When I put together the website sutton-independent-residents.london within the Core Principles was the stated desire for 54 local people to put themselves forward as Independent candidates in the May local elections to contest every council seat in every ward.
I am very pleased to confirm that on “home” ground, in Beddington North, we have three Independent candidates to contest the election:
Nick Mattey has lived in the ward for 40 years and was elected as a Councillor representing the Liberal Democrats in the last election. His vociferous objections to what is a very real local issue, the Viridor Incinerator, saw him expelled from the Liberal Democrats. He has continued with his opposition to the incinerator and has represented the ward well. Typically, when the issue of adoption of the Local Plan, which included the development of the Sheen Way Playing Fields, was put before Council – the vote saw blanket approval by Liberal Democrats, abstention by the Conservatives and only one vote against – Nick Mattey! It matters to the local people around the Chase, it should matter to a local Councillor!
Jillian Green lives on that Highview Estate and has campaigned vigorously on behalf of the residents who are concerned about access, traffic, homes compulsorily purchased and demolished to facilitate access to the site. With the Liberal Democrat dominated Council bulldozing the matter, with the Conservatives abstaining there are not many places to go! An active Rotarian, Jillian has worked hard for a community that she has lived in for nearly 40 years. Her candidacy as an Independent is a logical extension of that service.
Tim Foster Moved into Upper Road by Mellows Park in 1979 and moved to Lavington Road in 1987, two kids born in St Helier both went to Highview. Tim became involved with the Beddington North Neighbourhood Forum and was asked to represent the BNNF in the early stages of consultation on the development of Richmond Green and soon realised that the consultation process was deeply flawed as was the subsequent planning. On becoming involved with other local issues came the realisation of an urgent need for change and that the opportunity for that change was at the local elections this May. Political dogma offers little help when it comes to local service and that is why Independent local candidacy was the obvious choice.
I hope other people will take up the baton and stand in their local ward – the reality is that the people who care most about their environment are those who live there. The council appointed an officer, Rick Martinez to lead the consultation on Richmond Green – it came as a surprise to me when we were talking and he said that he didn’t even live in the Borough. But then again, his boss, the Chief Executive, enjoys village life in East Sussex and it would take a hurricane for the pollution of the Beddington Incinerator to reach there!
Local residents best represent local issues.