DERBYSHIRE: Candidates vie for your votes in next week’s council elections

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Following an appeal in last week’s paper and on our website, individual candidates have been submitting their mini-manifestos telling people why they should get their vote in next week’s council elections.

Amber Valley district

Alfreton and Somercotes division

Ron Ashton, Conservative candidate

I have lived locally for 60 years. I am a former Amber Valley mayor and is a Ripley town councillor. Involved with the boxing club and Royal British Legion, I am a school governor and trustee of the League of Friends at Ripley Hospital. Spending most of his childhood in the Alfreton area, I worked for many years in Somercotes. A supporter of Alfreton Town Football Club, I have been a group Scout leader for over 25 years and has supported activities for young people, helping to reduce anti-social behaviour. My priorities are to continue to provide youth services and work experience opportunities to tackle youth unemployment.

Lynne Watson, Conservative candidate

I have lived locally for 30 years and recently retired after 20 years’ service with Amber Valley Borough Council. I am particularly interested in Digital Derbyshire plans to deliver improved broadband services across every corner of Derbyshire, which will help local businesses. I want to help young people to have the facilities they need for socialising and also in assisting older people with their needs. I already serve as the chair of Swanwick Parish Council and pledge to provide cost efficient local services whilst seeking to give council taxpayers value for their money.

Alport and Derwent division

Martin Tomlinson, Conservative candidate

If elected, I will use my 10 years’ experience as a borough councillor and skills developed in industry to improve quality services and opportunities for young people. Conservatives at County Hall have worked hard to implement the reductions in local government spending, needed to tackle Labour’s deficit, whilst protecting frontline services. Good financial management has seen three years of zero council tax increases and I will support the Conservative pledge to deliver a fourth year freeze in 2014 if reelected. With your support on May 2, I look forward to serving you as your new county councillor in this large, diverse division.

Ripley East and Codnor division

Stuart Joynes, Conservative candidate

I’m already a proactive Ripley town and borough councillor with strong local roots. For example, I’m very proud of my involvement with Lons Infants School, the Royal British Legion and Neighbourhood Watch. These contacts and my commitment to the area will allow me to provide a strong voice to represent the local community within the county council. If elected I will use all my enthusiasm and experience to continue to support local community groups, youth and sports clubs; ensure sensible use of council taxpayers’ money; work to keep our local communities safe and promote employment and apprenticeship opportunities.

Ripley West and Heage division

David Wilson, Conservative candidate

As a serving county councillor I am the current chairman of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority and have helped steer the service through difficult financial times without closing any fire stations. Locally, the Conservative county council has already secured £150,000 for a new heating system and rewiring of Heage Primary School and delivered £114,000 improving our local roads. As a councillor I care about how the council spends your money and in the community I am a case worker for the Royal British Legion. After a military career serving our country, I have been proud to serve our local communities and hope that you will give me your support.

Tony Youens, Green Party candidate

I’m standing for the Green Party because their policies are focussed on making life better for everyone and not just a privileged few. People matter and savage cuts, rebranded as ‘savings’, inflict an unacceptable human cost – a fact painfully demonstrated by the threatened closure of a care centre for children with learning difficulties. In addition looking after the environment clearly benefits us all. Not just now but for future generations. I strongly support community schools, keeping libraries open and improving public transport. I urge you to vote for the Green Party, it’s your chance to make a difference.

Bolsover district

Barlborough and Clowne division

David Jackson, Conservative candidate

I will support sensible use of council taxpayers’ money. Conservatives have frozen the county’s council tax for three years and improved services. If reelected we will freeze your council tax next year. I will support keeping our roads safe and in a good state of repair – we need to maintain investment in repairs and improvements. I will support providing excellent schools – standards have been improving locally but progress needs to be maintained. I will support our elderly people and giving them a voice – we need to ensure they get the care they need. I will encourage local businesses – these are vital for growth and increasing employment.

Bolosver North

Aidan Press, Conservative candidate

A Conservative-run Derbyshire County Council has yet again stood up for hard-pressed council taxpayers and frozen council tax for the third year running – with the promise of a fourth year freeze in 2014. If elected we will pledge to work to support local residents by sensible use of council taxpayers’ money; keeping our roads safe and in good state of repair; continuing to support regeneration projects; helping and support our elderly people giving them a voice; encouraging and supporting local business and providing excellent schools for our young people.

