I am a widow, with 2 grown-up daughters, and have lived in the same house in Heaton Moor for more than 40 years. Since retirement from my job in Manchester as manager of a second hand bookshop, I have devoted more time to volunteer activity. I am a member of several environmental organisations, such as the World Wide Fund for Nature, Friends of the Earth, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Woodland Trust, the Ramblers Association and the Campaign to Protect Rural England and I am actively involved on the committee of the RA. I have a strong interest in public transport and regularly attend Local Public Transport Forums, as well as the Stockport Walking Forum. I am a volunteer leader for Stockport Council’s “Walkaday” programme and a member of the Stockport Local Access Forum. My main hobbies are walking and going to the theatre.
As a councillor, I would give people every chance to choose to leave their cars at home by campaigning for improved public transport, particularly greater investment in heavy rail. Given the growth in passenger numbers at Heaton Chapel station, I would campaign for increased staffing levels and improved services. I would campaign for better cycling and walking facilities; local schools should be within walking or cycling distance or easy public transport links.
I would insist that affordable housing, with housing to rent a substantial component of this, should be part of every new housing project. New housing should be built to the highest environmental standards, using as much recycled material as possible and constructed to be as energy efficient as possible. I see local green spaces and trees as being very important to people’s health and sense of well-being and I would campaign for improved maintenance of our parks and green spaces and oppose any plans to build on them. I want to see more resources devoted to litter clearance, as litter blights people’s enjoyment of their local environment, and I would aim to see graffiti and fly tipping removed within 48 hours of it being reported. With the object of energy conservation, a specific project I would support would be the implementation of solar street lighting, and with the object of saving the earth’s resources, I would aim to extend kerbside recycling facilities to a greater range of plastics. I would push for the introduction of CCTV to protect local shops and businesses from criminal activity whilst at the same time increasing the provision of youth clubs and sports facilities, which will hopefully divert the energies of young people in a socially acceptable direction as well as improving their health.