Katesgrove Ward team: Councillor Doug Cresswell, Councillor Louise Keane and local campaigner Kate Nikulina
Councillor and candidate Doug Cresswell
Councillor Doug Cresswell was elected in 2022. He has lived in Reading for 25 years. He works as a teacher. In his spare time, Doug is in a local band and enjoys rock climbing with his family.
Doug says, “It is an honour to represent Katesgrove Ward. I have been working to tidy up the ward and campaigning for greener, warmer homes to cut fuel bills and carbon emissions. This would make the town more affordable. I will keep working hard and standing up for Katesgrove Ward.”
Councillor Louise Keane
Councillor Louise Keane has lived in Katesgrove Ward for 19 years. She has worked in health and social care over the last 25 years. In her spare time, Louise enjoys music, walking, and looking after her pets.
Louise has stood and campaigned in Katesgrove Ward for many years, winning in 2022. Louise says, “I love Katesgrove Ward where I live. Recently I have been working to tackle fly-tipping, litter and waste problems. I will keep working hard and standing up for Katesgrove Ward.”
Candidate Kate Nikulina
Kate Nikulina has lived in Reading since 2019. She works for a courier business and volunteers supporting the Ukrainian community. In her spare time, Kate enjoys swimming, languages (currently learning Spanish), and cats.
Kate, who has been campaigning in Katesgrove Ward all year round, says, “It would be an honour to represent Katesgrove. I have met many people on the doorstep and have been working to make Katesgrove better. I will keep working hard and standing up for Katesgrove Ward.”
Vote Green in Katesgrove
It is between Green and Labour in Katesgrove. Greens did so well at the council elections last year that we overtook the Conservatives becoming the second largest party on Reading’s Labour-run council (32 Labour councillors, 7 Green, 5 Conservative and 3 Lib Dem). Labour have a very large majority of councillors but it is very close between Greens and Conservatives for second place.
Vote Green at the council elections for hard work year-round but also to keep the Green Party ahead of the Conservatives as the main opposition party on Reading Council.
Katesgrove Ward achievements:
- Worked to tackle fly-tipping, litter and bin problems on Whitley Street and across the ward
- Got trees planted on Whitley Street to protect the green space
- Successfully campaigned for more funding for Waterloo Meadows.
Katesgrove Ward priorities
- Tackling rubbish problems – tackling fly-tipping, making sure people have the right bins and working for doorstep glass recycling
-Addressing antisocial behaviour
- Action on the cost-of-living crisis, financial support, and better-insulated homes cutting fuel bills and emissions
Reading achievements and mini manifesto
Greens have worked hard for a fairer, more affordable and more sustainable town. They have got the council to:
- become a Living Wage employer to tackle poverty
- produce a climate change strategy and install more solar panels
- improve terms and conditions for care workers
The Reading Green Party mini manifesto is here: https://reading.greenparty.org.uk/manifesto/