There are seven candidates vying for two seats in Howlands – read below to find out who they are and what they stand for.

Both seats are currently held by the Conservative Party.


Liberal Democrat – Jonquil Basch, of Heather Road, WGC

Jonquil was born and has lived in WGC all her life. She is passionate about maintaining the values and the spirit of the town.

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She has huge personal concerns about the financial squeeze and the impact it will have on local services, and will fight to maintain these.

Has been a Liberal Democrat all her voting life and believes ours is the only party with the insight and commitment to achieving positive results in our community.

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Labour – Alan Chesterman, of Homestead Lane, WGC


Liberal Democrat – Caroline Duke, of Ludwick Way, WGC

Caroline Duke lives locally and knows the community and would love to serve as a councillor.

As a former nurse, Caroline is passionate about health care.

She is currently retraining as an archeologist and is working on heritage projects in the Garden City.


Conservative – David Hughes, of Heronswood Road, WGC

Conservative – Stan Tunstall, of Chilton Green, WGC

Our pledges for Howlands:

? We will work with you towards solving the problem of non-residents parking in your streets

? We will encourage activities for young people in order to reduce antisocial behaviour

? We will ensure that Howlands has priority when it comes to street cleansing and refuse collection


Labour – Dean Milliken, of Linkfield, WGC

"I have lived in Welwyn Garden City for many years with my family. My daughter goes to Commonswood School.

"I work locally for a bus company and as a result know the area and its people very well.

"I am standing as a candidate because I feel it is vital that ordinary, decent people are given a real voice in these tough times. I pledges to hold local surgeries in order to work for residents who need help and to always listen to local people in order to represent their views effectively."


Green – Jill Weston, of Meadway, WGC

"I have lived near Howlands Ward for 26 years and worked in the ward for eight years.

My aims are to:

• ensure the community centre in Howlands Ward goes from strength to strength, providing local people, including children and young people, with a place to meet, learn and enjoy themselves

• fight to stop Tesco building a megastore in Broadwater Road – this would devastate our town centre

• fight to stop an incinerator being built in Hatfield – bad for people and the environment

• fight to have more renewable energy, including solar panels on our council buildings"

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