A blog by Green Party Councillor Andrew Cooper about Green Politics, action on Climate Change, Kirklees Council and our activity to improve the local and global environment (and also anything that I fancy talking about)
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Hill resident and Newsome Community Forum Treasurer and volunteer Sue Lee
Richards will be standing for the Green Party at the next Local Elections on Thursday May 2nd as
Cllr Julie Stewart-Turner will be standing down after 17 years as a local
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I will admit
that I was born in Lancashire, but I have made Yorkshire my home for the last
27 years.I am married to Gideon and
have been a teacher for 22 years and worked for a local green business based in
Huddersfield. I am currently working as supply teacher on a part time basis to
allow me to focus on community issues.
What do you like the best about
living in Huddersfield?
enjoyed living here for the last 13 years. It is a really friendly place and I
have made lots of good friends and feel part of the community.
living here because there are green spaces to walk and enjoy the views but also
access to the town for eating out, entertainment and shopping.
What do we need to do to improve the
Outgoing Cllr Julie Stewart-Turner with Sue
about doing the best for our community, providing better access to the town for
walkers and cyclists so that people feel safer; it would also encourage people
to improve their health and wellbeing along with better public transport. As
well as having the added benefit of improving air quality.Hopefully you’ll meet me on the free Green
Party bus over the Christmas holiday period. I’d love to see Newsome free of
fly-tipping, litter and graffiti.
I am keen to
see area along our local rivers a new park area come to fruition. There are
some really active organisations like River Holme Connection and Greenstreams
that I will be working alongside in the coming months. Oh and World
Peace and an end to pot holes!
Why do you want to be a councillor?
Huddersfield is a great place to live, it has real character and while it has
its issues like many towns, such as empty shops on the High Street there are
some potentially helpful plans in the pipeline to give the town a new lease of
life.If I become a councillor I look
forward to being fully engaged in making those plans a reality. That, and of
course ensuring that the community maintains effective healthcare services. We
have to save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary including the vital Accident and
Cllrs Andrew Cooper and Karen Allison with Sue.
Why the Green Party?
Party is the one that encourages its members to work for a fairer society that
is more community focused. They most closely match my belief in local democracy
that works with and for its residents.
What do you do when you’re not
involved in the community campaigning?
In my spare
time I enjoy going to the local events, gardening and reading crime fiction. I
am aspiring to create a bee friendly garden, but this is still in the