Matthew lives in Worcester with his wife Barbara and their two boys, Harrison, 14, and Anton, 10. He has been running his own business for the past ten years, having previously worked at Kays. He is currently a County Councillor representing the St. Stephen division.
Matthew is a trustee of Worcester CAB and a trustee at the Worcester Arts Workshop. He is also a member of Transition Worcester, with a particular interest in reducing fuel poverty through better energy efficiency measures such as home insulation.
For both economic and environmental reasons, we should support local businesses and local jobs, as well as using local resources as much as possible. Council decisions should be based on long-term thinking, rather than short-term political gain.
Matthew believes in giving the local community a far greater say in decisions made by the council, keeping them informed regularly throughout the year. It is only by talking to residents and understanding the issues that concern them that we can reach workable solutions. There is a great opportunity to help local communities work together to improve the area they live in.
Sue has lived in the heart of the Arboretum since 2011 and currently works in the area of Special Educational Needs. She takes an active role within a number of local groups to try to help improve her area and the lives of those living in it. She also regularly supports campaigns both locally and nationally, e.g. to try to save our NHS from creeping privatisation.
Sue’s motivation for her activism is that she feels strongly that we should cherish and build on the good things that we have, such as strong communities. She believes in fairness and looking to the long-term, at a time when many politicians seem interested only in very short-term thinking; she feels that elected representatives have a moral responsibility to consider what they will leave for future generations.
Sue says that we need to protect our vital services from austerity-related cuts and she would also like to see public transport in Worcester become cheaper and more efficient. Encouraging local businesses, services and community groups makes good environmental and economic sense and will help Worcester to thrive and become more resilient.
My wife and I have lived in Worcester for 19 years and we have two grown-up children who attended Cherry Orchard Primary, Nunnery Wood High school and Sixth Form College. I enjoy cycling for fitness and take delight in learning new skills having recently taken up growing vegetables in my garden.
My main priorities for the city are to encourage smaller independent businesses over the large corporate chains, to reduce the amount of city centre congestion and to increase the amount of affordable homes. New homes must be found, but we must do this without building on greenfield sites like Middle Battenhall Farm, St Peters and Norton. We should instead be building on brownfield sites and encouraging more flats above our city centre shops.
We can reduce the amount of traffic in Worcester by a combination of common sense measures:
I joined the Green Party because of its common sense approach to politics. I am tired of politicians who appear to have forgotten that their main aim is to represent the electorate. Residents of a community are the people who know it best, they know the problems in their area and are often able to propose the best solutions, politicians need to listen to them more. I believe that community spirit, decent housing and high self esteem are the foundations on which a strong society can be built. Inequality, injustice and inefficiency are the main issues which threaten our society today.
I am a keen gardener and recently established a community gardening project in Worcester. As a non driver one of my aims is to improve public transport and pedestrian access within the city whilst working hard to reduce congestion and the associated air pollution.I have previously worked in both the justice and educational sectors and am now employed as a family support worker, assisting families with multiple needs to build a life together.
Neil became the first Green Party councillor in Worcester when he was elected in 2012, and he was re-elected in 2016. He helped the city council to introduce the Living Wage and convinced fellow councillors to support a ban on the use of snares in the city. He has campaigned for home energy efficiency measures and more funding for council services. As well as being a councillor, he works full-time at the University of Worcester and is a self-employed personal tutor, specialising in English. He enjoys running, writing and looking after Grace (6) and Rowan (4).
Marjory is chair of Worcester Green Party. She has lived in Worcester for 18 months. She has been interested in green policies for many years, ever since first reading The Limits to Growth in 1972. She joined the Green Party in 2004, and was active in the Reading and Wokingham local party in a number of roles until moving to Worcester. She was a parish councillor for over five years, and has been a candidate in eight local elections and one general election.
She is a semi-retired freelance copy-editor, and had a long career in the IT industry as a technical author. She has two grown-up children and a granddaughter. In her spare time she likes to cook, go walking and make music. She plays the violin in Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra, and sings in Severn Voices, a chamber choir based in Malvern.
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