Alison Basford

Elected Governor

I aim to uphold the principles of the world's first Garden City.

I believe I bring a true understanding of what a normal resident really wants. I want to be a voice for young families.

My grandparents moved to Letchworth in the 1920s. I grew up on the Grange Estate. I am very proud that this special town is my home. My parents ran a family butcher shop in Leys Avenue for nearly 25 years. My career was in banking, and then IT training. I am now a full time mother with a young family. I belong to our local triathlon club and enjoy training in and around our open green spaces. I also participate in my sons’ school PTA and I run charity fundraising events. I use the town for many facilities including shopping, entertainment, eating out, sports, schools and social and enjoy friendships from every age group.

Our town continues to be a fabulous place to live, work and relax. However I am seeing threats to this with the proposed 1,000 homes on our green belt. I am not against new housing and this will be provided with the further 1,000 homes planned elsewhere in Letchworth in smaller areas.

Ebenezer Howard planned a population of 30,000 not 40,000. It is the open spaces that make Letchworth such a pleasant place to live.

How can we, as the World’s First Garden City and acclaimed across the World, start chipping away at our uniqueness?

I would like Letchworth, the World’s First Garden City to become a World Heritage site.

  • Elected Governor