I live in Crook Log Ward and am married with two daughters and four grandchildren who all live close by. I’m an experienced Councillor and have been involved in the regeneration of our borough and, in particular, the town centres as I support local shops and businesses.
The improvement in Sidcup Town Centre is one of my biggest achievements – many vacant units without a good selection of shops to entice people to shop there were transformed through a successful bid to the then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, for £1.2m. Bexley Council invested £600,000 allowing shops to be revamped and new business encouraged to open and its now turned a corner.
The growth of the borough is very important to me – I recognise the need for homes for all and encouraging new businesses to open in the borough to bring new jobs and opportunities for all our residents.
I have lived and worked in Bexley for over fifty years.
I was a teacher and Head Teacher of a local Primary School and have maintained my interest in children, especially those with special needs, and following my retirement in 2009 was proud to be elected onto the Council in 2010.
I was Mayor in 2015/16 and became aware of the wonderful work undertaken by voluntary groups in supporting members of the community. My charity combined my interest in children and music, raising funds to give musical opportunities to children with special needs and this work continues today. I am also President of the Bexley Arthritis Group.
In keeping with my interest in music, I play the Church organ on a regular basis and also play cornet in a Band. I enjoy reading, travelling and visiting historical places.
I am looking forward to serving the residents of the new Crook Log Ward.
Teresa O’Neill OBE
It’s been a pleasure to represent the residents of Brampton Ward since 1998 – dealing with many issues for my residents from missed bin collections to pothole repairs.
Under my leadership of the Council since 2008 we have transformed services in a way that has been beneficial to Brampton residents delivering cost effective, improved services that has meant we haven’t had to cut services or increase tax as some other Councils have done.
I am proud that we have raised the profile of Bexley resulting in attracting additional funding as well as delivering some significant projects for our residents such as the Cancer Centre at QMS, new schools and Olympic legacy projects but, more importantly, we have a longer term positive vision for the future of our borough.
I was delighted to be awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015 in recognition of my efforts – the first Bexley Councillor to be recognised.