Chris Cheshire

Cheshire_Chris_1.JPGChris Cheshire will be standing in Bewbush in 2015.

Chris taught at Thomas Bennett Community College until disability caused her to retire early. Since then, she has been an active councillor, representing Bewbush for 11 years.

 She says: “Bewbush is a vibrant community and I’ve worked with as many groups and individuals as possible to understand what concerns people most. I’ve done my best to fight Bewbush’s corner strongly in dealing with problems, leading campaigns and making the most of opportunities.”

 What problems?

 Antisocial behaviour: I’ve been a victim so know its effects and have always prioritised working with the Police Team and others to deal with it. Why should a tiny minority get away with making peoples’ lives a misery?

Litter & fly tipping:  I’ve taken school assemblies, worked with shopkeepers & community wardens. It’s improving but there’s still work to do.

Nuisance off-road motorbikes: I raised the issue then chaired a Council scrutiny panel, resulting in a town-wide campaign. Complaints to the Police fell by 43%.

What Campaigns?

Play areas:  Resisting the closure of play areas then succeeding in getting investment to improve several.

Housing and playing fields: Supporting use of one playing field for much needed housing but saving two others for play (Skelmersdale Walk and Bewbush West playing fields)

What Opportunities?

The environment: I’ve helped over a dozen groups of residents organise their own ‘Let’s Face It’ projects to improve their area and I also proposed the recent improvements to Scory Close. I’m an active member of the Bewbush Action Group.

The new neighbourhood centre: From the start I was involved in the planning of the Bewbush Centre, Dorsten Square and the Pocket Park - making sure residents’ ideas and views were heard.

‘Talk Bewbush’ forum: I helped create the ‘I love Bewbush’ mystery sticker campaign as part of setting up the residents’ forum and continue to support it.

If re-elected, I will continue to give my time, energy and commitment to working for Bewbush.

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