2021 Borough Council Election Candidates

Basing & Upton Grey

James Kennan I am a retired Engineer living in Upton Grey. I have worked on major utilities for Electricity Production. I am particularly interested in planning the utilities to enable a green future.

James Kennan

Richard Lilleker Richard has lived in Old Basing for over 10 years and works locally as a dentist. His children attend a local school where he is a parent governor. He enjoys outdoor pursuits and is passionate about preserving and protecting the environment.

Richard Lilleker

Bramley

Mark Scott Mark is a retired IT professional who has lived in Sherfield on Loddon for over 25 years. He is a member of the village fete organising committee and runs its website. In normal times you can find him volunteering at the Vyne, or cycling around local lanes.

Some of his main areas of concern include the lack of safe cycle routes alongside our busy main roads; the poor condition of our lanes and the increased traffic they are having to carry from new housing developments; our inadequate public transport links, and the worrying levels of littering and fly-tipping that blight our lovely countryside.

Mark Scott

Brighton Hill

Andrea Bowes

Andrea Bowes

Andy Konieczko Andy was born in Leicester and has lived in Basingstoke for over 18 years. He's proud to call the town his home - it's the place where he's started a family; made some of his closest friends; and became involved in local groups such as Hospital Radio Basingstoke, the Prince's Trust and St Anne's School. Andy has been a Brighton Hill North Borough councillor for two years and believes in putting people first, in building strong communities and in investing in important public services, such as education, health and transport. He wants to give people the freedom and the opportunity to fulfil their potential. And he recognises that a Councillor only has one job: to work for you. Andy already has a track record of getting things done for Brighton Hill over the last three years. If elected he will demand more parking - we'll continue to push for more resources to create additional parking spaces throughout Brighton Hill; demand better public services - we'll continue to fight on your behalf to make sure that our green spaces are looked after, our roads and pavements are fixed and our football club, ice rink and theatres have a viable future; and demand action on climate change - we'll continue to set the agenda and make sure that we urgently pursue initiatives to tackle global warming.

Andy Konieczko

Peter Whitaker

I have been living in Basingstoke for 30 years and have been an active campaigner with the Liberal Democrats for the last two years. My background is in Telecommunications working for a variety of companies.

I am keen to promote the "Going Greener" initiatives and the drive to reduce our carbon footprint. Promoting the use of Solar Panels and other renewable energy sources is the way forward. I am also opposed to the harsh budget cuts for the Anvil and Haymarket theatre and wish to make Brighton Hill a safer place to live and work.

Peter Whitaker

Brookvale and Kings Furlong

Ryan Hickling

Ryan Hickling

Scott Lawrence

Originally from Twickenham, Scott has been a proud resident of Basingstoke along with his wife for 14 years. Scott is a strong supporter of community projects and believes that Basingstoke has a lot to offer and great potential. He also believes residents should have a voice regarding decisions that affect their community. Having attended Basingstoke Town FC matches as a supporter, he is keen to see the football club secure a permanent home and as a sports fan, he feels we should do all we can to help the community retain it's ice rink.

Working in a creative industry, Scott fully sympathises with the plight of Anvil Arts and if elected will pledge to champion the arts in the town. He also has a keen interest in environmental issues and would like to ensure that only greener developments are given approval in the future.

Scott Lawrence

Francesca Maritan

Francesca came to live in Basingstoke in 2018 and has quickly immersed herself in researching local history and supporting community projects. Covid has stifled some of these activities however Francesca and her partner Chris have been registered Street Champions on point to provide support to neighbours in need for shopping, picking up prescriptions and on one occasion helping to fix a mobility chair! She is a Guide Dog Fosterer with the Guide Dog for the Blind Association supporting the dogs' training from 20 months old to graduation. With the Lib Dem team Francesca has been supporting the community in a variety of case work since lock down started to ease. Francesca believes that the residents in the communities she hopes to represent deserve the best streets, waste management, parks and open spaces. She will continue to fight hard to ensure they have a voice in borough decisions and activities as that's the reason they will have elected her.

