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John Smithson

April 11, 2022 6:54 PM

I moved to Bentham in 2019, but it's a place I proudly call home, as a Yorkshireman born in Leeds. I have worked for multi-nationals like Shell and Unilever, as well as running my own businesses; I believe this has collectively given me life experiences and skills that I can bring to bear when achieving some good for my adopted and welcoming local community.

I currently volunteer in John SmithsonBentham Community Library and support on their home delivery book service, in addition to spending time with Age UK, driving individuals to medical appointments and working at their Settle charity shop. I'm also a proud member of the Bentham Environmentally Sustainable Town group, comprised of residents committed to making Bentham greener

I believe there are many aspects of local services in the UK that compare unfavourably with those I have seen and used in similar countries, alongside greater financial inequalities in the geographic allocation of resources. When asking myself how this situation can be changed, I concluded that acting is required to address these. As your Liberal Democrat candidate, I will fight for the improvement of services in this part of North Yorkshire.

My priorities for our area

Pushing for improvements to public transport

In particular more frequent buses, with timetables that enable passengers to travel seamlessly to all parts of the Settle to Lancaster area.

More and better leisure facilities

More and better leisure facilities for residents of all ages within our area - helping to support physical health and wellbeing.

Energy saving

More emphasis on publicising and implementing energy saving in public buildings and more car charging points.