Eastney & Craneswater Ward - Matthew Winnington

I've been fortunate to be councillor for Eastney and Craneswater for the last four years and working for the people of the area since 2009. I really enjoy walking and cycling round our area and speaking to local people.

In my time on the council I have been involved in helping local residents with issues such and fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour, traffic issues and opposing over-development. I have worked with residents, council officers and the police to help lessen the effects of anti-social behaviour in Waverley Road, I secured the new traffic calming scheme in Henderson Road and I have represented resident's views on planning committee many times including on the Savoy Buildings site where I was the only councillor to speak up for residents at the appeal hearing.

One of the most recent campaigns I have been working on is to bring back the Hayling Ferry. Last September I got together councillors from the local area along with the Langstone Harbour Board and Sustrans to get together to  invite potential operators to run the ferry. We were successful in getting a potential operator on board and now negotiations are ongoing to get the ferry back up and running.

I live with my wife in Southsea, am a member of Trinity Methodist Church on Albert Road, I support the Friends of Cumberland House and am a member of Southsea Greenhouse. I'm also on the committee of Eastney Community Centre so I am in touch with issues across the ward. I truly believe that only by going out to people and listening to what they have to say and acting on it will you ever be truly able to represent local people on the council.

That is the way I work and want to continue to work, as a community champion for all the people of Eastney and Craneswater.

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