Scott Wilding (Wanstead Village, Conservative)

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Scott Wilding is a Conservative Party candidate for the new Wanstead Village ward in the upcoming Redbridge Council elections. Here's why he thinks he deserves your vote on 3 May.

The work of a councillor is to deal with local issues that make a difference to the everyday. Cleanliness, waste collection, parking or planning issues, for example. The job isn't to influence foreign policy or decide if we should spend more or less on major national issues like the NHS or defence. That's what MPs are for.

Redbridge had a total budget of £180m in 2016–2017 and it's the job of local councillors to decide how best to spend this money. With that in mind, let me explain why I am asking for your vote on 3 May.

Since 2009, I've been the chair of the Wanstead Society, which is the only local charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing the whole of Wanstead. I have seen first-hand the great community spirit here in Wanstead when I helped organise community clean-up days on Nightingale Green or took part in the bimonthly litter picks. Since 2014, I have also been a trustee of the Wanstead Playground Association, which raised £100,000 for the children's play area on Christchurch Green. Something we had to do, because Labour-run Redbridge Council refused to pay for its renovation. Over the years, I have also been involved with the Friends of Christ Church, organised community street parties and am a keen community gardener. So for me, becoming a councillor is an extension of the community work I have been doing for almost a decade. And this is what local councillors should be doing – in their community, working for their community. No matter which party you affiliate with, ask each candidate what they have done for their community.

I also spent 12 years working for Redbridge Council and with the exception of some seasoned councillors, there are few people with the experience to understand how the council operates before being elected. It's important to hit the ground running, and it's important to know how to influence the workings of the council, which I can.

I grew up in Wanstead, was christened in Christ Church, attended Wanstead Church School and Wanstead High. My godkids do the same. Wanstead has been my home for 35 years, and when you care passionately about the place where you, your family and friends live and grew up, you want to make a difference for the better. Living in a community for over three decades doesn't mean you know everything, but it helps to understand the area and its issues – and how to offer workable solutions.

If elected in May, I and my Conservative ward colleagues will fight for the best deal for Wanstead. We want a better public realm, a thriving High Street and a cleaner, greener borough. And we think that our long-term commitment to this community is the best reason to give us your vote on 3 May.

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