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Meet your candidate: Cllr Dr Matthew Atkins

Cllr Dr Matt Atkins (above, left) was elected in 2019 when there were two seats up for election. Having spent the last two years representing the ward, Cllr Atkins will stand again for a full term.

Cllr Matthew Atkins has taken on the role of Conservative Group Spokesperson at City Council and has diligently carried out a number of roles including bringing tough scrutiny to the Governance of the City Council.

Living locally and working at the University of Portsmouth as a lecturer to young people, Dr Atkins is best placed to help people as his record of action has shown. He has had success in tackling anti-social behaviour, supporting local families through the COVID19 pandemic and helping to tackle local issues around speeding around Highbury and on Portsdown Hill.

Working together with Cllrs Hannah Hockaday, Lee Mason and city MP, Penny Mordaunt they are putting pressure onto Southern Water to get to the bottom of the problems affecting the sewage system around Salisbury Road and Court Lane.

They are also tackling speeding on the Highbury Estate, which many residents are fed up with. Most recently they have secured a pledge of £50k to help with this if the Conservatives taken control of the City Council in May 2021.

Other campaigns that Dr Atkins is working on with Conservative colleagues are safe enclosed Dog Parks for the city, including Cosham, more litter bins across the entire city (including Wymering and Cosham) and outdoor fitness gyms and equipment to help with peoples physical and mental health.

Dr Matthew Atkins is also campaigning for free parking to support shopping areas such as Cosham High Street who have been severely impacted by COVID19 to give a boost to local shops.

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