Patrick Sheil for Arbury
City Candidate for Arbury
I’m Patrick and I’m standing again for election to represent Arbury residents on the City Council. I came to Cambridge to study and still live locally, on the McManus estate. Outside of my council activities, I work for South Transfer of Care, supporting the Discharge Planning process for people who are ready to leave hospital. I also follow my interests of music, philosophy and football. A long-term member of UNISON, I’ve campaigned for Cambridge Labour in many elections in and around Arbury and across the city.
My main priorities as a councillor, alongside representing local residents, are protecting key services, fighting climate change, tackling poverty and preventing homelessness.
I was first elected to the City Council in 2017, and re-elected in 2018 with an increased majority. Since being elected, I’ve served on a range of committees and currently sit on the Housing Scrutiny Committee which oversees the city’s housing policies and developments. As a councillor for Arbury, where we have a significant amount of council housing, I understand how important these issues are to local residents and work hard to represent their views. I’ve been involved in developing Labour’s programme of building 500 homes in the city by 2022, and am really proud of our ambitious plans to build another 1000 homes by 2032.
As a former lead councillor for climate change, I’ve been vocal in pushing for the City Council to set a goal of becoming net zero by 2030. We’re reduced our emissions by 29% since 2014 and, with the publication of our new Climate Change Strategy, have a clear way forward to achieve even more and make our city a cleaner, greener place to live. It’s essential that, in developing new housing, we are careful to ensure it meets high sustainability standards and I’ve spoken with developers directly to make sure they understand our vision.
Locally I’ve worked closely with the Anti-Social Behaviour Team to address problems caused by disruptive and inconsiderate activity, often acting as a mediator-facilitator to maintain harmony and understanding in the community. I’ve also represented the views of Arbury residents at the Planning Committee, and liaised with officers to ensure that property repairs are not delayed and that our tenants are supported and protected.
I’ve put forward several Local Highway Improvement (LHI) bids, including one for repaving sections of the footpath on Gilbert Road, and also Environmental Improvement Projects (EIPs) including the installation of illuminated bollards and fencing for better security in Rackham Close. At the moment, I’m working closely with residents, officers and the police to improve waste removal arrangements in the Brackley Close area.
That’s really what being a local councillor is about – making those small, significant changes that can improve local people’s lives, and it’s why I’m standing for re-election on May 6.