Election preview: Frampton Cotterell and Winterbourne wards
VOTERS across the Frome Valley area go to the polls this week to elect their South Gloucestershire councillors for the next four years.
The elections on Thursday, May 2, are the first to be held since a change in ward boundaries, which has seen the area undergo big changes.
In total, the number of South Gloucestershire councillors has been cut from 70 to 61, with 17 wards abolished and nine new ones created.
The Frampton Cotterell ward, which previously had two councillors, has expanded to include parts of the scrapped Westerleigh and Ladden Brook wards, including Coalpit Heath. It now has three seats.
The Winterbourne ward has remained largely unchanged.
South Gloucestershire’s ruling Conservatives had a majority of 10 on the old council but the new ward boundaries and cut in overall councillor numbers, added to political upheavals since 2015, make the result of this year’s poll more difficult than usual to predict.
Residents on the electoral register should by now have received polling cards with the name of the ward which now covers their address.
If you haven’t had one yet, you can still vote, provided you are on the electoral register: call the council on 01454 863030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to check.
The Voice has asked all the parties contesting the election to tell readers about their candidates. We are including all the responses we have received in our ward election profiles, with candidates listed in alphabetical order.
Tristan Clark, Liberal Democrat Focus Team:
Tristan was raised in Coalpit Heath, attended local schools and still lives in the village, where he is a parish councillor. He studied Philosophy at the University of Sheffield and works for Tesco in Yate. He is interested in public transport, supporting young people and protecting our environment.
Marian Gilpin, Conservative:
An active local councillor since being elected in 2015, whilst also serving as chair of Green Community Travel, a member of the Yate Rotary Club and previous school governor and a member of the Rangeworthy WI. Has served as chair of the council’s health scrutiny committee, helping to secure improvements at the local Minor Injuries Unit.
Jenna Marie Hale, Conservative:
Landlady of the Codrington Arms on North Road, successfully saved, reopened and runs the North Road Post Office with her partner Paul. Works closely with North Road Primary School, supporting school events and helping to improve parking in the neighbourhood. Jenna has engaged with the local community on development concerns and road safety.
Tom Howell, Conservative:
A local man who has been involved in campaigns such as improving road safety near local primary schools, enhancing bus routes and timetables, and supporting the redevelopment of Watermore Primary School. Tom likes to attend Frampton Rugby matches as often as possible and hosts a charity quiz in a local pub every month.
Jon Lean, Liberal Democrat Focus Team:
Jon works for a software and services company at the Westerleigh Business Park, Nibley, is a parish councillor and has lived locally for over 20 years. His interests include protecting the Green Belt, the sustainable provision of affordable housing, improving public transport and ensuring that you can influence local decisions.
Roger Millard, Labour: “I have lived in Frampton for more than forty years and was employed in the Faculty of Applied Science at UWE before retiring. I served for many years as a Parish Councillor in Frampton and as a School Governor at three of our local schools. I am opposed to the current massive cuts in local authority funding.”
Jonathan Trollope, Labour: “I have lived in Frampton nearly all my life and went to school at Brockeridge, Highcroft and then The Ridings. I joined the Labour party several years ago and stood in the Westerleigh ward in the last local elections. I believe our current leadership offers a radical and inspiring vision for the country.”
Terry Trollope, Labour: “I have lived in Frampton for almost thirty years. I served as a parish councillor in Frampton and served two terms as a school governor at Highcroft school. I am now retired, having worked in shipping and freight forwarding all my life, running my own business for about twenty years.”
Linda Williams, Independent:
Has served as a parish councillor for eight years, with business experience and currently working for a small local charity benefiting the elderly. Linda believes she has the experience to serve and, as an Independent candidate, will not be influenced by party politics but by what real people actually want.
Claire Young, Liberal Democrat Focus Team:
Currently the opposition leader on South Gloucestershire Council, during twelve years as a councillor Claire has campaigned on issues including protecting our countryside, helping the environment and improving transport and health services. With teenage sons at local schools, Claire knows the importance of fighting for better funding for our schools.
Winterbourne Conservative candidates Nic Labuschange (left) and Trevor Jones (right).
Peter Anthony Bruce, Liberal Democrats
Rowan Francis, Labour
Anya Hickman, Labour
Trevor Jones, Conservative: Having represented the Frenchay and Hambrook part of Winterbourne on South Glos. Council since 2007, I have worked closely with colleagues at both SGC and Parish levels. A school governor since 1988 and NHS Scientist for over 32 years, I have been privileged to fulfil many roles within the Councils.
Nic Labuschagne, Conservative: Elected in 2017, I am privileged to have lived in Winterbourne for over 15 years with my family. As an IT manager in the NHS, I am well aware of the challenges facing councils today, especially the need to continue to deliver good quality services despite financial and operational pressures.
Kimberley Stansfield, Liberal Democrats