ELECTION SPECIAL: Here are the candidates for the Woodditton division for Cambridgeshire County Council

PUBLISHED: 22:03 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 22:03 03 May 2017

Woodditton: Steven O'Dell (Labour), Mathew Shuter (Conservative) and John Trapp (Lib Dem).

Woodditton: Steven O'Dell (Labour), Mathew Shuter (Conservative) and John Trapp (Lib Dem).


The county is set to go to the polling stations on May 4 to decide who will take the all-important seats at Cambridgeshire County Council for the next four years. Here are the candidates for the Woodditton division.

Steven O’Dell – Labour

Steven has set out several pledges.

• To campaign for better public transport services and better cycling facilities

• To defend NHS services and to campaign to get services increased. In particular he would like the Cheveley to have a satellite surgery and to get the pharmacy in Bottisham to expand their service.

• To organise a business enterprise group

• To campaign for a community improvement grant to protect local shops and businesses

Steven believes this is an agenda for a growing area and one that everybody can relate to. Steven has lived in Bottisham for 22 years.

He was elected to Bottisham Parish Council in 1999 and has chaired the council’s environment committee and churchyard and cemetery committees.

He has a long record as a campaigner on issues particularly community transport.

“I believe this experience and my understanding of community issues in the Woodditton division gives me the knowledge required to be an effective councillor,” he says.

Mathew Shuter – Conservative

Mathew Shuter was first elected to Cambridgeshire County Council representing Woodditton in 2005. He is married to Susanna and has two children who have been educated in local schools.

He is a governor of Bottisham Village Collage, a district councillor for Cheveley, and a parish councillor in Brinkley. He has worked in the insurance industry for over 40 years, and is now working locally.

Mathew is a strong supporter of enterprise and innovation in Cambridgeshire business and has been actively involved in local campaigns including the introduction of 30mph speed limits, and speed watch in villages in the area.

Mathew has campaigned strongly for the improvement to local infrastructure particularly fast broadband access and over the last four years as a result of a decision that Mathew was involved in the county council has invested £20,000,000 in bringing superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the county.

He wants Cambs to be the leading digital county nationally.

John Trapp – Lib Dem

John Trapp retired recently from the Open University where he was a lecturer in applied mathematics. He was there almost from the start of the university.

He says he witnessed the transformation and enrichment that the Open University gave to people.

Today he’s motivated by, among other things, “the lies, bigotry and negativity of some of the Leave campaigners”.

It appalled him, he says, and he wants to involve himself in promoting fairness, generosity and tolerance in society, and help his community where he has lived for 30 years. His priorities are sustainable housing, with proper infrastructure, support for rural businesses, better communications and improved public transport.

He is firmly behind the party’s manifesto that promises to be open and accountable and to manage the council’s budget prudently, and to share resources fairly across the county and among communities.

• For more Cambridgeshire County Council candidate profiles across all divisions in East Cambridgeshire, click here.

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