Find your local candidates

We have assembled a brilliant team of candidates for the local elections for the Stratford-on-Avon District Council and the Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council.

You can find out more about our candidates below by entering your postcode, or finding your ward from the list below.

Alcester Town

District

Susan Juned

Susan Juned

Phone: 01789 762751
Email: susan.juned.libdem@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/SusanJunedAlcester

I have lived in Alcester for over 30 years, take an active part in community activities and am currently the Chair of the Town Hall Trust, Alcester Heritage Trust, Alcester Youth Project and Litter Free Alcester.

I am passionate about the environment, a Trustee of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and a Director of the Heart of England Community Energy solar farm.

A founder of Act on Energy, a charity giving independent advice on energy efficiency and prevention of fuel poverty.

A former Council leader, I introduced Local Agenda 21 to SDC to tackle climate change at a local level, and served on an area advisory group for the Environment Agency after flooding affected Alcester and the district.

An environmental biologist by training, with a doctorate, most of my career has involved working with businesses and local government to encourage resource efficiency, renewable energy and electric vehicles.

My priorities include:

  • Caring for Alcester – the town has a unique history but needs care and attention to thrive. Our High Street is under pressure and we need better leisure and youth facilities. I want Alcester to be clean and litter free, with our green spaces protected.
  • Housing – The dearth of affordable housing for purchase or rent is an issue almost everywhere, and is felt by young people in particular.
  • Social care and the NHS deserve our support. There is a looming crisis in care for the elderly.
  • Our Environment needs a strong voice in the council. Climate change is a crisis we all need to tackle. Air quality and recycling are also important.

Alcester & Rural

District

Carolyn Evans

Carolyn Evans

Phone: 01789 295970

I am married with three teenage sons, and we have lived in Stratford district for 25 years. I am a freelance music teacher, of woodwind and piano.

Community is very important to me: since moving to the area I have been committed to various local groups, including establishing and running a weekly mother and toddler group for many years. I have coached children’s cycling and led a music group for young people. I continue to be involved in youth work at my church, and help to run the weekly children’s orchestra at my local primary school.

I have been an active member of the Liberal Democrats for four years, having joined in response to the party’s aim to build a society that works for all its members.

Carolyn's priorities are:

  • THE CHARACTER OF OUR TOWNS AND VILLAGES: Our villages need care and attention to thrive. We must relieve traffic problems and improve air quality, and green spaces need to be cared for and respected. I want our area to be clean and litter free, with roads and pavements properly maintained.
  • BETTER SUPPORT FOR LOCAL NHS & SOCIAL CARE: Major changes are planned for the way our local Social Care and NHS will work. We must make sure that the new plans are suitable for our area, that local people have a full say in how things develop and that the changes meet their needs.
  • SOMEONE HAS TO STAND UP FOR OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY: Residents know our communities best, and their views should be listened to. I believe that councillors should be approachable, keep in touch and put the concerns of residents first. It is residents who pay the council tax and we must never forget that.

Avenue

District and Town

Cohl Warren-Howles

Cohl Warren-Howles

Phone: 01789 295970
Email: cohl4stratford@aol.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Cohl-Warren-Howles-for-Avenue-Ward

I have learnt over the years, the importance of people making a difference in their community. I believe it is the people that make the community work. Stratford is a beautiful town, experiencing issues like many others. I am running for Town and District Councillor in Avenue Ward as I feel it is time for me to step up to the plate. I want to be part of a council that can resolve not just today’s problems, but can plan for a bright future.

I have lived in this area for over 30 years. I hold degrees in Art, Social work and Psychology. During this time I have been involved in a number of projects including helping obtain the funding of the Saltway Centre on the Alcester Road, fund raising for a variety of charities, including Motor Neurone Disease, and more latterly leading a successful campaign, objecting to the Application for Planning for houses in the garden of the Old Tramway on the Shipston Road.

I believe in conservation and I’m committed to helping ensure that our lovely town continues to be a green place to work, live and play.

I will petition to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. I will fight for better public transport with improved links from rural areas.

The rise in online shopping means we have more empty shop units than ever before. We must make it easier for new businesses to start up by using our empty shops, possibly through managed rent and rate increases. We must involve young people to include their ideas about our town.

I am a writer, I want to do something practical to help solve problems and not just write about them. I am dedicated to listening to people in our community and I promise to represent their views should I be fortunate enough to win!

Town

Richard Vos

 

Bidford East

District

Manuela Perteghella

Manuela Perthegella

Phone: 01789295970
Email: manuela4bidfordeast@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Manuela4BidfordEast

Manuela is originally from Italy, but has lived in Britain all her adult life, since meeting her husband 25 years ago, while at university. She is an active member of the local community, a School Governor, and a Trustee of her local Scout Group. She has worked for theatre companies in the past, before becoming a university lecturer and published author in the field of European literature in translation. She holds an MA in Literary Translation and completed a PhD in theatrical translation and adaptation. As a senior lecturer she was responsible for all aspects of the curriculum, as well as for pastoral guidance, outreach and public activities. Manuela is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

After moving to South Warwickshire with her young family 9 years ago, she has divided her time between academia and producing arts projects and events which foster community participation. As the Warwickshire coordinator for the3million, the main EU citizens' group in the UK formed after the Brexit referendum, Manuela has campaigned locally to safeguard the rights of EU nationals who made the UK their home. Manuela is passionate about direct democracy and about empowering residents and community groups to build thriving and sustainable communities.

