On Thursday 2nd May 2019, you have the opportunity to elect Green Councillors to the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council. Simon Bull is currently the only Green Councillor on BCP Council, and hopes to be re-elected this May in his ward of Winton East. He has worked hard in his ward and has shown how a Green Party Councillor can really represent residents' interests and views. He holds monthly surgeries where residents can discuss their concerns with him, and has brought their issues to Council meetings, where he has achieved many successes for them.
There are Green candidates standing in most of the wards, and details are below. This page is in the process of being updated with photos and profiles of the candidates - if yours is not yet shown, look again in a day or two! The list is organised alphabetically by ward name.
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We have 28 valid candidates for the BCP Council election:
• Bearwood & Merley - Simon Riggs
• Boscombe East & Pokesdown - Soo Chapman
• Boscombe West - Anne Cassells
• Bournemouth Central - Sarah Bedford
A second generation Bournemouthan, Sarah was born and educated in Bournemouth and has lived here, with her family, for nearly 50 years. She has worked in Central Bournemouth, from Lansdowne to the Triangle, for a total of 15 years since 1997.
A librarian (MA) with a science degree (BSc) she has mainly worked in the public and academic sectors, but has also had retail, catering, tourism, leisure, arts, website and IT jobs.
She has been involved with green and progressive groups and issues since the 1980s; for example, most recently, campaigning against the pollution risk, especially to Studland Bay seahorses, from the oil rig in Poole Bay, and a few years ago for the Navitus Bay wind farm. Last year she campaigned against the development of green belt land and a conservation area, and demolition of a heritage building at Wessex Fields. Sarah attended the Green Party Conference in 2015 when it was held at Bournemouth BIC. As well as protesting, Sarah is an active campaigner online and using social media.
Sarah is particularly interested in green transport, energy, water, and nature issues.
She enjoys cycling, and swimming (from the beach in the sea in the summer), and scientific and cultural events at places like Bournemouth Library, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Pavilion Dance SW, and BH2 Odeon, and attends the Arts By The Sea Festival in and around Bournemouth Central Gardens each year.
• Burton & Grange - Ben Pantling
• Canford Heath - Andrew Hawkins
• Christchurch Town - Steve Docherty
Stephen Docherty is a Christchurch resident, having lived here all his life. He meets a lot of local people in the course of his involvement with artistic and musical events, such as CADarts and Stomping on the Quomps.
As a Green Party candidate, he would not be whipped, and would therefore be truly able to represent the wishes of the residents.
If elected, he would focus on preserving the 700 year history and heritage of the Borough, campaigning to keep venues open for community purposes, and seek funding from the new BCP Council for local organisations and events.
High on his agenda are localism, social fairness, and the environment. He would press for more cycle paths in the town centre, and for community involvement in keeping the town clean and safe.
• Creekmoor - Wayland Goodliffe
• East Cliff & Springbourne - Frank Mills
• East Southbourne & Tuckton - Jane Bull
• Hamworthy - Ian Hay
• Kinson - Carla Gregory-May
• Littledown & Iford - David Ball
• Moordown - Kate Bisson and Joe Salmon
• Muscliff & Strouden Park - Peter Lucas
• Newtown & Heatherlands - Adrian Oliver
• Parkstone - Keith Lawson
Keith Lawson is a retired college lecturer who is very interested in supporting the local community. He has worked in the Voluntary and Charity Sector, been a Trustee of a local charity, as well as a School Governor and on the committee of 2 Parents-Teachers Associations. Previous careers were in Retailing and it was this work that brought him to Dorset over 30 years ago. His love of the county extends to administrating the Facebook Group "All Things Dorset", photography of wildlife and landscape (which has been greatly used in publications and social media). He joined the Green Party in 2018 and is concerned that the local economy should prosper in an ethical and ecological manner.
• Penn Hill - Hannah Macklin
Hannah Macklin is 34 and grew up on Clifton Road in Penn Hill. She believes in minimising environmental impact wherever possible, and is a passionate knitter, watcher of wrestling, and reader. She lives with her husband Colin, two cats and two rabbits and is at her happiest in the sea!
• Queen's Park - Alasdair Keddie and Lizzie McManus
• Redhill & Northbourne - Martine Smid-Weevers
• Talbot & Branksome Woods - Yasmine Osbourne
• Wallisdown & Winton West - Matt Burgess & Chris Henderson
Matthew was a District Councillor in Devon before moving to Poole & Bournemouth in 2007. He has worked as a Teaching Assistant in Maths and Science at two local secondary schools since living here. He has also worked for the National Rivers Authority and the largest community compost group in England.
He would keenly pursue environmental and social issues as a councillor for the new council and to ensure we have a decent amount of green space, parks and public provisions (eg toilets).
He hopes to be part of a Green group within the council, but as well as being used to working for the benefit of constituents through direct contact, he also been effective in working cooperatively with councillors from other parties and other councils on committees such as Community Services and Waste Reduction and Recycling. He is married and lives in Winton.
Chris is a mature MA student at Bournemouth University's Talbot Campus, studying Political Psychology. Originally trained in social policy, Chris worked in local government for 8 years, successfully slashing bureaucracy for local charities seeking funding. His community volunteering has included fundraising events, students' union officership, and serving as a trustee of a charity telephone helpline.
Chris has developed innovative, wide-reaching social media videos for Winton's Green Party councillor Simon Bull, increasing awareness of the disastrous Poole Bay oil drilling agenda among other issues. If Chris is elected himself, Wallisdown & Winton West residents will benefit from energetic and engaging two-way engagement with their Green councillors fit for the 21st Century.
Chris's activist interests include mental health, climate change, peace, feminism and democratic reform. Chris says: "I'm passionate about increasing the humanity in the way our organisations and institutions work - bringing out the best in people, not the worst. Power needs to be radically returned to diverse local grass roots, harnessing digital participation and empathic, non-violent, truly respectful community dialogue and negotiation." Local priorities would include improving relationships between student and permanent populations in the area, and healing community relations after the Brexit referendum.
• Westbourne & West Cliff - Liz Elwick
Elizabeth Elwick has lived in Bournemouth for over 22 years and is now very actively retired. Having worked in the health and social all of her working career, she believes that locally led public care services must be available to everyone in our society. However, a system based on inequality and exploitation is threatening the future of our planet.
She says “We need to restore the NHS and challenge austerity so that the key role played by the council in providing caring, high quality services to local people is no longer undermined. This is important for everyone and I will work with local networks of support for carers, meeting housing needs, services for older and disabled people, and people with mental health needs.”
• Winton East - Simon Bull & Chris Rigby
Simon Bull is currently the only Green Councillor on BCP Council, and hopes to be re-elected this May. He holds monthly surgeries where residents can discuss their concerns with him, and has worked hard to represent their interests and views. He has brought their issues to Council meetings, where he has achieved many successes for them. He is keen on keeping local amenities that improve residents' quality of life.
Simon runs a locally based national charity and is married with four children. He has lived in the ward since 2004 (almost 15 years).
Chris works as a project manager for a sustainable roofing company in Poole, putting local environmental aspirations into practice every day.
He has been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to buy his first flat in Winton East and put down local roots.
A passionate environmental campaigner, Chris is a facilitator of a local climate campaign group, and a driving force in community interest group SOS Save Our Shores.