City of Lincoln Council election candidates – Moorland ward

A total of five candidates are standing in the City of Lincoln Council elections in the Moorland ward.

Labour’s Bob Bushell is defending the seat, with the Conservatives, Greens, Liberal Democrats and UKIP also fielding candidates.


Bob Bushell – Labour

Bob Bushell

Bob Bushell

Age: 64

Marital status: Other

What are the main issues affecting your ward, and how would you address them if re-elected as a city councillor?

In no particular order: The lack of affordable housing. Social deprivation. Crime and disorder. Highways issues. Dog fouling. The potential loss of Boultham Library. The protection of open spaces and allotments.

I would continue to support the building of more council houses. Work with other agencies to mitigate the affects of poverty. Continue meeting with the police team. Promote Lincoln as a city companies should invest in to create skilled employment. Highlight the problems of dog fouling. I would continue to actively support the “Save Lincolnshire Libraries ” group. Lobby the county council to invest in our highways and footpaths.

What makes you different to the other candidates in your ward?

I have lived in Lincoln for over 50 years and have had a home in Moorland ward for nearly 36 years. I have worked in mental health for over 40 years. I have extensive experience in being a city councillor.

I am committed to making the ward and the city an even better place to live and to tackle all the issues that ultimately affects us all.

I believe I have the personal skills and objectivity to work with all members of the community and other agencies. I love Lincoln and I’m proud to represent the city at every opportunity.

Tell us something interesting about you that not many people know.

I play ukulele in the Lincoln Ukulele Band.


David Denman – Conservative

Age: 54

Marital status: Engaged

What are the main issues affecting your ward, and how would you address them if elected as a city councillor?

If elected I will:

1. Fight to tackle Moorland’s traffic congestion;
2. Work with local residents to keep the Ballast Hole railway
level.
3. Provide feedback from Moorland residents and businesses to local police to make Moorland safer; and
4. Be available to residents by phone and email 24/7 and to hold two sugeries a month with no appointment necessary.

What makes you different to the other candidates in your ward?

The work I undertake in my professional life has given me a valuable insight into how environmental issues and planning law can affect local communities.

I have also been a Lincoln city councillor before representing Glebe ward in the north of the city.

Tell us something interesting about you that not many people know.

I love cricket and playing the drums.


James Grigg – Green

James Grigg

James Grigg

Age: Not provided

Marital status: Not provided

What are the main issues affecting your ward, and how would you address them if elected as a city councillor?

Being a little way from the centre of the city, I feel that transport is a major issue for Moorland – both to get to shops, services, and leisure facilities located in the city centre, but also in managing traffic from other areas of the city passing through the ward to the same locations.

So it is crucial there are good transport routes and services for all the people in the ward.

Moorland also benefits from some excellent green spaces, which I would want to ensure are well looked after for the benefit of everyone living nearby.

What makes you different to the other candidates in your ward?

As a Green Party candidate I stand apart from the other parties, with a fresh vision and perspective on Lincoln and the world at large.

What matters to me is not short term success for myself or the political party I have chosen to support, but the ongoing sustainability of our planet and our society.

Having Green voices in the city council will bring a much more rational and careful approach, ensuring there is fairness for all the people of Lincoln now, and leaving a better world for future generations.

Tell us something interesting about you that not many people know.

I have solar panels on my house! It’s been great to see others with them while I’ve been canvassing. I generate more power than I use, the excess goes back into the grid for other people to use the carbon free energy, I highly recommend getting some if you can!


Kevin Harrington – UKIP

Kevin Harrington

Kevin Harrington

Age: 51

Marital status: Married

What are the main issues affecting your ward, and how would you address them if elected as a city councillor?

As a city councillor it would be my role to represent the residents on local issues like tackling crime, street cleaning, bin collection, road repairs and maintenance, dog fouling, speeding and general behaviour.

I think PCSO’s are good for the community and as a council we should try to increase their presence in all wards. We want to make this ward, and the country as a whole a safe clean and prosperous place to live. We believe in giving local people the power to make local decisions.

What makes you different to the other candidates in your ward?

Whilst I am a UKIP candidate I see my role would be to represent the views and thoughts of all the people of Moorland ward.

I will listen to any issue and act where appropriate. My experience as an Army Officer in human resources will help as I am used to discussing and deciding upon major strategic issues and then implementing them on the ground.

I will ensure that the views of the people in Moorland ward are heard and provide constructive feedback.

Tell us something interesting about you that not many people know.

I ran the ultra marathon in Biel, Switzerland; a 100km race. Whilst in the army I have served in many countries including Turkey, New Zealand, Gibraltar, Cyprus Norway, Belgium, Denmark and Germany.


Ross Pepper – Liberal Democrats

Ross Pepper

Ross Pepper

Age: 28

Marital status: Single

What are the main issues affecting your ward, and how would you address them if elected as a city councillor?

Some parts of the ward are suffering from high levels of deprivation. We need find ways for providing extra support to those areas to ensure we create a fair and equal society. By investing in projects to support local families and businesses, especially those aimed at young people like additional apprenticeships or youth groups where they can develop new skills, we could help alleviate the problems the ward faces.

What makes you different to the other candidates in your ward?

Being a local resident in Moorland for 20 years, I am well placed to understand the needs and concerns of Moorland’s residents, and I feel I have the passion and commitment to fight for a better deal for Moorland on the council.

I also want to make politics local again, where the people living in the ward know their local representative and can approach them to talk about the issues that matter to them as individuals and work alongside them to help improve the neighbourhood.

Tell us something interesting about you that not many people know.

I am currently in the middle of writing a novel.