Manuela's priorities for Bidford East are:

  • BUILDING THRIVING COMMUNITIES: I will work hard to support our community groups to facilitate more initiatives, from setting up a weekly street market to planting a community orchard, to organising more local events and festivals and actively promote our villages to visitors and residents of surrounding areas and beyond.
  • FIGHTING TRAFFIC THROUGH OUR VILLAGES: Increasingly speeding traffic is ruining our villages. We, including our children, are also forced to breathe polluted air, which has been linked to serious illnesses and a reduction of life expectancy. I will look for solutions to the pollution and safety issues from traffic, pressing both Stratford District and Warwickshire County Council to tackle this public health problem.
  • DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR BIDFORD: I will join forces with local residents and campaign groups to shape a better future. We can improve cycling and walking routes. I will work with the Bidford-on-Avon Flood Action Group and other agencies to give the greatest possible protection for communities vulnerable to flooding.

Bidford West & Salford

District

William Bruce Horton

Bruce is married with three children. A Director of an environmental consultancy, Bruce has a Doctorate in Environmental Economics and Risk. His work is focused on helping organisations and communities make better choices that reflect social and environmental impacts, and improve health and well-being. He works mainly on flood risk, water management and climate change.

Bruce's priorities are:

  • THE CHARACTER OF OUR TOWNS AND VILLAGES: Our villages need care and attention to thrive. We must relieve traffic problems and improve air quality, and green spaces need to be cared for and respected.
  • BETTER SUPPORT FOR LOCAL NHS & SOCIAL CARE: Major changes are planned for the way our local Social Care and NHS will work. We must make sure that the new plans are suitable for our area, that local people have a full say in how things develop and that the changes meet their needs.
  • OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT: We must protect and enhance our beautiful natural environment. New development should be good quality, affordable and most importantly sustainable, so that young people are able to stay in the area where they were brought up.

Bishop's Itchington

District

Fiona Onslow-Free

Fiona Onslow-Free

Phone: 01789 295970
Email: FionaOF.libdems@gmail.com

Fiona has lived in Temple Herdewyke for four years with her husband (and more recently her daughter!), where she is a Parish Councillor. Fiona is a research scientist at the University of Oxford, where she has also been an advocate for diversity and equality for the community there, and supported and developed 'green' initiatives to reduce the impact communities have on the environment. As a new mother, Fiona plans to bring her experience to our local area to ensure we live in happy, healthy and safe communities.

Fiona's priorities are:

  • Proper Infrastructure and Services for Development and Planning The new and planned housing development in our area is increasing. This needs the appropriate change in and maintenance of roads, schools and public services to support the increase in community sizes, to ensure we all enjoy our towns and villages. In particular, our local NHS and Social Care needs vital support to provide the excellent health and social care our communities deserve. New planning must also be scrutinized for the impact it can have on our area, including the destruction of essential open spaces, to make sure that we are only providing homes in the right places.
  • Healthy Environment for Everyone In a relatively isolated area such as ours, with increased housing comes a significant increase in traffic and associated road pollution - both in terms of air quality and roadside fly tipping. This is damaging our local environment, negatively impacting wildlife and our own health. I will fight to ensure that our local environment is protected now and for future generations.
  • A Safe Neighbourhood The recent increase in rural crime has impacted businesses and individuals alike in our area. Building on the efforts Fiona has made in creating a Neighbourhood Watch Area in Temple Herdewyke, she will continue to work with the local police, community groups, businesses and residents to ensure our villages and homes are safe and secure places to live and thrive for everyone.

Bishopton

District and Town

Victoria Alcock

Victoria Alcock

Phone: 07904 352133
Email: cllvalcock@outlook.com
Facebook: facebook.com/CllrVAlcock

I am a mother to 3 children and my husband Gary and I have been married almost 20 years.

I run my own business, The Family Network with my business partner.

I have been a Stratford Town Councillor for the past 9 years and thrilled to be running for District Council as well this year.

I love this Town! I was very proud to represent Stratford Upon Avon as Mayor in 2017/2018.

I was nominated for Citizen of the Year in the Pride of Stratford Awards 2019.

I have never been a person to complain, but not act. I stand up for what I believe in, and I believe in my Town, I think it's very important to get young people involved in making decisions which will affect them. I am always on the lookout for opportunities to speak to young people about what is involved with being a Town Councillor, and also Mayor of Stratford. By educating children we can help them become proud of the Town they live in, and in turn, they can take care of it.

