Candidate Statements - Neston Town Council Elections 2015 : Little Neston Ward
|Published: 21st April 2015 08:40|
Election Results published here
Local Government Elections 2015 - Neston Town Council - Little Neston Ward
There are 4 seats available in this ward, with 2 candidates nominated. Both candidates will therefore be declared as elected. Two further candidates may be co-opted at a later date, to be determined at the first meeting of the new council after the elections.
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).
Jilani, Abdul (Independent)
No statement received.
Shipman, Michael (Neston Action)
I was elected as a founder member of Neston Town Council in 2009 representing Little Neston Ward, during which time I have been privileged to help many residents with problems from the very serious to the quite mundane, but all important to the resident concerned.
I was heavily involved in starting the Town Council newsletter "Neston Matters", personally producing the first few editions, as well as in securing the future of the local volunteer website, neston.org.uk, by incorporating into it the council's own website. I instigated the Neighbourhood Plan programme and have been closely involved in the Town Council's successful takeover of the Town Hall and Market management.
However, as a former Executive Director of Quality in a very large FE college, I became increasingly concerned that the Council seemed slow to develop its core strategies, was achieving only limited success in persuading CWaC and other service providers to respond better to the needs and aspirations of our community, and was getting increasingly bogged down in bureaucracy. Four colleagues and I established a reform group, Neston Action, to try to remedy this situation and develop a clear set of priorities to enable Neston to flourish.
I believe the Town Council still has some way to go in communicating better with you and the business community, in taking your views into account, in stating clearly what is achieved with your money and in being better organised to make effective use of limited resources. The Finance Committee which I now chair has begun a process of linking expenditure programmes more clearly to outcomes, but more needs to be done.
The full Neston Action manifesto that I support can be seen on our Facebook page or obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org.