After supporting the immediate local issues, Francesca will focus on the leisure, sporting and arts facilities which make Basingstoke such a great location for all ages and family circumstances, ensuring they are supported, protected and invested in. A keen cyclist she would like to see solid cycle infrastructure built around and through the borough. Recycling and waste management is something she thinks could be greatly improved and she want to see Basingstoke move higher up the 'Recycle It' league table from its lowly position of 301 out of 341.

Basingstoke and Deane have quite rightly declared a climate emergency and Francesca has personally signed the pledge to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. Francesca feels that these two actions will under pin every decision she takes and will inform every motion she proposes

Francesca Maritan

Chineham

Stephen Whitechurch

Stephen Whitechurch

Eastrop & Grove

Ron Hussey I have lived in the Cranbourne area of the Eastrop/Grove ward for over 45 years. My children went to Fairfields Primary School, and then Cranbourne. This is my home and I have been lucky enough to have been a Liberal Democrat councillor here for 23 years. Previously I was an SDP councillor for 6 years in Brookvale/Kings Furlong. I enjoy working with residents, helping them to resolve local issues. And I hope to continue to represent them after Thursday's elections.

The pandemic has highlighted many aspects of our life, particularly the importance of leisure to keep us healthy in body and mind. We need our Anvil and Haymarket theatres to thrive. We need our Ice Rink and Football Club to enjoy. We need to nurture our environment. If re-elected, I will demand better for leisure, the arts and our environment.

Ron Hussey

Gavin James Gavin grew up in Basingstoke, attending local schools and Basingstoke College of Technology. He works locally and has lived in Eastrop for more than 20 years. Has been the councillor for Eastrop for 13 years and a county councillor for 4 years, working works hard all year round and keeps in contact with the Focus newsletter. If re-elected he'll demand better - whether that is services, value for money or better access to affordable housing. He will also make the council greener - whether it is green planning rules, re-wilding parts of our borough or investing in green energy to fund our services.

Gavin James

John McKay 2018 John has lived in Grove for over 20 years. He cycles to work in Basingstoke and is involved in local sport. His three sons went to Cranbourne and QMC. John has been a Grove Borough councillor for three years and believes in putting people first and is a strong voice for local residents. He is focused on protecting our environment, pedestrian safety and public transport. John has a track record of getting things done for the community over the last three years. If elected he will continue to work for better housing, services and community facilities.

John McKay

Evingar

Linda Stepney 2017 Linda and her husband, Roy, have lived locally on a farm for over 40 years. They have two children and five grandchildren. She is now retired but was a secretary all her working life. Linda has always volunteered for work in the community. She is currently a Town Councillor, Trustee of a Welfare Charity, and secretary and volunteer driver for Whitchurch Neighbourcare. She loves nothing better than helping others. Linda has been a member of the Party for many years. She is very involved in Committee work and in delivering Focus far and wide. She is committed to Climate Change matters and 'being green' issues, particularly recycling. Being a farmer's daughter, Linda has a particular interest in farming issues.

Linda Stepney

Pauline Malone

I worked as a teacher at a sixth form college before moving to Highclere from London. We have lived in the same house for over 30 years where we brought up 2 children. I have been active in the community, volunteering at the CAB, editing the parish magazine for many years and involvement in local politics to name a few. I believe that we need to create a fairer and kinder society and this must come from local communities working together. The Lib Dems have a sound record in local government and a role to play in this future

Pauleen Malone

Hatch Warren & Beggarwood

Ted Blackmore-Squires Ted moved to Basingstoke on Decimal Day back in 1971. He is partnered with three grown up children and four grandsons; He has lived in Winklebury since January 1979. Ted is a young 74 and is a retired quantity surveyor having worked in the construction, utilities and manufacturing industries. Ted Blackmore-Squires is active against 'expansionist' proposals for Basingstoke. He has spoken at planning hearings. He is dedicated to the protection of the countryside and is passionate about providing a sustainable future for this and future generations.

