Liz Harsant - Councillor for Holywells Ward and Candidate for the Gainsborough Division
Empowering Our Communities
Caring and Campaigning for our Community
I am currently an Ipswich Borough Councillor for Holywells Ward and have decided to put my name forward for the Gainsborough Division of Suffolk County Council. This Division takes in the Rivers Estate of Holywells Ward.
I have been working with local residents in the Holywells Ward for many years and look forward to working with you in the Gainsborough Division should I be lucky enough to be elected in May. I also want to acknowledge that we have all been affected by the recent Coronavirus pandemic that has lead to each and everyone of us being in lockdown. Local business are either overwhelmed with demand or are struggling to survive. Families are having to adapt their living environments into spaces of work and education, which is particularly difficult for families living in flats and houses with little or no outside space. To compound matters we are also having to deal with social distancing keeping us from family and friends.
If you are in need of help or just need to talk I am always on the end of a phone or Zoom if you would prefer a face to face chat! My mobile number is: 07789684153.
Councillor for Holywells Ward
I have been a resident of Ipswich for many years and a councillor for 19 years. During this time I have been a leader of Ipswich Borough Council empowering residents to improve their neighbourhoods and lives. I was widowed nine years ago after we lost Russell to cancer. I have two daughters and six grandchildren. Since my husband died I have moved into the town centre ( I think they call this downsizing)! Politics has been in my blood since childhood and I enjoy working with residents to to tackle issues and concerns that affect their everyday lives.
The Women Behind Your Councillor
Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour
One Step at a Time
Antisocial behaviour is an increasing issue, around the whole of Ipswich and this must be addressed. I will do all that I can to continue the work I am currently doing with the Police, Housing Managing Agents and the Council to address residents’ concerns.
Our goal is to tackle anti social behaviour, making our neighbourhoods a safer environment for all. With access to the right resources and support, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfil their potential and reject a life of crime. Learn more about my work by getting in touch with me today.
Supporting Young Adults
Helping The Community
I want to see Ipswich Borough Council recognise the need of our young adults in Ipswich and especially Gainsborough and this is why I am so supportive of the BMX track which hopefully will be up and running soon.
Lockdown and the pandemic has caused undue stress and mental anquish for young adults and I will be working within the available resources to improve mental health services for young adults.
This is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area.
We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.
Protecting Our Neighbourhoods
For Generations to Come
Ipswich is renowned for its beautiful parks which provide residents with green spaces in which they can socialise, relax and play. Gainsborough is fortunate to have Landseer Park and the Orwell Country Park on its doorstep.
Having established a Friends Group for Holywells Park I would support an initiative of this kind for Landseer Park. A Friends Group enables communities to work together on improving the environment and complete projects that everyone within the community can enjoy and benefit from. Some of the projects we have seen include wildflower planting, beehives, work parties and community social events.
Update to Orwell Bridge Closure
Keeping us Moving
The Orwell Bridge has for many years caused local residents and visitors huge disruption when it is closed due to high winds.
Following the hard work of Tom Hunt our Member of Parliament Highways England are making the necessary changes to ensure that the bridge can stay open during bad weather (within the realms of safety).
If you would like to raise an issue of have any concerns that you would like to discuss with me please contact me on the link below. I very much look forward to hearing from you.