Name: Mary Mills (Labour)
Please can you tell Greenwich.co.uk readers a little about yourself.
I am an elderly widow who has lived in Greenwich for the past 41 years. My working life was mainly spent in the voluntary sector, including a stint at North Charlton Project, but latterly working on a community response to Docklands redevelopment, eventually concentrating on issues around the environment. I have a PhD in industrial history and am Secretary of Greenwich Industrial History Society - and because of this have written a number of books on the subject, concentrating on east Greenwich, the Peninsula and the riverside walk.
Why does it matter that people vote in council elections?
Of course it matters that people vote - we should be all about a participative democracy. It also matters that people speak up for what they want for the area they live in and I have always done what I can to encourage people to get in touch and to pass on what they say where I can.
Why are you standing to be a councillor?
I hope I can make a difference to people's lives in east Greenwich, North Charlton and the Peninsula. There is so much to do and so many things which are difficult. For many people it is hard to live in an area where there is so much change (although for others it is exciting). We need to understand those stresses and respond to them sympathetically and constructively and I do feel I have some very special experience of this. I also feel that in the ten years I have been on the Council I have learnt a great deal of how to tackle the many everyday problems which people have, and hopefully tackle them effectively and realistically. I very much feel that it is my duty to talk to as many local people as I can to learn what they want from their councillors, and I would encourage them to get involved. I am very used to handling email, and twitters and stuff like that - and hope to be able to use it to interact more and more local people. Over the past ten years I have developed a newsletter about local people and local events which goes out monthly - so I have always been happy to hear if people are doing things they want others to hear about, and to add addresses to the list of those who want to get it.
What do you like most about the area you wish to represent?
What do I like most about the area. Where do I start? When I moved to Greenwich in the 1960s I was knocked out that I was finally in an area with Labour councillors, a Labour MP and a Labour GLC member. I am still very proud of that. However I had come from Gravesend and both there, and here in Greenwich, we have the river - and that is a wonderful thing threading through all our lives. But now - oh how I miss the sound of the boats all day! - and the great cacaphony at New Year. But I am very proud of east Greenwich - it IS the centre of the world, its an exciting place to be and I am grateful every day that I live here.
If elected, what would be your priorities for the Peninsula ward over the next four years?
Where do I start with that? I suppose I want the people who live here to be happy to live here and to have good and fulfilled lives. I suppose that also I want to work towards a cleaner, greener, totally sustainable environment. That's the long term. In the short term its sorting out all those 100s of day to day problems which hopefully are building blocks towards the long term. Or at least I hope so.