Polls open for the 2019 local elections in less than a week.

This week Bracknell News will be bringing you statements from candidates standing in all 18 wards.

Scroll down and you'll find out a bit about who your candidates are, why they want to be elected and who they're standing for. 

In Bullbrook ward, voters will be asked to choose two councillors from the list on their ballot paper. 

You can find your nearest polling station at the bottom of this story.

Residents can vote from 7am - 10pm on Thursday, May 2. 

Bob Angell (Conservative)

Bracknell News: Bob AngellBob Angell

“I have had the privilege of representing you as a Conservative Councillor for the Bullbrook Ward over the last eight years on the Borough Council. I ask for your vote to continue the work that makes your Bracknell Forest authority one of the best run councils in the country. I have always cared about our community and its environment, demonstrated by the commitment given over many years to the life of Bracknell. In an ever-changing world I believe in getting involved to help create improvements for the people who live in Bracknell Forest. I have served on the Borough Council for nearly 24 years in many different roles. During the last few years I have been the Vice Chairman of the Scrutiny Commission investigating the working practices and procedures of the council to ensure it maintains the very best standards to serve residents. I have also been Chairman of the Environment Panel, scrutinising all aspects pertaining to this very important subject. I have lived in Bracknell for 55 years moving from West London. Before retiring, I worked in Reading as the Payroll Manager for an international petrochemical construction company. I am married to Jan and have one son who was educated at local schools. Until recently and for many years, I was a Board member at South Hill Park Arts Centre. I strongly believe this important facility enhances the Bracknell community. It offers many ways for people to enjoy themselves either attending the theatre or, learning something different with the many courses on offer.” 

Lara Johnson (Labour)

Bracknell News: Lara JohnsonLara Johnson

“I have lived in Bracknell for most of my life and want to stand as your Councillor to ensure that residents’ issues are not seen as problems but as challenges to be understood. Too often, decisions are made which benefit the executive not the electorate – I want to change that.”

Ian Kirke (Conservative) 

Bracknell News: Ian KirkeIan Kirke

“I moved to Bracknell in 1983 when I joined Thames Valley Police, spending nearly a decade at the local station as a response driver and beat officer in Priestwood, becoming a Bullbrook resident in 2004. A widower and proud Dad of two, my daughter is an events executive in Australia and my son is a Barrister. Rising through the ranks, including spending time at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead, I left the Police after 21 years to establish a leading risk consultancy that has provided me with the opportunity to travel the World. A Law graduate with a Master’s in criminology I have a professional interest in community safety, restorative justice, and mediation. I am a keen follower of sport and remain loyal to my roots as an avid Notts County fan. I believe that I am fortunate to live in Bracknell and the much-needed town centre regeneration has put a spring in everybody’s step. Coupled with the amazing open spaces and leisure facilities Bracknell has become a destination to be extremely proud of. I was elected as a Bullbrook Ward Town Councillor in May 2018 and if successful in becoming your Borough Councillor I aim to utilise my skillset and experience to help remedy local Ward challenges whilst adding value to the safety, security, and contentment of residents.”

Kim Lyons (Liberal Democrat)

Awaiting candidate statement. 

David McMullen (Labour)

Bracknell News: David McMullenDavid McMullen

“I have lived in Bracknell almost all my life, attending both Primary and Secondary schools here. When I was a child, I was involved in a car accident and after my full recovery, I campaigned for crossings on the Binfield Road, making it safer for others. Two zebra crossings were later installed and this sparked my enthusiasm for ‘getting things done’ and ‘making a difference’. I served in Afghanistan and am now passionately involved in campaigning for support with employment and well-being for my fellow veterans when they return to civilian life. I am active in the GMB Union.

“I now run my own business, also in Bracknell, and am keen to hear of the challenges facing local businesses and what help you need.

“I believe all Councillors should be in contact with their residents, listening, discussing issues and keeping them informed of decisions before they are made. Bracknell is a great place to live, but there is still much to be done to ensure all have equal opportunities to enjoy all it has to offer.”

Nearest polling stations

Bullbrook Community Centre, Bullbrook Row, Bay Road, Bracknell RG12 2NL