Local Election Candidates – May 2023 – for Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Elections
Wards listed alphabetically from ‘Auriol’ to ‘Woodcote and Langley Vale’. Pen pictures and photos included where they have been supplied by the candidate.
Garrick Bigwood and Julia Karen Lucas
Helen Lewis: I care passionately about the environment, properly funded public services, and am tired of living in a town in which one group, the Residents Association, has always had an overwhelming majority of Councillors, so that things never change.
New people coming into our area are confused, as we were when we came here, about who the RA are, not realising they are a political party. We need a change, a change of energy and focus. Only the values led Labour Party locally and nationally can bring about the fairer greener society we need.
I came to Epsom with two small children; they were educated here in local primary schools, then at Glyn and Rosebery. While they were growing up I taught part time at Glyn and NESCOT, then joined the local Public Health team to look at how health and education could work together to improve the quality of science, PSHE, and citizenship education.
I retrained to become a public health specialist. The course I did changed my whole attitude to life, and is what made me a passionate Labour supporter, and campaigner for a more equal distribution of our country’s wealth at local level, and national level. I began to understand why for some people however hard they work, they never seem to be better off, Labour wants to change this locally, and nationally, too.
Chris Ames: During the 21 years I have lived in Court Ward, my three daughters have grown up, going to local schools and colleges, including Blenheim School. I value the green spaces on this side of the town and am often out cycling. With fellow Labour members and councillors I want to support Court Ward residents with the issues that matter to them and work to make Epsom and Ewell a safer, greener, fairer borough.
It’s time for change in Epsom & Ewell. The Residents Association are out of touch – as shown by the shambles over the draft local plan – and need strong voices on the council to challenge them out of their complacency. Nationally and locally, Labour is ambitious and determined to support communities to grow and prosper.
Kate Chinn: I’m standing to work to make the borough I have made my home, a cleaner, safer, fairer borough. I’m one of three candidates standing in Court Ward. I moved into the borough 30 years ago and (apart from 3 years living in Delhi) remained in the borough where I’ve raised my family.
I trained as a psychiatric nurse and continuously worked in the field of mental health and well-being. For many years I worked in the homeless sector but I stepped down after being elected and currently work part time in social care in Kingston. I have worked in the borough as a volunteer supporting it in becoming a dementia friendly community.
As a councillor I feel privileged to work to support the residents of Court Ward with their individual concerns and I’m active in the Town Hall. This has included extensive lobbying to build homes that local people can afford to live in, many more than the 7 the RA managed to approve last year. With fellow Labour members and councillors, I will continue to knock on doors to support ward residents every weekend.
Rob Geleit: I am standing to stick up for my friends and neighbours in Court Ward. We go out door knocking every weekend and get round the area once a year.
Every time we are out we pick up two or three problems to fix, so over the course of an electoral term we really lift the area. No other Party will do this for you.
We are a strong opposition to the ruling Residents’ Association Party. I have heard one of them say that we are their ‘conscience’.
Caroline Barreto: I first moved to Epsom and Ewell as a child over 30 years ago. My dad still lives in Cuddington ward, so this is a part of the borough that is important and personal to me.
I moved back to live permanently in Epsom 9 years ago. As both a mum and a teacher, I have worked in local schools and take great pride in the community.
I am a part of Labour because I want to make positive changes at local and national level. Labour is a party that believes in properly funding public services and creating a fairer, greener society.
Kevin Davies: Kevin is a long time resident of Cuddington Ward. He wants to make Cuddington a better place.
He is the Policy Officer of the local Labour Party and very knowledgable about politics. He stood in the recent by-election in Cuddington and came second getting many more votes than the Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates.
Angela Rayner came down to support us and she is pictured with Kevin below.
Debbie Monksfield: I believe it’s time for change at a local and national level. Only Labour offer that change as they are the only party that believes in properly funding public services and creating a fairer, greener society.
I have lived in Epsom & Ewell for 39 years and am passionate about our Borough, and will work to improve our area and services and represent the interests of residents.
