Hi, I’m Nicky Shepard and I live on Whitehill Road in Abbey with my husband and our two boys. I have long been a community campaigner and worked in my local area. My former role as catalyst worker for a community organisation brought into sharp focus the difficulties faced by those living in the east of the City and provided a daily reminder of the awful or non-existent state of our community facilities.
The chronic shortage of good quality social and affordable housing was very clear to me whilst working for a housing association in the City. Local residents often mention their worries about housing to me. As your City Councillor, Housing is an area for which I would fight for improvements.
Since 2015, I’ve campaigned for road safety around the Newmarket Road / Barnwell Road roundabout and against the cruel and short-sighted cuts to school crossing patrols. I spoke in the county chamber at Shire Hall to demand an urgent safety review of the roundabout and pedestrian crossing. Safety officers met with me and changes to the lane layout approaching the roundabout have since been announced. I continue to put pressure on officers to deliver these improvements.
I have been leading a county-wide campaign for funding for our Children's Centres to secure funding to keep the much loved Fields Children's Centre open. Both of my children attended the Fields and I know what an important place it is for many families in our area.
Through community campaigning and actually speaking with and listening to the people of Abbey, we have already shown what an impact we can have. There is so much more we can achieve.
telephone: 07909 545753