Local Green campaigner Ani Stafford-Townsend was elected Councillor for Central Ward on 6th May as part of a Green surge that saw the Party become the joint largest on Council. Ani will now represent Central Ward for three years.
There are lots of great things about Central Ward. It’s the buzzing centre of the city, with unique independent shops in the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter, Old City and Wapping Wharf, with expansive green space in Castle Park, and significant social housing provision.
Central also has its problems. Air pollution is a big issue for residents, with Central suffering some of the worst air pollution in the city. 90% of residents live in flats, which has made successive lockdowns even more difficult for many. And more than half of the ward live in private rental, often suffering exploitative landlords.
Ani is passionate about Central because she lives and works here too! At the start of the first lockdown, Ani set up a mutual aid group for our local area.
“I am honoured to have been elected by Central Ward residents to be your Councillor”, says Ani, “I want to thank everyone who voted Green for giving me this opportunity. I also want to thank everyone else who voted, and promise to work for the common good in Central”