Sandra Hatfield: Sandra is an esteemed children’s psychotherapist who is standing to be a councillor in Ewell village where she lives. She worked in the NHS in London for many years and following her retirement moved to Ewell Village which she just adores. She loves the greenery, the history, and the peaceful tranquillity.
Sandra enjoyed the difference she made to people’s lives working in the health service. She cares deeply about the NHS and other public services as she knows how vital they are. This is why Labour is the only party for her as it is the only one that really invests in the health service and other public services.
While living in London, she worked for many years as a Labour Governor of a primary school. Sandra was also a trade unionist representing her profession in salary and condition of service negotiations and managed to get them some pretty good deals. And gosh, we could do with some councillors who could get a good deal for council tax payers right now!
Funnily enough her neighbour is one of her political opponents and the current mayor of Epsom and Ewell. You may recognise Sandra from our street stalls on Epsom High Street. Being a psychotherapist, she is amazing at talking to people, young and old. She loves to know their issues and what they would like politicians to do.
Sandra would be delighted to serve the great people of Ewell village and would make a caring, competent councillor.
Ros Godson: Hello, my name is Ros Godson and I’m hoping to become a Labour councillor for the new Horton Ward. I have lived in Epsom for 20 years and seen many changes, in particular the new developments on the hospital sites. As a nurse I feel quite nostalgic visiting some of the flats which years ago would have been home to nurses like me! If elected I will work hard for you and make sure you feel that voting is worthwhile.
Labour stands for ‘the greater good’ and is the party which believes in properly funding public services and creating a fairer, greener society. Local government and services have seen severe cutbacks under the Conservatives impacting on our schools, youth services and health.
Locally Thames Water, permitted by the Conservative government, are overflowing sewage into the Hogsmill river. I’ll campaign to stop this. I am also aghast at the threat to build more houses on the green belt and will always vote against this: if any of the green belt is given away for development then none of it will be safe.
Please use your vote wisely on Thursday 4th May
Mark Todd: Epsom and Ewell Borough Council is failing its residents badly. From a terrible local plan that seeks to destroy large tracts of our green belt, to un-let allotments, huge shortages of social housing, dwindling community centres and a dying town centre we need our Council to step up.
I have lived in Epsom for a long time and believe it’s time for change on a local and national level. Only Labour offer that change as they are the only party that believes in properly funding public services and creating a fairer, greener society.
I’m a local dad and have lived in the Borough for 14 years. I’m smart, hard working and well educated – I have a degree from Oxford University and have lots of management experience.
I’m one of the main people who wrote the business plan to save the Wells Centre and am the Treasurer of the charity saving it. I also help to organise the Tadworth 10 race every race on the Downs and am a member of the local tree board.
I’d be a great, hard working councillor and I’ll always vote to save the green belt.
Gaye Hadfield: My name is Gaye Hadfield , I have lived in the borough for over 20 years and my children grew up here. I recently retired from a career in scientific research; I worked in both commercial and academic environments and for several years I managed a research group at Epsom Hospital.
I am standing as the Labour candidate in the Nonsuch Ward. I believe now is time for change at a local and national level. Only Labour offer that change as they believe in treating everyone equally and properly funding public services. In keeping with Labour values, I will work to support all residents and to make the borough a safer, fairer, greener place to live.
Ian Ward: I have lived in the borough for 9 years.
The Residents Association have gone bust on any ideas they had to improve the borough and it is only the Labour Party who can end this stagnation.
My aims and values are :
More police on patrol outside of Epsom Town centre to counter the criminal minded in the borough.
More sustainable housing which is affordable for all.
Aim for better transport links around the borough especially at night, including getting train timetable back to the pre-2021 levels.
Making sure roads and pathways are repaired and maintained, they are appalling in nonsuch and other parts of the borough at present
Aiming for a cleaner environment and helping to keep the borough as green as possible
Only the labour party has the will and the enthusiasm to bring about changes that Epsom & Ewell needs.