Bolsover South division

Kat Burrow, Conservative candidate

A Conservative-run Derbyshire County Council has yet again stood up for hard-pressed council taxpayers and frozen council tax for the third year running – with the promise of a fourth year freeze in 2014. If elected we will pledge to work to support local residents by sensible use of council taxpayers’ money; keeping our roads safe and in good state of repair; continuing to support regeneration projects; helping and support our elderly people giving them a voice; encouraging and supporting local business and providing excellent schools for our young people.

Shirebrook and Pleasley division

Richard Pinder, Conservative candidate

My name is Richard Pinder, son of Terry Pinder. Like my father before me I stand for integrity and believe in the idea of community. I am the ultimate anti-corruption candidate and believe Government information belongs in the hands of the public. I stand by the principles of open and small Government. I believe that in Government we should protect frontline services and cut waste and taxes. We live in tough times and every penny counts – I am therefore committed to lowering taxes to help reduce household bills.

Tony Kay, UKIP candidate

UKIP stands for bringing power back to the people. Councils should be more responsive to local people: not Westminster. Shirebrook and Pleasley have been poorly served by the old parties: by the coalition in Parliament, the Tories in Derbyshire and Labour in Bolsover. Councils should serve their communities, not just spend their money. Councillors should put their communities first, not party politics. The Government is taking money from councils, but giving more and more to the EU and foreign aid. UKIP has councillors all round the country – taking responsibility, saving taxpayers’ money, working hard and serving the people.

South Normanton and Pinxton

Robert Sainsbury, Conservative candidate

Local electors should remember when they vote that it is a Conservative-controlled county council that has frozen council tax for three years in succession and have promised to do so for a fourth year if they are reelected. The freezing of council tax has not prevented investment in the county with £130m being invested in the school infrastructure; over £200m for care facilities for older people and those with learning disabilities; over 1,000 new apprenticeships have been created to help support our young people. They have also provided an extra £6m ‘Pothole Buster’ to fix roads in the county.

Tibshelf division

Heather Liggett, Conservative candidate

Conservative-led Derbyshire County Council has worked hard for the electors of Tibshelf division which has benefitted from the £130m that has been invested in the school infrastructure across Derbyshire. If you want to see the Tibshelf division continue to receive such investment, whilst also benefiting from a continuing council tax freeze that has been promised by the Conservatives if reelected, please consider voting for me on May 2. I will work to keep our roads safe and in a good state of repair and to help with this Derbyshire Conservatives have already provided an extra £6m ‘Pothole Buster’ fund to fix roads across the county.

Chesterfield district

Boythorpe and Brampton South division

Marcus Linsey, Conservative candidate

Having lived and worked in Chesterfield all my life I am best placed to represent the people of Boythorpe and Brampton South. Times are tough. A Conservative county council knows you work hard to put every pound in your pocket and aims to keep it there. That is why my top 3 priorities are to freeze council tax in 2014 and 2015 for the fourth year in a row; keep resurfacing pot-holed roads, neglected by Labour and support grants to create a further 500 apprenticeships in small and medium enterprises across Derbyshire as part of the national apprenticeship scheme.

Ron Mihaly, Labour candidate

I have spent a lifetime in Chesterfield, 25 of them in Brampton. I was proud to play for the Spireites in the 70s and to work in the NHS and Chesterfield Borough Council as an accountant. The schools I attended in Chesterfield were the foundation to my future success and I want to ensure that future generations have access to the same standard of education that I received. In my view only Labour can deliver this. If you elect me, with my local Government background, a Labour council, I will be a strong voice for the residents of Boythorpe and Brampton South.

Brimington division

Barry Thompson, Conservative candidate

Remember, if you want to see a continuation of the work that has been done by the county council in the last four years please consider supporting me. As a Conservative I support the council tax freeze for a third year but this has not prevented the Conservative-led council from improving facilities for older people and those with learning disabilities; improving Derbyshire schools and helping community and voluntary groups.

My priorities for the division are sensible use of council taxpayers’ money; keeping our roads safe and in good state of repair; continuing to support regeneration projects encouraging and support local business and providing excellent schools.

