Several long-serving councillors decided to call it a day at the last election, ushering in a new era for local politics in Havant. A host of new faces is now gracing the corridors of the Public Service Plaza. Here the new councillors introduce themselves and tell us what their priorities will be for the next four years.
Clare Satchwell (Con, Hayling East)
As a lifelong islander I was delighted be elected as a councillor for Hayling East with an overall majority.
I live and run a business on Hayling Island and in 2013 I was very proud to be named The News Online Business Woman of the Year.
As a councillor I have responsibilities to the whole of the borough, but it was my love of Hayling that initially compelled me to stand for election.
I am naturally positive and enthusiastic and I wanted to be part of helping to build a strong and sustainable future for residents and businesses.
Hayling East has a diverse population and it is essential that all residents are well represented.
I view election day as the beginning of a journey.
As well as performing ‘everyday’ council duties I have been appointed to the Havant Borough Council planning committee and Langstone Harbour Board.
Havant Borough Council does a great job and has strong ‘customer’ focused leadership.
My first month has been busy with inductions, training, helping residents, meeting the police and community groups.
I am excited about what can be achieved in the future and am grateful for the support of my experienced councillor colleagues and council officers.
Edward Rees (Con, Bedhampton)
I have lived in Havant for all of my life, I have been educated locally at Warblington School, Havant College and Portsmouth University and I work for a local chain of nursing homes.
I am incredibly proud of where I come from and the community that I am part of.
It is an honour to have been elected on to Havant Council to represent my fellow residents.
I stood to become a councillor because I care passionately about Havant.
In recent years our community has benefited from some fantastic leadership which has directed Havant forward in difficult times.
I will use my youth and energy to help achieve the best outcomes for all residents and take an active role in improving our community.
I will protect and develop our open spaces, I will help residents connect to local services, I will fight tirelessly and be the strongest voice for local people on the council.
In recent months I have built an effective relationship with our new MP Alan Mak, and together we hope that we can inspire young people to come forward and take an active role in our community.
I have already got to work and have been meeting local residents and have been addressing local problems.
I hope that together, we can all make Havant cleaner, safer and more prosperous.
Narinder Bains (Con, Cowplain)
I have lived in Cowplain for 18 years with my husband and three teenage boys.
I believe strongly in giving back to the community. I have worked in local government for 23 years, initially in the legal field and now as a community safety manager – I now prevent what I used to prosecute. I see the excellent work councillors undertake on a daily basis and thought to myself, ‘I can do that for my local community’.
I believe in improving families’ and young people’s life chances, including attainment.
As chairwoman of governors at Cowplain Community School I am very proud of the achievements of governors, staff and students in achieving a good Ofsted report last month.
I have taken on the chair of Westbrook Hall and am delighted to be the council’s representative on the Cowplain Activity Centre Association.
I knew Ray Elsmore who was killed on Tempest Avenue and I will work with my colleagues and Hampshire County Council to ensure road safety measures are implemented.
I will work with police to ensure Cowplain stays safe and maximises links with Neighbourhood Watch and Hampshire Alert.
I am a down-to-earth working mum who cares about my community and knows the importance of keeping council tax low, maintaining a safe and clean environment and dealing with your council-related queries promptly.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be Cowplain’s representative and won’t let you down.
Rivka Cresswell (Con, Emsworth)
I came to live with my husband in Emsworth 30 years ago.
It was a nostalgic return for him as he had started school here.
It didn’t take long for me to appreciate what an interesting and beautiful place Emsworth is and I quickly fell in love with it.
So when I was approached to consider being a councillor I grasped the opportunity to support Emsworth and its residents.
I have worked all my life and have had experience as a schoolteacher; in hotel management and as a customer service manager in a large retail company.
When I retired from full-time work I spent another eight years managing an exclusive cookwear shop in Emsworth, gathering useful knowledge and an understanding of the local businesses and their problems.
I will look to improving and maintaining the flood defences and protecting our parks, harbour, coastline and wildlife.
I will also do my best for Emsworth by supporting and working with the residents, businesses and the various groups that make it such a vibrant and friendly town.
Diana Patrick (Con, Stakes)
I came to the area in 1985, when my ex-husband was posted on secondment to the Navy at HMS Dryad.
I became a resident of Bedhampton and lived there for 26 years. I stood for election as both a ward councillor and a county councillor before relocating to Cowplain two years ago. Coming from a service background, my childhood was spent travelling and this gave me the opportunity of meeting people from all walks of life, something I enjoyed very much.
I have always had a desire to contribute to the community, and being very much a ‘people person’; the experiences I have had in my life, and my upbringing as the daughter of a disciplined and totally dedicated army doctor has stood me in good stead over the years.
A sense of community is very important to me, and the residents of Stakes can be assured that I will serve them to the very best of my ability.
I look forward to the possibility of setting up ward surgeries where they will have the opportunity to meet me and discuss issues that they feel need addressing.
I also look forward to working closely with the police officers assigned to the ward and have already met the team. The welfare and education of our children, and the care of our elderly are my two main interests, and I am a governor of Bidbury Infants School.
I very much hope that the next four years will be an exciting and rewarding time for me and the residents of Stakes.
Gary Hughes (Con, Purbrook)
A resident of Purbrook for over 20 years and chairman of the Purbrook & Widley Area Residents’ Association (PAWARA) for the past 18 months, I only considered standing for the council last November.
In assuming the role of PAWARA chairman (back in January 2014), I started to understand the structure of local government and the close links with organisations such as the police, church and schools, as well as community groups.
However, it was realisation that the West of Waterlooville development will have a significant impact on the residents of Purbrook and Widley that made me want to work towards an integration that is achieved through accommodation rather than being imposed.
People say that ‘community spirit’ is dying.
It has been my experience during my time as PAWARA chairman and while campaigning to be elected as a councillor for Pubrook ward, that it is thriving; many people do good things for their community and neighbours without ever drawing attention to their efforts… typically ‘British’.
Since being elected, I have been on a steep learning curve to understand the workings of the council; understanding how to get things done for the residents and wider community. I hope to continue as chairman of PAWARA.
Tim Pike (Con, Havant St Faith’s)
I was delighted to be elected by the people of Havant to represent them on Havant Borough Council.
It was humbling seeing the number of people who had taken the time to cast their votes for me. I very much hope to repay the trust they have shown.
The St Faith’s ward that I now represent is at the centre of the borough’s activities, and I aim to place Havant as a great place to live, to do business and to visit.
The council has for some time been focusing on delivering great services without increasing council tax.
I’m hoping to use my experience to encourage our residents and businesses to work together to improve our area - without necessarily always needing the council to intervene.
I have experience to bring from working in national charities, for the Department for Education, in local government and now running my own business, Northney Dairy, which supplies milk and ice cream to a wide variety of local establishments.
I have also been active in the community, in particular as district commissioner for Havant Scouts, and as an active member of my church.
I’m looking forward to understanding even more about the local issues affecting my area, and how I can address them.
I welcome contact from residents and businesses via firstname.lastname@example.org.