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  • Ascott and Shipton
  • Bampton and Clanfield
  • Brize Norton and Shilton
  • Burford
  • Carterton North West
  • Carterton South  
  • Chadlington and Churchill
  • Charlbury and Finstock
  • Chipping Norton
  • Ducklington
  • Eynsham and Cassington
  • Freeland and Hanborough
  • Hailey, Minster Lovell and Leafield
  • Kingham, Rollright and Enstone
  • Milton under Wychwood
  • North Leigh
  • Standlake, Aston and Stanton Harcourt
  • Stonesfield and Tackley
  • The Bartons
  • Witney Central
  • Witney East
  • Witney North
  • Witney South
  • Witney West
  • Woodstock and Bladon

 

 

 

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 West Oxfordshire Green Party Candidates 

West Oxfordshire District Council Elections  2021

Bampton and Clanfield

Alma Tumilowicz 

 

Alma spent the early part of her life in Manchester, trained to teach in Hertfordshire then, while based in Manchester worked as a Film Editor around the UK -- mainly for the BBC and ITV. While working on a documentary series called ‘Eco’ at Central TV, Birmingham, she developed an awareness and interest in environmental issues.

 

After acquiring a degree from Manchester University, she moved to West Oxfordshire in 1991 to raise a family.

 

In 2000 after reviving her teaching qualification, she worked as a supply teacher and later as a Home Tutor for Oxfordshire County Council.

 

She enjoys working on grass root projects. Before lockdown she helped a West Oxon Green Party colleague run the Eynsham Repair Cafe.

 

During lockdown, she volunteered as a Co-ordinator for the Bampton Aid Network and is still on the volunteer list.

Alma originally joined the Green Party in 2010 because of the party’s holistic approach to society and the environment. Research shows that a more equal society is a fairer and happier one. It is her belief that the only political party committed to this aim whole heartedly is the Green Party.

 

Chadlington and Churchill

James Styring

 

James lived in Oxford for over 20 years, where he was a Green Party activist, mainly at election times.

 

He was an active member of Oxford Friend of the Earth and has been a member since the 90s. Nearly 20 years ago, he set up Oxford’s influential cycling advocacy group, Cyclox, which thrives to this day.

 

James moved upriver to Charlbury seven years ago. Lured by the great cycling with Café de la Post pit-stops, the Rosie, and festivals all around, it was the best move he ever made. He’s a freelance writer and at his office in central Charlbury, he writes schoolbooks for children learning English in schools all around the world.

 

When the Charlbury Town Council declared a climate emergency, he joined a team of volunteers looking at helping Charlbury and satellite villages lower their carbon emissions from journeys, things like a shared electric car/e-bike club, and a better local cycling network, especially for younger residents, connecting us all up.

 

If elected, these are some of the areas he’d like to focus on as a councillor, as well as finding out what the people of Chadlington and Churchill want and need.

 

Charlbury and Finstock

Liz Reason

 

Liz has lived in Charlbury for 30 years.  And been a town councillor for twelve of those (plus the 2020 ‘bonus’ year).

 

In herworking career she was an energy policy specialist, so was intimately involved in establishing Southill Solar and Southill Community Energy (SCE), a 4.5MW solar farm between Charlbury, Fawler and Finstock. 

 

When Charlbury town council was petitioned to declare a climate emergency - and did so unanimously in November 2019 -She was asked to help explore with residents what that might mean.  She worked with councillors and residents to set up a working group of the council, catchily titled ‘Environment Working Group’.  Many people are becoming involved with several exciting projects coming down the line.

 

Liz was pleased when WODC declared a climate emergency and she applauds its moves to plan for delivering on it. 

 

If elected, she would take a keen interest in modifying planning policies to create a zero carbon buildings stock as effectively and quickly as possible; and to transform the district’s journeys infrastructure to promote public transport and pedestrian- and cycle-friendly networks.

