Lucas Jones for Whaley Bridge
Lucas has lived in Whaley Bridge since 2006, when he relocated with his family from Manchester. His three children have all grown up in the town, having attended Sunshine Nursery, Whaley Bridge Primary School and then Chapel en le Frith High School.
Lucas is a Chartered Financial Planner and currently works for an IFA practice in the centre of Manchester, where he has responsibility for managing the change towards Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing.
Lucas is a keen runner and cyclist and is currently Chair of the Goyt Valley Striders running group, having previously organised the Whaley Waltz fell race for many years alongside his wife, Mary.
Derbyshire has many challenges that urgently need addressing, including transport, farming and housing as well as local industries like quarrying and cement. With radical changes immediately required to try and limit the long-term impacts of climate change upon both the environment and the economy, all of these areas will be directly impacted both directly and indirectly.
If elected, a key focus will be improving sustainable transport options. Bus services are infrequent, unreliable and expensive, whilst the train service is far too costly; adopting TfGM pricing for the while train line should help eliminate many unnecessary short car journeys (e.g. to Disley to obtain the cheaper fares).
I am a keen supporter of local efforts at rewilding. There is an urgent need to improve biodiversity to prevent species loss on a massive scale and it is clear that even small, local schemes can have a really positive impact in that respect.