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By-election Candidate

Heybridge - Paula Spenceley

Photo of candidate Paula SpenceleyI want to be Heybridge's positive, energetic, enthusiastic, creative and passionate voice at Maldon District Council.

There is a huge opportunity to bring about positive change in Heybridge by making sure that the views of local people are heard and building on our sense of community.

There are huge concerns over local infrastructure, ranging from GP to patient ratios in the area and school places to the road and transport network. With the North Heybridge Garden Suburb and other local developments under way, it is crucial that Heybridge gets the infrastructure improvements it so badly needs. Communication has been at the heart of my working life and I want to help make sure that residents are kept fully up-to-date and in the picture with all that is happening locally - without this, local people are not empowered to have a voice.

I know from living locally that we sometimes feel Heybridge is a 'poor relation' to Maldon and I would work hard to make sure that's not the case! Indeed, it is a place steeped in history and natural beauty and every opportunity should be taken to celebrate, enhance and protect that and the sense of pride in our local area.

I am already involved with a variety of local voluntary groups and I will listen and work hard to deliver for the people of Heybridge.

It's time to Demand Better and vote Lib Dem in Heybridge.

Councillors in Maldon

Maldon West (Maldon Town Council) - John Driver

John Driver

I am passionate about the need for local people to get involved in their communities to help make a difference and it is for that reason I am standing as a Liberal Democrat candidate for Maldon Town Council.

I believe we need to build a fairer, greener society that enables individuals to succeed but crucially, supports those who need help the most, so all can contribute to their communities and be empowered to take an active part in decisions which will affect their lives.

In 2011 I moved with my wife to Maldon. We love living here and feel very committed to the community of Maldon and Heybridge. For over thirty years I worked in Education, both in schools and colleges ending up as Deputy Principal of a Further Education College.

In 2018, I took early retirement. Since then, I have been able to devote more time to various interests including very importantly to me, Maldon United Reformed Church at the top of Market Hill and for a time the Longfield Medical Centre Patient Participation Group. In 2019 I became an active member of the Liberal Democrats having been a life-long Liberal Democrat supporter. In 2020 I was very involved with the Maldon District coronavirus helpline. Recently I have become a local school governor where I intend to use my experience in education to give something back to my local community.

Campaigners in Maldon

Colin Baldy

Maldon Health Hub Petition

Colin has been a stalwart of the Maldon community for years. You'll probably know him from his annual efforts for the Maldon Festival.

Outside of his day job though, he was instrumental in securing residents' permit parking for Wantz Road in Maldon, has been pushing extremely hard for the much delayed, new Maldon Health Hub and, as the candidate in the most recent general election, tripled the Lib Dems' vote.

Colin is community-minded and a hard-working candidate.

James Eley

James Eley

I'm involved in local politics because I've seen people struggling and services being cut to the point where they cease to function properly. For me, that is not local representatives trying to make their constituents' lives better. When I was a teenager you could call the doctors and be seen the same or next day, now you have to wait weeks or chance your arm in the early morning queue for an emergency appointment. When Maldon District Council attempted eviction of Maldon Yacht Club, it proved to me that the council didn't have residents' best interests at heart and I'm delighted our petition (which had over 2,000 signatures) played a part in helping guarantee the club's future.

I passionately believe that if development must continue, then infrastructure must be matched to that and I think that renewable energy developments should be prioritised over new nuclear power stations. I've lived in this part of our county the majority of my life. I grew up in South Woodham Ferrers, went to school in Southend, had a brief spell on the South coast for university and now I live in Mayland.

Robert Jones

Robert Jones

I am 68 and have lived in Maldon District since 1983, moving to Essex from the Isle of Wight in 1976 to teach History at a local secondary school, teaching plenty of children from the district. After thirty- five years at that school, twenty-five as a governor, I retired ten years ago. Married to Rosemary with a grown-up son, George [who is a true Maldonian], we have sung in choirs for many decades and have been members of Blackwater Sailing Club for nearly two. We have helped to train many young sailors on the estuary, and at present I am volunteering at the vaccination clinic at the Maldon District Council offices. Having walked the Essex Way, we are attempting to walk the Essex coastline, finding it rather difficult between Tollesbury and Colchester, and feel that the District Council could put more backbone into making this more possible in practice.

Although my university degree was in European history, you cannot live in an area as historic as ours without being sucked into the richness of local history. Even so, I feel sad that the people of the district have been so poorly represented by the majority group on the Council, who, like Nero, have fiddled whilst our roads, pavements, street lighting, planning services and so on have deteriorated, especially in our larger settlements. Since secondary school, I have almost always been involved in representing, sometimes defending, communities and colleagues on committees or in organisations. Tollesbury and the district deserve better, a lot better.