Local elections 2021: Meet our candidates in Reigate & Banstead

On 6 May 2021, you have a chance to vote for councillors to represent you on both Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council.

If you’ve got a Green candidate standing where you live, please support them! You can print a poster to put in your window to show your support.

If you would like to deliver leaflets, or join our campaign team, please email info@eastsurreygp.org.uk.

Candidates for Surrey County Council

Candidates for Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Candidates for Surrey County Council

Earlswood and Reigate South – Catherine Baart

Catherine has lived south of Reigate for over 30 years, working first in Financial Services and then as a teacher. She says: “Surrey’s financial success brings pressures, causing social inequality and threats to our environment. I will challenge ‘business as usual’ attitudes, seek alternatives and hold the dominant party to account on its climate emergency declaration. I will stand up for people and nature in this part of Surrey.”

Horley East – Shasha Khan

Shasha is a Domestic Energy Assessor. He lives in the borough with his wife and two young daughters. He says, “I have a strong track record in representing our community. In 2014 I challenged a neighbouring Council in the High Courts for approving an application to build a health-damaging incinerator. The Conservatives are sitting on a massive majority on the Council, which is unhealthy for democratic accountability.”

Merstham and Banstead South – Kumari Lane

Kumari is an academic lawyer who has lived in the Redhill/Reigate area since 1981. She says, “Vote for the Green Party if you believe in a healthy society with a safe and clean environment; a publicly-funded health service; adequate housing; properly funded, accessible higher education; workers’ rights and good public transport.”

Nork & Tattenhams  – Alistair Morten

Alistair lives locally with his family and works in Further Education. As a Green Party member for over 25 years, he believes that only the Green Party is committed to creating communities that are vibrant, inclusive and sustainable.

 

Redhill East  – Jonathan Essex

Jonathan  is a chartered civil engineer. He has served on the Borough Council since 2010 and the County Council since 2013.  He says, “I have served as your County Councillor for the last eight years. I have worked hard to get things done in Redhill. I hope you will re-elect me so I can carry on representing you, standing up for vulnerable residents and working to make Surrey a better and greener place to live.”

Reigate  – Paul Chandler

Paul is a retired IT worker with a passion for exercise and the environment. He says: “I want to see children safely walking and cycling in clean air, enjoying green spaces and play areas in their local community. We must combat climate change with local initiatives to improve air quality, rewild green spaces, provide sustainable energy and insulate homes. I will involve local people in decision making and spending.”

Tadworth, Walton & Kingswood – Roger Ponsford

Roger is a retired environmental consultant who has lived in Walton-on-The-Hill since 1971. Through his work primarily with construction-related companies he has seen how the design, construction and operation of buildings can be so much more sustainable. He would like to improve the balance of power within the council and be in a position to influence decisions so that more environmentally acceptable options are chosen.

 

Candidates for Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Banstead Village – Sophie Rowlands

Sophie says: “I am a local GP who feels passionately about social and environmental issues affecting the local community. I also feel it is important to give voters the option to vote for a party other than the two mainstream parties. The Green Party have a strong focus on important issues, including supporting our NHS, and taking a stand on environmental issues.”

Chipstead, Kingswood & Woodmansterne – Jennie Pope

Earlswood & Whitebushes – Joseph Booton and Della Torra

Joseph  lives and grew up locally, works in Reigate and performs Punch and Judy shows across Surrey, including at the Earlswood Carnival. Joseph is committed to protecting our local parks and open spaces from development, standing up for vital public services and fighting for affordable housing. Joseph will be an independent voice on the Council.

Della moved to Earlswood in 2007 with her husband. Both their children attend local schools. Currently a full-time mum, previously Della travelled the world with a career in television and publishing. She is with Community Speed Watch and campaigns for traffic calming and safer conditions for pedestrians, especially children and those who are disabled or visually impaired.

Hooley, Merstham & Netherne – Soo Abram

Soo is a graphic designer who has lived in Redhill for over 30 years. She says, “Sound environmental policy, freedom, fairness and social justice are entirely compatible with the success of the business sector, local communities and the country as a whole. The shift away from these values by the mainstream parties is already damaging society. The Green Party has the vision, policies and will to re-establish these values.”

Horley Central &  South – William Watson

William is an accountant and auditor. He lives in the borough with his wife and daughter. William says, “Sustainability on a global level starts locally and the environmental impact needs to be the key driver in the decisions taken by local councils, looking to the future, not the past. The Green Party is the only party that will do this.”

Horley East & Salfords – Shasha Khan

Shasha is a Domestic Energy Assessor. He lives in the borough with his wife and two young daughters. He says, “I have a strong track record in representing our community. In 2014 I challenged a neighbouring Council in the High Courts for approving an application to build a health-damaging incinerator. Presently the Conservatives are sitting on a massive majority on the Council which is unhealthy for democratic accountability.”

Lower Kingswood, Tadworth and Walton – Jake Peet

Redhill East – Sue Sinden

Sue is a retired nurse and community activist. She has lived in Redhill since the 1960s and brought up her family here. Sue has been a Borough Councillor for two years, is a Council rep on Age Concern Merstham Redhill & Reigate, and has worked on many issues, from tackling litter and flytipping to pushing for PPE for hospital workers.

Redhill West & Wray Common – Frank Percy

Frank Percy has lived in Redhill for 15 years. A former Design & Technology Technician at the Warwick School, he works as a musician, performing at several local popular venues. He says: “Voting Green can bring about some radical changes and huge benefits right here in our local community; it is certainly not a ’wasted’ vote.”

Reigate – Andrew Proudfoot

Andrew Proudfoot is a Biologist and Secondary School teacher who has lived in the area for 30 years. He says, “With a genuine focus on the environment, which recognises the global climate crisis and damage to wildlife, a Green Vote also delivers modern, well thought out community services for all”.

 

South Park & Woodhatch – Paul Chandler

Paul is a retired IT worker with a passion for exercise and the environment. He says: “I want to see children safely walking and cycling in clean air, enjoying green spaces and play areas in their local community. We must combat climate change with local initiatives to improve air quality, rewild green spaces, provide sustainable energy and insulate homes. I will involve local people in decision making and spending.”

Tattenham Corner & Preston – Alistair Morten

Alistair lives locally with his family and works in Further Education. As a Green Party member for over 25 years, he believes that only the Green Party is committed to creating communities that are vibrant, inclusive and sustainable.

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Frederick Hodge
    Posted April 29, 2021 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    With the election just one week away when am I going to receive any election address from your candidate?

    • admin
      Posted April 29, 2021 at 8:26 am | Permalink

      Hi Frederick, If you have not heard from us yet, you are not in one of the areas that we are campaigning in. We don’t have the resources (human or financial) to campaign to win everywhere, so we target our efforts in selected wards and divisions where we have a real chance of winning. This strategy has worked for us so far. Fortunately our numbers are growing and we are targeting more areas each time.

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