Below is the latest post in our series of Q&As with election candidates standing to be councillors in Preston.Advertisement
The election takes place on Thursday 3 May 2012 and we’ve emailed this list of questions or posted it through every candidate’s door so you can find out what’s beyond the name on the ballot paper and what they will do for your local area if elected.
Full name? John Wilson
Party? Labour Party
Ward? Sharoe Green
Occupation? Retired Senior Construction Manager
What has made you decide to stand for election? I campaigned to save Preston Bus Station and forced the Council to debate the issue of a Referendum. Following my presentation to the Full Council in the Chamber, I knew that the time was right to stand up for local issues and asked the Labour Group if I could become a Candidate and represent my local area in Fulwood. I was born in Sharoe Green 65 years ago and have lived here since 1982. Well, it was Sharoe Green then, but boundary changes have sat me in College Ward.
Having resigned from the Conservative Party (whilst designated to stand as a Candidate in Brookfield) I received support from Councillors Bobby and Neil Cartwright along with Julie Buttle, although they didn’t support my Campaign to save the Bus Station, none of the others would communicate. So I resigned.
I joined the Labour Party after a meeting with Councillor Peter Rankin, it was then I realised I was in the wrong stables and sat on the wrong horse.
What are the key issues for your ward? Traffic management is a major issue close to the Royal Preston Hospital. The Conservative Councillors have failed to resolve the problem, they just move it somewhere else.
Green spaces need regular upgrades. There are places of open space but they need maintenance. Children’s play areas need upgrades with new drainage to the parks.
I have made enquiries to build a Sharoe Green Community Centre. We need funding and grants. It is one of the biggest Wards in Preston and has no facilities for young teenagers such as a Youth Club, or a place for young mums and toddlers in the mornings. An adult meeting place for the Residents Association to hold meetings, discuss monthly updates and sort out problems that need resolving. Also, a Councillor’s Surgery so that residents have access to Councillors that live in and around the Ward (not on the other side of town).
If you were elected, how would you keep your constituents informed? With a monthly surgery, leaflet updates and e-mails where possible. My details are available on Twitter and Facebook.
Anything else to add? Sharoe Green has always been Conservative, this time Labour are pushing them to the limit. We know they have failed to resolve many problems and look at Sharoe Green as an easy ticket to get elected. I aim to change that philosophy, and many Labour supporters that live in Sharoe Green are pleased with the response from the Labour Group and will vote this time. They know that it’s important to put the X in box Number 4 on polling day.
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If you’re a candidate standing for election, please send us your answers to the questions above along with a photo of yourself we can use to go with the piece. Please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.