Name: Malcolm Reid (Conservative)
Please can you tell Greenwich.co.uk readers a little about yourself.
I am 36 years old and have lived in Greenwich since 2000 moving into the Peninsula ward in 2003. I am the Chief Financial Officer for an investment advisory firm based in Mayfair. Prior to this I worked in the City after graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Business Studies. I have been involved in local politics for a number of years and I am the current Treasurer of the Greenwich Conservative Federation. I am a keen cyclist, cycling most days from Greenwich to my office in Mayfair and enjoy keeping fit at the Arches Leisure Centre.
Why does it matter that people vote in council elections?
The council is responsible for over £100m of council tax payers money, yet at the last election the turnout in Peninsula was only 35%. The current Labour has been in power for about 40 years and I feel are complacent. It is important that the ward is represented by the true majority of the electorate.
Why are you standing to be a councillor?
With my background in business I want to ensure that we are getting value for money for our council tax and to ensure services are improved. I want to represent East Greenwich as I feel the current council neglect our area concentrating services in Woolwich. The former East Greenwich housing office lies in a derelict state, the old District Hospital site remains a blot on the landscape.
What do you like most about the area you wish to represent?
I enjoy cycling round the Peninsula, with the contrasts that it has to offer, with the O2 and mixture of remaining industry and housing, and when the sun is out enjoying a pint at the Cutty Sark
If elected, what would be your priorities for the Peninsula ward over the next four years?
I would prioritise reducing congestion in the ward, working with local businesses and residents to develop an appropriate plan for Trafalgar Road. For the Olympics I would make sure that LOCOG stick to their promises and work to minimise disruption leading up to the events.