Sheila Bain (Wanstead Park, Labour)

Sheila BainSheila Bain

Sheila Bain is a Labour Party candidate for the new Wanstead Park ward in the upcoming Redbridge Council elections. Here's why she thinks she deserves your vote on 3 May.

I first stood as a councillor in 2014 and was privileged to be elected to represent the former Wanstead ward, where I live. I was born and grew up in east London and spent my career working in local government for various local authorities.

I moved to Wanstead some 30 years ago and raised my three children here, so know the area very well. Wanstead is a great place to live with excellent schools, a vibrant High Street, lovely parks and open spaces and a strong sense of community. I became a councillor to stand up for Wanstead to ensure that it continued to thrive and get its fair share of resources in this time of unprecedented central government cuts to council funding.

Working with colleagues, I've delivered for the local community in Wanstead with a planned new swimming pool, investment in our schools and children's centres, a newly refurbished library, continued funding for the Wanstead Festival and the implementation of the cycle quiet way. There's been a longstanding need for a swimming pool locally and with Labour running the council this is now going to happen. Work will start in the autumn on a public pool at Wanstead High School, where we're also carrying out a programme of building improvements.

Within weeks of becoming a councillor in 2014, I acted with colleagues to tackle the school places crisis locally, where children were being allocated schools up to five miles away as there were not enough primary school places in Wanstead. We provided an additional reception class at Nightingale School from September 2014 to run through to Year 6. We've protected early years investment by continuing to provide two children's centres, one in Wanstead and the other in Aldersbrook.

As the cabinet member with responsibility for libraries I've worked to keep all our libraries open, with Wanstead Library being completely refurbished recently and Aldersbrook Library continuing to provide a well-used service.

I am involved in the local community and sit on the management committee of our great local community centre, Wanstead House. I'm also on the Wanstead Business Partnership and a member of the Wren nature group. I hold fortnightly surgeries and residents can always come to see me to raise any concerns and I'm regularly out in the ward meeting people. Community safety is very important to me and with our Labour Council I am fighting for proper government funding for our police to tackle the increasing crime in the borough, alongside proper funding for our NHS and social care services.

I hope you'll give me the opportunity to continue this work and to not only represent the people of Wanstead Park, but help to improve the quality of life for everyone in Redbridge.

Redbridge Council elections will take place on 3 May. Visit wavidi.co/vote2018