I live here, with my young children. Local interests are my interests. Lea Bridge has had 20 years of inactive councillors who have delivered nothing for the ward. Residents are being ignored. As an Independent, I won’t toe any party line. Unlike the party politicians I’m running against, I only answer to the residents of Lea Bridge.
Local residents have been completely abandoned by Labour councillors. Our GPs and childcare services are overwhelmed and underfunded. For over 20 years residents have been saying how precarious healthcare is and for over 20 years the council have made empty promises. I demand Community Infrastructure Levy money is spent on the right thing, in the right location and before any new tower is built.
Our marshes and other green spaces are constantly at risk of destruction. Our council misunderstands so much of our landscape and its vital purposes. I strive to find solutions to protect our green spaces, advocate for better management by the council and the LVRPA to ensure residents are not losing out on such precious resources.
The over-developments we are seeing are completely failing to respond to the needs of residents. Less than 5% are social rent, and less than 15% affordable rent. None address the housing issues we have, and none contribute to our community’s very real needs. We are being imposed with unsuitable and unsustainable housing, which I will continue to challenge to ensure Lea Bridge receives the best treatment and the best standards.
Traffic is building up on our roads, LTNs create idling car queues, our council insists on felling healthy mature trees, and developers get the green light digging up contaminated Gasworks soil without any safeguarding conditions. The cumulative impact of such unjustifiable actions all at once is increasing health risks . I will continue to fight for independent air quality monitoring to ensure the council and residents are informed first. Our council must address this elephant in the room immediately.
Look around at the spaces for our youth. Our ward only has young children’s playgrounds and even those are poorly maintained, and often unsafe. Parents and children deserve so much better. There is a real opportunity to achieve quality, sustainable, imaginative play spaces for all ages in our ward. Attention and funding can and should be pulled together for this and I will ensure this is another key cause of my candidacy.