Ted Blackmore-Squires

Kempshott & Buckskin

Stav O'Doherty I have lived in Kempshott continuously since 2012; previously for 25 years I lived in Lychpit. I am retired from a career in corporate insurance services and I am a Fellow of The Pensions Management Institute. If I am elected as a councillor, I want to ensure that at the local level we protect our green spaces, invest in better roads and maintaining roads in good condition, better public transport to help everyone get around, investment in proper healthcare services, and making sure that taxpayers money is spent wisely.

Stav O'Doherty

Marion Wolstencroft I have lived in Kempshott for almost 30 years and since retiring have been active in nature conservation volunteering for 15 years, supporting wildlife conservation throughout Hampshire with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and RSPB and strengthening local community cohesion and support networks (in the absence of a Kempshott Parish Council) having been a lead member of the group which developed the Kempshott Community Plan and the community activities. I am a keen supporter of all schemes to convert local government and residents' activities to practical, sustainable green strategies. By ensuring that sound information is available for all to making sustainable choices and by everyone making changes 'one step at a time' we have proved in the last 12 months that we can climb mountains.

Marion Wolstencroft

Norden

Jardine Barrington-Cook I am a software engineer and manager. Since 2003 I have been working in healthcare IT, with the aim of ensuing that technology improves healthcare outcomes for all. I remain passionate about both technology and people, and look to help make the technology driven changes in our society a positive force that avoids disenfranchising any group.

Jardine Barrington-Cook

Oakley & The Candovers

Paula Baker I am retired now, having worked in Telecoms and teaching. I have previously served as both a Borough Councillor and a Parish Councillor. I have a strong interest in sustainability, and I am a Trustee of a local Charity. For leisure I enjoy gardening and trying to solve cryptic crosswords! I want to see both the County and the Borough make more urgent steps in their Climate Change strategy, to improve their joint waste collection and disposal systems so we can recycle more at the kerbside. Especially n our rural areas we need to develop a transport network more friendly to public transport, pedestrians and cycles.

Paula Baker

Rob Cooper Rob is demanding local residents have a better say on new building, and is against the continued, often speculative, planning applications that will have such a negative impact on our environment. Having been a governor at a local school for a number of years, he understands the pressures new housing is putting on our infrastructure and services.

Rob Cooper

Popley

Lindsay Benjamin I became a Liberal Democrat back in the 1980s. I liked their ideals of freedom, tolerance and opportunity. To that I would add my own belief in hard work and civic courtesy. I have lived in Popley for 33 years. I am lucky to live in a nice area. The main social concern here is litter.

Lindsay Benjamin

Michael Berwick-Gooding

I have lived in Basingstoke I was a teenager and I have lived in Popley for 33 years, working locally, lastly providing computer support. I was on the management committee of Popley Fields Community Centre for eleven years, many of them as Treasurer. I have previously served as a Borough Councillor for Popley and as I look round the ward it is looking tired, with roads, pavements, hedges and trees needing maintenance. A result of years of Tory cuts. If elected I would work to increase the maintenance budgets and ensure Popley is not neglected. I would fight for more money to fund extra residential car parking to be provided in Popley (I was successful in doing this when I was last a Borough Councillor).

I support the Liberal Democrat Borough Council 2021 manifesto with its strong green policies but want to go further. I would try to ensure that new housing is not only as environmentally friendly as possible but it comes with adequate parking and looking forward for there to be somewhere for an electric car to be recharged. I want to see the Council building and owning its own social housing so our children can afford to live here when they move out of the parental home. I would work to make the Borough an economically thriving place to live, and one where the Council tries to remove the things in a person's life that hold them back. I want to reform the way the Council works to make councillors more accountable to their electorate by setting up area committees and for people to be consulted in a meaningful way where their views are taken account of and they can see that their views have been considered

Michael Berwick Gooding

Sherborne St John & Rooksdown

Martin Baker Chartered engineer, former managing director and owner of an electronics manufacturing company. Very involved in local community. A long-term activist in green issues. Believe that this country has never needed liberals more to help fight the ever-increasing centralisation and reduction in our democratic rights. Committed to fighting for more social housing. Proudly British and European.

