A message from Councillor Gavin Elsey, seeking re-election in Orton Longueville Ward
After the by-election last year, my seat is up for election again, so I am asking for your support on the 2nd May. Since being elected, I have held a monthly surgery at Herlington and helped numerous residents with many issues.
I have pushed for stronger defences against unauthorised traveller encampments in Goldhay Way and have had a numerous new bollards, bunds and height restriction barriers installed. I have meetings with Highways in Longueville Village to seek a solution for speeding and Highways are building proposals as to what is possible. I organised a petition objecting to the over development of the Gloucester Centre, presented it to full council and had the issue discussed in full council. I am now having a meeting with the developers and planning to seek a compromise.
With our MP, I lobbied the Post Office over the closure of Herlington and I can confirm that as a result, Post Office Counters are in detailed discussions on reopening it. I have held a number of “action days” and litter picks, tackling litter, fly tipping and bushes on a fortnightly basis and have now teamed up with Family Voice, who provide lunches for all the volunteers. So far we have had action days in, Blackmead, Oakleigh Drive, Saltmarsh, Howland, Paynels, Braybrook, Bringhurst, Sellers Grange, Clayton and around the Goldhay Centre. More are planned throughout the next few months.
This is a sample of what I have been doing on behalf of you. There is much more to be done throughout the Ward and I hope you can give me the opportunity to continue doing it. Make no mistake; every vote will count on Thursday 2nd May.
My three top priorities:
1 Cleaning up our community
Making our area a nicer place to live by working with local volunteers and residents to clear up litter and graffiti so that we can be proud of our community.
2 Tackling anti-social behaviour
Working with local enforcement teams and the police to make Orton a safer place to live. I am pushing for stronger fines against those responsible for fly-tipping and Anti-Social Behaviour.
3 Improving our infrastructure
Continuing my work with the City Council and other agencies to improve the condition of our roads and defend local services. We are working to reduce speeding, verge parking and congestion.