Lib Dems select Jon Olson as Forest by-election candidate

Local Forest resident Jon Olson will be standing as the Lib Dem candidate for Forest Ward in the coming Horsham District Council (HDC) by-election this October. Jon has been a Forest Neighbourhood Councillor since December 2019.


Fighting for Horsham's Families

As a District Councillor Jon would continue his campaigning work to ‘Save our Green Spaces’ and strive for a greener Horsham. He would push for a Local Plan which stipulates the highest of eco-standards in any new developments, higher affordable housing targets and more investment in infrastructure, prioritising what locals need and not what developers want. He would work with his Lib Dem WSCC Councillors to ensure new, as well as old, streets across Horsham are safer for all users.

Jon speaking after his selection said:

"Horsham has always been a great place to grow-up, raise a family, work and retire. However, under Tory-led councils, we now find many of the things we love most about our town under threat, including our green spaces, our local amenities and our local services. We have seen this with recent attempts to build on Rookwood and the shuttering of our Children and Family Centres which I frequented with my own children.

"I want to be a Councillor for Forest to join the Lib Dem team fighting to ensure Horsham remains a great place to call home, and to promote a greener and even better Horsham for future generations.

“As an active member of Forest Neighbourhood Council, I’ve enjoyed representing and responding to residents’ concerns, working with both Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council to reach solutions.This experience has provided me with a thorough understanding of the workings and services provided by HDC and would allow me to represent residents on the Council effectively.”

LibDem_Circle_Jon_Olson_extra_white.jpgJon lives in Horsham with his wife and two children, the elder of whom attends a Forest Ward primary school, where Jon also volunteers. Jon was outspoken about his opposition to WSCC plans to close Children & Family Centres, drafting the Neighbourhood Council’s response.

Jon is hoping to follow in the steps of long-time Lib Dem Councillor Godfrey Newman - recently retired for health reasons - and to join fellow Lib Dem councillors Colin Minto and David Skipp in representing Forest residents at HDC.

Read more and contact Jon Olson about his campaign.

Jon_Olson_Doorstep_Survey_Portrait.jpgJon Olson and the Lib Dem team have been surveying residents of Forest Ward Horsham to learn about the issues - big or small - of greatest concern.

There's still time to respond to the survey; visit




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