Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Southey ward.
Six candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Leigh Bramall and Coun Tony Damms
The candidates are:
MATT CURTIS, of Montgomery Place, Montgomery Terrace Road, Upperthorpe – Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
The 19-year-old student said: “Every other party stands for cuts. The degradation of public services by Sheffield’s Labour Council is a disgrace. Cuts, like those to concessionary travel passes and the bedroom tax, hit the most vulnerable people in society hardest. Ordinary people did not cause the economic crisis and should not be made to pay for it. I would oppose all cuts and vote to bring public services back under Council control. Sheffield Council has an important role to play in providing jobs to the young and unemployed. However, instead of creating sustainable, long-term, skilled employment, its Streets Ahead programme offers eight-week work experience with no guaranteed job at the end. As a councillor, I would push for resources to be used to create real jobs and apprenticeships, like building more social housing, not internships which provide free labour to large firms.”
DEHENNA DAVISON, of Grimsell Drive, Fox Hill – Conservative Party
MARCUS FOSTER, of Sale Hill, Broomhill – Liberal Democrat
The Sheffield University student said: “As a student I want to see more jobs brought to Sheffield. The council has still not made a decision on proposals for a new Ikea in Sheffield and Labour politicians continue to sit on the fence. I’m backing the plans as it will help create mroe than 700 jobs and bring millions of pounds into the city. The council’s attitude to people that want to invest in Sheffield like Ikea and Next is damaging the city. I want to send a strong message to the council that it needs to drop its anti-business policies.”
GILL FURNISS, of Idsworth Road, Firth Park – Labour
She said: “I am proud to be selected once again to be the Labour candidate in Southey ward. Having grown up in the area and attended Chaucer School, I know and am passionate about all our neighbourhoods. Fighting to protect the services we need has been a huge part of my role as we see this Tory-Lib Dem Government slash our Budget by £200 million. However, it is good to see The Streets Ahead project,negotiated by the Labour Council with the previous Labour Government replacing roads, pavement and street lights in all parts of Sheffield. I am a community governor at Yewlands Technical College where my son is a student. I welcome the recent merger with WCAT. As a director of Fox Hill Forum I am pleased to see the Big Lottery funding which is enabling the building to be transformed and accessible to all users. The Labour team is also working to make sure Southey Library will remain open and accessible to all.”
MIKE SIMPSON, of Worcester Road, Fulwood – UKIP
Mr Simpson, who has been married for more than 50 years, spent 12 years in the Royal Navy, ending as a chief petty officer in the radio/radar branch. After six years in the United Arab Emirates with a BOAC subsidiary he career changed to paint and wallpaper, variously working as a rep for Manders Paints, running his own paint business and working as Sheffield ICI Paints Depot Manager. He also spent four years in New Zealand.
Nationally he said he wants our country back to be ruled by Westminster, free from the shackles of foreign interference. Locally, he said he was sick of Sheffield Council cutting services so it can blame national governments – instead of tackling duplication, consultants and money spent on eco-projects which do little to actually help the environment.
He said: “Sheffield Council needs an injection of common sense and realism. I am the man to do it.”
EAMONN WARD, of Eskdale Road, Hillsborough – Green Party
The married 55-year-old said: “More supermarkets opening in and close to Southey ward mean the inevitable loss of local shops and add to traffic problems on key routes. I submitted an objection to the big Sainsbury’s supermarket which will open soon on the Fletchers Bakery site. In the last year I have been heavily involved in the campaign to save our ‘walk to’ library network. Southey library is under threat after Labour councillors voted to make it volunteer run from autumn with limited council funding and support and without professional staff. It’s a huge task for local volunteers – they and 16 independent libraries across the city must be given more time and support by the council.”