Candidate Focus: Sam Gardiner, Labour – Larches

Posted on - 3rd May, 2011 - 9:50am | Author - | Posted in - People, Politics

This is another candidate featuring in our Candidate Focus series, designed to tell you a bit more about who’s standing in your area for the local elections. You can read more about the seriesĀ here.


Full name

Sam Gardiner






In second year studying BA Hons Politics at UCLan

What has made youĀ decideĀ to stand for election?

In the first year of cuts, the government were saying local authorities should not receive more than a 8.8% cut, yet Preston in its first year received a staggering 16% cut.

Why should Preston suffer more cuts than any other local authority? No Tory or Liberal councillors are fighting for our fair share of the resources and so I decided I will join the fight to help save our welfare state that they are systematically destroying; Education, NHS, Police, care centres for the elderly and disabled, the list goes on, right down to our local council where we see Lib Dems for Larches, not only propping up the conservatives on Preston City Council, but living outside of Preston, paying no council tax, commuting in, making their decision [which wonā€™t affect them] and going back home, ignoring residents and their concerns, this is not how local politics should work, the Lib Dems have let down Larches and so I decided I must stand to help improve the lives of residents in and around the area.

What are the key issues for your ward?

If elected, my priorities are:


Portsmouth previously tried the same unenforced 20mph scheme. They witnessed an increase in pedestrians seriously injured or killed, up by 38%!!

In the Larches Lane 20 MPH zone, 60 MPH has already been recorded! Labour agrees with residents on Staining Avenue who want traffic calming measures ā€œbefore a child gets killedā€.

This unenforced experiment by the Lib Dems is a failure and it is risking lives. We will petition the County Council until the Ā£200,000 that was previously secured by Labour is restored. Ā£200,000 is nothing to prevent the death of a friend or relative.

2. Environmental Disgrace
Cllr Crowe and I have been informed that the stream in between Summer Trees Estate and Savick Way is being polluted by what appears to be dirty dishwasher or washing machine water?!!

One of my priorities would be to identify the source of the polluting water and to ensure it goes into the correct sewerage system. The polluter should then be prosecuted for the full cost. This has been going on for years and where are your Lib Dem councillors? Itā€™s yet another example of the Lib Dems letting down Savick and the environment.

3. Anti-Social Behaviour.

I have been made aware of a few ā€œHot Spotsā€ where anti-social behaviour continuously occurs and intimidates residents. I will work with residents in these ā€œhot Spotsā€ to exhaust all avenues to prevent Anti-Social behaviour, this could include PCSOs visiting the ā€œhot spotsā€ more frequently, CCTV being installed on the roads, Neighbourhood Watch being set-up to requesting certain buildings like schools have a proper security fences installed. A lot of work still needs to be done in Larches but together, we can build a safer Larches.

If you were elected how would you keep your constituents informed?

We have already established a Facebook group which can be found by searching ā€˜Larches Labourā€™ on Facebook. This site is used to update residents of key issues in and around the ward.

One of my pledges is ā€œ[4] Keep you regularly updated with what is going onā€, we intend to produce and distribute a free quarterly newsletter to again ensure residents are kept updated in these fast evolving times.

Anything else to add?

If you have any ideas or corcerns you wish to share, please feel free to contact me on eitherĀ 07920 746 272


You can find out who is standing in your ward by visiting theĀ election map.


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