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Astrid Thorpe - Candidate for the Haldens By-Election on November 17, 2016

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Hello,

My name is Astrid and I live in Welwyn Garden City with my family.

Haldens is a lovely ward.

I am here every day taking my son to school at Springmead.

I have lots of friends in the ward through his school and I am regularly impressed with the community spirit.

This is set to be put to the test by the hundreds of new houses planned for the area. While I agree that people need somewhere to live, I object strongly to the fact that 750 homes are planned for the airfield alone when there are only 700 in total for all the surrounding villages. This will have a tremendous impact on the local infrastructure and I am ready to take the council to task about it.

School places are already an issue in the ward and the new houses will only make that worse, GP’s waiting lists will get longer and the need for proper bus services will be greater. It’s outrageous that Tory Councillors are sitting on millions of pounds of money that is meant to be solving these very issues.

Too often the problems we face locally can be caused by kids and young adults with nothing better to do due to services for young people being cut.

I will fight for better provision for young people, as well as shouting about cuts to bin services, streetlights and general maintenance in the ward.

I am an experienced active campaigner, and if I am elected to represent the people of Haldens

I will be committed to them completely.

Haldens has had a number of different Councillors in a short space of time, but I’m here for the long haul.

Unlike the Conservative Councillors who recently backed huge pay rises for themselves, I genuinely want to help this community.

 

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