Loundsley Green and Newbold division

Nigel Sterland, Conservative candidate

Conservative-led Derbyshire County Council has frozen council tax for the third year running whilst maintaining services to the people of Derbyshire. As your councillor I will campaign to keep doing more for less, maintaining services whilst keeping council tax frozen. I will ensure that we continue to deal with road repairs and have the resources to tackle snow and ice in winter. I am proud of what the Conservatives have done to create 1,000 apprenticeships and will campaign to do more for people looking for work. I will also campaign to keep our libraries and other important facilities open and up to date.

Stuart Brittain, Labour candidate

When elected I will work with the police and all borough councillors to continue the current welcome reduction in crime; press for better road maintenance; obtain a direct CCTV link for local police at a cost of only £1,000; encourage local shopping centres; support essential funding of the fire service to protect our community; work with all people of good will, whatever their politics, to improve the area and be a strong voice at County Hall in a new Labour administration for Loundsley Green, Newbold, Brockwell and Stonegravels.

Spire division

Simon Temperton, Conservative candidate

During the last four years the Conservative-controlled county council has worked hard to protect frontline services and protect council taxpayers’ money. They have invested in Derbyshire in things that matter to the electorate like care for the elderly, community and voluntary groups, school infrastructure and public libraries. Our roads have been repaired and a further £6m has been promised for a ‘Pothole Buster’ fund. The Conservatives have also created 1,000 new apprenticeships to support our young people. This investment in Derbyshire needs to continue and with your support on May 2 it can.

Sharon Blank, Labour candidate

My main priority is to represent local residents and, whenever possible, ensure that their views and concerns are listened to. I believe that this is essential so that council services reflect what residents actually want and I am passionate that these services should continue to be delivered by public sector workers. A Labour county council will ensure that ordinary people come first.

Adrian Mather, independent candidate

I am standing as an independent candidate with the desire just to serve the people in both the Spire and St Leonard’s wards. Not having to toe one party political line for brownie points against another I will do my best to help anyone who calls and asks. I cannot promise that I can help at all times as this is not always possible. From experience learned I will ensure the people of these wards will get to know first-hand what their councils have planned for them before it happens not after. If the people of Spire and St Leonard’s wards are tired of all the political wheeling and dealing and just want a voice to air their views, I would be proud to be that person.

St Mary’s division

Paul Dale, Conservative candidate

Having lived and worked in Chesterfield all of my life I know the area very well. Currently self-employed, I fully understand the need to spend money effectively and efficiently. My top priorities if elected would be to maintain the freeze on the county’s council tax; road maintenance and common sense road layouts; protecting the green belt and countryside; support for our local schools; help and support for older residents and try to help and promote small business.

Jean Innes, Labour candidate

I will work hard for the people of St Mary’s and Chesterfield. We need a working relationship between the county and district councils which will be for the benefit of everyone. We can ensure there is an emphasis on improving adult care and children’s services. We need a better bus service, more jobs, more housing, more help for working parents. Investment in this area will improve our health profile. It will be difficult to provide the services we want on a limited budget but a Labour-run county council’s priorities will be to protect the most vulnerable in our county.

Staveley division

Janet Dale, Conservative candidate

My priorities for Staveley and Chesterfield are sensible use of taxpayers’ money; keeping our roads safe and in good state of repair; continuing to support regeneration projects; helping and supporting our elderly people giving them a voice; encouraging and supporting local business and providing excellent schools for our young.

Staveley North and Whittington division

Malcolm Rowley, Conservative candidate

Local Conservatives are offering a positive vision for Derbyshire. Here are just some of their achievements over the past four years: frozen council tax for three years in a row; helped reduce unemployment in Derbyshire by 13 per cent; created 1,000 new apprenticeships to support our young people; £130m has been invested in improving school buildings; secured over £200m of investment in facilities for our elderly and those with learning disabilities and provided an extra £6m ‘Pothole Buster’ fund to fix our roads. Please support me if you wish this work to continue.

Birdholme division

James Dietsch, Conservative candidate

It’s a Conservative-controlled county council that has kept your council tax frozen for three years whilst maintaining frontline services. Conservatives have kept our libraries open and will do so in 2013 to 2017 in spite of spending cuts c- and in Chesterfield our library’s been improved; an extra £6m has been promised to fix roads across the county and over £200m is being invested in facilities for older people and those with learning disabilities. Money has been invested in the school infrastructure and community and voluntary groups have been helped. If you want to see a continuation of this work please vote Conservative on May 2.