 

Chipping Norton

Dr Malcolm Brown

 

Malcolm Brown has lived in Chipping Norton for almost 20 years. He is a Medical Doctor with previous experience as a Transplant Surgeon. More recently he has completed a post-graduate Masters degree in Medical Law and Ethics via distance learning at the University of Edinburgh.

 

If elected, one of his priorities would be to use his medical knowledge to continue to remind council of their responsibilities to safeguard the health of the citizens of district and county.

 

Dangerous levels of air pollution are not limited to our major cities.  Locally West Oxfordshire has some of the most polluted locations in the whole county, as traffic has outgrown the historic streets of our towns. Chipping Norton is one of the towns in Oxfordshire with a particular problem  in relation to air quality.

 

The health risk to both elderly and younger citizens in West Oxfordshire was recognised as long ago as 2005 when West Oxfordshire District Council was required to create Air Quality Management Action Plans for Horsefair in Chipping Norton and Bridge Street in Witney, but very little has been done in the last decade and a half.  The 2008 plan for Chipping Norton has not been fully implemented and we have yet to see any action plan for Witney.

Meanwhile residents in both towns continue to inhale the polluted air and are exposed to the long-term consequences to health.

 

Continuing to ignore the health consequences of air pollution is not acceptable.

 

Eynsham & Cassington

Ed Rolison

 

Ed Rolison has lived in Cassington and Witney since moving to the area a few years ago.  Having lived in both in rural and city areas in his life the move to this area has developed his interest in the housing and transport issues of the area.  What started as personal interest Ed now wishes to use to represent those living locally.  This area is unusual as it is rural yet also acts as a suburb to Oxford.

 

In his role as an IT engineer for an Oxford based finance firm he enjoys tackling and resolving problems. His love of computing and technology isn’t often seen as compatible with environmental concerns both nationally and locally. However he believes that in joining the Green Party they combine these interests in promoting a sustainable development both is business and home life, and creating a new way of living.

 

He has decided to stand for the position of District Councillor for the Green Party and integrate the values of the party with the local issues such as multiple housing developments, change of use for buildings and large scale changes to the area through development. 

 

Having lived in the Tewkesbury area for a number of years he has had experience of the increase in flooding we are encountering and how this impacts daily living, and businesses in those areas.  In living in this area he sees how the large scale developments will bring fundamental changes to how we live and work in the area.

 

Any local developments should not be to the detriment of the existing business, homes, and natural environment.  Increased local housing is an obvious pressing need, and in moving to this area Ed has seen that what is counted as affordable housing in other parts of the country is not so here.

 

Ed cycles for work and pleasure, and also enjoys our local countryside paths during daily dog walks too.   He supports the need for improved local public transport and a safe cycling network. He would work to ensure that such things were encouraged, without losing sight of necessary car use and access. "

Freeland and Long Hanborough 

Dr Angela Wilson

 

Dr Angela Wilson is a resident of Long Hanborough and a GP. She moved to Oxfordshire 3 years ago with her partner who is a paediatrician and their 11-year-old daughter. 

 

Having lived in cities for most of the previous 30 years, it was a delight to move to the countryside, watching how nature changes throughout the year. In her personal and professional work, she became increasingly aware of the beneficial effect time in nature has on mental and physical health.

 

Angela was part of the team that helped raise funds to provide a copy of the popular art and poetry book “The Lost Words” to Oxfordshire schools. 

 

She is a member of the Hanborough Nature Recovery Network, helped set up the Grow for Hanborough Facebook group and was active in the Covid-19 support group.

Moving to Oxfordshire also coincided with one of the hottest summers on record and a report that showed action on climate change needed to be happening much quicker than it was. The Lancet medical journal had started publishing the Countdown, which was documenting the toll on health, both at home and abroad, due to the effects of climate change and air pollution. She was a founding member of Doctors for Extinction Rebellion, advocating for a climate and ecological emergency to be declared and far more government action on this crisis. 

 

Through work with members of the Royal College of General Practitioners she is involved in projects designed to make healthcare more sustainable. 

