LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES - 2018 PCC ELECTIONS


GEORGE MAUNDER - PEVERELL

George Maunder

My name is George Maunder and I am a son of this great city. I went to school at Montpelier Primary and Devonport High School for boys. I have roamed its streets, climbed its trees, swum in its pools and played in its parks. I have lived in most of the UK's major cities and yet my heart has always drawn me back to Plymouth. I have grown up here during a period of change matched only by its resurgence after WW2.

However, this change has not reached many of our neighbourhoods. There are drains that have been blocked for years, roads which have received no quality long term investment, tens of thousands of broken paving slabs, poor parking solutions, public bins that have disappeared leaving no provision for dog waste or litter. These basics, along with poor connectivity in our public transport, investment in our smaller parks, better health education, public library provision, and rogue private landlords, are issues that blight the day to day lives of most of us.

It is time to address these issues. As your Liberal Democrat candidate that's what I vow to do. Just like you, I want a city that works for everyone.

ROY PLUMLEY - PLYMSTOCK RADFORD

Roy Plumley

Radford is home to me. I have lived in and served most of my working life here and will always be a visible presence. I was privileged to serve in the Royal Air Force (RAF Mount Batten was my last posting), then joined the Devon and Cornwall Police. I served in Plymstock, Plymouth and abroad as both a community uniform officer and as a plain clothes detective.

Recently I have been a volunteer Ranger and Plymouth Area Co-ordinator for the National Cycle Network (Sustrans) involved in maintaining assets and planning and infrastructure of new routes. I am also active with organisations that improve and preserve the environment and our heritage. I am hands on, having taken part in local efforts to fight the scourge of discarded plastic and other insidious litter.

If elected, I will make sure to have strong links with our local community Police, who have been shamelessly reduced over the years, and be a voice for people's concerns. I welcome such initiatives such as Devon and Cornwall Alert scheme. I will also press to reverse the lamentable state of our roads, encourage community groups and scrutinise any matters that affect our green spaces and environment.

SIMA DAVARIAN - PLYMSTOCK DUNSTONE

Sima Davarian

As a Plymothian I am both proud of my city and aware of the great potential for its continued growth. The city needs solutions to the challenges the future will present us.

Currently a secondary school teacher in the city, I have worked in both the private and public sector and witnessed the positive impact that policies such as the Pupil Premium have brought to individual students. However, I am concerned about the future funding of education and the variety of challenges faced by Plymouth schools.

Other important issues for Plymstock Dunstone are the condition and repair of roads; the impact on local public services of housing developments in Plymstock and Sherford and the need for the overall transport infrastructure in and out of the city to be improved.

If elected I would be a committed local councillor and would bring a fresh perspective to the role.

STEVE GUY - COMPTON

Steve Guy

I have lived in Plymouth since a child, having moved back to my father's city of birth. I have grown up, been educated and worked in commercial, social and charitable sectors here. In a voluntary capacity, I have worked with teenagers, the elderly and the financially excluded, giving me a broad understanding of issues faced by many.

Liberal Democrats have called out this government over its central payment cuts to local councils. As has been reported, even local Conservatives are moaning about this short sighted approach, especially the effect it has on social care for the elderly and those coping with mental health. We are seeing the social impact of the withdrawal of youth work, especially in London, at a time when we recognise the need to support young people.

Economically Plymouth is still hampered by the broken promises to address our regional transport infrastructure. It seems that if you are not in the North or South East real investment in transport is unavailable.

Plymouth needs to be part of an effective partnership of all interests across political, business and social groups, to amplify our voices in this region to achieve a fair deal for all.

FLEUR BALL - DEVONPORT

Fleur BallFleur has lived and worked most of her life in Devon, moving to Plymouth 30 years ago. She spent many years at Derriford Hospital, then left to work for the shop worker's trade union and run her own business. She is a volunteer at one of Plymouth's food banks.

Fleur recognises that Devonport has always had its own identity and that most people would like that retained and strengthened. She wants to help improve local shopping facilities and provide easier access to NHS doctors and dentists. "The Dockyard is still vital to Plymouth's economy," she said. "Now it is also offering greater independent opportunities which must be encouraged."

She will fight for the same educational opportunities for all children across the ward and for more play areas and open spaces.

HUGH JANES - ST. PETER AND THE WATERFRONT

Hugh Janes

Hugh has lived in the ward for 25 years and considers it the most significant in the city. "It is vital to Plymouth's economy, for tourism and as the hub for public events. It's a disgrace the Sutton Harbour footbridge has been closed for over a year. This has damaged the economy and tourism. We need councillors to fight for businesses and amenities here. Parts of the ward are a mess with fly-tipping and rubbish and it must be dealt with. We need recycling up and anti-social behaviour down, for a greener, safer city."

He wants to stop the proliferation of ugly, tall buildings that are ruining the city and supports Hoe Neighbourhood Forum's fight to prevent more erosion of the conservation area. He backs the improvement plan to Armada Way, "As long as the Council doesn't spend millions upgrading it, only to leave us with a giant television blocking the view."

