A Priory Heath voter asked all of the candidates for Priory Heath the same three questions about the ward. Labour Candidate, Sarah Barber was the first (and as of last night, the only) one to answer his questions. We, and the voter concerned, thought her answers worth sharing more widely.
Here is what Sarah had to say...
Labour candidate for Priory Heath ward pictured with retiring councillor, Bill Quinton.
What are the Strengths of Priory Heath ward?
This is a good question, Priory Heath is a very strong community and there are many things to be proud of. Specifically the Futura Park development on the former Crane Factory site has brought good jobs to the ward with John Lewis and Waitrose, in addition several other exciting businesses are moving to the development, increasing opportunities for local residents. At Bader Close the Borough Council has created some really attractive new family homes which are now occupied, the Borough Council has prioritised family sized homes for residents over flats in the ward. The local councillors have strongly supported the opening of a community support facility and cafe at the former Royal Oak pub, which gives a new life to this attractive building.
What are the Weaknesses of Priory Heath ward?
While Priory Heath is a thriving community there are some significant challenges which I will be committed to working with colleagues to address. For example school attainment in the area could be improved, and I would be happy to support local organisations that are working to make things better for children and young people in Ipswich. As a cyclist I find that some of the roads in the area are not very cycle friendly. The Borough Council is committed to ensuring that significant new developments pay for improvements to the road network, specifically for making cycling and walking safer for everyone.
My Priorities for Priory Heath
If I am lucky enough to be elected to represent Priory Heath, as a nurse, my priority will be any initiatives that improve public health. I will be supporting the Borough Council's programme for providing good affordable housing and any community groups aiming to improve health and well being in the area. Another key aspect of people's health is that they have good job opportunities so that they can provided for their families and those they care for. I will be keen to promote economic developments in the area, especially those that will offer employment to the residents of Priory Heath.
Sarah is a first class candidate, worthy of the support of Priory Heath residents on Thursday 5th May. Labour has a great team of candidates across the Borough and wherever you live, a vote for Labour will help us to continue to build a better Ipswich.