Tyler, 19 and co-founder of a local community group said:
I want to be a fresh voice for Harrogate and, as a young person, I am passionate about making Bilton the best place to live now, and also for many years to come.
For a long time, I have been interested to hear what local people are most concerned about and as their councillor, I want to focus on their priorities.
In particular, they have told me we need to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, including providing facilities for our young people. I would work in close partnership with Alison Hume, Labour’s candidate for North Yorkshire Police, Crime and Fire Commissioner.
We need to improve transport links for our community and tackle speeding, by introducing traffic-calming measure in roads like Bilton Lane.
The COVID pandemic has also massively increased the need for mental health services, including for young people and veterans, and I want to work in partnership with our outstanding NHS, Labour’s proudest achievement, to ensure that these are properly funded. Thank you to all of our health and social care heroes who have done so much over the last year!
Tyler was selected unanimously by the local Labour Party to be its candidate and added:
I have been pleased to support the efforts of friends in the local Labour Party and our community to protect our local environment, not least in the Nidd Valley. It’s important that we protect the green spaces that we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.
I would be determined to work hard as a local councillor and stand up for our local area.