Richard Williams

Brought up in Worcestershire, I now live in Bristol with my partner and our dog. I am a qualified architect and urban designer, with a background in private and social housing, with a degree in Structural Engineering and Architecture as well as a Master's Degree in Urban Design.

To relax we love to walk our dog along the river and in Bristol's many parks and green spaces. I enjoy keeping fit by running, cycling and occasionally competing.

December's General Election shows the Conservative Party can win new voters all over Britain. I believe the Conservative Party should be reaching out to communities across Bristol and across the country.

As a party we need to address the issues that our great city faces and I believe the values of our party: community, enterprise and entrepreneurship, personal responsibility and equality of opportunity - are those of Bristol as a whole.

As a Conservative, I am a localist and believe democratic decisions are best taken close to those they affect. Good governance begins at the local level. I want to give voice to residents of Brislington East who haven't been heard at City Hall under the current administration.

I am a member of Bristol Cycling Campaign and have a strong interest in improving public transport and investing in active travel as a means to solve Bristol's congestion problems. This is the first time I have stood for election and I am looking forward to getting out on the campaign trail.

 

My Main priorities are:

1. Protecting our library service

Thanks to a campaign by the Bristol Conservatives, Labour was forced to U-turn on their threat to close seventeen of Bristol's Libraries, including Wick Road library. Funding is only in place until 2020 and we need certainty about the future of our libraries. By voting Conservative on January 16th, you can send a message to the Mayor to keep our library open.

 

2. Improving public transport

I will campaign to maintain and improve the local bus services such as the no. 1, 36 and 96 and continue the fight to reopen the railway station in St Anne's. By investing in public transport, we can reduce congestion and improve access to jobs.

 

3. Preserving our green spaces

Parks and green spaces are some of Brislington's greatest assets. We need to protect, maintain and improve them for residents and future generations. We can improve the maintenance, accessibility and quality of these spaces for all to enjoy.

 

4. Reducing anti-social behaviour

We are lucky that Brislington East has one of the lowest crime rates in Bristol, but there's more to be done. The Conservative Party has pledged funds for an initial 137 officers for the Avon and Somerset Police Force as part of our commitment for an additional 20,000 officers nationally by 2022.