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Hugh Parker - Willingdon & South Downs

Hugh Parker

Hugh is about as local as a candidate can be, having been born in Polegate and brought up in Wannock until his early teens, when his family moved to Eastbourne. He recently moved to Willingdon from nearby Polegate, where he and late wife had lived for many years, and where Hugh has been a Town Councillor since 2015. "I know this area really well, and absolutely love it," says Hugh. "So I'm very pleased to be standing as the Liberal Democrat County Council candidate for this division."

As well as his local government experience as a Polegate Town Councillor, Hugh was a Borough Councillor for Hampden Park ward in the late 1980s. He is a senior manager for a large, local (Eastbourne-based) motor group and lists gardening and DIY as his main hobbies - handy since he's just bought an historic fixer upper. "We'd always lived in a modern bungalow because my wife suffered from MS for many years," he explains. "After she died in 2017, I started thinking about looking for a character house. When this one one came up in Willingdon, I jumped at it and am now renovating it with the help of my carpenter grandson."

Hugh is a Trustee of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital and a keen advocate of helping the NHS to improve and enhance facilities for local people. He is also a supporter of "green" policies including those for cycling and walking. "Protection of our precious natural environment is so important," he says. "Therefore overdevelopment in this area is to be questioned - and in some cases resisted."

Additionally, Hugh says he is keen to find workable "whole plan" solutions to local problems to do with traffic, highways and public transport. "Great care is needed in any further development of the A27," he says. "And greater thought must be given to traffic movement in East Sussex overall to try and sort out pinch points that not only hold up cars, but also buses and taxis. Better public transport links at affordable prices are required. More 'off road' cycle path networks are also needed, which link residential areas with work areas. More council housing (and truly affordable homes for both rent and purchase) are needed. And crucially, the climate emergency must be faced and properly addressed for the benefit of all."

Hugh can be contacted directly at: hparkerwillingdonandsdlibdems@gmail.com