|Published: 20th April 2011 07:21|
Local Government Elections 2011 - Neston Town Council - Parkgate Ward
There are 4 seats available in this ward, with 5 candidates nominated. You may vote for up to 4 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).
All candidates for Neston Town Council seats stand independently of any political party.
The town council has made a good beginning, setting out its standing orders and procedures. A good team of councillors has emerged, working together for the benefit of the local people. I feel privileged to have been part of that process.
I, along with others have been involved in talks with Colin Wells of the RSPB to address the marsh mosquito problem and the clearing of drainage gutters together with new ponds. I have had meetings with local authority officers and councillors to draw up plans for the improvement of Mostyn Square, and there is also the never ending problem of parking on the Parade. As chairman of the Parkgate Society we are also monitoring the Mostyn House School site and its possible future development.
I have had over 16 years experience as a local councillor for Parkgate with the previous Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council.
I am confident that I will be able to fully represent the residents of Parkgate in all matters, and I look forward to your support in the forthcoming elections.
I am at present the Deputy Mayor of Neston having been a Neston Town Councillor since its inauguration in June 2009, representing the Little Neston ward. Whilst serving the council I have been a member of the Finance and General purposes committee. Having lived in the Neston area most of my life, I now live in Moorfield Drive, Parkgate and wish to stand on a totally independent platform for the Parkgate ward.
My main achievements so far include:-
• Greening plan for Little Neston
• Led a working group in securing a grant of £7,500 from the rural support programme in order to carry out main gutter drainage works and the creation of new ponds on the marshes at Parkgate, in our fight against the "mosquito menace". This is to be extended to the Little Neston Marsh area.
• Organised a bat box event at St Michaels Church, another part of our fight against the mosquitos.
• Helped secure Chester Road Car-Park for the Fairground for Neston Ladies Day
My ambitions for the Parkgate ward are:-
• Continue our fight against the Mosquitos
• Make a concerted effort to sort out the parking issues which blight the promenade area
• Mostyn Square facelift
• Propose constructing of purpose-built viewing platforms for Bird Watchers
• Christmas Lights
• Upkeep of Seawall
I am eager to protect the interests of local residents. We have a unique community in Parkgate and I feel very passionate about representing a local voice for all of you. I would be delighted to have the opportunity to continue the excellent progress we have made so far.
I do hope I can count on your support on 5th May and look forward to representing Parkgate.
My name is Pat Hughes and I have had the privilege of being one of the town councillors for the Parkgate ward for the last two years. It was a task I have enjoyed and I believe I still have something to contribute. I firmly believe in the benefit of having a strong town council not just for the work it can do in the town but also to make co-ordinated representations to the higher tiers of government on behalf of the town. It was because of this belief that I was one of those who went round knocking on doors collecting signatures to the successful petition for the formation of a town council.
Issues I have raised as councillor for Parkgate have included the successful restoration of the hourly daytime 272 bus service to Neston and Heswall, measures to combat the mosquito menace on the marshes, restriction of the size of the sludge tankers using Old Quay Lane and improvements to the footpath across Comrades Field which will be carried out shortly. I also organised the reception for The Great Tour round Britain charity cycle ride in Parkgate and they are returning again this year.
If re-elected to the council I will endeavour to improve services and life within Parkgate, issues I would want to pursue would include a revamp of Mostyn Square including the public toilets and car park, Christmas lights for The Parade, effective parking enforcement on The Parade and a successful and appropriate redevelopment of the Mostyn House School site.
I am a retired telecoms engineer and outside the council I am chairman of The Friends of Neston Library, lead a team that maintains the railway station and drive a bus for a local charity.
Please vote for me on May 5th.
My career background is in managing business trade associations, a key part of which is political lobbying. I would hope to use my experience of working closely with central and local government to good effect in representing the views and interests of the Parkgate community. I respect the fact that Parkgate is a conservation area. I have a 2:1 BSc (Hons) Environmental Science degree.
More importantly perhaps, I can claim to have a genuine stake in Parkgate, having recently bought a house in the village, which is soon to become our family home. I have been married for ten years. My two children attend Parkgate Primary. Recently, I was privileged to be amongst a team of volunteers that helped build Parkgate Pre-School.
If being your Councillor is to be my next voluntary role, then I need your vote, - so please vote for me.
I was elected to the Town Council in December 2009, and I am now asking for your support in the forthcoming election.
Having lived in Neston and Parkgate all my life, I do care about local issues. I understand people's concerns about the problems we face locally, such as:
• The condition of the sea wall
• The cutbacks in local bus services
• The poor state of Parkgate's toilets
Years of work on various public bodies, including eleven years as a Borough Councillor, have given me valuable experience of service to the community.
I would welcome the opportunity to continue to represent you.