Lucy Bostick (Wanstead Park, Conservative)

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Lucy Bostick is a Conservative Party candidate for the new Wanstead Park ward in the upcoming Redbridge Council elections. Here's why she thinks she deserves your vote on 3 May.

I have grown up and lived in Redbridge and the surrounding area for my whole life. Wanstead is a special place to me, with the spirit and personality of a village but nestled on the edge of the East End of London. We are fortunate to benefit from Epping Forest and the parklands on our doorstep. I want to become a councillor here as I want to serve my community.

Community liaison is the best way to stay informed of specific problems and promote full resident engagement, like those associated with the Courtney Hotel or the environs of Wanstead Park. Where residents want them, I will support implementing measures like street lighting or cameras – nothing will be imposed unilaterally. I am a firm believer that residents should work together to help improve the community and the role of a councillor should be to make this happen.

I work in the City in financial services regulation and this has given me skills and experience in dealing with sensitive situations and different personalities to secure the best possible outcome. I can bring these skills to the table in council matters.

I want residents to feel and be safe in their community and for their property to be secure. I promise to listen and follow through with issues concerning Wanstead residents, whether through local groups or on a one-to-one basis to remedy problems. Through close contact with the local neighbourhood watch, I can be the representative to the council to get a local solution to a local issue.

I will also ensure the garden waste collections remain a free service and push for more and better recycling services at the doorstep. Preserving the environment also applies to the surroundings outside our own front doors. As your councillor, I would seek to tackle the issues of fly-tipping, the proliferation of pigeons and the general deterioration of street cleanliness under the current Labour administration.

If elected with Pat Bennett, we will ensure the people of Wanstead Park are properly heard in all matters that affect you. The council should be promoting community wellbeing, not detracting from it. Consultations over parking should be taken seriously by the council and the will of the residents should be respected, not brushed aside.

It is the taxpayers who fund council spending, and the council should be accountable to the taxpayer in how that money is spent. We have to prioritise spending on services that affect the everyday lives of our residents over excessive pay for short-term consultants the council employs. As your local councillors, we would challenge excessive and unnecessary spending.

Redbridge Council elections will take place on 3 May. Visit wavidi.co/vote2018