 

Angela would like to work to see green spaces protected for recreational use and nature enrichment. Quality farmland can be used to grow food more efficiently and sustainably and to allow the soil to recover. 

The right housing should be built in appropriate places and where infrastructure is planned in advance to avoid environment depletion and car dependency. Investment in active transport networks and sustainable travel would improve air quality and improve public health.

Green Job creation is possible through retraining workers into skills that allow them to use sustainable building techniques, retrofitting and repurposing what we already have constructed. Investment in social care will provide jobs and also free up healthcare facilities.

 

In order to get the action needed Angela would like to see democracy strengthened though electoral reform and peoples’ assemblies given the knowledge to make evidence-based decisions that are then put into action in a timely manner. A system of policing and justice that tackles upstream causes of crime would help make women feel safer. The right to meaningful protest should be protected to allow the voices of the vulnerable and neglected to be heard. Racial and gender rights would not have progressed without protesters being allowed to speak out against injustice.

 

Through her work abroad Angela has seen the effects of poverty and inequalities in Europe, Africa and North America. Research shows that reducing these inequalities is affordable and will positively impact the quality of life of everyone, including those that are more affluent. Angela would work to ensure that society develops to become fairer, and quality of life enhanced by living more sustainably. She is aware that this is a challenge as she works to move towards living more sustainably herself.

 

A better future is possible but only if our politicians demonstrate compassion and honesty in all their personal and professional lives.

Kingham, Rollright and Enstone

Amy Long

 

Amy has lived with her family in Chipping Norton since 2011 and has a growing need to talk about, promote and push conversation towards local Green Party policies that are properly caring and sharing towards people, animals and the environment. It’s crazy that there is not more Green representation in local government.

 

All major parties promise strong action on the climate, but the Green Party is the most radical by far and this is what we need.

 

The Conservatives passed a law obliging the UK to halt virtually all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Labour is also aiming for earlier than 2050. The Liberal Democrats more ambitious, with a 2045 target. But the Greens say emissions must be eliminated by 2030 and this is what we need to strive for.  It would be wonderful to see Oxfordshire as part of this vision.

 

The Green Party wants 50% of farms to be doing agro-forestry in a decade – for example, growing vegetables or raising livestock between rows of trees. This process would start a chain of events that enhance the functionality and sustainability of the farming system,  such as greatly enhanced yields from staple food crops, enhanced farmer livelihoods from income generation, increased biodiversity, improved soil structure and health, reduced erosion, and carbon absorption. 

We have a strong groundswell of green agricultural intentions in this part of the Cotswolds.

it would be wonderful to harness this energy to grow the number of Green Party members and supporters, and increase the awareness that we need to look closely at how we produce our own food in locally.

Milton under Wychwood

Tim Eden

 

Although new to the immediate area, Tim has lived in or around Oxfordshire for thirty years. He works for the University of Oxford in finance, but has held down many various jobs such as publican, teacher, and chocolatier.

 

If elected, he would ensure that fiscal prudency would be at the heart of every decision the council would make, promote proper accountability and foresight for the foreseeable issues that are on the horizon, and ensure that your voice would be heard in the democracy we all call local government.

 

The villages in the Milton district have little in the way of public transport, and whereas direct assistance is given occasionally by the district to SMEs by the district, this is inefficient and does not create resilience that our area needs. Studies have proven that a highly connected public transport area is both value for money for the operator, and helps drive successful economies.

Of course, local transport is in the purview of the County Council, but it is down to both district councils and electors in the county to force this issue through to the County Council – it should not be down to local communities to arrange their own bus service; that is a sign of a failed democracy.”  

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North Leigh

Julia Shay

 

Originally from Yorkshire Julia has lived in Oxfordshire for over 30 years, the last seven of them in Eynsham.

