Bristol council election preview: Hillfields 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 Hillfields ward.
BRISTOL City Council's Hillfields ward covers the Hillfields estate as well as Mayfield Park and Chester Park.
It includes all streets leading off Lodge Causeway, Lodge Hill and Lodge Road, from the parts of Ridgeway Road east of the Bristol and Bath Railway Path to the streets surrounding Cossham Hospital, up to Ingleside Road and the boundary with South Gloucestershire.
Filwood Road and Forest Road are also in the Hillfields ward.
In the last election in 2016 both seats were won by Labour. Cabinet councillor Craig Cheney will defend his seat in May, while Anna Keen is not seeking re-election.
The Voice asked the city's political parties to send a picture and some details of their candidates for the election.
They appear here in alphabetical order:
Lisa Calder (Green)
Lisa hopes to represent the local Hillfields area for the Green Party. Local Green councillors will work hard for you, on local issues. Greens are free to stand up for what matters to the local area.
Lisa is backing Green Mayor candidate Sandy's economic recovery plan for Bristol and says: "He is a proven leader who will get our city back on its feet, and thrive.”
Craig Cheney (Labour)
Craig Cheney has been the councillor for Hillfields since 2015 and since 2016 has been in the Mayor’s cabinet with responsibility for Finance. Since 2017 he has been Deputy Mayor. Craig is trustee of local organisations Hillfields Families & Community Trust, Barton Fields Trust and helped set up the Friends of Coombe Brook with local residents. He lives in Hillfields, with his wife and two children, and is proud of his community and wants everyone to feel the same.
Ellie King (Labour)
"I have lived in Fishponds for eight years, raising my young family here, and I care deeply about making our community the best it can be for now and for future generations. I am keen to hear your concerns and aspirations for Hillfields and, if elected, I would work hard to bring people together on projects and issues that will enrich our community. Our collective well-being and compassion for the environment will underpin everything we do. I look forward to meeting you soon."
Rick Lovering (Green)
Rick has lived in Fishponds for over 35 years. Until recently, he was a teacher of mathematics at a secondary school in Yate. He is a keen cyclist and used to commute the nine miles each way to Yate throughout the year. Rick lives close to the Bristol to Bath Railway Path and would like to maintain and improve this key facility for travel and recreation. He has helped with litter picks with Sustrans and also another local community litter pick group. He is a volunteer member of the Council’s snow patrol group and clears the railway path access paths.
The Conservatives say they will announce their candidates for Hillfields on April 9.
The Voice has not had a response from the Liberal Democrats.