SARAH ROMMELL is a candidate standing for Election to Hedon Town Council in the BY-ELECTION held Thursday 25th April 2013.
For those who don’t know me I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself, I am a mother of two adult children. I have previously worked as a charity manager for overseas orphans; I have also provided counselling for abused children.
I have lived in Hedon all my life and care about local issues that although may seem small to some, are important and even life changing to others. Things like the pavements on Drapers Lane and Westland’s estate that kept elderly and disabled people trapped in their houses due to ice during the recent spells of bad weather. I would like to arrange a special needs youth club to help children and parents as I feel they are under-represented in the community. I’m currently consulting with organizations to set up a food bank in Hedon to help people hit by the austerity cuts.
I would be a voice for the people and ask the questions that are relevant to daily life in Hedon. One of my main personal issues is the lack of police officers in the area due to the cuts and the fact that opening hours at allegedly under-used rural police stations across the Humberside Police force area could be slashed by up to half, of which Hedon is one – this is an unacceptable state of affairs and needs to be addressed at a local level.
I would talk to the people and ask for opinions finding out what the people really want from their town council. Residents on Inmans Estate have expressed concern over not having a voice, which if elected I would resolve, listening to all concerns and airing them at council meetings as I would any area of Hedon who wished to consult with me.
I believe Hedon has lost some of its community spirit, which is a great shame and with the help of the already elected local councillors, churches and organisations something I would like to rebuild for our future generations. Hedon is a local town and it should stay that way, not becoming merely a suburb of Hull. Whilst I appreciate the need for new housing in the area it has to be handled carefully as we run the risk of over-developing our town to its detriment and risk breaking our already stretched resources.
I am not a member of any political party and therefore my vote would always be for what’s in the best interest of the people. I have been on protests and in meetings fighting against cuts in the local hospitals and the bedroom tax.
I’m not a businessperson and I have no hidden agendas I’m just a person who wants the best for my community and the people who live in it, a vote for me is a vote for change. In the next few weeks I will be out and about discussing the issues with local people and finding out their views and what they want, and if elected I will fight for their cause. I look forward to meeting you all in the next few weeks and hope I can count on your vote in the election on the 25th April.