Ashdown and Conquest
Gabriel has lived in St. Leonards for more than a decade. He has worked in social care and as a library assistant, and currently works in publishing. A long-time peace and environmental activist, he is particularly concerned about issues of pollution and sustainable transport, and recently took Hastings Borough Council to court over the dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide predicted as a result of the planned Queensway Gateway Road. An active member of the climate divestment group Fossil Free Hastings, he attended last December's protests outside the UN Climate Summit in Paris and is a passionate advocate for renewable energy.
Baird and Ore
If elected as your representative on East Sussex County Council I promise to fight to:
Judy is self-employed and writes guides to the disability benefit system. On behalf of health and social care organisations she lobbied Parliament successfully to introduce several beneficial changes in 2015. This was despite the savage cuts to disabled people's benefits.
Braybrooke and Castle
Andrea has lived in Hastings for 15 years. She works as a writer but is also a campaigner, on issues including climate change, roadbuilding and the arms trade. She was a parent governor at Christ Church CE Primary School for more than five years until 2015, where she took a lead in reducing the school's energy use and chaired the finance committee. She was a volunteer for the Snowflake nightshelter over the winter of 2016/17 and also volunteers with the local Community Speedwatch team. She has taken a great interest in the work of SeaChange, Hastings' 'regeneration' company, and is the author of the 'Seachangewatch' blog which aims to highlight the often poor performance of SeaChange projects and the lack of accountability in the spending of public money. Her greatest concerns are climate change, the impact of cuts on the most vulnerable in our society, and the loss of habitats and biodiversity caused by overdevelopment.
Central St. Leonards and Gensing
I promise to fight for each and every one of my constituents in Central St. Leonards and Gensing.
I will restore adult social care services that have been cut by the Tory council.
I will campaign to introduce food waste collection across the county, bringing us in line with the rest of the UK.
I will work to improve public transport across the region with a more regular and more affordable local bus service.
I will also campaign to significantly improve rail links into across the county, particularly the need to overhaul the service on current Southern Rail services.
I will work to improve local renewable energy opportunities for householders and businesses, to reduce reliance on the carbon-producing national grid.
Hollington and Wishing Tree
I have lived in St Leonards for most of my life and have been in the Green Party for several years. I have been active in campaigns lobbying East Sussex County Council to divest its £172 million direct and indirect funding in Fossil Fuels. I am the Hastings and Rye Green Party Treasurer and have been an organiser of Peace News Summer Camp for three years.
If elected I will campaign to provide adequate social housing, introduce a food waste collection across the county and to improve public transport across the region with a more regular and more affordable local bus service.
Maze Hill and West St. Leonards
Thaddeus Skews is an artist, musician, building labourer and father. With a strong belief in sustainability, fair trade, the organics movement, human rights, the NHS, schools free to escape the disastrous conservative academy school experiment, strength in friendship in Europe, permaculture, dynamic live music and the beautiful diversity of our community, Thaddeus is keen to represent you in the local council. Renovating houses honours social history and lessens the desperate need for housing. Being a father means being responsible and being pro active in the community into which our children will grow. Being in a band means dedicated creative group workings towards moments of great artistry and fun. The only way is green. Let's rock!
Old Hastings and Tressell
Julia Hilton has lived in Hastings for almost 10 years and is an artist and landscape architect with a strong understanding of the importance of protecting and enhancing green space in the heart of communities. She is involved in helping set up local community gardening projects and with the Friends of Old St Helen’s Church. She is active with Transition Town Hastings, Fossil Free Hastings, the Hastings Greenway Group and the Hastings Urban Design Group.
Originally trained as an economist she is keenly aware of the potential for developing new types of local jobs as part of the transition to a low carbon economy. For example, developing a local community energy company could provide sustainable local jobs with the profit being used to combat fuel poverty through housing insulation schemes.
St. Helens and Silverhill
I have always worked with people of all ages, have a strong sense of community and value people before profit.
I believe that the council needs to be more open with its plans and consultation processes.
Parents have to be respected when they reject academies, SATS and whatever dampens the excitement of their children's learning. I believe that social skills, coordination, listening skills and creativity are priorities for younger children, with maths and English incorporated not separated into blocks.
I support the Greenway project that will link green, off-road walking and cycling routes across Hastings.
I will give support to community projects and vulnerable sections of our society to allow them more independence and to help them feel safer.