Meet your council candidates: Awsworth Road
24 March 2019
I am Glennis Birkin, I wish to serve on the Borough Council as Councillor for the Awsworth Road area. I have been a councillor for about 20 years and am a governor at Chaucer Junior School. I am a member of the Ilkeston Over 50’s Forum and on the Over 50’s Forum committee, and I help out with fundraising for the group. I also enjoy a game of darts!
Serving my local area as a Borough Councillor, and standing up for local residents has been an honour. I am seeking your support for re-election so I can continue to fight for our area in the face of a hostile Tory government, hopefully as part of the Labour council the people of Awsworth Road so badly need.
I take a keen interest in supporting people with learning difficulties – it angers me to see how vital services that people rely on have suffered under the Tories. Also, the rise in crime and anti-social behaviour due to Tory police cuts is unacceptable. I will work with my Labour colleagues to make our area as safe as possible.
Like a lot of people in Ilkeston it saddens me to see how Ilkeston town centre and the markets have diminished in the last few years and when a Labour council is elected we will do our best to bring Ilkeston back to its former glory.
I have always been involved and active within my local community and trying to make it better for all.
My working life has been spent in the public sector. More recently, I have been the lead on drowning prevention for the Local Government Association nationally and have worked with both the UK Water Safety Forum and agencies in Derbyshire to make and improve education and make our open water spaces safer for all.
I currently serve as a school governor on Granby, Chaucer and Kensington Junior Schools, and am committed to helping our local schools be the best they can be. In my spare time, I am a maritime and military historian, a governor member of the RNLI, a founder member of The National Museum of the Royal Navy, member of the Canal & River Trust,
It’s been an honour to be the councillor for Awsworth Road over the last 4 years, helping with problems faced by local people on a daily basis. If re-elected I promise to continue to do so.
I am committed to ensuring people get access and protect the vital services they use, tackling anti-social behaviour, making sure we have the homes and jobs people need and keeping our green spaces clean and safe for all, giving Ilkeston the boost it needs to thrive for the future.