Due to the boundary changes in the Vale of White Horse, I am standing in a new ward called Botley & Sunningwell. This new, larger ward, comprises Wytham, North Hinksey, South Hinksey and Sunningwell.
The previous councillor for South Hinksey is Jerry Patterson, and he has kindly endorsed me as his replacement in South Hinksey.
I was first elected to represent South Hinksey Parish in 2003 when it was combined with Kennington Parish to form a new Kennington & South Hinksey Ward. The main issues these last 12 years have concerned flooding, development in the Oxford Green Belt, Red Bridge Hollow travellers’ site, the closure and re-opening of the General Eliott pub and the ramp for the new Devil’s Backbone bridge over the railway line to South Oxford. I have always endeavoured to work with residents, South Hinksey Parish Council and the Vale Council to get the best outcomes on these issues for the people of the Parish. After a review of ward boundaries in the District, South Hinksey Parish will become part of the new Botley and Sunningwell Ward, so I will no longer be able to be its representative on the Vale Council.
My colleague, Debby Hallett, was elected to the Vale Council to represent the North Hinksey & Wytham ward in 2011, and along with Emily Smith, will be standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the coming election on 7 May.
Debby has been a first rate Councillor for North Hinksey & Wytham these last 4 years. She quickly acquired a grasp of how the planning system works, and has helped many Botley residents with planning issues, particularly on the West Way shopping centre application on which she and Emily helped lead an informed and effective resistance to the developer’s plans, resulting in the eventual refusal of the application.
Voters in South Hinksey couldn’t hope to have two better representatives than Debby and Emily.
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