Town

Chris Wall

 

Brailes & Compton

District

Sara Billins

Phone: 01789 295970
Email: sarabillins@hotmail.com

Sara is the Headteacher at North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury and lives in Long Compton. She said, ‘I decided to join the local Liberal Democrats and put myself forward for election to the district council because I have seen the effects at my school of constant austerity and believe that a new approach needs to be tried. I want to offer my management skills as a headteacher to this council and local people’.

Sara's priorities are:

  • DEMANDING BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE TO MEET LOCAL NEEDS: Our area has seen a big increase in housing but investment in infrastructure hasn’t kept pace. We want long-term investment in local facilities. Better Broadband speeds are vital for many of our local businesses and farmers.
  • BETTER SUPPORT FOR LOCAL NHS & SOCIAL CARE: Major changes are planned for the way our local Social Care and NHS will work. We shouldn’t just leave it to central government to dictate what happens here. We must make sure that the new plans are suitable for our area and that local people have a full say in how things develop.
  • LOCAL SCHOOLS & FAMILIES: It is vital that our schools are properly funded. Our children deserve the best possible start in life and Conservative cuts to Children’s Centres and youth schemes were short-sighted.

Bridgetown

District and Town

Ian Fradgley

Phone: 01789 266369
Email: ianfradgley@gmail.com

Ian has lived in Stratford for over 40 years and worked for the NFU Mutual for 32 years. Married to Jenny, they have two children, both of whom were educated locally. Ian is a previous Mayor of Stratford and has been a Trustee of the Town Trust.

Ian's priorities are:

  • THE CHARACTER OF OUR TOWN IS IMPORTANT: Traffic congestion spoils the environment for residents and visitors alike. We need better infrastructure urgently. We will keep up the pressure for funding for measures to relieve traffic problems and improve air quality and to support a vibrant and sustainable town centre.
  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING: It’s important that we build the right sort of houses - not just those that show the most profit for developers. Affordable housing is needed, so that young people can stay in the town in which they were brought up.
  • GIVING RESIDENTS A BIGGER SAY OVER TAX & SPENDING: We never lose sight of the fact that it’s your money that our councils are spending. Value for money is critical and so is listening to residents on how it should be spent. We believe there are better ways to save money than just cutting services.

Town

Roy Dyer

Phone: 01789 298299

Roy was born in the town and is an Incorporated Engineer by qualification. He is now retired and is heavily involved in the church, where he supports the ministry of his wife Kay at Holy Trinity.

 

Clopton

District and Town

Philip How

Philip How

Phone: 07723 364032
Email: clopton@philip.how
Website: clopton.philip.how
Facebook: facebook.com/philiphowstratford

Phil is fighting for a Stratford that works for everyone.

Phil moved to Stratford in 2012 after completing a degree in Computer Science at Warwick University. He and his wife live on Birmingham Road. Phil now works for a software development company in the town.

Phil leads Limitless, a Stratford-based local church group for young people. The group is open to those of all faiths and none.

He is actively involved in a local church, Oasis Christian Centre, who meet at Stratford School. They help cook for the Link Project, a local council-run project which helps rough sleepers.

Phil's priorities for Stratford are:

  • Better Infrastructure for our Town, including plans to alleviate traffic on the Birmingham Road, and increased cycling infrastructure to reduce the number of cars on the road;
  • Local Services for Local People, never losing sight of the fact that the council is spending residents money;
  • Facilities in the Town for Everyone, creating and sustaining a vibrant town centre, with something for everyone, including young people.

Town

Zoe Rashwan

Zoe Rashwan

Phone: 01789 295970
Email: zoe.libdems@gmail.com

Zoe has lived in Stratford for most of her life. She went to local schools and then obtained a Teaching Assistant NVQ Level 2 at Stratford College.

She followed that with appointments at a number of local schools, including five years at Stratford High School (now Stratford School), working in the SEN department with children with Special Educational Needs.

She set up a local support group - #Sharethewarmth - to help rough sleepers, which met with ‘an overwhelming response’. She’s currently involved in an amateur dramatics production in the town.

Ettington

District

Nina Knapman

 

Guildhall

District and Town

Jenny Fradgley

Phone: 01789 266369
Email: ianfradgley@gmail.com

Jenny has lived in Stratford for over 40 years and hase always been active in the Community.

Currently she is a governor of a local school and a member of the Cycle Forum and Friends of the Earth. She supports a number of community groups working for the town, including the Transport Group, Historic Spine and Stratford-in-Bloom. IJenny is a member of the Stratford Society and helps with the monthly VASA Tea and Chat in Church Street.

As a district Councillor she has been involved with working groups on Tourism and dementia.

Jenny taught at Stratford High School, now Stratford School, for a large part of her career, working with the town’s young people. She wants to make sure that the town where shI helped to educate so many young people is a successful place, offering a future to all. We must work together to keep the town a special place, guarding its heritage, supporting businesses and providing affordable homes that will allow our young people to make their future here.

