The Green party has won another seat in Worcester, with Louise Griffiths winning in Battenhall

11 May 2018

Louise Griffiths won Battenhall from Mayor Steve Mackay, joining Councillor Neil Laurenson who was first elected in St Stephen in 2012 and Louis Stephen, who also represents Battenhall since 2016. (See the Election page for full results)

Louise Griffiths

Having held the balance of power since then, with Conservatives on 17 seats and Labour on 16, they now have even more influence.

A third councillor will allow for a Green councillor on every major policy committee.

Coucillor Louis Stephen said: "I chair the Policy and Resources Committee, and Neil sits on the Environment Committee but this will allow us to have a member on the Communities Committee.

"That is involved in things like housing provision and priorities and we desperately need more social housing in Worcester."

Councillor Louise Griffiths said: "I'm concerned at the lack of affordable housing, and infrastructure in the city. One of the residents in my ward is eligible for a mobility scooter but couldn't use it because the state of the pavements is so bad she'd be trapped inside. It's an absurd situation."

The Worcester Green Party put a lot of effort into Battenhall, shown by the number of posters and placards and the visit of the national party's co-leader Jonathan Bartley.

Councillor Louis Stephen said: "We've also got Councillor Matt Jenkins onto the county council, so that's four councillors in the last six years. It's steady progress rather than an explosion, but it's growing every time."

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