Get a grip on the Victoria Quarter – Vote Lib Dem at the East Barnet council by-election on 6 May
Sean Hooker, a former councillor and East Barnet resident, has been selected to fight the East Barnet byelection for the Liberal Democrats on Thursday 6 May.
His primary focus for the area is to ensure that the development of the Victoria Quarter, which is proposed for the old gas works site, is done in a sensitive, sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
Sean says: "The plans put forward before were unacceptable, with far too many dwellings and no solution for the impact it will have on the local area. Yes, we need more homes, and affordable ones at that. But the need is for family homes, not densely packed high rise flats with no consideration for quality of life."
He wants better transport local links, especially since hundreds of residents lost access to their bus route when the 384 was rerouted.
Sean says: "I will lobby for a new bus route to restore the access lost, which would connect those most in need to local shops and New Barnet station. It could also serve the new development if we can get a sensible scheme built."
Local crime has escalated in the area. Sean will campaign for more police to deal with the rise in burglary and anti social behaviour.
He adds: "When I was a councillor we had local neighbourhood wardens and community policing, we need to restore the sense of security and trust in the area, which is being eroded by the lack of enforcement."
Sean has lived in Barnet since he was a child. He lives in East Barnet and has stood in the ward twice before.
Previously a councillor for High Barnet ward, he has also stood for Parliament for Chipping Barnet three times in the late 1990s and early 2000s
He works as head of a Government approved redress organisation, The Property Redress Scheme, resolving complaints made against letting and estate agents.
Sean believes that local politicians need to get back closer to their communities.
He says: "Especially after this difficult year, residents need to see active, local champions, standing up for them and what they want to see for their area."