Cathedrals Liberal Democrats work hard on the side of residents to fight for affordable homes in all new developments. They also campaign for better traffic management and road safety, particularly at the Elephant and Castle, and they push the council to deal with the problems for residents living near bars and restaurants.
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Adele has lived and worked in Borough for over 30 years, and her two children attended the Cathedral primary school.
An active member of the community, Adele led the transformation of the badly-neglected Little Dorrit park and fought to keep the Marlborough playground from developers. These successes encouraged Adele to become more and more involved with local projects, and in 2006 she became a Lib Dem councillor so that she could represent her community on the council.
Adele passionately believes that residents should be involved in the decisions that affect the place where they live. She has supported residents with their objections to inappropriate planning and licensing proposals and is a founder member of the Bankside Neighbourhood Plan. She attends the Cathedrals Ward Police Panel, chairs Tate's Community Liaison Group and is on the board at Better Bankside.
Adele is also Southwark Liberal Democrats' spokesperson for regeneration.
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David Noakes is an experienced local councillor who has helped thousands of residents with casework and ward issues over a period of 12 years.
He is a well-known face in Cathedrals ward, where he has campaigned on issues such as housing, regeneration and improving public spaces. “I am determined to get a good deal for residents of Cathedrals ward and make sure their voices are heard at the council,” says David.
As a gay man David is passionate about fighting for equal rights. Prior to being a councillor he was a London Lighthouse volunteer supporting people with AIDS. He is also a member of Amnesty International. David was first elected to Southwark Council in 1998 for Faraday Ward and has been a councillor for Cathedrals Ward since 2006. In his daytime job, he works as a community safety officer for Richmond upon Thames Council.
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Maria Linforth-Hall has been an active member of Southwark’s Latin American and Catholic communities for over 20 years.
Maria was born in Ecuador to a British father and Spanish mother, with two Ecuadorian grandparents. She moved to London in 1968, and has been a resident of Cathedrals ward for eight years. Maria has run small companies in Southwark for many years, including an art gallery off Borough high street.
Maria is also an active voice for older people. “As a senior citizen, I can relate to the problems and needs of people over fifty. I also appreciate that older people, through wisdom and experience, have an enormous amount to give.”
Maria has served on the committee of her local residents’ association and is a Neighbourhood Watch representative. She speaks fluent English, Spanish and French, as well as some Italian and Portuguese.