Little Neston and Burton Ward
|Published: 20th April 2011 07:20|
Local Government Elections 2011 - Cheshire West and Chester Council - Little Neston & Burton Ward
There are 2 seats available in this ward, with 7 candidates nominated. You may vote for up to 2 candidates (1 vote per seat available).
Each candidate was invited to submit a statement of no more than 300 words, and a photograph. Statements received are listed below in alphabetical order.
Statements are unedited. Photographs have all been reduced to 130 pixel width (depths may vary).
Crocker, Henry (UK Independence Party)
No statement submitted.
Cummins, Tony (Liberal Democrat)
Having married a Neston girl (Pauline nee Bell), I have lived in the town for some 32 years. In my previous capacity as chairman of Neston and District Chamber of Trade I have represented local businesses, and proudly participated in Ladies Walk. This has furnished me with something of a dual perspective; and I am mindful that over the years both businesses and residents expressed disapproval of being treated like the poor relation to Ellesmere Port.
I have grown to appreciate and respect the strong community spirit and enduring traditions that make Neston unique, and want my grandchildren (when they arrive) to benefit from the close community ties my children have.
City dwellers may find it difficult to really understand and appreciate how proud residents of Neston, Little Neston, Ness, Burton, and Puddington are of their tight knit communities; and would probably need an interpreter when confronted with such words as splogging' or ‘oudin'.
I believe Neston people deserve better than second best, and will need strong representation if they are to avoid becoming the Cinderella of the Chester-centric Cheshire West & Chester Council. CW&C propose Culture and Recreation spending of over £50 million in Chester, and £10 million in Ellesmere Port. Little Neston and Burton having to make do with £10,000 local councillor spending is an insult to the area.
I believe your local councillor should be local; and the voice of the community within the council, not the council's voice in the community.
I believe our communities are worth fighting for, and with your support I would be honoured to serve the people of Little Neston, Ness and Burton.
Gaskell, Derek (Liberal Democrat)
I have lived in the Neston area for over forty years and brought my family up here. After taking early retirement as a production shift manager from an American chemical company in Bromborough I have been able to devote more time to the local Community Transport charity.
I am proud to have had the good fortune to represent the area as a councillor for the last twelve years; ten of those on the Ellesmere Port and Neston Council and two years on the Town Council., this makes me the most experienced local councillor standing for election in the Little Neston & Burton Ward.
I have been the chairman of the planning committee since the start of Neston Town Council, and have worked with others to make sure that regeneration of the area did not slip from Cheshire West's agenda.
This election gives voters the opportunity to use my experience to give our area a strong voice on the Cheshire West & Chester Council and a chance to improve the shoddy customer service that residents are presently receiving from them.
At a time of cuts it is important that local residents do not miss out and I will work to make sure that our area gets its fair share of investment. While big money is still being spent in Ellesmere Port and Chester very little is coming this way. It is important that our area is not seen as the last outpost of the borough when it comes to investment in Cheshire West.
In exchange for a few moments of your time on Election Day I will give you four years of my time.
Gittins, Louise (The Labour Party Candidate)
I am one of our two Labour candidates for the greatly extended Little Neston and Burton Ward. Many of you will have met me when I campaigned previously as Labour candidate for the former Little Neston Ward. I have lived in the area for 16 years.
I work for myself as a management trainer delivering management programmes for NHS trusts and private, community and voluntary organisations. I work hard to a high standard for all my clients. I have recently been appointed as a Governor of Neston High School.
My work has given me first-hand knowledge of the devastating effects government cuts are having both on the NHS and on local services, including the police.
John, my husband, and I enjoy walking in our gorgeous countryside. We understand the importance of keeping our footpaths and woodlands open to the public. Three years ago I completed the hardest challenge of my life, climbing Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Clare House.
If selected as a councillor, I will hard for the local community and in particular I will:
• deplore the reduction in police provision in Neston - and the equivalent of 60 constables in Cheshire;
• ensure that all the money negotiated by the former borough council to flow from the Sainsbury development, is spent in the Neston area;
• oppose any proposal to reduce the provision for the elderly at Hallwood Court;
• support the work of Neston Nomads Football Club in providing activities for young people
• fight to save our Sure Start Children's Centre in Neston
• work with you to keep our streets and park clean, safe and free from anti social behaviour.
