Jon and Lucy for Windmill Hill - on film!

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Windmill Hill Labour candidates Lucy Whittle and Jon Wellington were recently interviewed on film in Victoria Park. They told us of their priorities for the area, and a little about themselves. Sadly, the film-maker was unable to produce the final product - with apologies...so here's the gist of the content:

Lucy Whittle says:
I've lived in Windmill Hill for two years, I love the area and the people who live here. My children go to local schools and I served as a governor in their primary school. I enjoy cycling and spending time in Victoria Park, and I also like a quiz in the Windmill and a game of pool in the Rising Sun. I have qualifications in counselling and a degree in philosophy and psychology. Throughout my career I have worked mainly for charities supporting families. I have been involved in many community projects, and voluntary organisations including an environmentally sustainable housing project and a local theatre company for people living with mental health difficulties.
The Government is imposing cuts on Bristol, which will have a severe impact on services in Windmill Hill. We need to work together as a City to resist these cuts. I want to be part of the team that keeps Bristol and this area improving.
My priorities for the area are:
• Ensuring the Arena has a positive impact on the area
• Tackling the housing crisis
• Improving public spaces
• Keeping services running in face of Tory cuts
• Ensuring Malago Green development is environmentally sound & good for local people
Jon Wellington says:
As a resident of Totterdown, I’m proud to have the opportunity to represent the ward in which I live. New local businesses and continuing development make this a vibrant and thriving community. However, development must not be at the expense of local people, and it's important that the area retains its distinct identity and remains a place where people can afford to live and raise a family. Rents in the private sector have shot up in the last couple of years and now represent a significant proportion of an average wage or salary. I will work with the Mayor and all other agencies to ensure that landlords maintain fair rents, and I support Marvin Rees’s pledge to build 800 much-needed new affordable homes across Bristol every year.

The major issue for the ward in the coming years is the forthcoming Arena and Temple Quarter developments, and I’m excited about the opportunities it brings for Bristol. However, local residents must not lose out – either environmentally or financially - because of these developments. If elected, my number one priority is to ensure that your voice is heard in City Hall and that we achieve the best possible deal for residents. 

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