Chris Giles

Prospective Labour city councillor for St Peter’s Ward

Prospective Labour city councillor for St. Peter
Prospective Labour city councillor for St. Peter's, Chris Giles.

I’m a teacher at Worcester Sixth Form College. I have a degree in Public Administration and a post-graduate diploma in Computing.

When I moved back here in 2002 traffic congestion seemed a rarity, I’d been living in Birmingham for years and was astonished at the difference in air quality and that was a principal reason for my decision to make Worcester my home once again. Now traffic chaos, parking and pollution are significant concerns, and the never-ending roadworks on the southern link road don’t help. (Why does it take over ten years to widen just three miles of road? By contrast, the first section of the M1, a stretch of about 60 miles between Watford and Daventry, took 18 months! If it was built at the same rate as our local roadworks, it would take 180 years, and not be ready until the year 2139!)

With better communication with residents, planning, public transport and cycling infrastructure, St Peter’s would be a greener, cleaner and nicer place to live.

I will:

  • push for rapid completion of the A4440 roadworks to end unnecessary noise and pollution.

  • articulate your concerns about travellers clearly; sites are needed but as residents recognise, the Ketch isn’t appropriate

  • oppose huge, ugly, industrial units and ill-conceived housing developments and ensure planning reflects what residents want

  • fight for more buses, dedicated cycle routes and anti-speeding measures.

  • ensure information flows to residents with a regular newsletter.

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