Jeremy Hilton & Linda Castle discuss future education needs at former Bishop’s College site
Local resident Linda Castle has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to be its candidate in the Longlevens by-election.
Linda has lived in Longlevens almost her whole life.
The married mother of two, who works as an IT trainer for the NHS, grew up in Longlevens, went to Longlevens infant, junior and secondary schools and raised her family in Longlevens.
The Longlevens by-election will be held on Thursday November 3 following the death of Conservative city councillor Jim Porter in August.
Linda said: “I am so proud to be standing for election to represent Longlevens – the area where I grew up.
“I know the area well and I am determined to speak up for Longlevens residents at the city council.
“I am campaigning for improvements to our roads and pavements in Longlevens, which are in a mess due to inaction by the Conservatives at Shire Hall.
“I am determined to make sure the proposals by the Boundary Commission to put Longlevens back into Gloucester are adopted.
“I am also fighting to ensure that residents in Longlevens do not suffer from the effects of thousands of new homes being built on the outskirts of Gloucester, such as pressure on the local road network, doctors’ surgeries and schools.”
After leaving school Linda worked for the CEGB in finance before joining the NHS.
In recent years Linda has been involved in the community campaign over the expansion of the Oxstalls campus and also wants to see the former Bishop’s College site retained for educational use.
Linda was also treasurer of the Gloucester Dyslexia Association for four years. She is married to Ian, whose father was a Liberal councillor in Tewkesbury.
She was a member of a residents’ campaign group that opposed the expansion of the Oxstalls campus by the University of Gloucestershire. Linda also wants to see the Bishops’ College site retained for educational use.
Councillor Jeremy Hilton, leader of Gloucester Liberal Democrats, said: “Linda will make an excellent councillor for Longlevens on the city council.
“She is a first class candidate and knows Longlevens very well having lived there for many years. She is full of enthusiasm and energy and is the breath of fresh air that Longlevens needs.
“We’ve been speaking to residents and they are pleased that Linda is interested in hearing what they have to say.
“Only Linda can beat the Conservatives in Longlevens and by supporting the Liberal Democrats on November 3, local residents can send a really strong message to the Conservatives in Gloucester that they have had enough of the way they run the city and county councils.
“The Conservatives have run out of steam in Longlevens and Gloucester. Regeneration has stalled and our city is stagnating.”