Labour and Cooperative candidate for Shephall
Hello, my name is Simon Speller and I’m standing as the Labour & Co-operative candidate for Shephall in both the Borough and County elections. I’m a retired University Lecturer in Business Studies and I have lived in Shephall for nearly forty years. My wife, Bridy, and I have brought up our four children here, and we have seven grandchildren who all live nearby. I have a particular interest in local history.
My priorities are:
■ supporting young people to achieve their full potential, and to get a fair chance to do their best and to be their best;
■ to tackle loneliness for people on their own, especially for our older people in this time of the Covid pandemic and aftermath;
■ to clean up and tidy up our streets, including fly tipping and mess; and to support practical ‘green’ actions to help tackle climate change.
As an experienced borough councillor and community volunteer, I work with young people in schools, sports and scouting to develop their life skills and training opportunities for work. I also support voluntary groups for carers and older people in Stevenage. I am heavily involved with scouting in Stevenage, and have just finished serving as District Commissioner. I was, until recently, Chair of Crossroads Care North Herts, the local charity that supports family and other unpaid carers. I have over thirty years of experience of working with local schools, including being Chair of Governors of Heathcote School, back in the day.
My contribution to our neighbourhood includes bringing the former Canyon Adventure Playground back into use for local scouts and local people. Last year, as Mayor of Stevenage, my priorities were to promote health and wellbeing, and to promote the environment. As a keen local historian, I organise local walks and talks about Shephall and Stevenage New Town history. This year, I have been chairing the Borough Council’s Planning Committee.
If elected for Shephall I will
■ Support residents and Shephall Residents Group with activities and events as we eventually come out of Covid lockdowns, when it is safe to do so
■ Work with local groups to support our older people to be independent and feel connected with other people
■ Walk your streets with you, to sort out any problems with litter and mess
■ Campaign for clean streets and better pavements in Shephall, starting with Valley Way, Hydean Way and Shephall Way
■ Work with all Shephall schools and our young people to promote the environment and awareness of climate change
I will listen to your concerns, and be a strong voice with and for Shephall, to make sure we get the resources we need to regenerate our neighbourhoods and rebuild our community groups after this pandemic.