Jenny's priorities are:

  • THE CHARACTER OF OUR TOWN IS IMPORTANT: Traffic congestion spoils the environment for residents and visitors alike. We need better infrastructure urgently. We will keep up the pressure for funding for urgent measures to relieve traffic problems and improve air quality.
  • BETTER SUPPORT FOR LOCAL NHS & SOCIAL CARE: Major changes are planned for the way our local Social Care and NHS will work. We must make sure that the new plans are suitable for our area and that local people have a full say in how things develop.
  • FIGHTING FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS & FAMILIES: It is vital that our schools are properly funded. We will work for more funding for local schools, better support for local families and more affordable housing so that young people can stay in the town.

Town

Tony Jackson

 

Harbury

District

Sue Bushill

Phone: 07810 836586
Email: sb.hlpunltd@btinternet.com

Sue has lived in Harbury for over twenty years, and, with her husband, has brought up their three children here. She runs her own business from home and has been active in the community over many years in various roles.

Sue's priorities are:

  • The character of our area is important: We must make sure that any development is appropriate for the area and on a scale that works for the village: I will oppose any large scale building that threatens the character of Harbury. With the building that has happened across the area we are seeing more traffic congestion and pollution and our infrastructure has not kept pace.
  • Value for money from our councils: Our councils continue to plan cuts in services. I believe that the first priority should be to protect services and to reduce costs, not by cutting services, but through sharing ‘back office’ functions with other councils and public bodies, as many other councils do already. Long term we will look to remove one of the three tiers of local government.
  • Better support for the local NHS & social care: Major changes are planned for the way our local social care and NHS will work. We must make sure that the new plans are suitable for our area and that local people have a full say in how things develop. What works in a large urban centre may not be suitable for our rural area and it’s important that all residents have access to the medical and other services that they need.

Hathaway

District and Town

Gill Cleeve

Gill Cleeve

Phone: 01789 295970
Email: gill4stratford@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/gillcleeveforhathawayward

Gill Cleeve has lived in the town of Stratford for 11 years, with her husband, young daughter and now her retired in-laws.

She runs her own business Brookvale First Aid and in addition to teaching First Aid and Safeguarding to businesses, she is passionate about training children and the community in how to save lives through CPR. She is also a big advocate for community Defibrillators and hopes to help get some more into Hathaway Ward soon.

Gill has been a leader with Girl Guiding since the age of 18, and in 2011 became a leader at 1st Stratford Rainbows, then in 2016, re-established 1stStratford Guides.

She has been a committee member for Friends of Playbox and secretary for Stratford Musical Theatre Company and a young performers chaperone at the RSC. Gill believes in the need to support the Arts and that it should be available and affordable for all, which is why she worked alongside Dominic Skinner on the Save the Arts House campaign and continue to support the venue now that it is the Play House.

Gill is the local Branch Leader for a business networking group, ‘The Family Network Stratford upon Avon’. There are over 1500 local business owners in this group and her aim is to offer support and encouragement, while they grow their business

Gill's top three priorities are as follows:

ACTION ON LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE: Traffic congestion spoils the environment for residents and visitors alike. We need better infrastructure urgently. We will keep up the pressure for funding for measures to relieve traffic problems and improve air quality and to support a vibrant and sustainable town centre.

FIGHTING FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS & FAMILIES: It is vital that our schools are properly funded. We will press for more funding for local schools, more support for local families, and better resources for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

LOCAL SERVICES FOR LOCAL PEOPLE: We never lose sight of the fact that it’s your money that our councils are spending. Value for money is critical and so is listening to residents on how it should be spent. We believe there are better ways to save money than just cutting services

Town

Toby Lee

 

Henley-in-Arden

District

Karyl Rees

 

Kineton

District

Nick Solman

Phone: 07834 074466
Email: nicksolman@icloud.com

Nicholas Solman lives in Long Itchington with his wife and young daughter and has lived in Coventry and Warwickshire for most of my life.

He works at Warwick Business School as a Researcher for the Strategy and International Business Group, specialising in UK Energy Policy. Prior to his career in research, he worked in Surveying for a number of years, latterly with Bigwoods in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Kinwarton

District

Lynn Bowring

Phone: 01789 488562
Email: lynnbowring@gmail.com

Originally from Wales, Lynn has lived in Great Alne for 35 years. A management accountant by profession, he spent 28 years in the telecommunications industry. Lynn was the District Councillor for the ‘old’ Kinwarton ward for 8 years until he stepped down in 2010. He has been chairman of Great Alne Parish Council for the last 7 years.

Lynn's priorities are:

  • STANDING UP FOR OUR COMMUNITIES: Residents need a voice. We need clear solutions and strategies, properly funded, to improve the quality of everyday life.
  • BETTER SUPPORT FOR LOCAL NHS AND SOCIAL CARE: Major changes are planned for the way our local Social Care and NHS, including care for the elderly, will work. We must make sure that the new plans are suitable for our area and that local people have a full say in how things develop.
  • THE CHARACTER OF OUR TOWN AND VILLAGES IS IMPORTANT: We need better infrastructure urgently, with roads and pavements properly maintained, and our villages need care to preserve heritage without stifling progress. We need to relieve traffic problems and improve air quality, especially around our schools. Our green spaces need to be cared for and respected, and I want our area to be clean and litter-free.

