St Faiths - Annie Martin

Annie Martin is standing as the Havant Borough Council Liberal Democrat candidate in St Faiths. 

I have always thought it important to be involved in your local community; to contribute to it in a positive way. Over the years I have been privileged to serve community meals, Christmas being my favourite time to do this. I have enjoyed supporting learning, running ‘Choices’ course for young adults. I have been a part of various youth groups and holiday clubs I have experienced many different activities such as handling snakes and reptiles (including 13ft Python!) to Fun Days, Fetes, car boot/table top sales. Even riding on  a Camel in the Warren during a community Nativity play!  Back in 2008 I could not have been prouder, feeling truly part of the community as I travelled with other local people to both Anfield (Liverpool) and Wembley to support our local football Clubs Havant & Waterlooville and Pompey respectively.

Through the years we have sadly seen local shops, services (in particular those for our young people aged 12-24) disappear from our local area. Voluntary projects are becoming more and more the mainstay for our families in times of need; or just to enable us to maintain a basic standard of life. Covid 19 has bought further pain and hardships to our area with many of us suffering personal loss, financial loss or a sharp declines in our health may it be physical or mental.

I have seen an increase in the generosity, kindness ,compassion, ingenuity and genuine care and concern from local people for local people; looking out for neighbours or befriending and working with each other or others in co operation to understand each other’s concerns and needs . I believe these to be core strengths of our unique and diverse community.

I believe in building on these strengths for a better community.   I would like to help local shops and businesses get back on their feet after all these lockdowns, as well as encouraging community events to give us some much-needed fun.  I want to help Cllr Jo Lowe stand up for residents on the Borough Council.   I know that all lives matter, and want to see fairness and justice for all, especially in giving our children a better chance in life, and helping those with mental or physical problems.

Believe in Better. Vote Liberal Democrat on 5th May.

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