Local elections

You can find out more about this year's Green Party candidates for the Borough Council elections here:

 

Andy Day - Blunsdon & Highworth

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I have lived in Highworth with my partner, Linda, for more than 20 enjoyable years.  As a local candidate, I look forward to safeguarding all that is good in Blunsdon & Highworth and facilitating improvements where necessary.

I support several local charities and use local businesses whenever I can.

I have been a member of the Green Party (formerly known as the Ecology Party) for many years and remain firmly convinced that our policies are sound and necessary for the greater good.  Green councillors, unlike those of other parties, are not bound by the party whip system.  This means that, if elected, I shall be free always to represent the ward without compromise.

 

Bob Heritage - Central

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I believe in a compassionate society that recognizes the diversities of people who don't all fit into the same hetero' mould.

I will work hard to put Swindon at the forefront of providing solutions for a carbon neutral economy, based on renewable energy and free from fossil fuels. I will support local businesses, so more goods are built by local firms rather than faceless multinationals.

I want to see improvements in the food that we eat, and reform the farming industry. We need to encourage organic farming, with livestock living in natural conditions rather than concrete bunkers, and healthy soil free from artificial fertilizers.

I see a free, high-quality, education for all as key to dispersing old myths, and to creating a sustainable, green, society that works for us all.

Paul Sunners - Chiseldon & Lawn

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As a Chiseldon Parish Councillor since 2010, with a particular interest in community safety and how local communities provide support networks for young people, the elderly and vulnerable.

As a governor at a Swindon primary school I have a specific focus on the role of education in enhancing the life prospects of all children and young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. I support any development in environmental education and action that reduces the impact of climate change.

As a member of the Swindon Equality Group, I campaign for the real Living Wage and to raise awareness of inequality. My support for the Green Party is borne of its commitment to fairness, citizen participation, shared responsibility, world peace and environmental protection.  I strongly believe its vision is one that supports a better future for all.

Andy Bentley - Gorsehill & Pinehurst

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I’m an IT Consultant from Pinehurst, and fought the 2017 General Election for the Green Party.

I strongly believe that Swindon needs change. The council is one of the places where that change is needed the most. The stale, tribal, politics of the two old parties needs shaking up.

Greens stand up for what they believe in. I am unashamedly anti-austerity and pro-Europe, and I’m not afraid to say so.

I will fight for strong public services, for good local schools and health services, and for local businesses. I’d like to shake up the local councils, at Borough and Parish level, to make sure people are heard.

Underpinning everything I do will be the passion for a fair and just society where every person is valued, cared for and listened to.

It’s time for change. Greens make a difference.

Jacek Smarzlik - Haydon Wick

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I moved to Swindon from Poland in 2001 to work for Motorola as a software engineer and have always found it a friendly and welcoming place to live, so even though Motorola are long gone I'm still here!

As the father of a disabled son I know the issues faced by local parents and I've seen at first hand the impact of local government cuts.

My biggest motivation for standing as a Green candidate is to be a part of improving our local environment. My area of special interest is sustainable transport. I can often be seen cycling round town with my son on a tandem, so I'd like the cycle paths improved and extended, but I'd also like some of our short car journeys replaced by affordable, modern and frequent public transport.

Bill Hughes

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I have been a Green campaigner in Swindon for over 30 years.

I’ve stood for election at local, national and European level campaigning for cleaner air, water, natural surroundings and quality of life.

I have had various employment experience, including work for the Forestry Commission, gardening, teaching, civil service and many years as a careers adviser, now retired.

I have always taken a keen interest in environmental, social, economic and political affairs and I’m presently concerned with the climate change emergency and countering the rise of the extreme right.

Kate Henery - Penhill & Upper Stratton

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I am standing for election to enable all voters in Penhill and Upper Stratton to place a vote with the Green Party.  If elected, I will listen to residents' views on matters that are important to them and address those issues as effectively as possible.

I originally came from Manchester and have lived in Swindon since 1991.  I am a founder member of the Hreod Burna Urban Forest in Swindon, where I’ve been the treasurer since its inception.

My three children have all grown up in Swindon and have all attended local schools.

I’ve run various workshops concerning composting, recycling and reducing household waste and have been running my own garden maintenance business serving the local community for over ten years.

 

Ken Kimber - Shaw

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I have lived in Shaw for nearly 30 years. I have worked in schools in Swindon and Wiltshire as a teacher of special needs and am currently a part-time lecturer at New College.

Like many other West Swindon residents, I have been appalled by housing development that ignores the wishes of local people, and proposals for road development that will only increase congestion and reduce safety.

I joined the Green Party because I believe it is the only political party that is proposing real action on climate change, and has a vision of a fair, just and equal society.

I believe that Swindon needs a distinct and different voice on the council to represent the views of local residents, protect local services, stand up for the environment, and hold other parties to account.

Steven Pipe - St Andrews

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I am a 39-year-old Solicitor and have lived in Ash Brake in the St Andrews ward for the last 13 years.  I am lucky enough to have a wonderful wife and a beautiful daughter.

Swindon is a great place to live, work and bring up a family. The rapid expansion of the town has not been matched by the correct investment from the Conservative Council or the Conservative government with their austerity agenda.  Recycling rates have dropped, and fly tipping has increased in the last few years. 

The Groundwell Park and Ride remains closed and there appears to be no sensible public transport policy. The need for a voice that champions the importance of the environment has never been more required. I believe that a positive Green voice on the Council would be a welcome addition and a timely reminder that we only have one planet and need to take care of it before it is too late.

Dr Andrew Francis - Wroughton & Wichelstowe

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I am a published poet, writer and conference speaker, with books on housing, ecology, economics food ethics and radical thinking. Previously, I worked in industrial relations (ACAS), as a BBC regional editor and for nearly 30 years as a Christian parish minister.

Living in Wroughton, with my partner, Janice, we use our back garden for fruit and vegetable production. Formerly, I have helped set up charities and food co-operatives, advising neighbourhood/community groups on governance. I continue to chair and sit on NHS Mental Health Panels, across Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

I am a member of a Credit Union and drives a low emission car (having had to give up cycling because of a heart condition). I have been a Green Party member for over 10 years, and am a monthly supporter of various overseas aid and low-impact technology charities. My personal website is www.anmchara.com; this means ‘soul friend’ in Gaelic.

I believe that voting Green is a strong, independent and sensible option for the improvement of local services, communities, transport and housing, empowering local residents. Voting Green helps stop the weakness of traditional, adversarial two-party Punch-and-Judy politics.