Long Itchington & Stockton

District

Louis Adam

Louis Adam

Phone: 07535 750133
Email: louis.adam.libdems@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/LibDemLouis

I live in Long Itchington with my wife Courtney and our Breeding Guide Dog Jessie.

I grew up in Stockton, lived in Leamington whilst studying Civil Engineering at Coventry University, and now work as a Structural Engineer in Earlsdon.

I believe in fair, local governance that provides equal opportunities for all, regardless of background, providing services to maintain a healthy environment, a strong economy, and good quality of life. One that helps people to manage their own lives, livelihoods, and communities.

In this area, my main concerns are: the lack of amenities during a surge in new housing, the disruption of works around HS2 and the impact on residents, and the increase in rural crime.

I want to be able to represent people in this area at District Council to help mitigate the negative effects of these and support positive changes in district services to help businesses, agriculture and individuals.

Napton & Fenny Compton

District

Nigel Rock

Nigel Rock

Phone: 01789 295970
Email: nigel@nigelrock.org.uk

Nigel Rock is Standing for Election for the Ward of Napton and Fenny Compton which includes Priors Hardwick & Marston, Ladbroke, Wormleighton and Shuckburgh. This Seat has been the subject of boundary changes over recent years and Nigel was for eight years the Councillor for Stockton and Napton before stepping down. That seat was then won by the Lib Dems before the boundary change to create a new council Ward called Napton and Fenny Compton. During his time as a Councillor Nigel achieved much, including revisions to the national system for dealing with illegal immigrants who were are often apprehended at the M40 services in the District, which was having a big effect in policing locally.

Nigel is a Chartered Engineer. He retired in 2018 from his job with environmental consultancy Encraft helping people, companies and communities to save energy. Before that, he was a senior manager in two public companies.

Nigel Rock has lived in Napton for over 30 years, is married and his daughter attended St Lawrence School in Napton. Nigel serves on the Patient Panel of the NHS commissioning group for South Warwickshire and is Chairman of the Patient Participation Group for St Wulfstan Surgery in Southam. He has been a volunteer First Responder in the scheme for cardiac emergencies. In his spare time he plays tenor saxophone.

Nigel’s Top Three Priorities

  • Getting the best for local people. A Councillor’s first priority is to look after local people’s interests, whether this is individual residents with problems or communities. Our area is having a huge increase in housing. The NHS, schools and bus services will be under more pressure. Whilst the government talks about very high-speed broadband, some of our residents have poor broadband and mobile phone coverage. Let’s get these needs recognised and addressed.
  • Making HS2 construction respect our residents. Construction work is just starting and we need HS2 to understand the disruption it will cause to the wider area and its residents. Our voice must be heard to make this project bearable for our residents.
  • Our environment & heritage We live in a lovely area and we need to respect the locality, heritage and planning rules as established by local people. Large intrusive developments, which are not sustainable and not related to local need should be resisted.

Quinton

District

Diane Walden

Diane Walden

Born in Warwickshire, Diane moved away as a child but returned over twenty years ago and has lived in local villages and towns ever since.

Her two sons were both educated locally and Diane was Chair of a Parent Teachers Association.

After a career working for a number of national companies, Diane was Manager of the Shakespeare Hospice Bookshop in Stratford and worked at Springfield MIND, a mental health charity.

She now works for the Dogs Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Di was Mayor of Stratford in 2013 – 2014.

Red Horse

District

John Insoll

 

Shipston North

District

Roger Billins

Phone: 01789 295970
Email: roger.billins@btinternet.com

Roger is a solicitor, who is used to protecting the interests of his clients. He has used the same skills in the past as a borough councillor in London. He now lives in Long Compton. Roger stood for Shipston in the County Council Elections 2 years ago and believes the Conservatives have failed to keep their election promises. He says, ‘the only way for things to get done in Stratford is for fresh blood and a Lib Dem administration’.

Roger's priorities are:

  • The character of our area is important: With increased building, we are seeing more traffic congestion, spoiling the environment for everyone. We need better infrastructure urgently. I will press for measures to relieve traffic problems and improve air quality.
  • Value for money from our councils: Our councils continue to plan cuts in services. I believe that the first priority should be to protect services and to reduce costs, not by cutting services, but through sharing ‘back office’ functions with other councils and public bodies, as many other councils do already. Long term we will look to remove one of the three tiers of local government.
  • Better support for the local NHS & social care: Major changes are planned for the way our local social care and NHS will work. We must make sure that the new plans are suitable for our area and that local people have a full say in how things develop.

Shipston South

District

John Dinnie

Phone: 01789 295970

John is a semi-retired Chartered Production Engineer. He works mainly in the automotive sector but also supports the aerospace industry. He has lived in Shipston for 18 years. John is married with four grown children and ten grandchildren, two of whom attend Shipston Primary School. He swims regularly at the Shipston pool. He has an interest in local control of local matters and making sure that residents are listened to by our councils.