 

She has worked in housing, libraries, Early Years education and child mental health, in both public and third sector organisations. She joined the Green Party because she believes that, for the sake of our children and grandchildren, the climate crisis cannot be ignored. At the same time issues of social justice are inextricably linked with solving the climate crisis: exploitation of the natural world has also involved exploitation of our fellow human beings.

 

British society is one of the most unequal on the planet and she believes that the Covid-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to this and has hopefully made us realise what is really important for human flourishing. Now we have the opportunity to reset the agenda so that improving housing, health, education, green transport and energy, decent job opportunities and human wellbeing can take precedence over the pursuit of economic growth at any cost.

 

The pandemic has also shown us how important is the natural world that feeds and sustains us, and we in West Oxfordshire are no longer prepared to have our natural resources plundered and polluted with no thought or real long-term planning. There are hopeful signs that West Oxfordshire District Council is beginning to take action on some of these issues, and it is important that there is increased Green Party representation there to take this forward.

Stonesfield and Tackley

Dr Frances Mortimer

Dr Frances Mortimer

 

Green Party candidate for Stonesfield and Tackley (West Oxfordshire District Council) and Charlbury and Wychwood (Oxfordshire County Council)

 

Frances grew up locally and lives between Charlbury and Stonesfield with her husband and three young children. She studied medicine in Oxford and London and worked as an NHS doctor for five years before leaving in 2008 to co-found the independent charity, The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, where she now works as Medical Director.

 

She joined the newly-formed Charlbury Town Council Environment Working Group last year, where her first action was to organise a popular electric bike try-out event. She loves the freedom of e-bikes - and is often to be seen riding the family's blue e-cargo bike with a couple of kids on the back! She is a member of the Stonesfield Climate Emergency group and over the past two years has been liaising with local farmers and the community to plant trees and protect local wildlife.

 

If elected, she will continue to work towards creating a thriving community where much more of our food is grown locally, our homes are efficient, the air and the rivers are clean, streets are safe for people of every age to get around on foot or by bike, and we are well-connected by public transport. 

 

Witney East

Sandra Simpson

 

Sandra Simpson has lived in Witney for over 20 years.  She was a lecturer with the Open University and University of Hertfordshire teaching IT and Business studies.   Since retiring she spent several years teaching local people the skills to help them gain employment.

 

Interest and understanding of the environment was fostered through studies in natural sciences with the Open University. 

 

Following a Millennium Award trip to the Utah desert in 2001  Sandra set up the Woodgreen Area Waste Action Group which campaigned for improved recycling and the introduction of green waste collections and, with the council, organised a monthly green waste collection point. 

 

If elected Sandra would continue to campaign for improved recycling, better cycle routes and help for local businesses to thrive and grow.  She will also try to ensure new developments serve the needs of this community without causing environmental harm through pollution and flooding.

Witney Central

Harriet Kopinska

 

Harriet has lived in West Oxfordshire for over 15 years and has two children who go to school in the area.

 

She works in Witney, supporting students to achieve their qualifications at Abingdon and Witney college, as well as teaching Environmental Sciences through distance learning with the Open University. 

 

Harriet feels very lucky to live and work in such a lovely area,  and is passionate about improving livelihoods and health whilst protecting the environment through truly sustainable development. 

 

In her own village, Harriet runs a 'Toad patrol' to help toads cross the road safely  during their migration season. 

 

Harriet is a recent convert to the electric bike which has transformed her journeys, making travelling on her bike  in the local area often the most attractive transport option.

 

If Harriet was elected as well as pushing for improved public transport such as the Winey Oxford Rail Link,

 she would encourage more active travel both within Witney and to the neighbouring villages, she would stand up against housing proposals that potentially contribute to increased flooding, air pollution and ever increasing congestion on our roads.  She would also do her best to encourage the Councils to invest in more leisure facilities and for the councils, local land-owners and business to do their best to encourage nature to flourish in and around our beautify town.

Witney North

Andrew Prosser

 

Andrew is Town Councillor for Witney North. The local community is very important to him. he has lived in Witney for over 21 years and has two daughters who attended The Blake and Wood Green Schools. He runs his own company working as a sustainability consultant, helping international businesses to reduce their carbon emissions.

