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.
Louis is chair of Worcester Green Party. He and his wife have lived in Worcester for 22 years and he has two grown-up children who attended Cherry Orchard Primary, Nunnery Wood High school and Sixth Form College. He enjoys cycling for fitness and takes delight in learning new skills having recently taken up growing vegetables in his garden.
His 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 in policy terms we should resist 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.
Louis believes that we can reduce the amount of traffic in Worcester by a combination of common sense measures:
• No to the increased traffic, caused by building an out of town shopping centre and no to more homes on the edge of the city.
• Yes to encouragement for more walking / cycling and yes to more investment in public transport and building more flats above the shops in our city centre.
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 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.
Green Party Meetings
Come along to our monthly meeting to discuss our plans for Worcester and Worcestershire. Our next meeting starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th March in The Paul Pry pub (back room) on The Butts, WR1 3PA. It would be great to see some new people.
For more information, contact Louis via email or telephone 01905 359 509.