Cllr Jo Blackman candidate statement

Cllr Jo Blackman

On Thursday 5 May 2022 local elections are being held in all 32 London boroughs including Redbridge.  

To learn more about those standing for election The Wanstead Post has asked candidates to contribute a short statement.  Below is the statement from Councillor Jo Blackman:

“It has been a privilege to represent Wanstead Village since 2018 and serve as cabinet member for the environment and civic pride since 2021. I am passionate about children’s issues, tackling climate change and improving our environment.

I live locally with my family and we enjoy all the great things that Wanstead Village and the wider area has to offer – leisure facilities, green space, great schools, transport links, local shops, restaurants and cafes, and most importantly, a wonderful sense of community. 

In addition to being a councillor I work part time as an environmental campaigner. I am also a school governor at Nightingale Primary School.

Along with fellow Labour councillors Cllr Paul Donovan, Councillor Daniel Morgan-Thomas, I have worked hard to make our ward and borough cleaner, greener and safer. We run a monthly litter pick and have supported many community initiatives including planting bulbs, wildflowers and trees.

We have worked with the Labour-run council to secure investment in our area, including: street cleansing; refurbishment of Wanstead library events room; new playground equipment for Christchurch Green playground; new bike storage; electric vehicle charging points; high street planters; activities for children; closure of Wanstead high street for the Wanstead festival and Wanstead’s new swimming pool.

If re-elected I will push for further improvements to make our roads safer and advocate for measures to tackle climate change, improve the environment and improve provision for children.”

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