13 April 2018
I moved to Wimbledon 40 years ago and have enjoyed playing an active role in the community, including being chairman of Bishop Gilpin School governors and local church warden. I am an ecumenical Christian and a regular member of St Mary’s Church congregation. Social justice has always been important to me and I was a long-standing member of the Liberal Democrat party. My concerns for the environment began many years ago and as the problems became more urgent, I decided to join the Green Party. I played a leading role in Transition Town Wimbledon and am now a trustee of Sustainable Merton. I am chairman of Abundance Wimbledon, which is a project preventing local fruit from being wasted.
I spent my working life in the National Health Service, largely as consultant anaesthetist at St George’s Hospital and latterly in palliative care at St Raphael’s Hospice. I am now retired and am free to devote time to being a councillor.
Sustainable Merton is an excellent organisation which works towards making our environment a healthier one. If elected, I would like to see it becoming a key player in improving lives of local people. This would include increasing awareness of the climate change situation and steps to be taken to mitigate the problems. Air pollution needs tackling by incentivising walking, cycling and public transport. I strongly support the opposition to the proposed concrete batching plant on the banks of the river Wandle.
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