Candidate Statements - CWAC By-Elections - Neston Ward
|Published: 20th April 2021 19:20|
Local Government By-Elections 2021 - Cheshire West and Chester Council - Neston Ward
There is 1 seat available in the Neston ward, with 3 candidates nominated. You may only vote for 1 candidate.
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).
Edwards, John Derry Lawrence (Liberal Democrat)
Candidate declined to provide statement.
Millar, Keith (Labour)
Keith MillarHello, my name is Keith Millar.
Neston is my home. I grew up here, I went to school here, and with my wife, we raised our family here. I recently retired from Airbus and I want to serve the community I love, supporting Neston families to live happy and healthy lives, while working hard to make our town a better place to live is why I am standing on Thursday 6th May.
Since 2004, I've been a registered carer for a family member and this experience motivated me to become involved in public life, holding the position of deputy lead governor of a local NHS trust to support health, social care and well-being. I care passionately about social justice and equality of opportunity in education, employment, housing and healthcare.
This election follows the sad passing of Labour councillor, Andy Williams, who represented Neston for two decades. Like Andy, I know that Labour is the only political party with a clear vision for our future: celebrating our community, growing Neston's economy, creating jobs, and making Neston a greener place to live.
Andy died at the start of the pandemic, but I know how proud he would have been to see our town come together over the past year. The true spirit of Neston people and local businesses has shone through, serving as a testament a local Neston society's motto, formed in 1814, which says "Bear ye one another's burdens".
During the pandemic I have been building the ventilator machines for NHS critical care. I also volunteered with the community food response and the vaccination programme in our town. I've met amazing people who, like me, care deeply about Neston and have great pride in our town.
Vote for me on the 6th May and we can face the future together.
Wastell, Steve (Conservative)
Steve Wastell - Conservative Candidate for Neston Ward.
The last year has been tough for many of us in Neston. We have all seen the impact of Coronavirus on our family, friends and community. Now, thanks to the miracle of science and our country's remarkable vaccine roll-out, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. This is the time to look to the future. I'm standing in this election because I want to put our community first. I'm not interested in party political scraps or being a critic from the side-lines: I'm standing to be your Councillor to deliver for you, the people of Neston. Labour have been in charge of our Council for 6 years now, but I share the view of local residents who believe Neston is being let down. It's not good enough. Neston deserves better. And I've got a six point plan to turn things around:
Fix potholes, using the extra £4.4 million provided to the Council by the UK Government.
Protect Neston Tip and bin collections against Labour's proposed changes.
Tackle local dog mess by securing more bins to keep our area clean and tidy.
Protect the Greenbelt, prioritising affordable housing whilst protecting our green spaces.
Fight for better transport by bus and from the train station.
Find a solution to parking problems, especially near schools.
These are the issues that matter to me as a local resident, and they are what you have told me matters most to you.
I'm proud to call Neston my home. It was a great place to grow up and now I'm very happily retired here. But I want it to be better still. With your support that's what I will work to do. Thank you