Chris Maines

Standing to be your next Mayor of Lewisham

Headshot of Chris Maines with a blurred background consisting of activists holding up orange lib dem diamond placards
Chris Maines standing in front of Lewisham DLR station
Chris Maines with other members in front of a Lib Dem stall at Blackheath fete

About Chris Maines

A former Lewisham Councillor who has lived in Blackheath for almost 20 years. He now works for the NHS.

Less than two years after he was elected, Labour's Mayor resigned to pursue his political career in Bristol, having decided that this was more important than the residents of Lewisham he was elected to serve. His resignation caused this by-election costing Lewisham's taxpayers £635,000.

Labour have failed our borough on everything from education to recycling. They even allow property developers to run riot.  54 out of 54 councillors in Lewisham Council are Labour. There's no real democracy and no checks or Balances. Lewisham deserves better.

Lewisham needs a Mayor who will listen to residents instead of taking them for granted.

 

My Priorities for Lewisham

1. BUILDING FAMILY HOMES

I will start a Council House building programme for our borough. I will ensure property developers include more affordable homes and local infrastructure such as GP surgeries.

2. IMPROVING STANDARDS IN EDUCATION

I will support Lewisham's secondary schools to get better results and improve provision for children with special educational needs. I will support the development of teacher training and ensure better mental health support.

3. GETTING THE BASICS RIGHT

Clearing up litter, removing graffiti, tackling fly-tipping and responding to residents' concerns are the simple tasks we expect Lewisham Council to deliver - it will if I am Mayor.

4. LOCAL ACTION ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS

I will put tackling the climate crisis at the centre of council activities. The council must provide leadership and support to residents and set a better example in all its activities.

5. A SAFER COMMUNITY

Everyone in Lewisham should feel safe in their homes and walking our Streets. I will work with the local police to deliver real community , policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people.

6. A CULTURE CHANGE AT THE COUNCIL

Lewisham Council ignores residents, runs sham consultations and blocks proper scrutiny and challenge. I will open up the processes, listen to residents and strive to deliver excellent services for all.