The East Devon Green Party are standing more candidates in the area than ever before and here they are – your opportunity to VOTE GREEN on May 5th.
Sharon Pavey is a 38 year old mum of two living in Hazelwood Close in Honiton. Sharon works in a care home with elderly people who have dementia and during the school exam season she invigilates exams at Honiton Community College. Following standing for the General Election last year, Sharon is now standing in both the town and district elections for the St Michael’s ward in Honiton.
Sharon has been out and about on the doorsteps in Honiton for several weeks now meeting people and listening to their concerns. Sharon will work hard to fight cuts to our local services like the library, hospital and youth club, support our shops and businesses, encourage better public transport and improve our recycling services. Sharon is supporting the Honiton Allotment Association in finding a suitable site in town and is one of the founder members of the new Honiton Transition Town group, which aims to tackle the challenges we will all face as a result of climate change and fossil fuels running out. Sharon supports the plan for the new Community Centre and will be working hard to ensure it is the most environmentally friendly building it can be!
Sharon is part of the campaign group ‘Communities Before Developers‘ which is opposed to mass development in east Devon. Greens want more affordable housing but this must be balanced with protection on the countryside especially in an area which relies so much on this for the success of the local tourism industry.
Emily McIvor grew up near Axminster and now lives in Axmouth. Emily is standing for election in Seaton because on returning to the area after living away from East Devon, she has been shocked to find planners apparently ignoring the views of residents and pushing through decisions that are unpopular and damaging. As a member ofCommunities Before Developers, Emily is especially well-placed to monitor and challenge activities at District Council level that could continue the trend of sidelining the people of Seaton, and threatening the character of East Devon’s small towns and villages.
Emily is a passionate advocate for those on low incomes and in housing need; being against inappropriate development does not mean ignoring the difficulties experienced by households faced with lower-than-average wages and higher-than-average house prices. Emily will work to promote housing strategies that respond to the needs of local people rather than property developers.
As former volunteer with Citizens Advice, Emily understands how District Council policies can affect the lives of individuals living in East Devon, and has experience of seeking solutions to complex problems.
Christine Tootill has been a member of the Green Party for 20 years, and has lived in Devon since 1987. A former maths and piano teacher, Christine is still working as a part-time tutor and maths author. Voluntary work with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau for nine years gave Christine in-depth insight into the problems local people face. She is a supporter of local activities and businesses with strong networks in the town.
Sharon Howe is a 42-year-old freelance translator. She came to Sidmouth in 2001 to care for her elderly parents, but has since become very much rooted in the town and is a member of various local societies and organisations including the Vision Group for Sidmouth. She is keen to promote a thriving, sustainable local economy and to protect Sidmouth from large chain stores and over-development. A long-standing campaigner on animal welfare and environmental protection issues, she is also joint coordinator of Exeter Friends For Animals.
Miriam Brown is a retired nurse and secretary. She has worked voluntarily for environmental causes since the mid 1970s, and writes about poverty in the developing world and about climate. Miriam also runs a helpline for Affordable Warmth in the home. She is passionate about local issues and social justice.
Elizabeth Anstis is going head to head against the Conservative councillor Philip Skinner in the Tale Vale ward of Awliscombe, Payhembury and Broadhembury. Elizabeth says:
“I bought a house in Devon fifteen years ago, by chance in the village where my grandfather was born, so although I was born in London, I feel totally at home in this county. I have represented the Green Party for over twenty years and have fought many battles against building on green land. I feel most strongly that we should not desecrate our beautiful West Country. My priority is to stop the plans to build nearly 20,000 houses on AONB land and protected countryside.”
Paul Bennett – Paul Bennett is 42 and lives and in East Devon and is employed locally by a national charity. Paul was born in Exeter and has supported the Green Party for 25 years. Paul is keen to ensure that young families can afford to live in East Devon and to ensure that any future development serves the need of the local community. Paul says we live in a beautiful part of the world and I want to ensure that it remains that way.