Meet your Fareham Borough Council candidates
AHEAD of the local elections on May 6 we spoke to candidates vying for a spot on Fareham Borough Council to find out more.
Stephen Ingram - Conservative: For Fareham East I will liaise with police to get up-to-date reports on crime in the area and tackle the ever-growing drug problems by providing rehabilitation centres. I will expedite social services for all our young, old and disabled residents and help speed up help to the people who need it most. I will help supply more youth centres and professional mentors for children who need additional support.
Gemma Oughton - Labour: I would like the opportunity to support the community of Fareham East where I have lived and worked for the last six years, to hear residents’ concerns and provide a voice within the council to create, support and deliver solutions. I will dedicate my efforts towards the regeneration of our town centre, to pursue a much needed increase in green initiatives and to prioritise housing developments on brownfield sites, away from our green spaces.
Paul Sturgess - Independent: I was born in Portsmouth but moved and was educated in Fareham and have lived here 15 years. Local politics does not need the party system. Too often councillors are coerced to toe the party line rather than do what is best for their electorate. Truly independent councillors can do this rather than just be lobby fodder. Priorities: increase footfall in shopping areas, reduce antisocial behaviour and allow only sustainable development.
Katrina Trott - Liberal Democrats: Katrina Trott has lived and taught in Fareham since 1970, representing Fareham East ward on the council since 2002. With a reputation for caring for our environment, responding to residents’ concerns and working with council officers to get things done, Katrina also volunteers with the Wallington Village Community Association, Friday Night Charity, Fareham Town Monday Lunch Club and was a governor of Harrison Primary School. She hopes to continue working for local people.
Louise Clubley - Conservative: I am a lifetime resident of Fareham and have a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment to serve the local community. Having grown up with both parents active within the community, it is something that comes naturally to me. I have represented many residents on matters of concern and always try to help, ensuring the wellbeing of fellow residents. I wish to continue representing Fareham North ward residents views and assisting with issues.
David Harrison - Green: I am married, with grown-up children and two grand-children. I have lived in North Fareham since 1975 and been a Green Party candidate in most elections since 1992. Our message for the environment and social justice matters to us all. Words are not enough, it is time for action. It is time for a cleaner, greener and fairer Fareham – time for a Green on Fareham Borough Council, this year more than ever.
Nicholas Knight - Labour: Nick has lived in the borough for around 25 years and has three children, who all attended Brookfield school. Nick is a keen advocate of cycling and walking
and would like to see a higher focus given to encouraging these, both locally and nationally. He also believes in electoral reform, and that some form of proportional representation should be introduced, so that the make up of councillors/MPs better reflects the votes cast for parties.
Ciaran Urry-Tuttiett - Liberal Democrats: Ciaran Urry-Tuttiett has lived in Portchester/Fareham his whole life and now lives in Funtley. He is standing for Fareham North. Ciaran is deeply committed to local communities and will work to keep our places safe, clean, and friendly.
Jeannie Wigmore - Independent: I’m standing for the first time as an Independent because I believe that the area I live in should be looked after along with the people residing in it.
I’m passionate about wildlife and also about people trying to make a difference, such as a small group called Baby Bundles on Facebook, who help mothers in Fareham with newborns who struggle to make ends meet. I will fight for what is right. Please vote.
Fareham North West
Fred Birkett - Conservative: If you re-elect me, I will promote Fareham North West as a place to invest in youth projects and our community centre. I will support calls to enhance our local services and protect our environment. I seek to continue the delivery of social housing. I will urge for tougher fines for those that litter and work with the local and county councils to help reduce the impact of inconsiderate parking.
Gemma Furnivall - Labour: I am hoping to represent the community in Fareham North West. I live, work and am raising my family in Fareham and am hoping to provide a voice on the council for residents, especially those who may struggle to be heard. I believe that we need to improve the safety of our streets, work on the regeneration of our town centre and protect our green spaces and the environment for future generations.
