YOU HAVE 2 VOTES IN HOLYWELLS WARD SO PLEASE VOTE FOR YOUR TWO CONVERVATIVE CANDIDATES - Philippa Gordon and John Downie. Your existing councillor is Liz Harsant and she is standing for the County Council Election for Gainsborough Division which takes in part of Holywells, and the Rosehill area is in the County Division of St Helen's where Sachin Karale is your candidate.
Having worked for a short while at Cliff Lane primary school, I feel I have a special connection with Holywells and some of the families I knew during that time. I first became interested in politics in 2015 when I saw an opportunity to express my concerns for the support of Ipswich children with educational needs and become a voice for parents about this aspect of education.
Many improvements have been made in schools and local community programmes but there is still much more to be done. All support for families starts at home at the beginning of children’s lives. My career as a teacher and parent of four has given me an insight into the struggles faced by parents and a vision for our future direction.
My vision for the beautiful Holywells Park is to continue the hard work of Liz Harsant with making this into the pride and joy of the borough. As part of an overall plan to ensure it is a safe place for children to play and welcoming for everyone during the summer, my aim as your candidate is to create a litter picking task force and introduce encouraging signage to help remind people of how they can help keep it that way.
As a keen cyclist, another personal priority, is to ensure that cycle routes are safe and accessible including the Prince Phillip cycle Path. In response to concerns raised by local residents, I would like to explore options for creating more parking space for those who wish to access the shops on Cliff Lane. I would welcome everyone’s ideas about what you think might be possible.
No one wants to be concerned about speeding traffic in an area as close to a school as the Cliff Lane parade of shops. Parents and children are crossing the road all the time and need to feel confident that this is a safe calm peaceful area. In keeping with the spirit of the promised Oasis project, I would like to suggest using a series of attractive plant boxes as a traffic calming system.
I will be strongly supportive of helping to promote ideas for the inspirational Oasis Project to make our town green and beautiful for all.
I have lived in Ipswich for over 25 years and I was working as a Facilities Manager at one of our teaching academys for nearly 14 years until I retired in April of 2019. I have 2 children and 4 grandchildren so have a vested interest in the future of our fantastic town.
For 9 years I was Commanding Officer of the Ipswich Sea Cadets and I really appreciate giving the young in our community every opportunity to shine. I am the Chairman of the Ipswich branch of the Royal British Legion, and a member of the Royal Naval Association as well as being a member of the committee for the Sea Cadets. Ipswich has a great deal of heritage and I want for us all to bring it back to life so we can be proud of it once more.
I wish to work closely with other Conservative councillors in tackling some of the key issues affecting residents in the Holywells Ward, including the necessary infrastructure and working with the police to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour along with the ongoing parking problems we are experiencing.
I am keen to make a difference in Holywells and would like the opportunity to represent you. If elected I will always put the residents of Holywells first and will always be available to listen to your concerns and help where I can.
Please support me and Philippa as your local Conservative candidates in the upcoming local elections.