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Baffins Ward Candidates and Statements

Published: 12th April 2018 13:06
 We approached each of the five candidates standing for election in the Baffins Ward and invited them to submit a statement of up to 300 words explaining why they think you should vote for them.  These statements are reproduced (unedited) below in alphabetical order of the candidate's surname.

NORTON Terry Robin

The Conservative Party Candidate

 My name is Terry Norton and I’ve put myself forward to hopefully become your councillor on May 3rd. I live locally in Kimbolton Road with my young family. I’ve lived in Baffins all my life and have been working hard across the area for some time now. I believe in positive action, and standing by commitments. I’m challenging complacency and looking to get the best deal for us all, by initiating community schemes and securing investment into the area.

I believe that councillors should respond to the needs and wishes of their community. I have assisted residents tackling fly-tipping when your local councillors have failed them, getting it removed within 24 hours, I’ve tackled anti-social behaviour across the area. I regularly meet with the neighbourhood Policing team and go out on patrol with them, I’ve set up campaigns to encourage residents to support our local small businesses. 

I believe that where there are problems, once we can see a solution, working jointly and positively, we stand the best chance of a positive outcome. That’s why when the local allotments experienced vandalism / break-ins, I worked with the City Council and secured a £35,000 Allotment Security Grant fund. I have also liaised with local fitness groups to secure £80,000 worth of outdoor fitness equipment for the area. 

I am open to a range of political views and do not take a narrow-minded stance. Residents must have a say in all plans within our ward from parking to redevelopment. I believe I am the representative Baffins needs to work with our city’s administration and not against it. By giving me your support, you’ll be voting for a strong voice for you at the City Council. For positive action in Baffins vote for Terry Norton on May 3rd.

SIMMONDS Bob

Green Party

 Portsmouth is my home city.  I have seen some great aimprovements and some sad losses in the past 60 odd years.

There is now a much greater diversity of people and culture that enriches the city. Leaving the EU (for all its faults) will be one more loss.

Politics affects us all whether or not we get involved. A good system of Proportional Representation could involve more people and ideas.

Reducing the use of plastic packaging, improving recycling of plastic should be a priority.

Improving poor air quality is more problematic. Air pollution in our small crowded island harms our children and shortens the lives of older people. We shouldn’t be quiet (or kept in the dark) about this silent killer.

SMITH Jeanette Lynne

Liberal Democrat

 I’m a local person and have always done a great deal of community work in the area. I have worked for UNISON for 18 years so you could say my natural home should be the Labour Party but I am disappointed how they are not inclusive with their policies or their manner. Wanting to remain active in Baffins, I joined the Liberal Democrats and I found a party I could trust with inclusive policies and a positive plan for our city (http://www.portsmouthlibdems.org.uk/manifesto).

I have always been active in Baffins. As part of my previous role as Baffins Neighbourhood Forum Chair, I was on the public consultation for the Incinerator and also involved in the setting up of the Tangier Road Children’s Home. For 25 years, I was a school governor for various Portsmouth schools with Westover Primary School as one of my main schools and chair of governors for 9 years. I am currently a newly appointed governor of Portsmouth College. I am the current Treasurer for the Baffins Pond Association and a committee member of LoveBaffins. 

My main priority in Baffins is to protect the open spaces we enjoy in the area. I am concerned about the amount of litter, fly tipping and dog mess happening around us. I regularly undertake litter picks and I am actively campaigning for more council support in dealing with these issues for residents.

I believe that Baffins needs a strong cohesive councillor team to act on their behalf and to be their voice on Portsmouth City Council. This area already has 2 community minded Liberal Democrat councillors. If you want another strong community minded person, then please vote for me on 3rd May. 

You can find out more about me and my campaign at http://www.portsmouthlibdems.org.uk/jeanette_smith.

SWEENEY Todd

UK Independence Party (UKIP)

 My name is Paul Sweeney but fondly known as Todd and I am standing in Baffins ward for UKIP

I was raised in Baffins ward in Cheslyn Road. I attended Westover and Langstone schools then Eastney modern and finishing Great Salterns. My mother and two of daughters still live in Baffins. I have worked in Portsmouth Dockyard, Royal mail before becoming the landlord at the Milton arms public house. I am now a taxi driver working in and around the Baffins area every day hearing the concerns of the people of Baffins. I want to give the people of Baffins a voice you can trust and believe in. I am very approachable and will help with any concerns you may have if I am elected to council by the people of Baffins. I am in the Baffins area every day and I can see problems first hand that effect the good people of Baffins.

A vote for UKIP Baffins candidate Paul Todd Sweeney is a vote for true democracy not the weak and watered down variant offered by other party’s who claim to be democratic and for the people.

I am a strong believer in Brexit and do not believe in political correctness which is destroying our communities and freedom of speech.

TURISH Liam Alec

Labour Party

 Hi, my name is Liam Turish and I’m the Labour Party candidate in the Baffins Ward.

I’ve lived in the area for two years now and the reasons for moving to Baffins was because I saw it as the perfect place to raise my son, but also because I loved the area. My love for the area has only grown, and that is why I have put myself forward to stand up for the services currently provided in the area, increase what is on offer to the residents as well as tackle the issues we currently face. We have a real chance to vote in real change, with an outlook completely different to what we have both at National level as well as local level under the Tories, and I would love to be a part of that genuine change.

I’m already involved in the community, where I’m a trustee of the Baffins Community Association, a member of the Baffins Pond Association, as well as a volunteer at the Stacey Community Centre. It’s being part of these groups that allows me to see and hear about the concerns people of all ages have in the area, whether it be a lack of bus services in Baffins, meaning elderly members of the community being stuck indoors, or services for parents with young children or children with disabilities being minimal or under threat. The community comes first and I will work with anyone who wants to do good by the people of Baffins and Portsmouth as whole, so while I want a Labour voice and council leading the way, communication and a good working relationship with others is required to get the very best for the people, that’s why I’m hoping you will vote for me on May 3rd.

 

This site is not promoting any individual candidate or party.  The AboutMyArea local site editor approached all the candidates nominated in the listed wards and asked them to submit a 300 word statement.  Where indicated, no statement was received by the deadline.  The site may be updated periodically where late submissions are received.  The text of all statements is reproduced exactly as submitted by the candidate or their agent and AboutMyArea is not responsible for the content of the candidate statements.  Any statements over the 300-word limit have been cut at the end of the last complete sentence preceeding the word limit.

For further information please contact the site editor.

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