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Please find below a list of our local Council candidates for the elections on 3 May 2018:

Cove and Southwood - Alain Dekker

Alain has lived and worked in the ward for more than 10 years as a software engineer. Alain believes recycling rates must be improved across Rushmoor which will involve capital investment in new equipment. Regular litter-pickups and path clearing will be supported. Improvements to cycle lanes are required across Rushmoor, including covered cycle storage near large shopping areas. In particular double barriers which prevent access for cyclists, prams and push-chair users across the Southwood estate should be removed. Where required, these can be replaced with droppable bollards. Alain will ensure that potholes reported to County are followed-up to ensure high quality, long-lasting repairs. Too much money is wasted on poor quality repairs that are either ineffective or last only a few months. On a personal level, Alain runs a local games club at Farnborough Library. Alain has played in international tournaments in Chess and represented the UK twice at the world championships in Chinese Chess. Alain plays bassoon and supports music-making across the borough.

Empress - Leola Card

Leola Card Liberal Democrat candidate for the Empress ward in Farnborough is a long time Liberal Democrat campaigner. Leola says 'Empress ward is at the heart of Farnborough it includes major roads through the borough and the Farnborough Town Centre. I believe Rushmoor council should do all it can to help retail business in the borough during these difficult times and do what it can to ensure the town centres are clean well kept and welcoming to residents. Empress has some traffic issues with the new retail developments and the new Conference centre and the new road proposals need to be carefully looked at so they benefit not only people entering the borough for business but that serve all the local residents of Empress.'

Knellwood - Nick March

Biography to follow

Rowhill - Alan Hilliar

Alan and his wife Carolyn are an active part of the Church of the Ascension in Ayling Hill, and are starting to get involved with local community groups such as Aldershot Civic Society and Aldershot Community Together.As part of that aim, Alan is standing as a candidate for in the local council elections to make more of a difference for local people by giving them a voice and bringing their concerns into the Council chamber. Alan is also passionate about family (two adult children and four grandchildren), about singing (recently joined the Voices Together Community Choir), about performing in amateur musicals and about photography. He loves to get out walking into the local woods and heathland.

St John's - Jill Whyman

Jill Whyman is the Liberal Democrat candidate for St John's Ward, Farnborough in the upcoming Borough Council election. She believes that, while recycling facilities and refuse collections are generally good, much more could be done to increase Rushmoor recycling rates, which are considerably lower than both the Hampshire average and the performance of neighbouring borough councils, perhaps by addressing areas with low take-up and the reasons for this. Just one way of helping to keep the Ward, and indeed the Borough, a clean, tidy and welcoming environment for us all!

St Mark's - Abul Koher Chowdhury

Abul has lived in Farnborough for over 20 years, and has worked in the North Camp Pharmacy since 2011. As part of Abul's job, he meets local residents on a daily basis and is aware of the many local issues that people are currently facing, including increases in council tax and cuts in NHS and social care. Abul is also passionate that the Council must improve its recycling rates. Abul would like very much to speak on your behalf, putting forward the needs of the people of South Farnborough and North Camp.

Wellington - Sophie Oglesson

Since moving to Aldershot with her 2 year old daughter and husband, who is based here with the army, it's been fairly apparent to Sophie that both the Wellington ward and the Borough face many challenges that could benefit from a voice within the military community. Sophie currently works full time as a web developer with Virgin Media over in Hook and has worked in the technology sector for 13 years now. When not working or spending time with her family, Sophie enjoys going to the gym, Live Action Roleplay gaming and knitting. An odd mix, but certainly fulfilling.

Issues of particular interest to Sophie are the environment - In particular how to increase rates of recycling, and the enormous amounts of litter scattered in particular around family housing; family/children matters - to provide better support and information for military families; and Aldershot Town Developments - closely work with the community opinion in regards to proposed regeneration of the town centre

West Heath - Craig Card

Craig Card, former Rushmoor councillor is standing in the West Heath ward in the forthcoming local elections. He is standing alongside Collegue and former councillor Charlie Fraser-Fleming. Both live within the West Heath ward in an area that was previously part of the Mayfield ward which has been removed due to Council boundary changes. They are campaigning on many local issues including parking issues, support for improvements to local shops, graffiti removal and ensuring the council whilst raising council tax still serves all of its local residents with good services and a well maintained borough