Councillor Rob Devey
Rob spent more than four years talking to local residents and writing about the issues affecting them as former chief reporter at the Lancaster Guardian. He decided he wanted to help people to solve some of those issues and try to make the area a better place – by becoming a city councillor. Rob is a determined campaigner who works hard to support people of all ages in Skerton West and across the Lancaster district. He works for the national charity The Children’s Society, trying to secure support and publicity for its important work tackling child poverty. He believes tax-payers money should be used carefully to deliver excellent public services, help those in need, and ensure we have good jobs, affordable homes and accessible leisure facilities in the years ahead. Rob’s interests include football, music and reading.
Councillor Karen Leytham
I'm Karen Leytham and have represented Skerton West since 2006 and have been the cabinet member responsible for environmental health and housing since 2011. My aim in life has always been to treat others as I would want to be treated, remain optimistic and retain a sense of humour but since the Conservatives have come into power it’s becoming increasingly more difficult. I championed Oak Tree House, our new homeless hostel opened only last year which is now in danger of losing its funding because of the impact of the government cuts that are decimating the Supporting People Programme. This reduction will in turn affect all our other supported housing schemes which frustrates me beyond belief because of all the work that has gone into making them happen in the first place. The government’s insistence of reducing council rents by 1% over the next 4 years has also put paid to my desperately needed new build 1 bed council house scheme. Another kick in the guts but do they care? On a positive note, however, I have championed Ryelands Park and much work has taken place over the last few years thanks to the Friends Group. You can generally find me clearing paths, picking up rubbish or just chatting to folk using the park on the 1st Sunday of every month at 1pm.