Martin Baker

South Ham

Michael McKay I grew up in Basingstoke before leaving for university to study politics and social studies. I then returned here to live in the town with my partner. I work for the Financial Ombudsman. I'm standing to give people in South Ham the opportunity to vote Liberal Democrat and support our values of fairness in society and freedom from prejudice.

Michael McKay

Madeline Hussey Madeline was a former teacher in local schools and then a civil servant. Since retiring she's worked with local community associations and is a school governor at a local school.

Madeline Hussey

Tadley & Pamber

Mike Bound I have until this election served for the past 13 years as Borough Councillor for Tadley North & Baughurst soon to become Tadley North, Kingsclere & Baughurst. I will be standing in this election in May for Tadley & Pamber. I have been resident in the area for many years and attended Burnham Copse Junior and then, The Hurst Secondary Modern. On leaving school I worked in a bank in Basingstoke, had a short spell as a police officer with the British Transport Police and then I trained as a teacher. After two spells working over seas I came back to Tadley where I spent over thirty happy years as a class teacher at Burnham Copse. On retirement I was lucky enough to be elected to, first the ward of Baughurst and then, when the ward was enlarged, Tadley North & Baughurst. I have served on a number of committees of the Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and for all of my time on the council, I have been a member of Development Control which is the planning committee. Obviously, I have also served my ward helping residents with enquiries and problems.

Michael Bound

Steve Gibbons I came to live in Tadley from Basingstoke when I began work at the AWE in 1977 so think I can now be described as, if not quite a native of Tadley, at least a well established resident. I moved here from Basingstoke, where I was born, as it seemed sensible to live near my work so that I could walk or cycle to get there - I was well ahead of the greening agenda! As a Lib Dem member I have been helping out the local group in delivering the Focus leaflet in my area. I believe that the local Lib Dem group are known locally as people who are easily approachable and readily seen out and about tending to those things that are of interest to local residents and are always ready to assist with problems that we all have from time to time. As a councillor I would be an active member of this group. As a hobby I have an interest in finding out about my family history and I take an interest in 'green' matters and the environment

Stephen Gibbons

Jo Slimin I have lived in Tadley since moving here in 1969 with a young family. I joined Tadley Town Council in 1983 wanting to improve facilities for my young family and fellow residents.I have been re-elected to the Town Council ever since and for two periods was also a Borough councillor for Tadley. As a Town Councillor I have served as Chairman on several occasions, each time making a difference to the facilities and improving the environment. I was a founder member of Tadley Citizens Advice and still serve as a trustee. I am Chair of Governors at the Bishopswood schools and also Chair of Barlow's Park community football ground which I helped to deliver for the community in 2008. As you can see I believe in a hands on role feeling that you get out what you put in. I have had a varied career, working for the Automobile Association, a Housing Association and finally, for 18 years for the Environment Agency where I led on community engagement and media communications until I retired last year. My long time interest in environmental issues encouraged me to become an unpaid Director of Calleva Community Energy installing solar on roofs locally. Having introduced Tadley Spring Clean week I have continued to promote green issues now through engagement with the Tadley Environment Group.

Jo Slimin

Tadley North, Kingsclere & Baughurst

Warwick Lovegrove I came to Tadley with my parents in 1956 and I attended Burnham Copse Junior school later moving onto The Hurst. I joined the Royal Navy when I left school and served on nuclear submarines. Service in the navy took me to many overseas locations. On leaving the navy I found employment at Eli Lilly in Basingstoke where I worked for thirty years. I am now retired and in the little spare time I find I have, I indulge my enjoyment of singing as a member of The Hurst Singers, Tadley Singers and gardening My children all grew up in the area and all but one still live here as do many of my eight grandchildren. My wife runs the local Age Concern foot clinic and when time permits I assist there. I am Chairperson of Tadley Elderly Care, on Heath End Village Hall committee and the Turbury Allotments committee. I was first elected to Tadley Town Council in 1982 and since then have have always been a Town Councillor. During that time I have also been elected on many occasions to Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council; for a period of time I was also the County Councillor. Between 2007 - 2008, along with my wife who was Consort, I was proud to serve as the Borough Mayor. I have served on many Borough Council committees including Planning; at present I serve on Licensing. If re-elected, but for the new Ward, I would like to carry on as I always have, assisting people in the area by taking up their everyday problems with the Borough and represent local peoples' views to the Council.