John's priorities are:

  • The character of our area is important: With increased building we are seeing more traffic congestion, spoiling the environment for everyone. We need better infrastructure urgently. I will press for measures to relieve traffic problems and improve air quality.
  • Value for money from our councils: Our councils continue to plan cuts in services. I believe that the first priority should be to protect services and to reduce costs, not by cutting services, but through sharing ‘back office’ functions with other councils and public bodies, as many other councils do already. Long term we will look to remove one of the three tiers of local government.
  • Better support for the local NHS & social care: Major changes are planned for the way our local social care and NHS will work. We must make sure that the new plans are suitable for our area and that local people have a full say in how things develop.

Shottery

District and Town

David Curtis

David Curtis

Phone: 07796 690120
Email: curtisd4shottery@btinternet.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/David-Curtis-for-Shottery-Ward

David has lived in in Stratford District for 29 years, in Old Town since 1994, his three children were all educated at local schools and his elder daughter and family also live in the town.

In 1993 he founded Orchestra of the Swan, developing it into one of the most successful chamber orchestras in the country and in 2014 David received the Pride of Stratford Community Achievement Award, on behalf of Orchestra of the Swan, for its community programme in Stratford schools and care homes. He is also Chairman of Stratford Chamber Music Society and President of Shipston Music Society.

Away from musical interests he is a previous member of Stratford Athletic, and he ran the Stratford Marathon 3 times, raising funds for local charities and he is a keen cyclist, riding the Cyclists Against Cancer in Stratford.

He is a past parent Governor at Snitterfield Primary school which his two daughters attended and he was a Governor at the Welcombe Hills SEND school.

As a long-time town resident David believes local authorities should be open, transparent and accountable to local residents for their actions and that a strong Liberal Democrat representation at District Council will help to bring about the changes that are required.

David's priorities are:

  • GIVING RESIDENTS A BIGGER SAY: We never lose sight of the fact that it’s your money that our councils are spending. Value for money is critical and so is listening to residents on how it should be spent. We believe there are better ways to save money than just cutting services.
  • THE CHARACTER OF OUR TOWN IS IMPORTANT: Traffic congestion spoils the environment for residents and visitors alike. We need better infrastructure urgently. We will keep up the pressure for funding for the right measures to relieve traffic problems, improve air quality and to support a vibrant, characterful and sustainable town centre.
  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING: It’s important that we build appropriate housing. Affordable housing is needed, so that local young people can stay and make their lives in the town.

Town

Bill Dowling

 

Snitterfield

District

Roger Harding

Roger Harding

Phone: 01789 295970
Email: rogernharding@gmail.com
Website: www.rogtheactor.co.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/RogHardingLibdem

Roger Harding has worked in road traffic accident investigation and related work for nearly all his working life, most recently managing databases of traffic and congestion. At degree level he specialised in town planning and transport economics.

He has served three times before as an elected councillor in other parts of the country, but has lived in the Stratford-on-Avon District for 31 years.

He took early retirement two years ago to concentrate on his other passion, film making - and is currently about to start shooting a film version of his 2002 studio play Calling the Tune.

Roger's main concerns are the disappearance of farmland under sprawling new housing estates with inadequate infrastructure. He wants to see all new developments make a proper contribution to the community; they should include proper transport links, including safe, segregated, cycleways and a developer contribution to the provision of long term public transport. Tax payers should not have to subsidise these developments, he says.

Given the rate of climate change, rising sea levels and unprecedented global flooding and wildfire outbreaks, we should be conserving as much productive food producing land as possible, he says.

Congestion is a major problem in Stratford - Birmingham Road especially. We could make better use of road space and link traffic signals to provide a 'green wave' into and out of town. But that would only be a short term solution. Longer term we need to think radically about high speed public transport links into the town.

Southam North

District

David Booth

David Booth

David Booth has strong local connections. He has lived in the Kineton area for over 25 years. He has 8 years experience as a County Councillor and 4 years on the District Council. David is a retired soldier and civil servant and is a governor of a local school and helps run a youth group.

David Booth enjoys working with local councils and community groups. He has a record of helping them engage with the district council and other authorities to protect, repair and where appropriate develop their communities and activities. David works with individuals to prevent and resolve problems.

David Booth lives with his wife, Shenagh, and has 2 sons and four grandchildren living in Warwickshire.

Southam South

District

Sue Roderick

 

Studley with Mappleborough Green

District

Peter Hencher-Serafin

Phone: 07756 791024
Email: pserafin100@aim.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Studley-Liberal-Democrats

Peter has lived in Studley since 1972. Married with three children, who all went to local schools. He has been self employed in the building trade since 1970. He has been an active supporter of the local Liberals / Liberal Democrats since his youth and has worked with Hazel Wright in many local campaigns.

‘Peter has been a reliable and enthusiastic supporter of our area’, said Councillor Hazel Wright. ‘As a strong family man he is particularly keen on helping young people - through better facilities for the youth of our villages and through seeing more affordable housing, so that our children can afford to stay in the area in which they were brought up’.

