Six candidates for Darnall seat on Sheffield Council

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Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Darnall ward.

Six candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Harry Harpham and Coun Mary Lea.

The candidates are:

CHARLOTTE ARNOTT, of Ravenscroft Close, Stradbroke - UKIP

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ANTON BALINT, of Prince of Wales Road, Manor - Conservative Party

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ADRIAN HAWLEY, of Gainsford Road, Darnall - Green Party

Mr Hawley said: ““I have lived in Darnall for seven years. For 12 years, I served as a volunteer special constable with South Yorkshire Police, working in areas of youth services and crime prevention. I believe helping young people here with the increasing problems they face can alleviate tensions that can arise between teenagers and local residents. I support the excellent work of the East End Quality of Life Initiative on air pollution close to the M1. Greens are working to ensure new developments do not bring more traffic into the area adding to the severe health impacts. Good public transport options to give people a realistic alternative to car use are vital.”

MAZHER IQBAL, of Locke Drive, Darnall - Labour

Coun Iqbal has been a Sheffield Council member for Darnall since he was first elected in 2006. He is currently cabinet member for communities and inclusion.

PHIL KING, of Thornborough Road, Heeley - Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

The 64-year-old retired steelworker and bakery employee said: “It was the Tories’ bedroom tax that made me get involved in politics, it is so unfair penalising people for being poor, when there’s no mansion tax on the rich. The bedroom tax should be immediately scrapped and money from the sale of council houses should be used to build much more affordable social housing. As a retired person, I think it is scandalous the free concessionary travel for elderly and disabled people has been cut. I have been on the freedom rides to oppose this. And I want to help families with young children by keeping children centres and local libraries open and run by staff that know what they are doing and not run by volunteers who might not know the job inside out. The Labour council are doing the Tories’ dirty-work by passing on the cuts. I would vote against and campaign against all cuts.”

SALIM ZAMAN, of Sundown Road, Richmond - Liberal Democrat

The restaurant owner said: “I live locally and care passionately about getting the best deal for our area. I’ve fought hard against plans which could see Tinsley library close and proposals to disrupt local children’s centres. I’ve also backed the campaign to see Tinsley recreation ground protected. We know our community needs new school places but this shouldn’t come at the expense of a precious community resource. It’s clear that Labour politicians take our area for granted and simply aren’t interested in listening to local people.”