁghting to bring back weekly bin collections, cutting councillors’ allowances, ﬁghting to save the city’s libraries, ﬁghting local budget cuts and ‘working with the police to ensure the local community is safe’.
Information taken from Mr Sheridan’s candidacy at a by-election in Arbourthorne ward in February
PETER SMITH, of Cawdor Road, Arbourthorne - Conservative Party
The Party said: “Peter is committed to providing better opportunities for all residents of this ward. Nationally, the Conservative-led government is ﬁghting to restore the economy after Labour’s debt frenzy and in Sheﬃeld, successive Labour and Lib Dem councils have been building up huge debts that our children and grandchildren will need to repay. The Lib Dems posture at opposing Labour, but their record in council was the debt increased faster than under Labour. Labour and the Lib Dems cannot be trusted with our taxes. Sheﬃeld needs a Conservative voice and Peter is the voice of the hard-working people of Arbourthorne.”
Information taken from Mr Smith’s candidacy at a by-election in Arbourthorne ward in February.