Please vote on 4th May, VOTE LABOUR .
Rob Adnitt and Catherine Carver-Hill
Richard Chinn: I am standing as a councillor to make Epsom and Ewell a safer, greener, more efficient borough. I moved into the borough 30 years ago when I started working at WS Atkins. Since then I have lived in the borough with my family.
I was a marine engineering apprentice and progressed on to become a Chartered Engineer. I have spent my life working in the engineering and construction sector focusing on the design and development of UK and international airports.
I believe engineering is a poorly understood profession by politicians and local government. There is a real need for serious long-term planning of the infrastructure, utilities and public services needed to serve a growing Epsom & Ewell population.
We need energy efficient housing, the elimination of pollution, a power infrastructure to support modern electric vehicles and roads repaired promptly and properly. There are many solutions already available however it takes the will, courage and money to make the investment leaps necessary to create a future that will be less destructive to our climate.
With Labour members and councillors, I will knock on doors to support ward residents and to work towards improving our environment in Epsom and Ewell.
Karen Landles: People across Epsom and Ewell are suffering badly, from rising costs of energy, going to work, to even food. The government is failing to help people, but we see poor choices locally too – the Wells Centre is a prime example.
It is time for change; the RA is simply out of their depth in the face of the current challenges. I want to be one of the people changing things for the better.
Sue Hoyle: I am standing as a Councillor as I want to improve the lives of people in the borough and make it a fairer and greener environment to grow up, live and work in. Labour are the only party that believe in properly funded public and local services. It is time for change to a party that will work for all residents and that is the Labour party.
Ragu Raymond: Committed local Labour Party member who lives in Epsom and Ewell.
John Stuart Gosling: I’m a local resident and the local Labour Party Secretary. I live just off Church Rd in the centre of Epsom. I’d love to be a councillor to make Epsom a fairer, greener and safer place.
My priorities would be to fix our roads and pavements, make the town safer, development that works for everyone, a thriving town centre and better public transport.
Sarah Kenyon: I have worked with Epsom’s Labour councillors – Kate, Rob and Debbie – over the past few years and I am inspired by their dedication and determination to serve their Ward and to help people with difficult issues no matter how big or small.
As Labour councillors and candidates we have shared values – we want to see good local services for everyone and a council which recognises the different needs of different people in our communities.
From the long-term failure to deliver social and affordable housing to disastrous short term decisions such as the closure of The Wells Centre, the Residents Association councillors have let us down time and again and I believe it really is time for change.
I want to be part of an energised and forward-looking council and play a part in creating a Borough which younger people – teachers, health workers, IT and finance professionals of the future – can feel positive and hopeful about.
Jason Anderson: I have lived in West Ewell for nine years and I work in the local ambulance service.
In my job, I see first hand the terrible damage Conservative cuts are doing. The local area needs improved public services for health, education and transport and I’d fight for these.
Locally, the general state of roads and pavements have fallen far behind what’s acceptable. I have no doubt that Labour policies will improve our area for everyone.
Woodcote and Langley Vale
Abbey Bloom: I work in education and live in Epsom. I’d like to make the area a better, greener place.
Mike Westbrook: Woodcote & Langley Vale definitely needs fresh thinking on amenities, services & local transport links as well as fewer road potholes, which I offer as your Labour & Co-operative Party candidate. In addition, a greener more rational way of achieving objectives for housing etc is the sensible way to plan ahead. I first moved to Epsom in 1972 with Alma maters @ Portsmouth, Manchester & Greenwich Universities.
I’m a retired STEM teacher & Head of Physics, father of three adult professional sons, a life member of the Magistrates Association as well as Woodcote Bridge & Croquet club member. Local Government experience: John Ruskin Oxford Summer school 1977. Co-operation is the way forward for Woodcote & Langley Vale residents, not the current rag-tag of confrontational policies.
Promoted by Stuart Gosling on behalf of all candidates all at 8 Grove Road, Epsom, KT17 4DF.