Jan Mondey - Independent: One reason I am standing is to try and stop the decline in Fareham. It used to be a busy market town, but over the years it’s become a ghost town. I also feel very passionate about the strategic gaps between Fareham and Gosport. We need green fields, wildlife and somewhere to go for solace. If nothing else this pandemic has more than proved this.
Dominic Wong - Liberal Democrats: Dominic Wong is an independent game developer and has worked on award winning titles such as Where Cards Fall and Sudeki. His family has lived in Fareham since 2004.
Keith Barton - Independent: Hi, my name is Cllr Keith Barton, and I am seeking re-election for Fareham South and I am also standing for the Fareham Town Hampshire Seat as an Independent. I am an electrical engineer, but later went into IT. I am fighting for a more transparent and democratic council where the people get more say in where money is spent, and I want to stop some of the development that is detrimental to Fareham.
James Fowler - Liberal Democrats: James Fowler a local business and IT consultant is standing in the Fareham South for election to Fareham Borough Council. As a father and a school governor, he is passionate about education. James pledges to ensure the council are focussed on protecting green spaces, delivering sensible affordable housing, helping businesses get back on their feet and reducing Fareham’s carbon footprint.
Nick Gregory - Conservative: My aim for Fareham South is to clean up the Gillies and surrounding areas. I want to help in cutting crime by working with agencies in all areas of the local government system. I will work with Hampshire County Council to improve roads and pavements and with local transport companies to maintain local bus services. I will keep track of environmental issues such as traffic congestion and pollution on the A32.
Nick Lyle - Green: Fareham urgently needs a green voice on the council to build plans and take action for environmental, economic, and social justice. In the 2019 general election I stood as the Fareham Green Party parliamentary candidate. We had an excellent result, nearly doubling the number of Green Party votes when compared to the 2017 election.
Andrew Mooney - Labour: Andrew has lived in Fareham for 26 years and currently works for a large local employer. He has a particular interest in fitness, health and wellbeing, and undertakes a number of voluntary and charity raising activities each year. A keen cyclist, Andrew is concerned about the availability of affordable and social housing in Fareham, the importance of preserving green spaces against over development and the need to provide alternative environmentally friendly transport options within Fareham.
Tina Ellis - Conservative: I have served Fareham West ward for five years. I have been married 36 years with three children and lived in the Ward for 56 years. I want to ensure Fareham continues to be a place residents are proud of and that enhances their lives both in the built and green environment it provides.
Verden Meldrum - Labour: I am running for election as I would like to bring my experience and expertise of working on highways to the service of my local community. I would also like to bring some difference to the council.
Rowena Palmer - Liberal Democrats: Rowena Palmer is standing for Fareham West, having lived in the area for over 34 years. With broad experience of volunteering locally, including with the school PTA, community hub and the local SSAFA group for over 30 years, Rowena is passionate about protecting green spaces and campaigns to fight against uncontrolled urbanisation.
Steve Richards - Reform UK: A retired lecturer who was an electronics design engineer working on MoD projects. Has a keen understanding of what does and does not work in the real world. He is someone who believes that politicians should serve the public not the other way round. Since retirement, he has become a school governor and continues to update his technical text books. He is keen to bring his experience to the public sector.
John Vivian - Green: Married and lived in Fareham for over 30 years. Member of the Green Party for over 20 years. Stood in Fareham South three times. Love travel, meeting people and learning languages and getting knowledge of the world. Very keen transport campaigner and supporter of nationalising public transport and locally working for improved access to our local hospitals for those without a car.
Gerald Drabble - Independent: My objectives for Hill Head are: to conserve the strategic gap, to oppose any further house building unless it does not directly impact on the local area, to have the streetlights turned back on again at night, which will lessen the risk of crime and make it safer for the residents of Hill Head, to fight for the glider club to be returned to Daedalus and to locate space for community allotments.
