Your Hanover & Elm Grove Team

Meet the team for 2019 

The Green Party has selected the Hanover and Elm Grove candidates for next year’s council elections. David Gibson will fight to retain his seat, alongside local resident Elaine Hills and former councillor Steph Powell. Councillor Dick Page is reluctantly stepping down, due to ill health. 
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Your Green Councillors are:

David Gibson - @davidinhanover //

David Gibson

I am a community worker and housing campaigner and have lived in Hanover for 19 years. I set up Hanover Action for Sustainable Living (HASL) with my partner, Sarah. I am active in the Local Action Team and have been pressing for a ‘people’s plan’ to improve our streets, a community scheme based on our priorities from the community survey. I am passionate about decent homes for all and have set up national campaigns which succeeded in changing the law to halt the privatisation of council housing and to secure more resources. Most recently I started a Living Rent Campaign to push for fair rent and more secure tenancies in private rented housing.
Dick Page - @dicpagebrighton //

Dick Page

I have lived with my family in the ward for many years. Before retiring recently I was a social worker and manager in local goverment, then a charity advice worker and advocate for carers, disabled and older people. I have recently been lobbying the bus company to improve local services, as well as helping to solve problems concerning parking and access for fire engines and refuse lorries. I’ve also been assisting councillors with issues such as obstructed pavements, missed refuse collections and nightime noise. I will work with residents to improve the area and get the best out of services – and I’ll always try to fulfil my promises.
Your candidates for 2019 are:
David Gibson - see above
Elaine Hills - @HanoverHills //
Elaine HillsI have lived in Brighton for 19 years and in Hanover for ten. I love our progressive city, and our ward’s strong community spirit and social conscience. I teach at the University of Brighton and also work as an editor. I’ve been compiling our ward publication, Green Hills, for four years now and enjoy sharing news about what the Greens have been doing for local residents. I take part in weekly canvassing sessions and see doorstep conversations as a great way to learn about our constituents’ main concerns, which include rental costs, safety, parking and the NHS. I believe in a fairer, more sustainable society with clean streets and air, good schools, decent wages, good local services and public transport. As a councillor, I’d see it as my mission to stand up for my neighbours on the issues that matter to them.
Steph Powell -
Steph PowellI work in a frontline public sector job in Brighton, where I am a trade union steward. I have 10 years experience of working in the public and charity sectors in the city, mostly advising and supporting vulnerable people. I have lived and worked in Brighton and the surrounding area for the past 14 years. I am a former Brighton & Hove City Councillor, where I diligently followed through on casework and supported residents with local issues, such as housing, parking and anti-social behaviour. I have the experience to be an effective and reliable councillor. I am passionate about social justice, protecting public sector jobs and the welfare state. On a global scale I am deeply concerned about climate change and I strongly support wildlife conservation.