Walton and West division

John Boult, Conservative candidate

Since the 2009 clection the county council has been run by Conservative councillors. By reorganising services and through prudent spending the Conservatives have frozen council tax for three years and pledged to do so again next year; entirely resurfaced several Chesterfield roads including Heaton Street and Ashgate Road; created 1,000 new apprenticeships to support our young people in work and kept all our libraries open and modernised Chesterfield Library. By voting for me Walton and West can have a voice in the controlling body of the county council.

Derbyshire Dales district

Bakewell division

Judith Twigg, Conservative candidate

Many of my concerns relate to roads and traffic issues in the division. I support safety checks and the need to reroute traffic away from built-up areas. I want to see a lower limit on the Ashford to Wardlow Mires road. Ashford and Sheldon villages need speed reductions and I will support traffic-calming measures in Hathersage. If reelected, I look forward to meeting the challenges in all of the parishes in the division and will tackle them with enthusiasm and dedication.

Derwent Valley division

Mike Longden, Conservative candidate

As a county councillor I have worked hard for my division. Some of my achievements are securing the future of Stoney Middleton School and a new terrapin building for Curbar Primary School; supporting the campaign to control motorised vehicles on Bradley Lane at Pilsley and improved the main junction at Beeley; obtaining funds from the county council to complete the renovation of the Whitworth Centre in Darley Dale and negotiating an effective and affordable solution to reduce the problem of commercial traffic travelling through Darley Bridge. With your support I will continue to work for Derwent Valley electors for the next four years.

Dovedale division

Simon Spencer, Conservative candidate

My local priorities are to deliver good-quality services whilst applying the principle of value for money; to protect our rural way of life and help village schools, local pubs and post offices to survive; to promote tourism whilst ensuring that the Peak District National Park Authority addresses the needs of those living and working in the park and to keep speaking up on behalf of the residents of the Dovedale division. If you give me your support on May 2 it will not be a wasted vote and I hope to serve you for another four year term.

John Yuatt, Green party candidate

This is a first for the Greens in this big rural division. I’m focussing on the need for change in Europe, ready for the EU elections next May. We have an excellent chance of an MEP, thanks to fair voting. Meanwhile, I’ll ask the new county council to support community self sufficiency, create 20mph limits on all village streets and minor lanes and support renewable energy for homes, farms and factories. The latter requires pressure by county council members on the unelected Peak District National Park Authority to adopt more supportive policies.

Matlock division

Geoff Stevens, Conservative candidate

We have a choice on May 2 – to support the excellent work of the county council’s Conservatives or return to the old Labour tradition of year-on-year increases in council tax. We need to make our local communities stronger by supporting our older people and those with disabilities. We need also to support our young people through their education and provide the prospect of employment by promoting growth in our economy through an active regeneration programme. Our local road and transport networks need to be maintained and improved, but most of all we need to look after your money and spend it wisely.

Wirksworth division

Richard Bright, Conservative candidate

I will work with residents across this large division and our town and parish councils to support local facilities and services. Running a rural small business I understand the challenges facing local businesses and will work with them so they can create jobs and prosperity. I will support young people and the county council’s approach to apprenticeship schemes. The county council has a responsibility to council tax payers to use their money wisely. I will support the Conservative-led council in doing more with less, whilst freezing your council tax bill as it has done for the last three years.

Christopher Spencer, Green Party candidate

I’ve been interested in the environment and social justice from a very early age. I know the town very well and understand its needs. I will do all I can to support people in need and to support local business to provide jobs. I oppose the cuts to the youth service. I will work for a properly functioning youth service. I will oppose creeping privatisation in education. I want to see more investment in renewable energy and I will oppose fracking.

North East Derbyshire district

Clay Cross North division

Linda Rowley, Conservative candidate

The Conservative-controlled county council has worked hard for Derbyshire since 2009. They have frozen your council tax for the last three years and will do so again for a fourth year if reelected. They pledged to give you value for money and have worked hard to protect public services whilst reducing spending. £130m has been invested in school infrastructure across Derbyshire and over £200m is being invested in facilities for older and vulnerable people. If you want to continue to ensure that your council tax is being used wisely for another four years please support me on May 2.