Hugh is concerned Mayflower 400 will not deliver the legacy the city needs. "Plymouth is soon to be on the world's stage and it needs a world-class attraction, not just for the event but for our future."

RICHARD SIMPSON - EGGBUCKLAND

Richard Simpson

After nine years as an Officer in the Royal Navy I re-trained, at the college of St. Mark and St. John, and have been a teacher in Plymouth and Devon for the last 27 years. I am currently supply teaching in the Primary sector. I have been happily married for 30 years, with three grown-up sons, and am delighted to live in such a fantastic location.

I joined the Liberal Democrats in the 90s and am more convinced than ever that they offer the best way forward for Britain nationally at the present time. As a councillor I would work hard for Eggbuckland ward and the city as a whole. I would endeavour to ensure that the democratic position of local councils is not further eroded by central government, particularly financially.

I am keen to ensure that transport links to the city are improved, as well as opening better bus routes for Eggbuckland. The state of the roads is declining and I will ensure that potholes are dealt with more swiftly for everyone's safety. I am passionate about environmental issues and would push for more effective recycling measures, as well as less food waste.

PETER YORK - SUTTON AND MOUNT GOULD

Peter York

As the Liberal Democrat candidate for Sutton and Mount Gould Ward, I am proud and delighted to say that Lib Dems are keeping the local elections as they should be - local. The things that matter to us are very important to you; potholes, dog mess, transport, employment, environment, education, health, and ensuring that green areas are kept green, clean and not built on.

As for housing, I want to see more council houses available to the many people who are unable to afford deposits, either on private or rented accommodation.

Regarding employment, the skills of the dockyard coupled with Plymouth University and its wave and wind knowledge, could perhaps generate some of its own power? As I live in Sutton and Mount Gould I am well aware of its problems and as the ward councillor I would be able to do much more with my many years of experience and loyalty to the ward.

MIKE GILLBARD - HONICKNOWLE

Mike Gillbard

Mike is a 65-year old former teacher who chose to live in Plymouth for work opportunities. He represented Liskeard on Cornwall County Council for 12 years, chairing the Transportation Committee and the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee during the 'nip on - clip on ' and the procurement of new ferries.

Working for an agency, Mike has enjoyed assignments all over Plymouth and these have engendered his appreciation of its delights and problems. He is keen to boost community resources in the Honicknowle Ward. "Ernesettle has lost its library and the pop up version is not very popular. Residents can no longer access computers as they can in most other parts of the city."

Mike will campaign to improve the roads, as pot holes are growing out of control, and lobby for swat teams to clean up problems with overflowing bins and fly-tipping. As a former teacher he is extremely keen that school standards are raised and green spaces aren't sold off. Honicknowle Ward also has a chronic shortage of affordable housing and decent rental properties and he wants the industrial estates in Ernesettle to take advantage of Plymouth's high-tech base. As an experienced councillor, Mike will work hard for Honicknowle and its residents.

CHARLOTTE RADMORE - DRAKE

Charlotte Radmore

Charlotte is a pharmacist and mother who of two who understands the importance of NHS services to the whole community. She believes the Liberal Democrat call for a universal 1p increase in Income Tax, specifically for the NHS, would be of huge benefit to the people of Plymouth.

She recognises that Drake ward has many advantages but that much of it has been neglected. "Students are a fantastic asset to this city and I want them to have greater job opportunities here once they graduate. Plymouth has a terrific hi-tec sector and I'd love to see that developed to everyone's advantage."

Charlotte has long championed environmental issues, especially greater re-cycling to include a food waste collection and an increase in research and development of wave and tidal power in which Plymouth could lead the world.

STUART SPICER - ST. BUDEAUX

Stuart Spicer

In the time I have lived in Plymouth I have been actively involved with local politics through the Liberal Democrats. I currently work at Plymouth University, where I am doing a PhD in Psychology and am also involved in part-time teaching. Prior to this I spent several years working in the care sector.

My priorities for St. Budeaux, and Plymouth more broadly, include increasing employment opportunities in the area, providing better mental health support services, and fighting locally for our national policy of a 1p income tax to fund the NHS. I am also a keen environmentalist and I would like to see the introduction of a local food-waste collection service, as well as action to deal with litter and fly-tipping.

I have always been passionate about politics and I believe this starts at a local level. The Liberal Democrats appeal to me as a challenger party in Plymouth, offering a number of creative solutions that will enhance our city.

ALEXANDER PRIMMER - EFFORD & LIPSON

Alex Primmer

Having been born in Freedom Fields and living my life in our wonderful city, I have an understanding of what makes it tick and a drive to unlock its potential.

As Plymouth grows, my ambition is to support our small businesses and start-up companies to really reach their potential, after all the market stall of today might be the multinational of tomorrow. Unlike others, I want to balance this drive to improve our economy by supporting development that is sensitive and sustainable to our beautiful environment and offers what people want.

