Quintet bidding for Sheffield Council East Ecclesfield seat

Voters go to the polls to elect new members to Sheffield Council on Thursday, May 22.
Voters go to the polls to elect new members to Sheffield Council on Thursday, May 22.

Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in East Ecclesfield ward.

Five candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Steve Wilson and Coun Joyce Wright.

The candidates are:

PAULINE ANDREWS, of The Wheel, Ecclesfield – UKIP

Awaiting information

HILLARY GAY, of Royd Lane, Deepcar – Conservative Party

Awaiting information

KAYE HORSFIELD, of Thornbrook Close, Chapeltown – Green Party

The final-year nutritional therapy student is also a Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS) rep in a civil service department.

She said: “I have lived in Chapeltown since 2000 and have been a governor of Lound Infant School. I have joined thousands of local people in objecting to proposals for the destruction of Smithy Wood for a motorway service station. It is an irreplaceable historic asset of great value to our community – you can’t just plant some trees somewhere else to replace it. Chapeltown branch library is safe for now, but Ecclesfield Library is under real threat after Labour councillors voted to make it volunteer run from autumn without professional staff or adequate support and council funding. It’s a massive ask for local volunteer groups and the 16 independent libraries across the city must be given more time and support by the council.”

COLIN TAYLOR, of Park Avenue, Chapeltown – Liberal Democrat

The IT manager said: “I’ve lived in Chapeltown for 27 years and it’s disappointing to see how our area has been treated by the Labour Council. Under Labour’s watch Chapeltown toilets were closed and now Ecclesfield library faces the threat of closure after the council announced the removal of funding. Local people know that the Council need to make savings, but it’s difficult to support Labour’s plans when we read about the cash that has been wasted on office makeovers, their support for taxpayer-funded trade union officials and expensive consultants. Alongside my campaigns to save Chapeltown toilets and Ecclesfield library, I have also campaigned locally for better road safety outside Ecclesfield School, against the destruction of thousands of trees at Hesley Wood and securing improved facilities for our parks. Liberal Democrats locally work for our community all year round, not just at election time.”

GARRY WEATHERALL, of Rocher Avenue, Parson Cross – Labour

“I was proud to be again selected as the Labour Party candidate in East Ecclesfield. As a Parish and city councillor for this area, I have worked hard to protect the people of Chapeltown and Ecclesfield from the drastic funding cuts the coalition government have forced on the people of Sheffield. Despite these cuts, the Streets Ahead project is working in our area, installing new, brighter street lights and soon we will have all our roads and pavements resurfaced.”