Newark barrister with over 35 years in practice stands as independent candidate in Nottinghamshire County Council elections
A barrister with three-and-a-half decades in practice is standing as an independent for Newark West on an environmental ticket.
Adrian Amer, of Milner Street, became so sick of walking past an entrance to a wasteland between Newark Hospital and the Bowbridge Road Co-op that he decided to do something about its litter problem.
While collecting bags of rubbish he hit upon the idea of campaigning for the area to become a park.
He harbours hopes of the wider area, subject of negotiation to become an extension to the carparking facilities at the hospital, into Newark’s version of the Chelsea Physic Garden, which, since 1673, has occupied four acres of land on the edge of the Thames.
“Like any other human, I had the thought of ignoring this blight on our landscape that has got progressively worse since Christmas,” Adrian said.
“But that wouldn’t have been me. It only takes one person to act to begin the process of making a difference.
“Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have this small piece of land as a park?
“Looking beyond that, the Newark-on-Trent Physic Garden — a medieval concept, but Chelsea is really spectacular. Newark could really show its green credentials and environmental conscience here.
“I’m no rabid greenie, but I do understand the threats our environment faces and the need for us to make a stand. I appreciate that, as a barrister, what I am doing could be seen as highly unusual, but I believe in the need to do something.
“I am standing as an independent because I won’t be told what to think or what to do by a political party and promise sane, rational and logical decisions made through listening to people.
“It is possible for one individual to start a movement that can have a multi-pillar effect for the benefit of everyone.”
Adrian has arranged for an inaugural meeting of the non-political Friends of Newark-on-Trent Psychic Garden for 2pm tomorrow (Saturday) at the site, opposite the Earp Avenue junction with Bowbridge Road.
Also standing for Newark West are Keith Girling (Conservative) Ricky Mathias (Green) Anita Prabhakar (Liberal Democrats) Ruth Woodhall (Labour and Co-operative Party).