Hi, I’m Nicky Shepard and I live on Whitehill Road in Abbey with my husband and our two boys. I’m the Liberal Democrat candidate for Abbey in the County elections on 4th May. I have long been a community campaigner and worked in my local area. My former role as catalyst worker for Abbey People 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 recently spoke in the county chamber at Shire Hall to demand an urgent safety review of the roundabout and pedestrian crossing. Safety officers agreed to meet with me and we are optimistic that changes can be made to protect children and vulnerable adults at this accident blackspot.
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 together and I can’t wait to get started if elected on 4th May.
telephone: 07909 545753