Michael Bartlet, our candidate in Verulam talks about what can be done locally, as well as Labour’s wide ranging plan for sustainability. Air pollution levels in Holywell Hill were above the acceptable level again in January and February.
Richard Harris was born in St Albans and has lived all his life in the city. He has lived in Marshalswick South for forty years and his children and now his grandchildren attend local schools. Richard, now retired from his work as a Business Management Systems Manager for a major international consultancy, will dedicate his time to working for the residents of Marshalswick South. Being such a long term resident he understands the concerns of many residents on the growing traffic problems which include the speed of traffic, pollution and the residents parking schemes which are now simply moving cars form the centre onto other roads in the area creating many problems there. The Bernards Heath play area is enjoyed by very many local children but still there are no play areas off Valley Road for the local children who live in the large estate there.
Iain Grant represented Sopwell Ward as a District Councillor from 2014 to 2018. Having lived in the ward for over 20 years, he is passionate about ensuring the District Council plays its full part in supporting and empowering our community. As councillor, he fought to get the Cottonmill level crossing reopened in 2015 and subsequently to keep it open, worked to get a proper surface laid for the nearby Leyland Avenue/Alban Way footpath, and was also very involved in ensuring delivery of the play area on Holyrood Crescent. He strongly supports the efforts by the CASH group to achieve a proper community hub for Sopwell.
Mark Ewington is married with 3
children, and he is proud to live in the St Peters ward he is seeking to represent. He works as a freelance Probation Officer, and he is an active member of the National Association of Probation Officers. He is also a facilitator in the Caring Dads programme in Hertfordshire and has worked to challenge and rehabilitate perpetrators of domestic abuse for many years. He has many interests including history, golf and Krav Maga. A passionate anti-racist, Mark is concerned about addressing homelessness (a particularly noticeable issue in our ward), helping low-income families and improving facilities for young people locally and nationally. He has recently opposed the expansion of gated communities and has consulted local residents about parking issues, as a result of which he is currently supporting a local residents’ petition on parking issues at Telford Court.
Michael Bartlet is a mediator and university lecturer in Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution at SOAS London.He is a volunteer community mediator and trustee of Mediation Hertfordshire.He is married with two children and has lived in Verulam Ward, St Albans, since 2004. Michael also writes for Open Democracy on Under 18s in the Armed Forces, Votes for Prisoners and Parliament’s role in implementing the EU Referendum.
Michael has taught in schools, colleges and adult education including for the WEA and British Council in Ecuador. He worked as Parliamentary Officer for Quakers in Britain (1996 to 2013) and as a trustee of the Refugee Council to 2005 to 2010. His priorities in representing Verulam ward are to ensure the District Council is firm in its negotiations with Affinity Water to preserve and enhance the unique chalk stream environment of the River Ver; to press for a Fairness Commission to review the services it offers to all residents; and to see the Council taking effective action to bring empty properties back into use.
Eileen Harris has been a district councillor for Sopwell ward for 16 years. During that time she has served as Mayor and Deputy Mayor, and worked hard to raise the profile of Sopwell.
She has secured improvements to neglected areas like the green space next to the ruins and the Holyrood Crescent children’s play area. Thanks to her efforts, we now have bus shelters or benches for most bus stops.
Gary says ” I have lived in St Albans for the last couple of years. I am married and have a son of 20. By profession, I am a secondary school teacher and have taught in several schools in St Albans and Harpenden. I am currently the head teacher of a small specialist school in Luton. I am also an active member of the National Education Union.
Residents of Park Street and St Albans can see how the Tory-led Council is failing to address the needs of our community. Do you think the Conservatives have done enough to create affordable housing? combat homelessness? Sort out the Thameslink fiasco? Improve traffic flows? The list goes on…It doesn’t have to be this way. I would seek to challenge, scrutinise and advocate on behalf of residents-to give them a voice that they can be proud of.”