Bristol council election preview: Frome Vale ward

April 08 2021
Bristol council election preview: Frome Vale ward

Bristol goes to the polls on May 6 to elect a new city council, Bristol Mayor, Metro Mayor and Police & Crime Commissioner. The Voice is previewing all the election contests in Fishponds, including the contest for the Frome Vale ward.

BRISTOL City Council's Frome Vale ward covers an area including Oldbury Court, Broomhill and Begbrook Park.

Bounded by the M32 in the north west, it includes streets north and east of Blackberry Hill and Snowdon Road, including Manor Road, and those either side of Fishponds Road between Hockeys Lane and the Cross Hands, including New Station Road and Beechwood Road.

Streets either side of Downend Road and Frenchay Park Road, up to the South Gloucestershire boundary, are also part of Frome Vale ward.

In the last election in 2016 one seat was won by Labour and one by the Conservatives. Labour's Nicola Bowden-Jones is not standing for re-election this year but Lesley Alexander will defend her seat for the Tories.

The Voice asked the city's political parties to send a picture and some details of their candidates for the election.

We have included the responses we received, along with the names of the other candidates.

They appear here in alphabetical order, as they will be on the ballot paper:

 

Lesley Alexander (Conservative)

Lesley will fight for local residents at City Hall and will make sure the Council listens to the concerns of locals.

Lesley has a positive vision for our area which includes: fighting for a new pedestrian crossing at the junction of River View; renovating Fishponds play area; putting pressure on the Labour Mayor to return to regular street sweeping; campaign to remove car parking charges at Oldbury Court and other local parks; work with the community to improve multi-cultural diversity in the area.

Lesley will be a strong and positive voice for Frome Vale.

 

Amal Ali (Labour)

It is a great honour to be selected as the Labour and Co-Operative Party candidate. I have lived in Bristol for 18 years and am a mum of an autistic child. Over the years I have witnessed how income inequality has deeply impacted people’s lives, especially during the last year, when many people have lost their jobs and had their lives changed due to the pandemic. I want to continue to support my wider community and be a strong advocate for the residents of Frome Vale ward, making sure all issues and concerns are dealt with as soon as possible.

 

Keith Fenner (Liberal Democrat)

The Voice has not received any information or pictures relating to this candidate.

 

Ed Fraser (Green)

Ed Fraser is a Bristol-based community organiser, previously working in project management and education.

Ed is concerned about the way Bristol Council spends taxpayers’ money, including huge financial waste on Bristol Energy and the Bristol Beacon, while public such as the parks and green spaces we’ve relied on over the last year suffer from underinvestment.

He is also a public advocate for autism in the workplace, previously appearing in campaigns with the National Autistic Society.

 

Bev Knott (Liberal Democrat)

The Voice has not received any information or pictures relating to this candidate.

 

Jesse Meadows (Green)

Jesse Meadows is a theatre maker and co-founder of the Wardrobe Ensemble. Jesse has been a dedicated and active campaigner for the Green Party for many years.

As a councillor she will prioritise local issues that matter to you, such as traffic congestion and access to local libraries.

Jesse is backing Sandy for Mayor of Bristol; with his successful record as a Chief Executive and his economic recovery plan, Bristol would thrive under his leadership.   

 

Pooja Poddar (Conservative)

Pooja will fight for local residents at City Hall and will make sure the Council listens to the concerns of locals.

Pooja has a positive vision for our area which includes: fighting for a new pedestrian crossing at the junction of River View; renovating Fishponds play area; putting pressure on the Labour Mayor to return to regular street sweeping; campaign to remove car parking charges at Oldbury Court and other local parks; work with the community to improve multi-cultural diversity in the area.

Pooja will be a strong and positive voice for Frome Vale.

 

Tommy Trueman (Social Democrat Party)

Yes, the SDP are still going! The Social Democrat Party have undergone resurgence ever since its publication of the New Declaration. The party stands for: a red approach to economics and a blue perspective on culture. What would such a political pedigree bring to the city of Bristol? The party emphasises the importance of strong Families and Communities. The revival of these pillars of society can be pursued at the local level. Therefore I am committed to pursuing agendas and actions which would help strengthen them. I sincerely believe in what I stand for and I ask for your support.

 

Mike Wollacott (Labour)

I have lived in Fishponds for the past 20 years and have a good understanding of issues locally. Living on Fishponds Road, I am acutely aware of pollution levels and the importance of protecting our green infrastructure. I served for six years as a councillor from 2010, in Bristol, and worked for Royal Mail for over 20 years, many as a union representative, so I have a broad experience of representing people. I am currently a carer, so understand the impact that austerity has had, and recognise the need to have a strong local voice to protect our communities.