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Candidates Statements - CWAC Elections - Little Neston Ward

Published: 22nd April 2019 09:07

Local Government Elections 2019 - Cheshire West and Chester Council - Little Neston Ward

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There is 1 seat available in this ward, with 3 candidates nominated.  You may vote for 1 candidate (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).

Gittins, Louise (Labour)

Louise GittinsLouise GittinsBuilding Stronger Communities in Little Neston and Ness

I have proudly served the Communities of Little Neston and Ness since 2011. As Deputy leader of Cheshire West Council I have ensured, at long last, our voices in Neston are being heard. Securing much needed investment: refurbishment of Neston Rec, new Council Homes in Romney Close and, working with the Town Council, improving our Play Areas. I've enhanced and protected our parks and green spaces. Recently I've helped create the Fairy Wood at Lees Lane Ponds. I've successfully fought to keep vital services in the area. I've worked with residents to resolve personal and local issues.

I won't let Austerity get in the way of making our area a great place to grow up and grow old and I won't let you down.

I have 5 pledges so we can work together to build Stronger Communities:

Working together for Cleaner Greener Neighbourhoods: improving play areas in Woodfall Lane and Ness. Protecting our beautiful area: planting more trees, bulbs and flowers, running Pink Poo campaigns, fighting litter louts and fly tippers and working towards a plastic free Neston.

Celebrate our rich Culture and Heritage: I helped to launch Storyhouse in Chester and I'd like to work with you to create and deliver big ideas for Neston.

Fighting poverty and taking care of people when they need it: Social Isolation and Poverty is a growing issue: I want to improve support services and keep this support local.

Protecting Local Bus services and keeping Little Neston moving: I will continue to campaign to protect and improve our transport links.

Give Little Neston Kids the best possible start in life: fighting for fair funding for our schools, supporting our Children's Centre, making our roads safe and improving provision for teenagers.

Jones, Nigel (Conservative)

Nigel JonesNigel JonesOUR COMMUNITY. It's important to you, and it's important to me. And having lived and raised a family in Little Neston over many years, I'm passionate about getting the very best I can for us all here.

As your resident local councillor, I have helped hundreds of you with problems - from dog mess on the pavement to potholes on our roads; from litter strewn open spaces to overflowing bins and flytipping.

And I've worked hard to make life better for us all - here are just three recent examples -

• placing a defibrillator at St Michaels Church and hosting a training session attended by over 70 residents - all of whom can now use this magnificent life saving device;
• increasing the number of multi-use bins to address littering and dog mess;
• lobbying the council and Network Rail to sort out the flooding and safety issues on New Houses Lane.

Because, it's important to me to make a difference to our community - to make valuable contributions as part of a lifetime commitment to public service. A commitment that has seen me serve as RNLI Lifeboat crew; as a local scout leader; as Chair of Neston Swimming Club and sit on two school parents' bodies - plus many other community activities.

And going forward, I have lots of exciting plans - like the new bus route I'm currently working on to support residents and local businesses; improved park and open space facilities and getting our roads sorted - properly!

Because, living in the heart of this ward as I do, I see and share your concerns every day. The issues that affect you, affect me and my family too.

So, please, give me your support, and I'll continue working for improved local services - making our lovely community the very best it can be.

Taylor, Rob (Liberal Democrat)

Rob TaylorRob TaylorTalking to residents around Little Neston and Ness it's clear that many people think that Cheshire West and Chester Council could do things better.

First, there's underinvestment in our area. Big projects have been planned in other places such as Chester, but often the needs of Neston and Little Neston are overlooked. Locally, for example, our transport infrastructure remains comparatively poor - whether you use our deteriorating roads, our bus services or Neston's wholly inadequate rail connection.

Second, there's remote decision-making and inadequate public consultation.

Third, resources are often wasted. For example, when extra government money is made available to tackle local potholes, repairs should be timely and done to an adequate standard so that problems do not keep recurring.

So my top priority as your local councillor will be to improve the service we receive.

You can expect me to speak up strongly for people throughout Little Neston and Ness so that our area is hard to ignore.

You can expect me to listen, consult and inform residents through a regular FOCUS newsletter, email and other media as well as liaise with community groups and Neston Town Council.

And you can expect me to push for reformed council decision-making which is more local, open and responsive.

Before returning to live in this area 17 years ago, I had an opportunity to serve as a Lib Dem councillor in Lancaster - that experience taught me that bringing about improvement requires dedication and effort but is achievable. With your support on 2nd May let's start making a positive difference for Little Neston and Ness.

I look forward to meeting many more residents before polling day - and I would be very pleased to hear from you: Email me at epnlibdems@yahoo.com.

Related content:

CWAC Elections - Neston Ward - Statements

CWAC Elections - Parkgate Ward - Statements

CWAC Elections - Willaston & Thornton Ward - Statements


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Tim Wright
At 11:09 on 25th April 2019, Tim Wright commented:
Having received literature from both the Conservative and Labour candidates, my vote is squarely in favour of Louise Gittins. Anyone who makes potholes the most important issue in an election is clearly missing what really matters to people. Seriously? Every council in the land is struggling to fund and repair the roads efficiently, it's a fact of life and not unique to Little Neston. My experience of Louise Gittins has always been a positive one. When there's a problem she's always there, visible and doing something about it.

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