My name is Lucy Nuttgens, I’m a teacher, mother of four and a long-term campaigner on education, disability and community issues. I’m proud of my Yorkshire roots – I was brought up in Clifford, near Wetherby, and after university, returned to Yorkshire, living in Headingley then Meanwood, before moving to Otley in 1996.
All my children started school in Otley and, after following work opportunities elsewhere for several years, I chose to return to Otley, a community I love. I know towns like Yeadon and Otley with small friendly communities offer a different quality of life to residents, but out on the edge of Leeds, their needs for council services can be overlooked without effective local councillors. I want to change this.
As a teacher, I’m very concerned about the disruption to the education of our young people through COVID and I want to make sure primary and secondary pupils are not permanently disadvantaged by the pandemic. I’m disabled, having a life-long debilitating condition.
After facing struggles of my own in the past to get the support I needed, I’m committed to ensuring the lives led by disabled people are as full as possible. I’m involved in the arts, acting and singing. I believe one of the ways to create a strong vibrant community is through art and culture. I’m concerned about the impact of Covid on venues like Yeadon Town Hall and Otley Courthouse, and I’m keen to see the rich programme of events they offer fully restored when restrictions are lifted.