Paula was born and brought up in Milton where she still lives with her two teenage children. She studied music at South Downs College and after following a career as a performing artist went on to complete a degree and masters in fashion and textiles at Portsmouth University, specialising in sustainable fashion.
Paula currently teaches music and works in renewable energy. She fully believes that global ambitions for a healthier and more caring world must start locally.
Paula said: “I come from a working-class background where the needs of people in our neighbourhood were front and centre. We looked after each other. I have kept this ethos, it’s part of who I am and what makes me passionate about serving the community. I want a Milton where we can all thrive. Where local businesses are supported and there are services people need, affordable housing, green spaces and clean air.”
Her vision is to see a city where people of all ages and diversity can live creative and healthy lives. She has championed charitable projects such as Arms Around the Child and Tonic Music for Mental Health; connected environmental activists with schools and not-for- profits; in 2019 helped orchestrate the Climate Emergency declaration in council; and in 2020 co-founded the Portsmouth Coronavirus Support Group. She has been involved in the campaign to Keep Milton Green and currently sits on the board of trustees for the St James Hospital Chapel. Over the last 12 months she has co-led the Stop Aquind campaign, in particular mobilising, organising and liaising cross-party with the council and at parliamentary level with Stephen Morgan MP.
Paula added: “New developments such as St James and the proposed Bransbury sports centre risk traffic chaos and Milton is already vulnerable to air pollution from traffic hotspots, we need to come up with solutions that avoid making this situation worse. I helped get city-wide support to stop Aquind by collaborating cross-party. I will continue to be a voice for Milton and campaign for ambitious action on climate change, supporting the council to deliver a greener, cleaner, healthier city.”