Natalie Greenstreet is standing as a Conservative Party candidate in the local election on Thursday 2 May. There are four candidates in Katesgrove, and the winner will become a local councillor at Reading Borough Council. We asked each candidate the same eight questions to learn more about them.
Why do you want to be a councillor?
To make a difference to my local community.
In times of austerity when the council has budgetary problems, what can realistically be done to improve life in Katesgrove?
Money is available for local projects across the town, funded by both S106 money and also Community Infrastructure Levy payments [contributions paid by developers]. If elected, I would seek to lobby for some of that funding to be channelled into improvements in Katesgrove Ward.
Are in you favour of leaving or remaining in the EU?
Personally, I voted to remain in the EU.
How do you think Brexit is relevant locally?
Brexit is not an issue which I feel is relevant in a local election campaign.
What are your links to the area?
I have lived in Reading since 2008. I commute to London for work daily. I volunteer for Cats Protection, fostering cats and kittens when their owners can no longer look after them (e.g. if they have dementia and go into care etc). Prior to this I volunteered as a school governor at New Town Primary School.
How many hours a week do you think a councillor needs to spend on council affairs?
Being a councillor should be open to everyone, whether they are raising a family, working full time, retired or seeking work. Being a councillor needs to be flexible enough to fit around those other commitments otherwise the only people who could undertake the role would be retired people or those with enough money not to need a full time job. This means that there is no single answer to the question “how many hours a week do you think a councillor needs to spend on council affairs” as some councillors (lead members, committee chairs etc) will need to spend significantly more time than someone without those responsibilities.
What area of council business most interests you?
In my professional life, I am a deputy company secretary, so Audit and Governance is something that I would be interested in being involved in.
Do you think air pollution is a problem in Katesgrove, and if so, what can be done to reduce it?
Air pollution is a problem for all Reading town centre wards, and encouraging more people to cycle and use public transport where they can is something that I would like to see more of.
We were unable to meet Natalie Greenstreet for a face to face interview, so she responded to our questions in writing.