Chandler Pax Wilson was co-opted to the Parish Council in December 2018 and now represents Camelot Ward. Together with our other new councillors, Leo Lanzoni and Gavin Walker, (both Manor Ward), we’d like to welcome Chandler on board. (We featured Leo in the January edition and introduced Gavin in February.)
“I moved to Ruddington when I was 5, where I started attending James Peacock School and eventually moved on to St Peter’s,” says Chandler. “I was a part of the Ruddington Colts when I was younger and helped out at Friends of St Peter’s School events. I’ve also served as a Member of Youth Parliament, representing young disabled people throughout Nottinghamshire.
Adds Chandler: “I spend most of my time campaigning and my activities include being Midlands Coordinator and Youth Officer for United Patients’ Alliance, Co-Chair of the LGBTIQA+ Greens and Nottingham Green Party Campaign Officer. I’m also involved in the ‘Living on Anti-fracking Camps’ initiatives at Clay Cross, Preston New Toad and Kirby Misperton. I like to think I’m able to offer support and help to any cause for social and/or climate justice.”
Describing their local issues of interest, Chandler says: “I’m interested in anything related to green and social justice, from my concerns around the proposed new housing and the effects on our infrastructure and protecting undeveloped land, to making the village more accessible for those with accessibility requirements.
“Making sure that young people in Ruddington have appropriate youth services is something I’ve been pushing for over the past two years. Young people are our future and Youth Clubs offer a safe environment for young people to be themselves and grow.
“One of the things I pride myself on is supporting those who may have their voices overlooked, or who simply aren’t listened to, to have a voice – even if I don’t agree with their views – to help make sure our society is truly democratic.
“As someone who lives with a chronic illness, air pollution is often a huge concern of mine. I wear a pollution filtering mask due to Nottingham having one the worst air qualities in Britain. I’d love to see Ruddington reducing the number of cars used in the village as well as taking other steps to help make sure our air is safe for everyone.”
You can contact Chandler through the Parish Council Office.