I am Sanjukta Ghosh, standing as the Labour Party candidate in the Sampford Ward for the upcoming Uttlesford District Council by election and for the North Ward of Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council by election on 6th May. I have lived and worked in and from Uttlesford for over two decades.
Sampford has an incredibly special place in my memory – it is here in the Nature Reserve of Little Sampford that I fell in love and did conservation work for the heritage woodland. As an agricultural historian, I am drawn to the history and heritage of the ward. I pledge to bringing better public services as I believe connecting rural communities is ever so important especially now, in the post-Covid recovery period, to tackle loneliness and isolation. I have ideas of creating communities through food cultures and nature. I want to emphasise on Nutrition Food Hubs, community gardens, allotments, and community woodlands for this area. Uttlesford in general not only needs affordable housing, but new rural developments must meet the environmental standards and absolutely prioritise local needs.
For a rural region like this, we have to channel substantial amounts in infrastructures such as roads, low carbon sub sectors and use Climate Change funds to develop basic and high skills that will support green jobs locally. I strongly oppose the Uttlesford District Council’s decision to invest £35 million in an arm company’s HQ that will not bring jobs locally at a time when this is most needed. Therefore, I would urge to devote 10 per cent of Council’s Commercial Portfolio to local green jobs. I promise to stay focused on post-pandemic effective recovery plan, meet gender-sensitive needs and prioritise protection of local communities, making Uttlesford a great place to grow up, grow old, and live in.