Warwick Lovegrove

Ria Meiszner Morrow I reside in Tadley with my husband and work as a horticulture apprentice at a local gardening and landscaping company. After many years of working in a demanding office environment, I was furloughed for several months and during this time I had an opportunity to reflect on my career path. I decided to pursue my passion for the outdoors and retrain as a gardener. In these difficult times, residents may find themselves in similar situations and I'd be happy to share my experience and details of the support I found available. I have a keen interest in nature and bird-life and through my local Lib Dem councillor, I learnt about the project at Wigmore Heath which is no ordinary patch of woodland! It is a Site of Interest for Nature Conservation and in 2019 was given Local Nature Reserve status. I didn't know that my local area was hiding such a gem! The area is being restored to lowland heath and once completed will be an important stepping stone between nearby heath areas, such as Greenham Common. If elected, I would continue to support such schemes. I would like to become a Borough councillor as I want to be more involved in the community, finding out what is important to the local residents and being someone who can be relied upon to raise their concerns.

Ria Meiszner

Kerry Morrow I grew up in Burghfield Common and have spent most of my life in the area. My first home was bought in Tadley a few months after getting married. It was a great move as we love Tadley and have met some super people here. I joined the Liberal Democrat party as I had become disillusioned with the political picture and felt that I couldn't complain about the system if I wasn't prepared to do something about it. It was a positive move which has resulted in a warm welcome by a knowledgeable Lib Dem team. My main interests are nature and sport. I believe it is important to support local wildlife habitats. Where would we have been without our walks and runs during lockdown? I'd like to encourage more engagement from our younger residents, as I believe we have to start caring about politics again and local government is a great place to start. I work as a field engineer for a UK shower company and I enjoy dealing with a variety of customers on a daily basis. Communication and listening skills are vital in order to provide a good service. I'd like to put these skills into action as your Borough councillor voicing your views regarding local issues.

Kerry Morrow

Whitchurch, Overton & Laverstoke

Alex Hands (Alex Hands) I have lived in Overton for over 15 years. I have three children, all of whom have gone to Overton primary school and/or Overton playgroup. I work as a research scientist at the University of Surrey and I am also a governor at Testbourne community school.

Alex Hands

Adinath Harris (Adinath Harris) As a local business owner, I am increasingly interested in sustainability and economics. Having been particular affected by the global events of the past few years, I have decided to run for the position of Councillor, as a platform to enable to be a force for positive change, in any way I can - in service to Basingstoke & Deane.

Adinath Harris

Lucy Sloane-Williams I live in Overton with my husband. My daughter went to Overton Primary School then Testbourne School. I have always believed in building strong communities where you can find help close at hand but also enjoy a good social life with local friends. I have served as a secondary school governor, run a local youth group, and served as an Overton parish councillor for 22 years. As a councillor I gained experience in planning issues including Neighbourhood Planning, highways matters and council responsibilities during my time as Chair. I have formal training and experience in business management developed in the production of pharmaceuticals and later working with hospital pharmacists. Several years ago, I also completed a post graduate diploma in Environmental Management. If elected my priority would be to listen and act swiftly in response to residents' concerns. In council I would strive for sustainable (green) project options or solutions, whether reducing waste, building more energy efficient housing or offering smarter transport options. I am impressed by those in our community who are trying their best to help us reduce our impact on the planet and would, as a councillor, do all in my power to support them.

Lucy Sloane Williams

Winklebury & Manydown

Wendy McKay I am a retired primary school teacher. I have taught in schools across Basingstoke. I grew up in Winklebury and am a mother to three sons who all attended local schools. Recently I've been supporting the covid vaccination programme as a volunteer. Winklebury deserves a liberal voice to support fairness and equality.

Wendy McKay