City Councillor for Petersfield
Kelley Green is proud to be the Labour Councillor for Petersfield. She grew up in Cambridge, attending Long Road Sixth Form College and has lived in Lensfield Road for the last eleven years, with her partner John, who works at Addenbrookes as a scientist.
Together they started Cambridge Farmers Outlet, a co-operative style farm shop that sells local produce. Kelley says, ‘It started off as a fun idea, based on a hobby selling home-made sloe gin at the farmers’ market in Cambridge. Now it’s my main employment and provides employment for others. I love being in everyday contact with local people, farmers and producers, at the heart of the community’
Whilst recently having established a successful business, most of her professional life was spent in local government as a Landscape Architect/Town Planner; latterly specialising in regeneration in deprived parts of London. Her academic research related to air quality and the accessibility of public space. She helped develop The Green Infrastructure Strategy for our region as well as designing and project managing new urban spaces, parks and public realm.
Whilst recognising how fortunate she has been to get a university education from the state, and a rewarding career, she now speaks up on behalf of others with less access to these rights. Kelley is a champion of the trodden-down. She has a background as a union activisit in Unison, campaigning against cuts to public services and speaking up for workers and as well as being the treasurer for her local Trades Council.
Coming from a farming family, Kelley has spoken up on behalf of the wider Cambridgeshire community, in relation to the catastrophic ‘No Deal’ that many of us fear could happen if we leave Europe. She has given first-hand evidence about how food supply and the environment would be at risk. She prides herself as a listener, always taking on board everyone’s views.
Kelley successfully campaigned for the re-instatement of a local bus service and led the campaign to save the local out of hours GP service. She believes the NHS saved her mother’s life, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1984 when she was just 14. ‘I will fight tooth and nail to save our NHS’. Kelley works hard, she has been a key organiser and fund-raiser in the Labour Party, of which she has been a member for 30 years.
Kelley says, ‘Getting elected as a Labour Councillor for Petersfield was one of the happiest days of my life. I have got to know a lot more about the local community and have represented a lot of residents. I really enjoy bringing my work and life experience to the City Council. It’s satisfying seeing problems, many of them quite difficult, being solved, one by one, by the joint effort of myself and others who’ve given massive support. Cambridge Labour is a strong team.’