There are 13 candidates vying for three seats in St Anthony’s 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 St Anthony’s 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.
“Eastbourne has always been my home and is where three generations of my family live. I was born in the DGH and attended state schools in the town, before gaining a degree in Ancient History and another in Philosophy, Theology and Ethics. I believe firmly in empowering local people and community groups. I was part of a local pressure group that called for fairer pay for sweat-shop labourers overseas, and a charity which aimed at promoting greater harmony between all religious and non-religious faiths. I understand the importance of supporting local people.”
“I am Eastbourne born and bred and have four generations of my family living in the town. I work as a nurse locally at the DGH and have a particular interest in healthcare issues, generally surrounding the care of the elderly but take a keen interest in matters regarding the DGH services and maternity care. I am under 30 and feel I may be able to be a voice for the younger generation.”
“I am a PE teacher and played cricket for Eastbourne. Sport and leisure in the town is important to me as are the facilities and resources to promote healthy lifestyles in every stage of life. As a family man, I am keen to develop youth opportunities in St Anthony’s, and to support local groups and organisations. Out canoeing, I very nearly lost my friend to the sea and I have been a supporter of the RNLI ever since.”
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Ian is Eastbourne born and bred, having been educated at Ratton School, and spent his whole working life in the town. He retired from the construction industry, and worked on Eastbourne’s Bandstand and deckchairs for some years. Ian is treasurer of the local Labour Party.
“I am a retired teacher and was brought up and educated in Eastbourne. I have been an active Labour Party member for 30 years. If elected, I would fight to give Eastbourne residents more say in what happens to hospital services and social care, and challenge the lack of affordable housing.”
Gill, a recently retired teacher, has been a committed councillor since 2007. As finance portfolio holder, she says she is proud to have brought financial stability to the council as well as freezing council tax for five successive years. Last September she fulfilled her ambition of introducing a Walking Festival to Eastbourne.
Dean, a long standing member of the Liberal Democrat Focus team, has lived in St Anthony’s ward for most of his life and has just graduated from Brighton University. His spare time is spent coaching one of the local amateur football teams and he says he is keen to improve the provision of playing facilities across the town. As a young professional he is passionate about affordable housing and is also very keen to encourage our local talented young people to stay in the town by providing a range of suitable career opportunities.
Living within the ward, David says he is aware of local issues and works to resolve problems on behalf of the community. He has fought consistently to ensure there is no further development on Eastbourne Park area thus guarding against flooding. David says he is proud of the Liberal Democrat council’s record of protecting services without increasing council tax.
“I have past experience as an active parish councillor in Wealden. I believe in tenants being treated fairly and have been successful in standing up for tenants’ rights. I am also concerned with the terrible state of the pavements, which makes walking risky for pedestrians with visual problems.”
“I moved to Sussex in 1959, left in 1976 then returned in 2008. I trained as a teacher in London and taught in Eastbourne, London and the Midlands. I was a governor of an infant school for two years. During this time, I brought up my family and worked as a secretary for a small family business. I have worked for many years in a voluntary capacity for medical charities. I believe free parking is important for visiting local shops. If elected, my experiences will help with the challenges ahead.”