Cllr James Durrant (Earlswood & Whitebushes)

Since being first elected in 2012, my focus at the council has been making sure that Earlswood and Whitebushes benefits from the regeneration going on in Redhill. This has meant working with fellow ward councillors to get the best possible outcomes for developments at places like Heston Road, East Surrey Hospital and the RNIB site. I know that the green spaces in our ward are important for everyone so I will continue to ensure we prevent them being lost to inappropriate development.

For the past two years, I have been on the Council’s Executive as the portfolio holder for Licensing and Enforcement. During this time, I have taken the Joint Enforcement Team from a pilot project into being a permanent way of working. This team brings together Borough, County and Police officers to share information in a better way and work together to solve problems, such as anti-social behaviour. Being on the Executive, I am involved in a lot of the decisions that ensure your money is spent wisely and that we have one of the leading Councils in the country.

I want to see our young people have every opportunity to succeed, so I have used my councillor award money to support local sports groups, Whitebushes village hall and an employment training scheme run by the local charity, Love Works. If I am re-elected, I want to find new ways to bring residents together to discuss what changes we should work for in the future to continue making Earlswood and Whitebushes a great place to live.