What has your local Green councillor done for you?
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John Raine has been district councillor for Malvern West since 2000.
As your district councillor, John has worked hard to serve and represent all local people and their interests. He has been particularly keen to achieve planning decisions that satisfactorily balance the different interests of applicants and objectors; to improve recycling services for residents. John has been elected for a fourth term, and he is focusing on improving our community transport to reduce car-dependence and the associated problems of congestion and pollution in our local area. He is the Chair of the Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty board, and a member of the Overview and Scrutiny committee.
To contact John please call 01684 565052 or 07786 198332, or email him at J.W.RAINE@bham.ac.uk
Julian Roskams was co-opted to the Malvern Town Council in May 2011, and elected to the District Council to serve alongside John Raine in Malvern West. Since being elected he has worked on the council policy group studying the South Worcestershire Development Plan, and is a member of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
He is a committee member of the MCC (Malvern Community Collective), and in this role he has helped to develop a strong and viable business case, that will hopefully allow the community of Malvern to retain the use of the Malvern Youth Centre. He has also worked incredibly hard to help shape the Town Council's response to the South Worcestershire Development Plan 'preferred options document', as well as our own Green Party response.
If you would like to contact Julian, please call him on 01684 565739 or 07940 969117, or email him on email@example.com
Luna Deller was elected to the District Council alongside John in the May 2011 elections and served until her resignation, due to family reasons, in May 2012. She was the District Council's 'Champion for Equality and Diversity' and was also been appointed to be a member of the Malvern Hills Conservators. Luna was also a member of the District Council's Overview and Scrutiny committee. She, John and Julian have worked tirelessly on a number of campaigns, including the MCC's fight to keep the Malvern Youth Centre open, the plight of West Malvern Outdoor Education Centre, and the controversial South Worcestershire Development Plan.
Malcolm Victory is a member of Malvern Wells Parish Council, and is working to ensure that the ethos of the Green Party remains at the forefront of the minds of local people.
If you would like to contact Malcolm, please call him on 01684 575156 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
In the early 1990s, there was a proposal at the Parish level to electrify the highway lighting in Malvern Wells (maybe all of Malvern) and render the historically important gaslights redundant. Malcolm Victory spoke at the public meeting to retain the lamps and they have been preserved ever since. However, the costs to the Parish were getting prohibitive and then this year the DC decided it was going to scrap the 50% assistance that they gave to the Parishes. This provoked a crisis that ended up with Transition Malvern setting out a pilot of an improved burner for Malvern Town Parish, which can be seen in Rosebank Gardens, on the 99 steps. This halves the gas required and sheds more light so makes the lamps viable again and can preserve the uniqueness of this prestige Malvern feature.
MHDC, West Malvern, Malvern Town and Wells councils all got together and backed the idea so that now we can look forward to a more efficient gas service this year.
During her period as a Green councillor, Jan Dyer started the campaign against plastic bags in Malvern before it became mainstream across Britain, with good results. She involved The Chase school in making and selling natural bags and initiated local actions against the supermarkets. She now lives in Tanzania with her husband who was a Town Councillor.