In under 2 weeks, on the 2nd May, we have the County Council elections. This year will see a change from what we are used to, because of the reduction in the number of councillors and the redrawing of the County Ward Boundaries. Currently, the Quedgeley ward covers all of Quedgeley and Kingsway and has 2 Councillors to cover the area. This is going to change to having Quedgeley Ward covering the traditional area of Quedgeley up to the A38, and then a new ward called Grange and Kingsway covering Kingsway, Grange and Copeland Park. Both of these wards will have 1 Councillor each.
It is a great honour for me to have been selected as the Labour Candidate for the Grange and Kingsway Ward. I have lived here in Kingsway for over 5 years with my wife and 3 young children. Throughout this time I have been working hard within our community both as the founding Chairman of Kingsway Residents Association and as a Councillor on the Quedgeley Parish Council, I put community at the heart of everything that I do. From instigating the annual Big Lunch celebrations that have gone from strength to strength within Kingsway to holding public meetings for people to find out what is going on in our community and to enable them to put their issues directly to those responsible.
When talking to residents, one of the most common complaints is that politicians are “all the same”. However many people who have met me know that in this instance, this is not the case. You don’t just see me at election time. I believe in Labour values of decency, humanity and helping people where I can hence why I joined the Party, but I am also very clear on why I want to be a County Councillor, and that is to work for our community to make sure we are properly and actively represented.
I am constantly out and about, making myself available to anyone who needs it. I am also very active on social media both Twitter and Facebook and while it is not everyone’s’ cup of tea, I think it is important for anyone to be able to get in touch, by whatever means is most useful for them.
Our community is very important to me and I want to see it continue to grow in the way it has, and that is with the residents at the heart of the development and having our input taken on board. For example, the change from the bowling green to something more useful, the long but finally successful campaign to get the Naas Lane link road opened and the speed awareness campaign that I instigated. I am a great believer in positive action, just highlighting complaints is not enough, I believe in working with people to ensure that residents’ concerns are raised with the right people, and to keep going to ensure complaints are addressed.
So, when it comes to the 2nd May, please do take 10 minutes to pop to the polling station (Which is at the Kingsway Community Centre and NOT at the school as usual) and vote for me, Barry Kirby, to be your County Councillor and together we can ensure that our community grows and develops in a great way.