 

He has coached local girls’ football teams and helped organise 6 a-side football at the Witney ATP for over 15 years and was previously a volunteer for the Samaritans in the South East of England, so understands the crucial importance of physical and mental wellbeing in our community.

 

If elected, he will push for much more rapid action to address the climate emergency and nature crisis. He will be a strong green voice on the District Council and will push for more effective transport infrastructure planning, and better provision for health and social services.

 

He will challenge the 1400 houses in the local plan for North Witney. He has loved working for residents over the past two years, listening to what matters to you and working tirelessly to make our area better for everyone

 

Witney South 

Carol Rae Cather

 

Rae Cather has enjoyed being a Witney resident since 1984 and a member of the Green Party for almost twenty years, she  has been a teacher in mainstream and special schools but is now retired and since has been an active community member, developing a fair-trade project and contributing to looking after the local environment. 

 

The Green Party appeals to Rae because of its longstanding commitment to environmental, economic and social justice; it is the only Party setting realistic goals about the work that needs to done in order to protect our young and our planet.

 

Locally, we must face up to the truths of how we live impacting on our earth, water and air.

 

Rae has been supporting Windrush Against Sewage Pollution since it was launched, this highlights a crisis with serious local impacts due to longstanding government policy of selling our precious resources for capital investment. 

 

Rae is passionate for Witney to continue to improve its Active Travel facilities, essential for residents improved mental and physical  health and air quality. 

Having grown up on a farm, Rae is very concerned about the direction of our mass food production and the future of the agriculture industry.  She has arranged public events on these issues and will continue to do so.

 

Climate Change is our wakeup call, evident in West Oxfordshire by floods and inconsistent harvests.  Addressing these concerns and their impact on our community would be at the forefront of her mind if she becomes elected to West Oxfordshire District Council.

Witney West 

Penny Ponton

 

Penny has been living in Witney since 2000, and a member of the Green Party for about 10 years. Now retired, she taught mainly in Primary schools, including West Witney, although most of her work was in Oxford.

 

She is incensed about injustice in all its forms. The increasing gap between rich and poor concerns her very much.

 

Her passion for Human Rights has led her to be an active member of Amnesty International for most of her adult life. 

 

Her other great interest is in the Environment. She supports the Wildlife Trust and the RSPB. She is concerned about habitat preservation and sustainable farming, and feels very strongly about food waste. Litter and fly-tipping are other issues that need to be addressed.

 

She strongly believes in public transport and safe cycling. 

 

The Covid restrictions have benefitted big retailers at the expense of little shops. This is unfair and she would like to see more support for small businesses.

Woodstock & Bladon

Barry Wheatley

 

Originally from the midlands, Barry Wheatley has lived in Woodstock for over 30 years and his daughter studied at the local Marlborough CofE School.  He is a Chemical Engineer with 50 years of experience in various aspects of environmental technology, renewable energy, management and business development.

 

Since 2004 he has been running his own businesses from his home in Woodstock and as a result of collaboration with Oxford Innovation has been leading several projects in the Middle East in the Life Science, Environment and Health sectors. He is passionate about supporting small businesses, and was chair of the Oxfordshire Federation of Small Businesses for some years. More recently he has taken on the role of Chair of the West Oxfordshire Branch of the Green Party.

 

If elected he would fight to help our small business recover and thrive after the pandemic; would do his best to make sure that there was more urgency the District’s Climate Change strategy and importantly, that future housing developments should only took place in the right place and where adequate infrastructure and services already exist - before building starts.

Woodstock & Bladon have already outgrown its service provisions and the present planned expansion is not to provide housing for local residents, but to service the needs of the proposed growth of Oxford City and beyond.  There is a great community in Woodstock and now that he is no longer working abroad he wants to commit his time to protecting and developing what we all value about our town.

 

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