Our May 2019 Local Election Candidate, Louise Coles

I am thrilled to have been chosen as the Conservative candidate for Fletton and Woodston in next year’s local elections, which will take place in May. 

I live in West Town with my husband, Andy, who is already a Councillor in Fletton and Woodston and we have three grown-up daughters. I taught French at The Peterborough School for 17 years, and was also Head of Sixth Form. Before moving to Peterborough I lived in Egypt for 10 years, working in publishing and education and I have also lived in Libya, France and Germany. I have travelled widely in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As well as French, I have a degree in Arabic, which I used to teach as well as English as a Foreign Language. I retired from teaching last year but I retain a keen interest in supporting young people into further education and employment. I am very aware of the importance to families of good local education for their children and as a councillor I would push for continued improvement in provision in Peterborough. 

 I have had a long involvement with the community, from introducing my students to charity work and volunteering locally, to helping to run a community association. I am currently volunteering at a charity in Peterborough and have been involved with charity fundraising for many years. I have been very impressed with the work of community groups and projects in the Ward. I believe it is vital that councillors support and promote these efforts, which do so much to provide activities and spaces for residents of all ages. I look forward to supporting the Botolph Green residents association, especially to make sure they continue to receive support for the Festival and to make sure the . Sugar Way The Dell and Fletton Rec play areas – equipment  and play areas.

Litter Picking with Woodston in Action

I have a genuine interest in the local environment and have participated in the litter picks organised by Woodston in Action and Thorpe Gate Rivercare. The Ward has wonderful green spaces, which I appreciate every day when I walk my dogs through Thorpe Meadows and along the river . As a councillor, I would be committed to ensuring that these spaces are clean and safe. 

Keeping the streets safe and clean is also a priority and I know that this is a real concern in areas of the Ward. I fully support the Public Space Protection Order proposal because it will enable Council workers to have an impact on anti-social behaviour in a wider area, where we find a number of problems.