I have been a leading district councillor in Surrey since 2000, writes Shweta Kapadia.
In the council, I have been appointed chairman of a planning committee for the last ten years, vice chairman of the local plan working group which oversees the formulation of council planning policy and I am the council’s design and historic environment champion.
For eight years I was a council-nominated director of a housing trust and I am a member of the council’s affordable housing member panel which oversees the delivery of affordable housing in the borough.
I have advocated and supported the arts through my work as Council Member of Arts Council England South East for six years and the R C Sherriff Trust on which I continue to serve.
I trained as an architect in India and worked on multi-million pound industrial projects, master plans and designs for a township, and a boarding school as well as smaller projects both in India and the UK.
As a councillor I have run campaigns to save a post office, for better public transport, for road safety measures, particularly around schools and for fairer school admissions criteria in my area.
I have fought against inappropriate development.
Whilst more houses are needed, I am against developments which have an adverse impact on the existing character of an area, and its infrastructure. I will support policies which deliver adequate affordable housing in sustainable locations and better public transport, particularly in rural areas.
I am committed to protecting the green belt and will fight policies which threaten the South Downs National Park.
I fully support the A27 Arundel by-pass but will seek to ensure that its impact on the environment is minimal.
I will support policies which address the effects of climate change. Liberal Democrats in government have kept the environment at the top of the agenda and propose five new green laws: a nature bill, a green homes bill, a zero waste bill, a zero carbon bill, and a green transport bill.
I am against “NHS sell-off” to the private sector. So far, only the Liberal Democrats have committed to funding the extra £8bn the health service needs as set out by NHS England’s chief executive.
I have a proven track record for representing the interests of my local community and will ensure the same in Parliament for the residents of Arundel and South Downs.