West Worthing By-Election Candidate - Hazel Thorpe
She loves living in Worthing. She was the Mayor from 2019 – 2020 and she realises the potential for our lovely Town. The residents of Worthing are actively caring and neighbourly. We have over 800 voluntary groups who are the backbone of our whole community.
Sited between the Downs and the Sea, we have the best of both worlds. We are incredibly lucky to have reasonably clean air and a beautiful environment.
Hazel is increasingly concerned for the people of Worthing. As the cost-of-living rises, an even larger group of people, including those with mortgages, are hard pressed to pay for good food, heating, and providing a decent eco-friendly place to live. Stress impacts on our mental and physical health and as we know. the NHS, our GPs and Dentists are cracking under the strain.
Hazel has been actively involved in tackling these issues. The cost-of-living crisis, support for the NHS by ensuring that those who want the vaccinations get them, responding to local flooding as a flood warden, and promoting the local shops and businesses.
She helps people with housing, benefits, parking and even some traffic issues. She introduced a Council Energy Switch scheme which saved residents money. Unfortunately, this has been ended by the Conservative run council. This was such a short-sighted decision given what is happening right now.
HIGH LIGHTS - HAZEL’S TRACK RECORD
- Hazel is a Trustee of the Maybridge Keystone Youth Club,
- Worthing Lions president & Youth Officer,
- As a past Worthing Mayor, she fundraised for Care for Veterans, MIND and the NSPCC.
- Initiated and Developed Friends of Tarring Park, collaborating with officers in a public consultation. The outcome being 1,125 responses for a new piece of children’s play equipment to be installed by September.
- Proposed a” Poverty Emergency Motion” with Hear My Story – a charity for young people to express themselves and an Ethical Good Landlord scheme for fair renting.
- She served as a local College Governor for a number of years.
- Trustee of Home Start and the Borough‘s representative for Age UK
Contact Hazel via [email protected]
SAVE OUR WILDLIFE
On the environmental front, and as an animal lover, she urges you to think about nature and ecology. There is a Climate and Ecology Bill going through Parliament which aims to protect our ecosystem for the future. We need all our MPs to sign up, not just the Liberal Democrat MP’s and other opposition parties. Watch out for us in Worthing’s Town Centre when we will have stall with more information.
TRY OUR SURVEY – it will take you less than a minute but it will help shape our plans for you in the future.
Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink?
More new build housing means more water needed for households.
Don’t you think it’s strange that we use precious drinking water to feed our plants, wash our cars and flush the toilet? We need to use more grey water recycling using water butts of rainwater. Planning applications should have a requirement to provide a grey water system alongside food waste collections and other forms of recycling and reusing. It will lower the cost of your water bill too and be better for the environment!
Hazel, with the Liberal Democrat Team and local residents, is working alongside Southern Water to assist everyone in Worthing to get a better service and to address our climate zero CO2 target.
Got a leak?
PHONE 0330 303 0368 TEXT 0330 303 1265 minicom for those hard of hearing.
Is there a hole in your budget? ARE YOU IN COUNCIL TAX BAND A- D?
You may be entitled to a £400 rebate on your energy bill!
It is being paid through the council tax to avoid fraud or overpayment and so safeguarding you.
If you are liable to pay Council tax and you are sent a Council tax bill in your name, then you may be eligible for the £400 energy rebate from the Government.
If you pay or someone else pays for you, by direct debit – sit tight as your rebate should be on its way. But you may have to be patient for a while due to the excessive workload on council officers to get you your dues.
If you don’t use direct debit, a letter will be winging its way to you but due to the enormous number of people needing this energy rebate it may take a long time.
You can help by claiming your rights online, but please do not clog up the phone lines at the Town Hall. Someone else might have an emergency and be desperate to get through.
If your Council Tax is paid through your rent to a landlord, you may get the £650 rebate to cover your energy bill and cost of living support – ask your Social Landlord for help to make sure that you don’t lose out.
Remember. Scammers could try and defraud you. You do not need to give your bank details out as the Council will already have your details.
MORE SUPPORT - UKRAINE
Are you supporting someone from Ukraine? Maybe you are sponsoring a person from Ukraine and need help and information.
Barnardo’s has set up a Ukrainian Support Helpline to provide a support service to anyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.
The helpline is 0800 148 8586 and is staffed by English, Ukrainian and Russian speakers.
Monday to Friday (10m - 8pm) and Saturday (10am – 3pm)
The dedicated Email address is [email protected]
And their website is https://www.barnardoes.org.uk/what-we-do/helping-families/ukrainian-helpline
The West Sussex County Council also have a dedicated support system in place. For answers to your queries-
Contact the Community Hub on 0330 222 7980
Email [email protected]
Please urge your Ukrainian folk to claim their vouchers for food, clothing including school uniform etc from the Community Hub. The vouchers can be used in shops of their choice thus they won’t need to go to the food banks. They will then be able to get the fresh fruit and vegetables suitable to their diet and culture.