Loch, Kay (The Conservative Party Candidate)
Thank you to AboutMyArea for the opportunity to tell you what I have done and what I hope to do if elected for the Little Neston and Burton Ward of Cheshire West and Chester Council (CW&C).
As a CW&C councillor I sit on Planning and Standards Committees and two Policy Development Boards (Community and Environment and Recreation and Culture). I have a good attendance record and do all I can to promote the interests of this area. I have assisted many residents with planning problems and work hard to obtain improvements to footpaths and cycleways (The much -needed footpath to Ness Gardens should be started shortly, partly due to my efforts, and the Burton to Chester cycleway is definitely a work in progress!)
Promoting more and higher quality economic activity is a priority and I intend to push for the creation of small starter units for business with very low overheads, possibly linked to Neston High School.
I am very keen to promote sport and have enabled the Neston Neons Netball Club to grow and expand their coaching programme. Similarly, the funding for squash training for juniors has encouraged children to take up a new sport and freerunning has been made available to Neston youngsters via my application to a Police budget (Project Rural Matters). Improvements to Neston Recreation Centre are high on my to-do list.
Schools and Church Halls have benefited from grant funding for play equipment, quiet rooms and new windows which I have supported and arranged.
Close involvement with actions to reduce mosquitoes should see results this summer or even sooner if you have attended my bat box making workshops!
If you choose to re-elect me I vow to continue to work politely, promptly and enthusiastically for the residents of Little Neston, Ness, Burton, Puddington and Shotwick.
Perry, Robert (The Labour Party Candidate)
I like living in Little Neston but I am sorry it is losing its identity in the new absurdly larger ward which will stretch from Mellock Lane to Shotwick. Representing this large area will be no easy task, even with two members. I have studied and managed environmental and highways issues in local government for many years. I care greatly about the threat of what is happening locally. Services we all value are under the greatest pressure for a generation. A local library is an essential not a luxury. It should be a basic right to count on quality care for those in need. Cuts of this depth and speed mean we all lose out.
Services are being slashed, whether repairing our pavements, filling pot-holes or dealing with accident blackspots. These services prevent serious injuries, yet they are under threat from the Tory / Lib-Dem Coalition.
Cuts are happening so fast they are hard to count let alone counter but at least I can hold the Tory council to account and find ways to support those unfairly affected.
I deplore the reduction in police provision in Neston - having been involved in the justice system I have experience of how effective local policing can be - given adequate resources.
I have been a school governor helping to support the education of my own children
I am a keen walker and will work for the extension and protection of our vital network of footpaths.
It is a disgrace that money earmarked for the borough of Neston from the Sainsbury's development could be syphoned off elsewhere. I will fight to ensure local people get the benefit of improved facilities in our town.
A vote for me, Robert Perry, would lesson the misery of Tory cuts.
Short, Richard (The Conservative Party Candidate)
I am pleased to have the chance through AboutMyArea to tell readers why I am asking for their vote on May 5th. I have served previously on Chester City council and Cheshire West and Chester Council as a conservative since its formation. Following the boundary changes to all the Council wards I was asked to stand in the new Little Neston and Burton Ward.
It is clear that Little Neston and Burton have not received the attention they deserve compared with the larger towns in the Borough. We have the closure of Burton Manor by Liverpool Council with no opportunity to find an alternative user. The hoped for cycleway towards Chester is still a dream and rights of way issues have been shelved because of greater priorities. There are many other examples where greater need has delayed improvements to the area.
The experience and understanding I have of the way the Council operates and funds its improvements will enable me together with my running mate, Kay Loch, to bring forward these much needed works. Everyone is facing a difficult time financially and the Council is no different. So far there have been no cuts or closure of libraries, leisure centres or reduction in child or adult services by Cheshire West and Chester Council and I aim to keep it that way.
If elected I shall do my absolute best to ensure that front line services are protected and some of the overdue improvements are brought forward. It is my belief that a Councillor is elected to serve the people and that I shall endeavour do and to be available to everyone in the ward whenever required and do my best to meet their needs.