My name’s Aydin Dikerdem. I’m standing to be your councillor in the election on Thursday, November 10.
As someone born and bred in Battersea, I’m excited about the chance to serve my community. I’ve been out listening to local people every day. Find out how you can volunteer to join me.
My top priority is to focus on the housing crisis. I know how hard it is to get a place of your own in Battersea so I want more genuinely affordable homes for local people.
I was delighted to be endorsed by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, whose priority is better housing for Londoners.
I love Battersea and I want to protect its culture and heritage. Battersea Park should not have been used as a motor-racing track and we must make sure the park is fully restored to how it was before Formula E.
Sally-Ann Ephson was elected a Labour councillor here by just 75 votes in 2014. This election is going to be very close and your vote will be crucial.
Action on the local housing crisis
I grew up in Battersea – me and my friends know just how hard it is to get a place of your own.
So many young people are stuck renting. Anna, a teacher, pays £720 a month to share with 5 others in Battersea. She says: “I pay more than half my salary on rent. I just don’t have a chance to save any money.”
Some flats are in terrible condition. I recently called on a house in Queenstown Road that was divided up into 12 flats. Electrical wires trailed over a children’s buggy in the hallway. We can give renters a fair deal by ending letting fees and getting tough on rogue landlords.
This Tory council can’t solve the crisis. It refuses to build new council flats and it puts the interests of property developers ahead of local people.
Expensive flats are built for foreign investors. I don’t know a single local family who thinks they will get to live in the new Battersea Power Station flats. Labour will do better.
Save our local pub
There are plans to demolish Flanagan’s Pub on Battersea Park Road and replace it with flats.
Flanagan’s is an authentic Battersea pub that serves the surrounding areas superbly. The pub is welcoming, not too expensive and Gerry, the governor, is a great host.
It’s lovely that Chelsea pensioners travel down from Fulham Broadway for their weekly pint. Flanagan’s should be protected for the future, not turned into flats. Sign our petition here.
Sadiq Khan backs Aydin
“Aydin will be a great councillor. He’s Battersea born and bred and he’ll work his socks off to deliver results for local people.”
“Aydin follows in the footsteps of my friend Councillor Sally-Ann Ephson, who sadly died recently. Sally-Ann was a ray of sunshine, much-loved by all who knew her.
“I will remember Sally-Ann fondly as a dear friend, determined campaigner and, above all, as someone who never stopped smiling.”