I have lived in Elephant and Castle since moving over from Australia 8 years ago, and have fallen in love with this neighbourhood and it’s rich tapestry of cultures
I have seen the area undergo significant change, and while some of the changes have benefited the wider area, there is still more that can be done.
I will be your champion in Local Council. Like most Londoners, I am struggling to get on the housing ladder. I would like to see a housing policy that works for all of us, to hold developers to account when they change their plans after they have started construction. For far too long we have seen designs change (Heygate estate) to the detriment of the local community.
Crime is a big concern around our area. We need more regular patrols, working with local residents so we can all enjoy the public spaces around our neighbourhood. I also support the fully costed plan by Southwark Liberal Democrats to bring back more youth centres with activities and skills to help keep young people active and engaged while learning new skills both social and practical.
I want my London to be equal, to be fair to reward hard work and to look after the less fortunate. I want to make my London Liberal.
I am originally from Sierra Leone. I’ve lived in UK for 25 years, in Southwark and London. I studied at the London College of Communication, University of Arts London and then at Birkbeck University, and also worked at the Job Centre Plus in Newington for several years. I’ve been a committed community activist for several years and, for 3 consecutive years, I was Chairman for Rockingham Tenant and Residents Association in Rockingham estate, where I live. I was also elected as Local Councillor for Chaucer ward in 2006 and, during my term, I again served as Chairman of Borough and Bankside Community Council and deputy Mayor of Southwark respectively under the Liberal Democrat Administration.
My community Leadership activities couldn’t have been possible without my involvement with the Liberal Democrats. The party gave me the opportunity to exhibit my ability to serve the community, and made me appreciate, understand and benefit from the concepts of equality, fairness, human right and the rule of law, which are the principles of the party.
I am currently working in the private housing sector in Covent Garden. I am also a voluntary member of a registered Sierra Leone Charity Organisation – Yengema Development Association (YENDA) - whose objective is Membership Welfare within Southwark Community and home development in Sierra Leone.
I love Southwark and I want my London to be a fairer, more cohesive and open society.
Having moved to Southwark some 25 years ago Poddy loves the vibrancy and diversity of the area and feels she has returned to her roots, her Grandfather having been born on the Old Kent Road.
During her career in finance jobs in both the private and public sector, including working on housing contracts, she felt the experience helpful when she served a term as a local councillor.
Now retired Poddy is still involved with Liberal Democrat campaigning and is proud of the way our party aims to listen to and involve the ideas and ambitions of local residents.
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