Councillor Jeremy Gardner
Councillor for St Mary's ward, Adur District Council
Jeremy was elected to the council in May 2021. He believes the council should listen more to local people and properly consult before making decisions that affect tenants, homeowners and businesses.
Jeremy says: “I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in May. My aim will be to represent all in the ward and to do what I can to make St Mary’s an even better place to live.
“I am very pleased to be a councillor for St Mary’s, the heart of Shoreham, and to serve alongside the hard-working and dedicated councillor Catherine Arnold.
“This ward is a great place, but can be even better. I believe new developments must bring with them investment in schools, the health service and public transport improvements. I believe we all, but especially children, should have the right to breathe clean air – too often challenged by pollution from traffic. Our town centre shows signs of neglect – uneven pavements in the High Street, untidy, ineffective signage, few places to sit and watch the world ago by, few places to park your bicycle. It can be made better for residents, traders and visitors.
“Everyone has the right to decent housing. And those in council homes have the right to an efficient repair service and for their homes to be well-insulated and brought up to 21st century standards.
“The climate emergency is exactly that, an emergency. We live in a lovely part of the country, we have our beach, the river and access to the Downs. I think we should treasure and safeguard our natural environment. I would like to see more action from the council to combat the climate emergency, including making it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport around our town and beyond, improve our parks, improve how we collect waste and make it easier to recycle, including recycling food waste.”
Jeremy lives in Shoreham and before becoming an Adur councillor was a co-opted member of Lancing Parish Council and an active member of its Climate Emergency working group. He successfully argued against the parish council raising its part of the council tax this year, believing that many in the community are facing enough financial hardship right now.
He is married with two grown up children and two grandchildren born under lockdown.
“Here I have written about what I would like to see. Soon, I hope to be adding what I have done as a councillor. Please remember I listen. If you have ideas on how we can improve St Mary’s and Adur, let me know.”