EASTBOURNE ELECTIONS 2015: Photo gallery and biogs of Meads ward candidates

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There are 13 candidates vying for three seats in Meads ward in the Eastbourne Borough Council elections on Thursday May 7.

All of the council’s 27 seats are up for grabs and the town will also vote for a Member of Parliament.

The candidates standing in Meads and their biographies are below. Their photos can also be seen in the video.

For more on candidates in other wards of Eastbourne click here.

MEADS

Conservative

Robert Smart

“I am committed to using my international business, accountancy and political experience to protect and enhance the best of Meads and Eastbourne cost-effectively. Since my resignation as non-executive director and audit chairman of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, I have acted as informal adviser to the Save the DGH Group.”

Kathy Smethers

“I am a local resident who is passionate about education. My children went to primary school in Meads, and I’m a school governor in Eastbourne. I want to use my experience – as a former A&E doctor, and having run a local hotel – to improve the quality of local community life.”

Barry Taylor

“I am privileged to stand again as your representative in Meads. My local experience includes running a family business with my wife Christine, with our grandchildren all in local schools. As former planning committee chairman, my focus is on balancing development pressures with preserving the best of our local heritage.”

Green

Sally Boys

Sally lives and works in Meads managing the Eastbourne Clinic of Natural Medicine. A long term member of the Green Party, Sally believes Green policies are essential to ensuring a healthy environment, maintaining spending on vital public services, as well as safer roads for pedestrians and cyclists.

Labour

Lucette Davies

“The Lib Dems have assisted the Conservatives in their destruction of vital public services. They have left too many people with no opportunity to achieve any quality of life. As a journalist and Labour councillor I would fight for every essential public service that Eastbourne residents rely on.”

Lisa Gillette

“I have lived in Eastbourne for 40 years and have worked in the voluntary sector for 20 years. I am passionate about supporting those who find themselves needing support in difficult times and if elected would ensure people have their voice heard on decisions that impact on their lives.”

Denis Scard

“I live in Meads and chair the Meads Community Association. I will campaigning for a parking scheme which will benefit all residents and visitors to Eastbourne, improved public transport and a regeneration of the town which protects its historic past but provides additional jobs and affordable housing for the younger generation.”

Liberal Democrats

Andrew Callaghan

Living in Meads with his young family, Andrew says he is delighted to be seeking election in the area he loves. Coming in to politics because of the work Stephen Lloyd has done, Andrew promises he won’t take the ward for granted if elected, and has vowed to fight for each and every resident of Meads.

Jean Fisher

Jean Fisher is a retired lecturer from Sussex Downs College. A member of All Saints Church for 38 years, Jean says she cares passionately about the environment, fair trade, the homeless and animal welfare. If elected, Jean has vowed to work 100 per cent for the people of Meads.

Rebecca Madell

Meads community stalwart Rebecca Madell is seeking to represent the area that is her home. Rebecca, who has been a borough councillor before, wants to put more back into her home turf of Meads. Passionate about planning matters and supporting local businesses, Rebecca says she wants to bring a better sense of community to Meads.

UKIP

Michael Dean

Michael has extensive experience in management having successfully run his own companies in both the UK and overseas. If elected, he says he will work hard to maintain and improve the services of the local District General Hospital and on many other matters of concern to Eastbourne residents.

William Smith

William is from Surrey and has lived in Eastbourne for more than 20 years. He worked in top London advertising agencies and publishing as a graphic artist. Since retiring, he has devoted more of his time to painting. He joined UKIP and hopes to improve law and order in Eastbourne, when elected.

Alan Thornton

“As I live and work within the Meads community, I understand the problems that confront the local residents. I am the UKIP East Sussex County chairman and representative on the Save the DGH committee and organised the UKIP charity quizzes, which has raised more than £1,000 in aid of local charities.”