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Westgate

George, Farook and RebeccaDr Rebecca Trimnell, Farook Mota and George Barwood are the Westgate ward Spotlight team.

All three of them will fight the city council elections in May 2021.

Rebecca, who lives in the shadow of St Oswald's Priory, is a former researcher to the Liberal Democrat county council group at Shire Hall. She now works in the social care sector.

She was also the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Gloucester at the General Election in 2019.

Farook lives in Hempsted and is well known in the city as the founder of the Glucester Park Run. George, who works in IT, is a keen cyclist and takes a keen interest in the environment.

You can contact Rebecca, Farook and George at info@gloucester-libdems.org.uk

  • Rebecca Trimnell outside Sainsbury's with her petition
    Article: Jan 7, 2021
    Liberal Democrat campaigners' Dr Rebecca Trimnell and Councillor Jeremy Hilton have been told by Sainsbury's that their Northgate Street store is set to close on January 30.
    The news comes after a petition of nearly 700 signatures was raised opposing the stores closure after 50 years of trading.
    Councillor Hilton said: "This is very disappointing news. Loads of people living in Kingsholm and the city centre enjoyed shopping here. I remember working at the store as a teenager when it first opened and I have been a regular customer ever since."
  • Jeremy Hilton and policy planning
    Article: Jan 6, 2021

    A Lib Dem councillor has welcomed the granting of planning consent for Gloucester's £85 million digital quarter.

    Councillors have given consent for the first phase of The Forum, including 43 apartments and retail space in the Kings Quarter redevelopment. Work on the first phase is expected to start in the spring.

  • Jeremy Hilton at Gloucestershire Airport
    Article: Dec 17, 2020

    A Liberal Democrat councillor has welcomed improvement work to the runways at Gloucestershire Airport.

    Councillors at Gloucester City Council and Cheltenham Borough Council, which are joint shareholders of the airport, agreed the redevelopment.

    The two councils will provide funding for the resurfacing work and in return the airport will transfer the Meteor business park to the councils, which will provide an annual rental income of £650,000.

  • Ashley Bowkett and Jeremy Hilton discuss Debenhams future
    Article: Dec 1, 2020
    By Jeremy Hilton

    The Liberal Democrats are urging council bosses to step in and secure the long-term future of the Debenhams site in Gloucester after the department store announced its closure.

    The nationwide chain is planning on closing all its 124 stores across the country with the loss of 12,000 jobs.

    Debenhams had been in administration since April and it is not known when the store in Kings Square, which has been open since 1973, will close.

  • Councillors Jeremy Hilton and Declan Wilson
    Article: Nov 20, 2020
    Liberal Democrat councillors on Gloucester City Council have launched a "call-in" of the ruling Conservative administration's decision to rule out taking waste services back under direct council control - accusing them of "political bias".
    At a meeting of the cabinet last week, Tory councillors rejected the option of bringing household bin collections, recycling, street cleaning and grounds maintenance back in-house - claiming the move was "unaffordable".
  • Photograph: Declan Wilson and Jeremy Hilton talk to Lib Dem leader, Ed Davey MP about the railway station upgrade plan. (July 2019)
    Article: Nov 17, 2020

    Calls have been made for the £6 million project to upgrade Gloucester railway station to begin early next year.

    On November 19, the city council will debate a motion proposed by Lib Dem councillors Jeremy Hilton and Sebastian Field calling for the work to start in the first quarter of 2021.

    The project will involve a major upgrade of the underpass running from Bruton Way to Great Western Road.

  • Councillor Sebastian Field with e-scooters
    Article: Oct 26, 2020

    Gloucester Liberal Democrats are expressing concerns about the e-scooter trial in the city centre.

    They fear the dangers the e-scooters might present to pedestrians and especially blind, partially sighted and disabled people in the city.

    The 12mph e-scooters are virtually silent and blind or partially sighted people could find it hard to hear them coming and risk injury or worse.

  • Hungry child
    Article: Oct 25, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on the county and city councils to support hungry children in Gloucester failed by the Government's decision not to fund school meals through the half-term school holidays.

    After a high-profile campaign led by footballer Marcus Rashford, the Government provided food vouchers for the poorest families through the summer holidays.

  • Declan Wilson outside affordable homes in Podsmead
    Article: Oct 9, 2020

    There will be a drastic cut in the number of affordable homes being built in Gloucester if the Conservative Government presses ahead with changes to the planning system.

    The Government is proposing to scrap the duty of developers to build affordable housing on sites for up to 40 or 50 homes.

    It means that in Gloucester if the 50 homes threshold was adopted 111 fewer affordable homes built in the city over the next decade - a cut of 10% on current plans.

  • Rebecca Trimnell in Parliament Street
    Article: Sep 29, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have called for the "forgotten" roads of Gloucester city centre to be repaired by the county council.

    Dr Rebecca Trimnell, Liberal Democrat campaigner for Westgate, said Park Street, Parliament Street and Cromwell Street were in poor condition.

    She spoke out after the county council announced plans to resurface The Quay and Commercial Road.