Dinah Pounds for Romsey
City Candidate for Romsey
My name is Dinah and I’m standing as city councillor in Romsey. As a Romsey resident, I value the inclusivity, friendliness and strong sense of community there.
I’m a long-standing member of the Labour Party who has lived and worked in Cambridge for the past 20 years. Originally from London, I’m a former teacher and now work for Cambridge University. I’ve previously served as a Labour district councillor, holding the seat for Bishops Stortford Central on East Herts District Council before moving to Cambridge.
Over the years I’ve been involved in community projects promoting inclusive arts and music events including for the Waltham Forest Arts Festival and the Stansted Mountfichet music festival. I am currently Chairman and principal flautist for Great St Mary’s Orchestra and a co-founder of the Romsey Music Project. Set up 2019, the project aims to bring music and arts events to the local community here in Romsey to enrich all our lives and be accessible to everyone.
As a city councillor, I would continue to enrich the cultural experience of Cambridge residents by promoting innovative projects in the arts that will be of direct benefit to participants and ensuring that these are open to all.
I’m also concerned to improve our community spaces and environment and would like to see more safe, attractive community spaces in Romsey, free from pollution, where we can shop, eat and socialise – especially important now that so many people work from home. Measures like these would also support our wide range of local shops.
I am passionate about ‘greening’ the area with as many trees and plants as possible. You may already have noticed my work on the flowerbeds in front of the Co-op and by the Romsey R on Mill Road Broadway. I fully support Cambridge City Council in its ambitious programme to tackle climate change. As well as reducing its own emissions, the Council has planted 1000 extra trees across the city and 1000 more are due in 2021 alongside 20 new wildflower gardens and more planned.
I believe that, alongside greening our locality, we need to clear our roads of traffic congestion. Air pollution caused by cars is damaging our health and will damage the health of future generations. Action is needed to reduce the use of private cars in our beautiful city and we need to offer affordable, efficient public transport and safe active travel as an alternative.
Homelessness – often hidden – is one of the most serious failings of our age and working to help remedy this in Cambridge and to tackle rogue landlords is also something I would relish the opportunity to be involved with. I am really proud of the Labour-led City Council’s track record on providing accommodation for all rough sleepers during the pandemic and on building 540 new council homes, now with even more in the pipeline.
On the doorstep and while talking to Romsey’s residents, I’ve been really struck by the strength of the community and its strong sense of identity and history. I want to make a difference by prioritising real, local issues, improving and greening our environment and ensuring that our residents can be involved in local decision-making.