Name: Adrian Ross (Green Party)
Ward: Greenwich West
Please can you tell Greenwich.co.uk readers a little about yourself.
I'm 44 years years old, married (to Naomi) with a 4 month old son (Ben). I've lived in West Greenwich for the last 8 years, but have been coming here regularly ever since my very first trip to visit the Cutty Sark and Maritime Museum, aged 9. Originally from Wiltshire, I studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and I work in IT.
Why does it matter that people vote in council elections?
Because the council are the people who look after the environment that you live in. They are responsible for the streets and amenities; for determining the mix of housing, businesses and shops; for encouraging investment, appropriate development and conservation; for traffic and parking schemes; and for providing facilities such as libraries and leisure centres. In brief, the council are responsible for practically everything that I care about when I leave my front gate.
Why are you standing to be a councillor?
I NEVER thought that I would get involved in politics! But concerns about the environment led me to the Green Party, and after reading their vision for the future I realised there was a better way to do things and a better way to live. Green policies put people and quality-of-life ahead of consumption and greed, and I'd like to be able to provide a better lifestyle for my family, neighbours, friends and everyone who lives or works in Greenwich.
What do you like most about the area you wish to represent?
Wow, where do I start?! I love the Observatory, the Park and the Queen's House (where Naomi and I were lucky enough to have our wedding reception). I also love the market and the town-centre shops, although I'm very concerned that the plans for the market might spoil these things. My favourite stretch of road is Royal Hill from the flower shop, past the Creaky Shed, butchers, cheese shop and fishmongers up to my favourite pub - the Greenwich Union with its own beer. But if I had to choose one thing, it would be the fact that I
have almost everything I need within walking distance of my house (although less traffic and pollution would make the walks nicer!).
If elected, what would be your priorities for the ward over the next four years?
I'd like to reduce traffic and pollution in the Borough by providing better local servies within walking distance, by improving public transport and by limiting the number of additional cars that will come with all of the new developments. I'd also introduce schemes such as "walking buses" to take children to school - avoiding rush-hour congestion and helping our children to stay healthy. I'd like to offer encouragement to local neighbourhood schemes by offering council grants to communities with the best ideas for how to improve their
area (as Lewisham council and the Green councillors there have done). I'd like to make sure that the council use the Olympics as an opportunity to get some long-term investment and improvement in West Greenwich to compensate for the disruption that we will have over the next 2 years. And I'd like to put the Green back into Greenwich, with schemes such as Fairtrade, smart-meter lending from libraries and local energy-saving cooperatives.
Finally, I'd like to make politics in Greenwich as cool and interesting as everything else that's here!