Peter's priorities are:

  • THE CHARACTER OF OUR VILLAGES IS IMPORTANT: Traffic congestion spoils the environment for residents and visitors alike. We need better infrastructure urgently. We will keep up the pressure for funding for urgent measures to relieve traffic problems and improve air quality.
  • BETTER SUPPORT FOR LOCAL NHS & SOCIAL CARE:Major changes are planned for the way our local Social Care and NHS will work. We must make sure that the new plans are suitable for our area and that local people have a full say in how things develop.
  • STANDING UP FOR OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES: Residents are the people who know our communities best and they deserve to be heard and have their views listened to. Peter will make sure that this happens and will always put the views and needs of residents first.

Studley with Sambourne

District

Neil Edden

Phone: 07725843055
Email: neiledden_studley@yahoo.com
Facebook: facebook.com/NeilEddenForStudley

Neil lives in the centre of Studley and is a Studley Parish Councillor.

He has a degree in Three Dimensional Design and now works as the Head of Information and Communication Technology for a company in Stratford.

A keen runner, Neil has run the Stratford half marathon four times, to raise funds for charity. He helped to set up and run the Studley Traffic Action Group, mainly around issues about the A435. Vice Chairman of the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group and involved in the various aspects of producing the Plan, including the residents’ questionnaire and the open day

Neil's priorities are:

  • THE CHARACTER OF OUR VILLAGES IS IMPORTANT: Traffic congestion spoils the environment for residents and visitors alike. We need better infrastructure urgently. We will keep up the pressure for funding for urgent measures to relieve traffic problems and improve air quality.
  • BETTER SUPPORT FOR LOCAL NHS & SOCIAL CARE: Major changes are planned for the way our local Social Care and NHS will work. We must make sure that the new plans are suitable for our area and that local people have a full say in how things develop.
  • STANDING UP FOR OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES: Residents are the people who know our communities best and they deserve to be heard and have their views listened to. Peter will make sure that this happens and will always put the views and needs of residents first.

Tanworth-in-Arden

District

Jo Benjamin

 

Tiddington

District and Town

Kate Rolfe

Phone: 01789 550624
Email: katerolfe57@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/councillorkaterolfe

Kate has lived in Stratford for over 21 years and is an experienced Town, District and County Councillor. She has a proven record of hard work and achievement. She keeps in regular contact with residents and community groups, not just at election time, but all year round. Kate has been a Governor at Alveston C of E Primary School for 17 years. She runs regular ‘tea and chat’ sessions for older people at the Rosebird Centre and a regular lunch club for residents at The Crown in Tiddington.

‘I’ve enjoyed representing our area as a Town and District Councillor and would very much like to continue. There are so many ongoing issues which I would like to see through to the end.'

Kate's priorities are:

  • THE CHARACTER OF OUR TOWN IS IMPORTANT: Traffic congestion spoils the environment for residents and visitors alike. We need better infrastructure urgently. We will keep up the pressure for funding for measures to relieve traffic problems and improve air quality and to support a vibrant and sustainable town centre.
  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING: It’s important that we build the right sort of houses - not just those that show the most profit for developers. Affordable housing is needed, so that young people can stay in the town in which they were brought up.
  • GIVING RESIDENTS A BIGGER SAY OVER TAX & SPENDING: We never lose sight of the fact that it’s your money that our councils are spending. Value for money is critical and so is listening to residents on how it should be spent. We believe there are better ways to save money than just cutting services

Town

Eva Mackenzie

Eva Mackenzie

Phone: 01789 295970
Email: evamackenzie6@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Eva-Mackenzie-for-Tiddington-Ward

I have been a secondary teacher for over 35 years and until recently worked as a Head of department and Head of year at a school in the area. I took early retirement to help care for my mother in law who had cancer and I now volunteer at the Parenting Project: a charity supporting local families. I work with the charity to help people who suffer from anxiety and stress, this currently includes teaching Mindfulness to year 11 students at Shipston High school and parents who are experiencing stress and anxiety. I am standing as a town counsellor as I feel passionately that I want to support and listen to the needs of my local community. I believe the town council needs new members who care about and understand the needs of local people.

Both my children attended local schools. I have lived in Tiddington 19 years.

My priorities are:

  • Ensuring Stratford is a safe place and tackling crime and anti social behaviour;
  • Improving traffic congestion and pollution in the town; and
  • Ensuring planning is in keeping with our beautiful, historic town.

Welcombe

District and Town

Liz Coles

Liz Coles

Phone: 07449 710132
Email: stratlizdem@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/StratLizDem

I live with my husband in Welcombe ward and we have two grown up daughters.

I am running for District and Town Councillor for Welcombe Ward as I want to help be part of the Lib Dem team who intend to work for our local communities in a joined up way. Many people I have spoken to have complained that the council should be more open and that decision making should be clearer to local people.

I hold degrees in information science and technology and I have always been interested in information and the importance of information sources and their reliability. This has become essential with the rise in social media and online news. I am now a business manager for a primary school and I am well aware of the huge financial pressures schools face today.

