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 Warfield Harvest Ride ward, voters will be asked to choose three 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. 


Gareth Barnard (Conservative)

Bracknell News: Gareth BarnardGareth Barnard

"An active Warfield Harvest Ride Borough Councillor for 19 years and a Whitegrove resident for 28 years, I ensure Warfield has an informed, strong voice on Bracknell Forest Council. I stand up for Warfield, putting residents first, fighting inappropriate development and championing great community facilities. I regularly attend ward surgeries and support residents queries and concerns.

"We must work together with partners to ensure sufficiency of local health provision and good schools for our children.

"I represent residents with commitment, ensuring we get value for money. When tough decisions are taken, I champion residents by campaigning to reduce speeding, protect green spaces and ensuring Warfield is a great place for families.

"I am actively involved in the regeneration of Bracknell Town Centre and have delivered improvements to play areas and supported local organisations in Warfield.

"Warfield’s my home and I do all I can to protect and support it for current and future generations. It’s a privilege to represent Warfield."

Nigel Bradly (Liberal Democrat)

Bracknell News: Nigel BradlyNigel Bradly

"Age: old enough to know not to answer questions like that! 

"Marital status: irrelevant

"Race, religion, sexual orientation: if these things matter to you, please don’t vote for me. 

"Previous political experience: none

"Local issues of importance to me: graffiti, litter, inappropriate speed and noise of traffic through residential areas. Main desire: to get big businesses based in our ward to take responsibility for the adverse affect their presence has on the area. 

"Party affiliation: joined LibDems end of June 2016. Will support good ideas and oppose bad ones irrespective of the party that proposes them. 

"My promise: to try and represent everyone but not be dictated to by anyone.

"Will always answer questions even if it is, “Sorry, you got me there” or “yep, I made a boo boo”. "

Graham Firth (Labour)

Bracknell News: Graham FirthGraham Firth

"I have lived in Bullbrook, Bracknell, for 31 years and am married with two grown-up children who attended local Bracknell primary and secondary schools. Now a retired university librarian, I was for many years a governor at Cranbourne Primary School and from 1995 to 2000 represented Bullbrook on Bracknell Town Council.  I edit a quarterly magazine for the Exeter University Club for the more mature graduates of the university and, since retirement, have joined the Bracknell Film Society and the local U3A.  A qualified UK Athletics track official, I am interested in local sports provision, as well as being a keen user and supporter of local public transport, our marvellous South Hill Park and the many green and open spaces in Bracknell and the surrounding area."

Sandra Ingham (Conservative)

Bracknell News: Sandra InghamSandra Ingham

“Selected as a candidate for Warfield Harvest Ride in September 2018, Sandra Ingham is a dedicated member of the local community and is currently:

• Bracknell Town Mayor 2018-19

• Town and Borough Councillor for Hanworth, Bracknell 2015-19

• Vice Chair of BFC Corporate Parenting Advisory Panel

• Member of the BFC Planning Committee and Environment, Culture and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Group

"Sandra is married to Jon and has two teenage daughters, both in education. She is a communications professional working from home. Previously a Warfield Parish Councillor for ten years, Sandra has lived in Warfield for 18 years, raising her family here.

"She knows and loves Warfield Harvest Ride and will champion the interests of local residents; helping to ensure it will always be a great place for people of all ages to live.”

Robert McLean (Conservative)

Bracknell News: Robert McLeanRobert McLean

"I am passionate about keeping Warfield green, clean and safe. I have a proven record of action and will always stand up for our community, defending our local area from unwelcome, inappropriate and speculative planning applications.

"Protecting the semi-rural nature of the Parish, seeking to preserve, enhance and increase our green spaces and wildlife habitats, campaigning for safer roads or looking at ways to reduce pollution and expand recycling, I am ready and eager to deliver on these challenges.

"Over the last four years, I have worked to provide road improvements, traffic calming and new school places but there is more to do: we need more community facilities and I am seeking ways to ensure we have adequate healthcare provision, including GP services, to match local need.

"It has been a privilege to represent Warfield Harvest Ride over the last four years and I retain the drive and commitment to work for you over the next four but can only do that with your support; please vote for me on 2nd May."

Libbi Miller (Labour)

Bracknell News: Libbi MillerLibbi Miller

"I have lived in Bracknell Forest for all of my 21 years and went to Whitegrove Primary and Garth hill College. After leaving school, I worked in care with older residents, particularly with those suffering with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I have a good understanding and experience of the problems these residents face and the issues that are not being resolved.

"I would like to be a Councillor because I would like to help real people with real problems and bring to light issues that are affecting our community."

Anne Shillcock (Labour)

Bracknell News: Anne ShillcockAnne Shillcock

"I arrived with my young family in Bracknell 50 years ago and have lived here ever since. My son and daughter went to local schools and have remained living and working in the area. We have found the Borough to be a healthy and happy place to live in. Until I retired I worked in Berkshire as an early years special needs teacher and have continued that interest as a governor at Kennel Lane School (for over 20 years) and also as the chair of the Children’s Centres Advisory Board since they were set up 10 years ago.

"I joined the Labour Party in 1970 and have been an active member at Constituency and Branch level. I am a member of the NUT (Now called the NEU) and have been since the early 70’s.

"I represented a Bracknell constituency on the Borough Council several times, for 25 years which I greatly enjoyed. My particular interests were Housing/Social Care and Education and I sat on a range of committees dealing with these concerns. I would love to have the opportunity to do so again."

Nearest polling Station: 

Whitegrove Youth & Community Centre, County Lane, Warfield, Bracknell RG42 3JP

Westmoreland Pavillion, Westmorland Dr, Warfield, Bracknell RG42 3QP