Ivan Gray - Labour: Ivan has lived in Stubbington and Hill Head for 30 years. After a career as a social worker, he became director of the centre specialising in health, social care, and public services management at Portsmouth university. He is a life-long trade unionist and former governor at Crofton Secondary School. Ivan’s passion is protecting and enhancing our coastal environment and wants to see the rewilding of the Stubbington strategic gap for community benefit and public leisure.
David Hamilton - Liberal Democrats: David Hamilton has lived in Fareham since 2015. With a career in insurance, his wife runs a small business locally and his two children attend the nearby schools. He is excited to be standing for the Hill Head ward and is focused on local issues that residents feel are really important.
Kay Mandry - Conservative: I was born and lived in Stubbington, then moved to Hill Head. I am a founding member and treasurer of Crofton Youth Project the Local Youth Club, I also support Stubbington Fayre as a committee member. I am a trustee of the Randal Cremer Trust and chairman of the trustees of the Hammond Memorial Trust. It has been an honour supporting and helping residents in the village community over the last few years.
Darren Alderson-Hall - Liberal Democrats: Darren Alderson-Hall lived in Locks Heath throughout his childhood and returned to settle in the area over eight years ago. Having worked for the NHS for over 10 years, Darren serves as a team leader on the front line. He is passionate about the most vulnerable in society and is standing to represent Locks Heath.
Angela Carr - Labour: I am the Labour Party candidate for Locks Heath in Fareham. A retired college lecturer who has lived in Locks Heath for 40 years. If elected I would work towards safer cycle routes for families throughout Locks Heath and the rest of Fareham. I would like to see children’s play areas extended to include free tennis courts, netball/basketball courts and small football/rugby pitches. I will rigorously pursue relevant issues that concern Locks Heath residents.
Malcolm Daniells - Conservative: I moved to the borough in 2018 and work for a local charity in their HR department. I wish to use my skills, knowledge and passion to improve the quality of life for all residents by making the local area more environmentally friendly and ensuring it remains well maintained and cared for. I hope to bring a fresh young approach to the council, as well as being a strong voice for the residents of Locks Heath.
John Boyle - Labour: I’ve lived in Fareham and Park Gate for 40 years. I’m a charity worker dealing mainly with homeless veterans and disadvantaged young people. A keen cyclist, open water swimmer and slow motion jogger . I was an original member of the Titchfield Festival Theatre Company. On local issues - too much development without infrastructure improvements, not enough facilities for young people, lack of cycleways and no access to the police since the closure of the police station.
Graham Everdell - Liberal Democrats: Graham Everdell has lived with his family in Park Gate since 2003 and is standing for Fareham council’s Park Gate seat. With his three sons at university and college, and now retired from a career in financial services, Graham is seeking the opportunity to positively influence how Fareham council serves all residents of the borough.
Simon Martin, - Conservative: I have been a councillor since 2016 and was executive member for street scene until recently, when I took over as executive member for planning and development for the borough. Fareham is a wonderful place to live and I am committed to improving the wellbeing of residents and also the environment in which we live. I will fight for improvements in funding to local projects and represent residents on matters that concern them.
Bob Murphy - Independent: Councils all over the country are electing Independent councillors. Voters are fed up with elected representatives blindly following the party line imposed from above and resorting to school playground insults and name calling. I promise to listen in person, on the phone, by email and Facebook. If Park Gate seems to want something which I am uncomfortable with, as your delegate, I will vote as instructed.
David Smith - Workers Party of Britain: I have been a resident in the area all my life and for 12 years I served as a councillor locally. Having been active in politics for many years, I have witnessed first-hand the opportunism of the other parties. The Workers Party represents the interests of working class people. I am standing, not for career advancement, but to serve the local hard-working people who need a change from the usual. Labour, Tory, same old story.
Trevor Alford - Independent: I moved to Portchester seven years ago. Prior to that, I was a ward councillor, and a cabinet member within Brighton and Hove unitary council between 2007 and 2011. Subsequently, I stood as a Portchester East candidate in 2016 in the Fareham local elections. Being the totally honest and fully transparent person that I believe I am, I am sure that I can be a positive force for Portchester.
