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 led me to change jobs and I now work for a housing association in the City.
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.
Having asked hundreds of residents, it is clear to me that the lack of a high school in the ward is a problem that the council have allowed to become urgent when action should have been taken a couple of years ago. I’ve now secured the backing of senior County Councillors and have finally made the voices of people in Abbey heard in this unnecessarily drawn out process.
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