By-election today in Ridgewood – here are candidates

Ridgewood residents go to the polls today to elect a new town councillor for Ridgewood.

The by-election is taking place to fill a seat left vacant when Jacqueline Beckford, one of three councillors representing Ridgewood, stood down.

Two candidates are standing. They are Jeremy Beesley, Independent, of 24 Sycamore Court, Uckfield, and Gareth Looker, Labour, of 1 Petreed Cottages, Eastbourne Road, Uckfield.

Uckfield News offered the two men 100 words each to say why they would like to be elected and what they hope to achieve in Ridgewood. See what they say below.

Jez Beesley

I have lived in Uckfield for almost 25 years and before that regularly visited family here. 
I have seen many changes in the town, many good, but some not so.

I want to be a voice that is heard and will happily move forward with any comments, or suggestions from you, the residents of Ridgewood. I would wish to work with like-minded independent people at town council level to achieve the best results for you in an environment free from party political gamesmanship. I support the TRUST Independent ethos.

Gareth Looker

My wife Karen and I have lived in Uckfield more than ten years and my aim as a town councillor would be to:

  • Listen and act in the best interests of Ridgewood’s residents.
  • Ensure that all residents have a voice, not just a select few.
  • Continue the process of ensuring that the Ridgewood Farm Development works for the benefit of all Uckfield residents.
  • Champion our play parks and green spaces such as the fabulous Boothland Wood, the Uckfield Skatepark and the Ridgewood Recreation Park.
  • Seek opportunities to improve and extend the town’s facilities.
  • Bring new ideas to the town council.

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