Melojane Herbert - Conservative: If you elect me, I will focus on improving the precinct to make it appealing to modern generations. I will concentrate on involving younger generations and adapt plans to empower them to lead us in the future. I will work closely with the new police and crime commissioner to try and reduce anti-social behaviour. I will lobby the borough council for a greener Portchester by installing electric charging points, planting trees and creating more recycling incentives.
Jean Kelly - Liberal Democrats: Jean Kelly has lived in Portchester for 12 years and is a trustee of Portchester Community Association, helping at the hub with the craft club, art classes and the annual gala. Jean writes regularly in the Portchester News, keeping residents informed with local matters including environmental concerns and is determined to be an active councillor working for the community in Portchester East.
Richard Ryan - Labour: I’ve lived in Portchester for 44 years. A former Portchester county and borough councillor who worked hard for our local community. Still active in local affairs,
one of my current roles is as a governor for a Portchester schools’ federation. I have the proven skills to represent you on Fareham Borough Council and Hampshire County Council. With your support I’ll be able to serve Portchester where I’ve lived for most of my adult life.
Ashley Brown - Liberal Democrats: Ashley Brown has lived locally for the past 38 years. With three sons all attending state schools, he enjoys being an active member of the community. Ashley seeks to be elected in Portchester West so he can work to make the necessary changes to address our local environment, climate change and a prosperous borough for employment opportunities.
Leslie Ricketts - Labour: Lived in Fareham for 35 years moving from Kent due to railway employment. Worked for railway 46 years on operational duties, ending as a senior
supervisor on retirement. Active in trade union duties in various roles, as vice chairman then chairman and as a branch secretary. Have been active in the Labour Party, Portchester Branch now as treasurer. Have an interest of local affairs have been a school governor.
Nicholas Walker - Conservative: I have been a councillor in Portchester for over 30 years and have always put Portchester's interests first. Some pledges are to continue to protect the important countryside areas which form the local gaps between Fareham and Portchester and support initiatives for our youth to ensure there is a wide variety of activities to suit their needs.
Joanne Bull - Conservative: I am the vice-chairman of Whiteley Community Association, Sarisbury InTouch team leader and governor of Sarisbury C of E Junior School. I have a huge interest in providing diversionary activities for children to keep them engaged and off the streets. With this in mind, I created and run a not-for-profit community interest company - Solent Stars - which is a children’s motorcycle display team where the children aged five–14 learn discipline and the importance of teamwork.
Peter Davison - Liberal Democrats: Peter Davison has lived in Fareham since 1977 and brought up four children here. Now retired from a career in computing he is standing for Fareham council’s Sarisbury seat. Having got involved with local politics at the time of the EU referendum in 2016, Peter is now chair of Fareham’s Lib Dems.
Geoffrey Townley - Independent: I have lived in various parts of Fareham since 1959 and have lived in the western wards since 1980. I had been running my own business since 1995, having previously worked as an engineer and then a senior manager for British Gas. I have been a supporter of Conservative values which mean ‘small government,’ low taxes and self-reliance, but with a social duty.
James Webb - Labour: James Webb has been a teacher serving a local community for 19 years. He is committed to providing a broad education to all. It is with this ethos that he would strive to seek the best for the local community of Salisbury if elected. James is passionate about the future; ensuring children have the best opportunities, in school and out in the local community.
Tom Fowler - Labour: Tom graduated from Exeter University and now works at Citizens Advice in Southampton as volunteer recruitment organiser. He lives in Stubbington with his partner and her parents, so understands the challenges young people face in setting up home and becoming independent. He is passionate about environmental protection and keen to enable those without their own transport to get about more easily by improved public transport services. He is also a member of the Co-operative Party
Pal Hayre - Conservative: In my 25 years of living in Stubbington, I have become a governor at a local school, instrumental in the Love Stubbington project supporting local businesses, and the president for the Crofton Lions charity. As a mother, resident and former business woman I have the experience, passion, energy and commitment to serve the local community. I understand the concerns and hopes of the local residents, and will continue to listen, engage and act on issues that matter.