Plymouth has more than 260,000 residents and I believe the most successful councillors will listen to them and act upon what's important to them. I want to push our city from being the hidden gem it already is to being the envy of the South West and wider UK. Vote Liberal Democrat to elect a fresh council with a fresh approach to running Plymouth the right way, to make it a city we can be proud of, and even prouder to pass on to our children.

JACQUI SPENCER - SOUTHWAY

Jacqui Spencer

I was born in Plymouth and benefitted from a good education at Devonport High School for girls. I then moved away to attend university, followed by employment in the Public Sector. I returned to Plymouth 30 years ago as soon as the opportunity arose.

Plymouth is a great place to live but has definitely not reached its potential. We need to encourage more high-quality businesses into the City to enable our young people to pursue careers here rather than assume that they need to move away. The poor transport links are a hindrance to this and we need to pursue this matter with central government as a matter of urgency.

We need to provide more reasonably priced accommodation for the young and for families. Our young people are the future of our City and we need to retain their talents to enable the City to grow and prosper.

JIM SPENCER - MOOR VIEW

Jim Spencer

I have lived in Plymouth since 1984. Before retiring I worked in the Public Sector. Although not a Plymothian, I have come to regard Plymouth as my City, feeling comfortable and at home here.

Over the past 30 years Plymouth has changed and grown. I want the City to continue to develop and prosper and believe Plymothians should be consulted more on what happens in the City to help inform the decision-making.

Housing, transport and defence issues are important to me but what we need is for the Council to start doing the basics in such matters as cleansing, recycling and repairing potholes.

If elected I will focus on listening to my electors and pursuing their concerns.

LOUISE AYRES - PLYMPTON CHADDLEWOOD

Louise Ayres

I settled in Plympton nearly seven years ago, after living across the UK during my 20 year career as a museum and heritage professional.

I am a relatively new member of the Liberal Democrat Party but I found I could no longer stand aside while the Conservatives took us out of Europe and allowed our National Health Service to be destroyed.

As a councillor I would focus on what matters to the local community not the government elite. Local healthcare, education and housing are, for me, the best way to a good quality of life. This should be available to everyone.

I will fight for existing local community physical and mental health services and work hard to see the stretched and under-funded services improved.

HELEN GUY - STOKE

Helen Guy

Plymouth has been my home for 25 years. It is a great place to live but for too many years only a limited number of voices are heard. Liberal Democrats believe that democracy only works when local communities are listened to and new and innovative solutions to long standing problems are explored.

Stoke, like all parts of Plymouth, faces its own challenges which the Council can alleviate through the services it provides and with its partners. With less money from central government our priority must be ever more creative planning to increase housing, jobs and business opportunities to benefit the whole community.

Issues that I would specifically want to address are good quality housing for local people, bring more quality jobs to the city and look after the sick and vulnerable in our communities.

With my various life experiences in business, my community, and family, I can bring a new perspective to all these issues.

RICHARD LAWRIE - HAM

Richard Lawrie

I believe all councillors should have a good knowledge of their constituents' concerns. I would hold regular surgeries so as to achieve that. Equally, councillors should work for the interests of the whole city. A city-wide perspective involves many issues, communications, recycling, employment and housing.

Councillors need wide-ranging knowledge to suit the range of committees they may serve on; they should be competent to fulfil the work for which they are paid. Their interests and activities should embrace major 'stakeholders', like the University, Chamber of Commerce and unions, to develop forward thinking policies and a basis from which to lobby MPs and government.

Councillors should ensure a coherent and viable plan for Plymouth's future exists. The two controlling parties have signally failed in most respects. Other councillors are needed to provide a proper questioning opposition. I would bring an alternative view to council.

JEFFREY HALL - PLYMPTON ST. MARY

Jeffrey Hall

I am the Liberal Democrat candidate for your ward. I have lived and worked in Plymouth all my life and I know the problems we face and the issues that need to be addressed.

One of my main concerns is parking at the Ridgeway. Not only should more spaces be created, the charges should be reduced or free, in order for the local economy to survive and expand. Colebrook and Woodford do not have enough green spaces, which is an issue that cannot be ignored anymore. With the increasing burden on our health services, a new GP surgery in Woodford has to be a priority as demand far outstrips supply.

On education, it is obvious that Plympton schools are oversubscribed and with the Sherford development we have to make sure that its new school is carefully planned and capable of dealing with this problem. In this respect we desperately need to ensure more of the communities' views are taken into account when dealing with the Sherford housing development, as I am not convinced that this has previously been the case.

MATTHEW RADMORE - BUDSHEAD

Matthew is an engineer and a big admirer of the opportunities the engineering sector has to offer in Plymouth. He wants to promote the range of facilities and skills on offer here and encourage more businesses to see Plymouth as an important location. He'd like greater opportunities for school-leavers and graduates and to increase the number of apprentices.

Too many people are living in sub-standard housing in Budshead ward, especially in the private-sector. "This is not good enough in the 21st Century when people should expect a decent quality of home-life as a basic requirement."

Matthew wants to see more recycling in the ward, as one of the ways to help make the area greener and cleaner.