Steve Wilks (Wanstead Village, Conservative)

Steve WilksSteve Wilks

Steve Wilks is a Conservative Party candidate for the new Wanstead Village ward in the upcoming Redbridge Council elections. Here's why he thinks he deserves your vote on 3 May.

I have lived in Wanstead for over four years, having grown up in nearby Walthamstow. From my local comprehensive school, I was the first one in my family to go to Cambridge University. I have been a qualified accountant for the past 15 years, working in process improvement and regulatory policy, so I have a solid background in scrutiny and control.

When I moved to Wanstead, I decided to start up a neighbourhood watch on the Nightingale Estate after a spate of burglaries on my road. Crime does not flourish in a community that cares and I am a former chairman of the Safer Neighbourhoods Ward Panel, where I liaised with the local PCSOs to highlight and resolve local crime issues. The role has enabled me to meet more people from different walks of life and to make new connections to get the job done.

I am a firm believer that residents should work together to help improve the local community. Through my local connections, I helped to promote fundraising for equipment for the Wanstead Playground Association and helped to secure a small donation in 2015. While councils provide the formal framework to run public services, it is the residents who, through vocation and free time, help to guide officials in ensuring these are implemented optimally through local community groups.

I have written numerous articles in the Wanstead Village Directory commenting on a wide variety of subjects, including crime and safety, the parking consultation and the introduction of the green waste scheme.

I am also a director trustee for Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure. Vision is the independent body responsible for the leisure provision in Redbridge. I help to provide strategic advice according to the issues presented at the board. This gives me an insight into how the council process works and, if elected, will enable me to hit the ground running on the issues that will be faced by the new councillors post May.

I have been an active campaigner on local issues, such as the reinstatement of the green garden waste scheme, which led to the council performing a U-turn.

If elected, with my fellow colleagues Michelle Dunn and Scott Wilding, we will continue to stand up for the residents of Wanstead where we believe they are being unfairly treated by the council. We will continue our local engagement with the community and remain part of local groups, such as the Safer Neighbourhood Panel, to ensure the community is united on local issues.

We are the community candidates for Wanstead.

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