Local elections 2021: Meet our candidates

Local elections are coming! Borough and County Council seats are up for election on 6 May this year.

We have some excellent candidates standing in and around Redhill and hope to increase our team of hard-working, independent-minded Green councillors on both the Borough and County Councils. The Conservatives have a strong majority on both Councils and that’s not likely to change this year. A strong Green opposition will mean better Council decisions.

Who is standing where?

Earlswood and Reigate South county division – Catherine Baart

Catherine has lived south of Reigate for over 30 years, working first in Financial Services and then as a teacher. She says: “Surrey’s financial success brings pressures, causing social inequality and threats to our environment. I will challenge ‘business as usual’ attitudes, seek alternatives and hold the dominant party to account on its climate emergency declaration. I will stand up for people and nature in this part of Surrey.”

Earlswood & Whitebushes ward – Joseph Booton and Della Torra

Joseph Booton and Della Torra are standing to join Councillor Ruth Ritter on the Council

Joseph lives and grew up locally, works in Reigate and performs Punch and Judy shows across Surrey, including at the Earlswood Carnival. Joseph is committed to protecting our local parks and open spaces from development, standing up for vital public services and fighting for affordable housing. Joseph will be an independent voice on the Council.

Della moved to Earlswood in 2007 with her husband. Both their children attend local schools. Currently a full-time mum, previously Della travelled the world with a career in television and publishing. She runs Community Speed Watch and campaigns for traffic calming and safer conditions for pedestrians, especially children and those who are disabled or visually impaired.

Redhill East county division – Jonathan Essex

Jonathan Essex is standing for re-election, having represented Redhill East on the County Council since 2013 and on the Borough Council since 2010. A Chartered Civil Engineer, he has worked on power, transport and maritime infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas. He is also a passionate campaigner on issues from waste and recycling to potholes, cycling to community facilities.

Redhill East ward – Sue Sinden

Sue is a retired nurse and community activist. She has lived in Redhill since the 1960s and brought up her family here. Sue has been a Borough Councillor for two years, is a Council rep on Age Concern Merstham Redhill & Reigate, and has worked on many issues, from tackling litter and flytipping to pushing for PPE for hospital and care agency workers.

Redhill West & Wray Common ward – Frank Percy

Frank Percy has lived in Redhill for 15 years. A former Design & Technology Technician at the Warwick School, he works as a musician, performing at several popular local venues. He says: “Voting Green can bring about some radical changes and huge benefits right here in our local community; it is certainly not a ’wasted’ vote.”

South Park & Woodhatch ward – Paul Chandler

Paul is a retired IT worker with a passion for exercise and the environment. He says: “I want to see children safely walking and cycling in clean air, enjoying green spaces and play areas in their local community. We must combat climate change with local initiatives to improve air quality, rewild green spaces, provide sustainable energy and insulate homes. I will involve local people in decision making and spending.”

Read about our candidates in the rest of Reigate & Banstead

Please support your Green candidates!


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