Anthony is both an Uttlesford district and parish councillor for Newport and lives in the village. He is Vice Chairman of the Newport, Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and a Member of Save Newport Village. Anthony is a Chartered Surveyor with 30 years’ experience.
“My time as a Newport District Councillor has been two of the most fulfilling years of my life. I fight for the rights of residents (of which I am one!), and my aim is to find the right balance between protecting our heritage and investing in the future. I strongly believe that only locally focused parties can deliver truly local democracy, providing genuinely accountable, transparent leadership that represents our common interests.” Anthony Gerard
Where you live and how long you’ve lived in the area?
I live in Newport with my family and our two cocker spaniels, Milo & Lola. We’ve lived all over the world, including South Africa and Hong Kong, but my wife is an East Anglian girl so we ‘came home’!
Do you have any council or political experience?
I am a Newport Parish Councillor and Uttlesford District Councillor for Newport. I’m also on the UDC Licensing & Environmental Health Committee, the UDC Housing Board and the UDC Advisory Panel for Stansted Airport as well as being a substitute member of the UDC Planning Committee and UDC Scrutiny Committee, so I’m kept pretty busy!
Are there any work or experience details that you may want to highlight?
I am a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years of international sales, marketing and business experience. I have, in the past, acted for property developers, local authorities, institutions and private investors, which makes me particularly useful in areas relating to planning, development and expansion.
Are you involved in any community or residents’ groups, boards, charities or volunteering?
Vice Chairman of the Newport, Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. Member of Save Newport Village. I’m a keen tennis player (and member of the Newport Tennis Club). I also play cricket for the Rickling Ramblers.
Are there any family details that you’d like to share?
My teenage daughter, formerly a student of SWCHS, is a Councillor on the UDC Youth Council.
Why you are standing and what are your hot topics?
I’m standing because I love where I live! I enjoy helping people and being Newport’s District Councillor has been two of the most fulfilling years of my life. I fight for the rights of residents and my aim is to find the balance between protecting our heritage and enhancing our children’s future.
Planning is probably my strength. I’m particularly proud of the efforts my colleagues and I put into the recent Stansted Airport expansion planning application. Protecting our libraries from closure and working alongside friends from Labour, Greens, LibDems and Independents has also been very rewarding. I don’t believe in tribalism – cooperation can achieve so much more.
Why you think standing for R4U and residents is important?
National issues and local issues rarely carry the same weight in our daily lives. Of course everyone has the right to vote for whoever they want in the national government, but only locally focused parties can deliver truly local democracy, by providing real, transparent leadership at a local level and representing our local interests.
By re-organising the way UDC is structured, and by utilising the best skills and tools available, R4U will be able to deliver higher levels of services. But we all need to work together to achieve this. Let’s all make sure we make the most of where we love to live – together.