Clive Gross for Central St Leonards Ward May 5 2016

Why St Leonards needs an independent voice

I first came to St Leonards in 2006 to work as a community enterprise coach. Getting off the train for the first time at Warrior Square station, I was immediately struck by the similarity to parts of South London I had grown up in and which had gone through similar ups and downs over several decades.

For the next four years I helped a huge variety of people establish or grow their businesses locally. They all bought into what St Leonards was – and could again be – and put their time, energy and money into what we all believed was an overwhelming movement towards a new and sustainable future for the town.

Having spent over 15 years in the music and entertainment industry in London working for everyone from tiny independent record labels to major international film companies, I thought I had seen ‘corporate’ behaviour at its worst until I came here and experienced how ‘charitable’ and ‘community’ organisations can behave towards each other when competing for grants! Through running my own businesses in London, Eastbourne and now St Leonards, I understand how far short of creating a sustainable local economy we still are, despite 15 years of ‘regeneration’.

I first decided to campaign as an independent in 2014 to create a debate about the changes required to achieve the future that St Leonards deserves that I did not see happening, and ask the questions of our current strategy that many seem reluctant to. Although a former member of the Liberal Democrats from the age of 15 and later the Green Party, I no longer feel any political party has the answers we require and neither party on our current Council deserves the continued opportunity to lead our town down the cul-de-sac they have been.

I do not pretend that my ‘manifesto’ for St Leonards is complete or all-encompassing or that I have all the answers, but rather that I want to provide a basis of a renewed vision for a thriving town - as it has been for most of its history - and a framework to get us there.

By having real independent voices standing up for our town I believe we can develop a new way forward for St Leonards. I am standing at this election so that new ideas and a new vision for our town can be created, enabling us move on from the failed strategy of successive local council administrations. I want to represent this ward so that St Leonards can have a truly independent voice on Hastings Borough Council until we can establish one of our own.

If you believe it is time for St Leonards to aim higher, please support me at the Hastings Borough Council election on May 5th.

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