There are 12 candidates vying for three seats in Langney 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 Langney 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.
“I was born in Sussex and lived in Eastbourne for many years, first in Shinewater and now in Sovereign Harbour. I love Eastbourne and many of my family live in the town. Much of my life I have been involved in retail and happy to see the growth of new business”
“I live and work in Langney. I co-run the Kings Church, sponsored Shinewater HUB youth group and as a frontline NHS worker, I’m passionate about seeing Langney thrive, seeing anti social behaviour tackled and providing opportunity for local people. A candidate, for once, that is from here, for here.”
“I’ve lived in Shinewater for more than 25 years, work in a local school, married a local lass and brought up three lads who have all left school, so I know what the struggles are locally. I’m passionate about housing for the next generation and the facilities for our kids in the area. Given the chance, I’ll represent your voice and needs.”
Pippa is Australian-born and, from 1980, reared a family and taught in Eastbourne, partly in the Langney community. More recently, Pippa has worked as an artist and portrait painter. Pippa enjoys nature, reading, singing, cycling, friendship and Matthew 25 Mission. She says she faces a terrifying social and environmental future which is why she is supporting the Green Party.
“I have lived and worked in Eastbourne my entire life. I know what it’s like trying to make ends meet each month. If elected I will get the council to build more affordable homes and tackle increasing rents. I will also fight to get all services back to our hospital.”
A Langney resident who spent his working life in community development, especially with young people, Martin says he would campaign for greater community involvement, more decision making delegated to local areas, protecting the DGH, an increase in mental health facilities, and a higher proportion of resources directed at alleviating poverty.
“I am a life-long Labour and trade union supporter. Working for children’s services, I have seen first-hand the effect of cuts on the most vulnerable. I will fight for a fairer society where working people do not worry about putting food on the table or losing their home. Voting Labour will protect the services that keep our communities together.”
Harun has brought up his family in Langney, his children attending Shinewater and Causeway schools. A community campaigner with strong interests in local planning and protection of open spaces, Harun has served as councillor for Langney and as deputy mayor. He says he is fighting for road safety and flood control measures.
Head of office for Stephen Lloyd, former primary school teacher, and currently a governor at Shinewater School, Alan as a councillor has led numerous Langney projects and campaigns for road safety and other improvements. Alan is chair of the successful Shinewater Fun Day. He has led the fight to defend our NHS at county council meetings.
A Langney pharmacist, Troy grew up in Eastbourne. He has campaigned for many improvements as councillor. As a cabinet member of Eastbourne Borough Council he says he has helped achieve a council tax freeze for five years in a row. He says he is fighting to protect health and social care services locally.
A local UKIP activist, Ian lives in Langney and says he is dismayed at the steady decline of Eastbourne in recent years. He is a champion of local democracy, which he wants to see re-established at the Town Hall. Ian supports the Save the DGH campaign and wants local people to elect hospital board members and to make them accountable.
Chris says he is concerned that nothing has been achieved at saving the DGH, road maintenance is appalling, house building should be on Brownfield sites and a decline in town centre shops due to high rates. He said, “I believe in return of local powers free from interference from Westminster and the EU.”