Clay Cross South division

William Armitage, Conservative candidate

Derbyshire Conservatives have worked hard to improve our area since they took control of the county council in 2009. They’ve frozen council tax for the last three years and pledge to do so for a fourth year if reelected; they have protected frontline services, whilst reducing spending; they have helped reduce unemployment by creating 1,000 new apprenticeships across and are investing over £200m in helping older and vulnerable people. If you think the Conservatives have done a good job and have given value for your money, I hope you will consider supporting me on May 2.

Dronfield East division

Angelique Foster, Conservative candidate

Local people know me as someone who gets things done in the community. I’ve worked hard to represent residents’ interests on Dronfield town and the district councils and I promise to do just the same at the county council.

Talking to residents, there are concerns that need addressing – the state of the roads is a local priority; keeping council tax low and cutting costs in the back office so money can be spent on protecting services for local people is another. I will fight to protect residents’ interests as a priority. I will support the elderly, help local businesses and voluntary groups.

Clive Gill, independent candidate

I will always fight to keep spending wisely controlled for the benefit of everyone, including schools, businesses and the elderly. I will represent you fairly and honestly, because I am not controlled by any political party. Our roads are in a dreadful state and I will press for more spending to make them safer for everyone. I will look at the new welfare policies and make sure they are handled in a fair way. I was born in Dronfield in 1941. I have been in business since 1963.

Dronfield West and Walton division

Stuart Ellis, Conservative candidate

One of my main priorities as a county councillor has been to support and encourage the Conservative administration’s innovative reforms and efficiency drives. The success of these policies has enabled the council to maintain and, in a number of important areas, actually improve the delivery of frontline services despite reductions in funding and a three year council tax freeze. This will remain a priority of mine in the future.

An equally important priority, which in truth most councillors have, is to represent all constituents – to help, advise and support them and, if necessary, to fight their battles with the establishment.

Sutton division

Charlotte Cupit, Conservative candidate

Derbyshire Conservatives have yet again stood up for hard-pressed council taxpayers and frozen council tax for the third year running – with the promise of a fourth year freeze. As one of the youngest candidates, I am pleased that the Conservatives have invested £130m in the school infrastructure and the number of students gaining five or more A to C grades at GCSEs is rising. They have also improved the county’s youth service to reach out to more young people and involve the voluntary sector. If you want to see council taxpayers’ money continued to be used wisely please consider supporting me on May 2.

Wingerworth and Shirland division

Barry Lewis, Conservative candidate

I am a campaigning councillor and I will continue to do my best to represent local people on a range of issues if elected. On highways I will ensure that potholes are dealt with and that our rural roads are in good repair. I will fight to ensure good planning decisions are made locally and to protect our important green areas. I will continue to campaign to ensure fair access to housing, repairs and that young working people should have the same right to local housing as everyone else. And I will fight for a vibrant local economy.

Also on May 2, candidates are vying to become councillors on Chesterfield Borough Council following the resignation of Cllr Angela Reynolds, member for St Helen’s ward, and Cllr Nick Stringer, member for St Leonard’s ward.

St Helen’s ward

Helen Bagley, Labour candidate

As a local mum, a teacher and a governor at Abercrombie Primary School, I have a strong understanding of the issues that matter in St Helens. I am already involved in the Newland Dale Community Garden project, improving The Chicken Run and The Friends of Abercrombie Park, but I know there is more to do. I will hold regular surgeries to ensure the voice of St Helen’s is heard loud and clear in the town hall and beyond. I am asking for your vote to enable me to work on your behalf, listening to your views and working to get the best deal for Chesterfield and St Helens.

St Leonard’s ward

Linda Clarke, Labour candidate

My politics have been shaped by the experiences life has dealt me. I learned the value of the NHS when caring for family members. Working in the voluntary housing sector taught me the need for equality. The welfare state has been there for all of us, but the cuts imposed by this coalition Government make me fearful for future generations and I consider it vital that we protect public sector jobs and services. If elected I will work hard for the residents of St Leonards and will air their views on the issues that matter inside the full council.

Adrian Mather, independent candidate

I am standing as an independent candidate with the desire just to serve the people in both the Spire and St Leonard’s wards. Not having to toe one party political line for brownie points against another I will do my best to help anyone who calls and asks. I cannot promise that I can help at all times as this is not always possible. From experience learned I will ensure the people of these wards will get to know first-hand what their councils have planned for them before it happens not after. If the people of Spire and St Leonard’s wards are tired of all the political wheeling and dealing and just want a voice to air their views, I would be proud to be that person.