Emma HOGAN is a Hove Park resident and an NHS Doctor in mental health. She is a trustee of The Sussex Heart Charity and active in community sport, coaching Synchro at the Prince Regent Swimming Pool.
“Working as an NHS doctor brings me into contact with a wide variety of people of all backgrounds, sometimes at their most vulnerable. It is my job to listen, treat and often advocate with multiple agencies on their behalf. It is work I really love. I aim to do the best I can for each and every patient. I truly believe that my experience and skillset could be transferred to assist residents of Westdene and Hove Park. I also believe that as someone new to the council I could bring fresh ideas to solve some of the ongoing issues.
“I live in the Westdene and Hove Park ward. It is my home and it was my first home as a child. It has a special significance for me. I understand only too well the issues residents have problems with and how it impacts on them on a daily basis. These issues affect me too. Rather than stand by and watch council decisions take place that affect us all here I would love the opportunity to advocate on behalf of my fellow Westdene and Hove Park residents.
“From knocking on doors, speaking to residents and personal experience I know the key issues are parking, be it parking spaces too close to drives or too many cars parked on road, both of which are safety issues. Rubbish comes up repeatedly as a major issue. Collections happening days later than expected leaving bins overflowing and rubbish strewn around the street – another health hazard. Out of control weeds growing and cracking pavements, graffiti and destruction of newly replaced playground equipment are also mentioned by residents. All these issues resonate with me as a fellow Westdene and Hove Park resident.”