Tressell Councillors

Ali Roark

Ali is Labour’s candidate for Tressell Ward in the 2021 Hastings Borough Council elections.

Ali Roark

She was born and raised in Hastings and has close family living in Tressell Ward. This means she’s been in many community groups here, at The Bridge and West Hill Community Centre. Ali has previous experience working with families and children for East Sussex County Council. Currently, she works for a local business that provides supported accommodation for vulnerable adults.

Ali has been helping out as part of the Tressell Labour team. This has helped her get to know Tressell ward. Watch this space for more information on Ali, including her official election leaflets.

ALI SAYS:

I was initially selected as the Labour Party candidate for Tressell Ward for the 2020 elections, but campaigning – and then the elections themselves – were suspended due to the pandemic shortly after my selection. The past year has been challenging and I think has made all of us reflect on what it means to be a part of society and how important our connections are. It has also reaffirmed something that those of us within the Labour Party have long known: that there are so many people who work hard to keep our society running, especially during difficult times, and that without these people our society would not function. 

Keyworkers have sustained us all during the past year and we must remember that as we move forward: platitudes cannot be enough, as a society we need to recognise the sacrifices made by our keyworkers during the pandemic and make sure that they are as valued as their roles are valuable to us all.  

Ali Roark, Labour candidate for Tressell Ward.

Hastings Borough Council has worked hard to make sure that people are aware of and can access financial and other support over the past year, as well as promoting the stay safe messaging that has become the soundtrack to our daily lives. So too, volunteers and community groups have stepped up and it is heartwarming to see the community spirit in our town with so many people looking out for each other. This sense of collective endeavour will help us as we rebuild from the pandemic and is something that I have always found among our local Labour councillors as well as within the local Labour Party. 

The past year has brought into focus the essential role of local government in ensuring that everyday life runs smoothly – in ways that most of us do not even think of in normal times. The cuts in funding from the Conservative central government over the past decade of austerity have meant that Hastings Borough Council has not been able to do everything that our Labour councillors would have done if they could, but I believe that our local Labour councillors have worked hard to ensure the best deal and future for our town and that HBC has done an admirable job over the past year to keep services running and to support the community.

I will be proud to join the Labour Group on HBC and will work hard to represent the residents of Tressell ward if elected. I have got to know the ward better over the past year-and-a-bit, by meeting with and talking to Cllr Chowney and outgoing Cllr Charman. I have also enjoyed meeting local residents (before the Covid restrictions began). 

On our ward walkabouts – a longstanding tradition among Tressell councillors which I have been included in as a candidate and which Peter plans to continue after the election (I hope to still be able to join him as his newly-elected fellow councillor) – Peter and I have discussed the ward in detail. The restrictions placed on us all due to Covid however, mean that I have not been able to meet and introduce myself in person to as many local residents as I would like. If I am elected, and when Covid restrictions allow, I plan to remedy this and I look forward to becoming more involved in the community as we move forward.

You can contact Ali at:

ali.roark@hastingsandryelabour.org.uk

Or follow her campaign on Instagram:

@aliroark_tressell

Promoted by Alexandra Roark of the Hastings and Rye Constituency Labour Party, both at 84 Bohemia Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6RN