Wychavon By-Election: Evesham South candidates - The Evesham Observer

Wychavon By-Election: Evesham South candidates

Evesham Editorial 27th Apr, 2017 Updated: 27th Apr, 2017   0
VOTERS in the Evesham South Ward will be heading to the polls next Thursday (May 4) to elect a new district councillor to Wychavon District Council. The by-election was called following the resignation of Ken Barclay.
Observer reporter Joshua Godfrey has spoken to the four candidates vying for your votes to find out their campaign pledges and what they will do if elected.

Julie Haines | Liberal Democrat

“I’m a former music teacher and now I work for a former Lib Dem MP as a lay advocate for parents’ rights.

“I offer support to all sections of the community, and would work to restore youth facilities in Evesham and improve support and care for the elderly.

“If elected I would aim to bring local people closer to the decision makers by consulting them whenever possible on matters and decisions which affect their lives and keeping them informed on the outcomes.”

Emma Nishigaki | Independent 

“I have lived in Evesham since I was a child and went to three of the schools in the town, Swan Lane, St Egwin’s and Prince Henry’s.

“I am an independent candidate because central government has nothing to do with local issues. I will represent the electorate, and not a political party.

“I am proposing to refuse permission for any development on Abbey Road, reintroduce free bulky waste collection to reduce fly-tipping and to get the Public Hall reopened. I also want to see one of the two traffic wardens in the town become a park warden to deal with the anti-social behaviour in our parks.

“I’m not afraid to go against the majority opinion.”

Matt Snape | Conservative 

“I was born and bred in Evesham and studied History and Politics at the University of Nottingham. I wish to stand as your local councillor because I want to play my part in developing and shaping Wychavon.

“Housing is an important issue. I wish to support development plans that reflect the concerns of the local community whilst providing people with the opportunity to own their own home.

“As I grew up here, I care about Evesham and I would like to contribute to making this an even more brilliant place to live.

“I want to keep council tax low, support sustainable housing in Evesham whilst reflecting upon the needs of the local community and ensure Wychavon continues to deliver best value for money.”

Julie Tucker | Green Party

“I have lived in Evesham all my life and for many years taught at Simon de Montfort School and have recently retired from Pershore College.

“The most important thing as a councillor is to listen to your constituents.

“Many people are worried about the increase in housing in the area and the extra pressure that this is putting on already stretched infrastructure; our transport systems, doctors and schools for example.

“There has been a lot of publicity about our area being one of the best to live in and that is true. I am not sure that will still be the case if we continue to fill in all the green spaces we have that help to make it so attractive.”

Business Directory

From plumbers, to restaurants, we can provide you with all the info you need.


Receive a weekly update to your inbox by signing up to our weekly newsletter.


Weddings, Birthdays, Bereavements, Thank you notices, Marriages and more.

Buy Photos

Buy photos online from the Evesham Observer newspaper.