Name: David Grant (Labour)
Ward: Greenwich West
Please can you tell Greenwich.co.uk readers a little about yourself.
I am retired from work, formerly as a teacher, including in Greenwich, and as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools. I have lived in Greenwich West Ward for 15 years, and represented the ward on the Council for 8 years. I have served variously as cabinet member for education and social services.
Why does it matter that people vote in council elections?
Most people are not fabulously wealthy and therefore to improve our lives and those of our families and friends we need to work together. This is why I am a member of the Labour Party. Local councils enable us to look after our interests collectively. Many of the decisions that affect us most are made at this level, therefore if we do not vote we lose the ability to influence these decisions.
Why are you standing to be a councillor?
I enjoy the work: I like being able to respond to people when they need their councillor’s help, and I like discussing ideas in the Council chamber. I have some useful experience and skills and feel I can use them for the benefit of my local community.
What do you like most about the area you wish to represent?
I love Greenwich. My wife and I met here when we were young, and we both wanted to return when we had the chance. I love the Park and the wonderful buildings, the views and the river. One of the particular things I love most in Greenwich is the theatre, which needs and deserves all our support.
If elected, what would be your priorities for the Peninsula ward over the next four years?
My priorities would be: i) to ensure the Olympic Games in the Park is an enjoyable experience for residents and that the Park is not damaged; ii) to make sure that new developments are done to the highest possible standard and are supported by adequate infra-structure; iii) to preserve and maintain important areas such as the covered market and Greenwich Theatre; iv) to improve the council housing stock locally; and v) to safeguard our two Sure Start children’s centres and ensure our schools improve steadily.