It has been a privilege to represent Town Close for the last eight years. I am hugely proud of the hard work that I have done on your behalf and of the things that we have achieved together for our community.
I have loved being able to turn residents’ ideas in to action. The ‘Sunday Social’ weekly community lunch to tackle loneliness and isolation at the same time as helping to reduce food waste has been a great way of bringing people together. Taking over the neglected land beside the Champion pub and turning it in to a community garden using reclaimed materials has improved the area for the benefit of all. I worked with community volunteers and our local synagogue to set up the NR2 foodbank at the start of the pandemic, volunteering 6 days a week from March to July and twice weekly since.
I have picked up so many problem issues that you’ve raised and stopped them getting out of hand by being visible and available to you; whether it’s bumping in to you in Jenny Lind park or at our local shops, knocking on your door, telephoning you or doing our regular Town Close walk-abouts with fellow councillors and our neighbourhood policing team. Where problems have proven trickier to solve I have persisted on your behalf.
I have worked particularly closely with our policing team and the outreach workers from the drug and alcohol team to tackle County Lines drug activity in our community. By listening to residents’ experiences and supporting you to report what you are seeing to the police we have been able to put in place practical safety measures, targeted police patrols leading to arrests and more outreach to our community from the drug and homelessness teams.
Like my fellow Labour County Councillors I refused to benefit from the Tories greedy 17% increase in councillor allowances and instead have used the money to directly benefit our community. I have provided £4207.76 to 41 different community groups and projects, plus helped individual families with school uniform, gas and electricity and food.
Rest assured if you trust me again with your vote I will work equally as hard for you over the next four years. My ambition is to get the Vauxhall Centre redeveloped so that it is a high quality and welcoming space for the use of local residents as well as community services. A labour-run county council will restore the Youth Service, re-invest in our children’s centres, start the process of bringing care services back in house and scrap the western link road and invest in sustainable and affordable public transport. I can’t wait to get going!
Town Close Division, Norwich
Mental Health Champion for Norfolk, Labour Deputy leader of the Norfolk County Labour Group
Mental Health Nurse for 17 years (temporarily returned to join Covid Vaccine Team).
Mental health services, Children's services, Adult Social Care
UNISON & GMB
Charity Trustee, Governor at Bignold Primary School