Christine Gilligan KuboChristine Gilligan Kubo is the Green Party candidate for Hillsborough Ward in the local elections on May 3rd.

“I have lived in Hillsborough for 24 years. I lecture in Responsible and Ethical Business practice at Sheffield Business School and I believe in an economy that works for everyone while protecting our natural environment for future generations. Greens campaign against insecure zero hours contracts, low wages and high rents but we are also concerned about our local environment.

I’m a non-executive director of Sheffield Renewables and support the rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy to create new green jobs and reduce the harmful effects of fossil fuels on our environment.

Hillsborough is a great place to live: it is easy to get to the city centre by tram or bus, there is a large park with a walled garden that provides valuable green space for enjoying nature, jogging, tennis, football practice, and many other outdoor activities, and we have a good variety of local shops. Wadsley and Loxley Common is also nearby. If elected I want to work with local groups to protect these vital assets and make sure Hillsborough continues to be a good place to live and work. I will listen to your concerns and try to address them.

I cycle to work. Traffic jams at Hillsborough Corner, the ring road and other main roads highlight the need for better transport infrastructure that prioritises public
transport and safer cycling and walking options so they can choose to leave
their cars at home. This would reduce congestion for all road users while
improving dangerous air pollution and road safety.

I support the position of the Green Council group who argued to keep the City’s Highways maintenance “in-house” instead of the expensive, unaccountable, Streets Ahead contract. How the council spend our council tax should be transparent. I don’t believe it is in our interest to have secretive private sector organisations profiting from our money and acting in ways that have led to the mass felling of healthy street trees by a Labour council that does not appear to be listening to its constituents. There needs to be full disclosure of the contract and the work brought back in-house as a matter of urgency.

Our communities are threatened by continuing austerity cuts and I will work with local
people to try and re-invigorate our local community groups and organisations and offer the support they want and need from a local councillor.

I hope you will elect me as your local councillor in Hillsborough ward on May 3rd.”

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