I am passionate about the education of our children, I have benefited greatly from the opportunities I was given as a child and young woman. I cannot imagine supporting a system which gave worse opportunities to people who are younger than me.

I was a governor of primary and secondary schools for over 10 years, with a special interest in pupil welfare. I was a founder of the Parent Teacher Association at a secondary school, fundraising for various appeals through organising events and gaining sponsorship from local companies and banks.

My priorities are:

  • BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR OUR TOWN: Traffic congestion spoils the environment for residents and visitors alike. We need better infrastructure urgently. As a Lib Dem councillor I will keep up the pressure for funding for measures to relieve traffic problems and improve air quality. I would also want the council to set an example and to lead in measures to help improve the environment.
  • LOCAL SERVICES: We never lose sight of the fact that it’s your money that our councils are spending. Value for money is critical and so is listening to residents on how it should be spent. We believe there are better ways to save money than just cutting services.
  • FACILITIES IN THE TOWN FOR EVERYONE: We need a vibrant and sustainable town centre, catering for the needs of local people. That means action to reduce the number of empty shops and finding ways of making the town more attractive at night, especially for young people: Stratford has little to offer them at the moment.

Town

Kevin Taylor

Kevin Taylor

Phone: 07886 421371
Email: kjtstratford@outlook.com
Facebook: facebook.com/kevintaylorwelcombeward

A Former Secretary and Membership Secretary of the Stratford Society , an organisation that aims to protect the heritage of our historic market town.

A senior Sales Manager for a company supplying the Automotive industry including major local employers JLR & BMW Mini .

Mentor & Secretary of the JLM Table Tennis Academy Stratford Foundation House , Masons Road, Stratford Upon Avon.

Kevin has lived in Stratford upon Avon since 2005 and until recently resided in the Welcombe Ward himself.

You may have noticed Kevin Taylor recently in Bell Court where he successfully organised table tennis sessions over the summer , free for local families. Many people told Kevin they would like to see a permanent facility in Stratford - and that’s exactly what he’s achieved.

Twelve weeks from putting up the first table in Bell Court a dedicated club was opened in Foundation House. Sessions now take place every Friday.

‘I think we can all agree there’s not enough for young people in Stratford‘, said Kevin. ‘I would encourage the Town Council to look at more youth and community facilities of this sort.'

The next stage is to bring a lottery-funded project “PING to Stratford upon Avon if not this summer then in 2020 free outdoor table tennis at key pedestrian areas in Town. And finally, I’ve just applied for Foundation House to “Become a TT Kidz Centre“ a Table Tennis England scheme to introduce kids to the game 🏓 And everyone in Stratford will be “Welcombe“.

Welford-on-Avon

District

We are standing no candidates in Welford-on-Avon.

Wellesbourne East

District

David Johnston

David Johnston

Phone: 01789 841100
Email: davwjohnston@hotmail.com

I have lived in this area since 1986. My children went to local schools, and I use the services you use.

I have a deep commitment to the local community, and things need to be done.

  • Better infrastructure to meet local needs. Our area has seen a huge increase in housing but barely any investment in infrastructure to support both new and existing residents. I want to help our communities to ease the pressure on services and amenities by demanding better long- term investment for our residents for years to come.
  • Making our villages safer. Crime has increased nationally and rural crime is no exception. I want to see action so that this is tackled on the front line to make our homes and neighbourhoods safer.
  • Protect Wellesbourne and our surrounding villages from unwanted development, such as on Wellesbourne Airfield, and traffic from Stratford on our local roads. Our communities have seen massive increases in housing in recent years. We must say 'No More'.

I have been a member of the County and District Councils for this area. I have been the chair of both Wellesbourne and Newbold Pacey and Ashorne Parish Councils. I was the Community Safety Ambassador for the previous Police and Crime Commissioner.

I initiated and have helped produce the Walking and Cycling Guides for Wellesbourne and surrounding villages. I initiated and help organise the Wellesbourne Beer Festival. I have been a Trustee of Stratford Mencap, and currently chair the Board of a local charity tackling fuel cost and waste, Act On Energy.

Our communities deserve better.

Wellesbourne West

District

Debbie Chowdhury

 

Wootton Wawen

District

John Bicknell

John Bicknell

Phone: 07840 133219
Email: councillorjbicknell@outlook.com

My name is John Bicknell, and I am the current Mayor of Stratford upon Avon, having been on the town council since 2002. I have been a resident in Bishopton, adjoining the Wootton Wawen ward, since 1993. By profession, I am a Certified Accountant, and I am proud that for the past ten years, the Liberal Democrat led town council has not had an increase in its precept. I would like to ensure that in these uncertain times, Stratford District Council provides value for money in its local services, and, at a time when we are increasingly aware of the dangers of climate change, that the District Council demonstrates a greater awareness of its environmental responsibilities. I also believe that local communities like Wilmcote, Wootton Wawen and Bearley deserve strong representation, and should not be taken for granted by a complacent Conservative administration.

In summary, a vote for me would ensure:

  • Sound financial scrutiny
  • Action on environmental concerns
  • A strong voice for the local community