Carolyn Heneghan - Independent: I am happy to vote for an independent, who believes in transparency, honesty and integrity, supporting the seven principles of public life. These include: selflessness – acting solely in terms of public interest, objectivity – holders of this office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly, on merit using best evidence and without discrimination or bias, and accountability.
Jimmy Roberts - Liberal Democrats: Jimmy Roberts is standing for election to Hampshire County Council to represent Crofton. Well known within the local community, Jimmy is actively working to raise local priorities and resist central government edicts that would further weaken the local environment.
Justin Grimley - Liberal Democrats: I was born in Portsmouth and attended schools in Fareham. I was first elected to Fareham Borough Council in 2008, following in the footsteps of my late father, Councillor Malcolm Harper. If I am re-elected, I will ensure Titchfield ward remains a pleasant place to live. I will insist that all public areas are kept clean and tidy and will represent residents on local matters.
Tiffany Harper - Conservative: In my 25 years of living in Stubbington, I have become a governor at a local school, instrumental in Love Stubbington project supporting local businesses, and the president for the Crofton Lions charity. As a mother, resident and former business woman I have the experience, passion, energy and commitment to serve the local community. I understand the concerns and hopes of the local residents, and will continue to listen, engage and act on issues that matter.
Michael Prior - Labour: Age 64, Michael is a Titchfield resident. He is currently treasurer of Fareham Labour Party and a school governor. He has previously been a Fareham councillor serving as chair of housing, and deputy leader of the council. He fought for Fareham constituency for Labour in the 1997 General Election. Michael takes a particular interest in housing and planning issues and will fight to ensure that local voices are heard in council decision making.
Sandra Abrams - Liberal Democrats: Having lived in the area for over 15 years and with broad experience in local politics, Sandra is keen to fight against government plans to increase urbanisation in our area, protecting our environment and ensuring accessibility to good quality community services
James Carr - Labour: I served on Fareham Borough Council from 1996 to 2000. I ensured that I was always available to my constituents and always replied to letters and visited constituents when asked to do so. I sat on the highways and leisure services committees. I encouraged the planting of trees and flowers across the borough and the development of safe cycleways.
Sarah Pankhurst - Conservative: I was first elected as borough councillor for Titchfield Common ward in 2012 and am standing again for Titchfield Common ward and also Fareham Titchfield county division. I have experience as a school governor at Park Gate Primary School and work for NHS 111. This has given me valuable insight into the problems experienced in education and I am proud to work with NHS key workers.
Aimee White - Independent: I've lived in Fareham most of my life. I love the area. I love the green fields and I am sad that planners want to build on them. I'm more used to campaigning for disability equality as my daughter was born with a disability, and I'd never thought of running for election before. I've decided to stand, to scrutinise future decisions, continue to advocate for disability inclusion, and to stand up for what's right and fair.
Antony Ferraro - Labour: Born in London of British and Italian parents, Antony moved down to Fareham in 1988. Local government can play a pivotal role in helping people in the most difficult and challenges of situations. If elected, he would want to represent these issues, as well as an environmental agenda in the borough. He would also really like to focus on how we can improve the situation of young adults in the borough and general health and wellbeing.
Michael Ford - Conservative: I have represented Warsash ward on Fareham Borough Council since 2012, having lived in Warsash for over 30 years. I have always been heavily involved in our lovely local community and am keen to continue with and expand the work I have undertaken over the past nine years.
Jim Palmer - Liberal Democrats: Jim Palmer is standing for Warsash, having lived in Fareham for over 30 years. Following a career in the Royal Navy, Jim has taken a keen interest in giving back to his local community, running a community hub to provide a safe place to meet and much needed support. He has a particular interest in the environmental impact of vehicles and is a keen supporter of improved cycle routes and pedestrian areas.