Liam Hardy was one of the 3 Green local election candidates for Walkley ward on May 5th 2016. He lives in Netherthorpe.
I’m standing for election as a Green Party candidate because I believe the current Labour administration is failing to uphold vital support for local democracy and community services.
When the government and the council cuts funding for local libraries, like the Upperthorpe Library at Zest, the pressure on volunteers can be overwhelming. Likewise, when the council carries out street repairs as cheaply as possible, the unnecessary felling of roadside trees has an unhealthy and negative effect on local communities.
I am just finishing my PhD at the University of Sheffield, leaving space to serve my local community as your ward councillor. Residents in Walkley, particularly in Upperthorpe and Netherthorpe, need all the support they can get while the council rumbles on in complacency.
I regularly campaign against climate change and austerity, and push for greater local democracy. As a Green Party councillor, I would relish the opportunity to work with local people and help empower them to make the changes they want to see in our city.