2016 City of Lincoln Council election candidates – Castle ward

Eight candidates from four parties are standing in Castle ward for the City of Lincoln Council elections taking place on Thursday, May 5.

Below is a list of all the candidates standing in the ward:


Rod Archer – Conservative

Rod Archer - Conservative

Rod Archer – Conservative

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

Anti-social behaviour is a blight across the city and, if elected, I would work with the police to introduce a zero-tolerance policy.

Also the city’s housing stock has been in decline for many years and I would be looking to work with the council, housing associations and developers to improve existing stock before new builds were considered.

I would also look to work to bring new employment opportunities to the city to help those looking for work to find it.

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

As a Conservative Party candidate I believe in wealth creation and giving people a hand up and not a hand out. I believe that conservatism at its core is the party of the working man, the only way for wealth to be created is for people to be helped to help themselves through working, giving people more money in the pocket by not only promoting work but also by looking to reduce the burden of local taxation on hard-working families.

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

I spent 13 years working as a radio presenter for the Lincs FM Group and was, at one time, a football referee.


Malcolm Barham – Conservative

Malcolm Barham - Conservative

Malcolm Barham – Conservative

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

There are a number of issues relating to anti-social behaviour, parking and the development of tourism. Many local residents are requesting residents only parking particularly around the Burton Road area and this is something I would support.

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

I already make a difference through my work with the YMCA but aim to bring those skills and determination to the city council if elected.

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

I once appeared on the game show Fort Boyard with Melinda Messenger and Leslie Grantham. I have a motorbike which I ride for pleasure. I like to do new things and this year I’m attending Glastonbury for the first time.


Jim Hanrahan – Labour

Jim Hanrahan - Labour

Jim Hanrahan – Labour

Age: 60

Marital Status: Single

Twitter: Jim_ninja

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

Castle ward has a wide variety of issues ranging from coping with the Christmas Market and supporting tourism based business to managing the council housing stock and community facilities. The ward had varied but well established residential communities, open spaces, schools and local shopping facilities where change has been subtle.

Threats to close the Burton Road GP Surgery have been resisted and improved bus services campaigned for.

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

I am an approachable and non judgemental seeker of fairness and champion of folk’s rights. I will fight for people’s legitimate needs and rights and not be put off by petty bureaucracy. I have many years’ knowledge and experience of local government. I have a sense of humour and am not full of my own importance.

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

I am a lifelong supporter of Tranmere Rovers FC.


Donald Nannestad – Labour

Donald Nannestad - Labour

Donald Nannestad – Labour

Age: 58

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

The lack of affordable housing is a major issue within Castle ward. I will work with Labour colleagues to ensure we deliver our pledge to build 500 new council houses and affordable homes in the next five years.

Many people living in the ward are on low incomes and there is a need to bring more and better paid jobs to Lincoln. Labour is working hard to achieve this and is also campaigning for a REAL living wage which will help low income working families.

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

I have lived in Castle ward for almost 30 years. I am an experienced city councillor having represented the ward since 1994 and am the deputy leader of the council. I have a record of speaking up for residents and campaigning for improved facilities for Castle ward.

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

I completed the Lincoln 10K run this year.


Daphne Shaw – Liberal Democrats

Daphne Shaw - Liberal Democrats

Daphne Shaw – Liberal Democrats

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Marital Status: Married

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

Key issues affecting Castle ward are the Eastern Bypass and making sure work is done correctly, the balance of provision for young families and old in the ward and the encroachment on residential areas of commercial development and offices.

I support better public transport but also the revision of the resident parking to include free passes for residents.

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

I was brought up in Lincoln and went to Mount Street School and the then Convent now Minster School and all my upbringing has been about preserving our beautiful city.

I believe in being outward facing but keeping the best of the past. I personally support Lincoln being made a unitary authority.

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

My grandfather Mr Thomas Taylor was a former Mayor and Sheriff and Freeman of the City of Lincoln.

My father worked for ‘Rustons’ at home and abroad and my mother is a former Lincoln infant school head. Up the Imps.


David Warde – UKIP

David Warde - UKIP

David Warde – UKIP

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Loraine Woolley – Labour

Loraine Woolley - Labour

Loraine Woolley – Labour

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

I have long recognised that Castle ward has a need for many more affordable homes to rent, particularly houses designed and built for families. Labour’s pledge to build 500 new council homes over the next five years will help solve the shortage. It is an ambitious programme but one that I feel certain we can achieve. Labour is also committed to improving standards in the private rented sector which will ensure accommodation of a higher quality.

Labour’s proposed new bus station will also be a welcome improvement for many residents of the ward.

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

I was raised in the ward and attended Mount Street Primary and Junior School and have at various times lived in or around the city. I understand the needs and the nature of Castle ward and its residents and believe that to successfully represent a ward as complex and diverse – this resource is invaluable.

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

I have two beautiful Bedlington Terrier Puppies named Echo and Flute. My favourite novels are Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and George Eliot’s Middlemarch.

I have a particular interest in astrophysics.


David Wright – Conservative

David Wright - Conservative

David Wright – Conservative

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

I believe the main issues affecting the Castle ward are ensuring we all have good access to healthcare in the community and support for local businesses and shops in the area.

If elected I will work with community and patient groups to meet the needs of healthcare in community and support the needs of small businesses to help them grow to create new jobs and prosperity for all.

I would also look at how we can encourage more tourists into the area that help bring money and investment into the city of Lincoln.

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

I’m interested to improve health and wellness in the community and also develop jobs and growth within the Castle ward and wider Lincoln area.

My medical technology and professional background enables me to solve challenging and complex issues such as developing new technologies that can improve patient outcomes and wellbeing.

I would use my technical and managerial skills at a local level in the Castle area and focus on health, wellness and community wellbeing that can make a difference to people’s lives, creating a better place for us to work, live and enjoy.

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

I’m the founder of a healthcare technology company called ViVO Smart Medical Devices developing an innovative neuro-critical care device called Pupiloscope to rapidly assess patients with serious head injuries.

We won the NHS Partnership award and UKTI Export award demonstrating my commitment to improving people’s lives and
wellbeing.