Par­ents of tragic Tom in youth ser­vices vow

Macclesfield Express - - ELECTIONS 2015 - STU­ART GREER

THE par­ents of a teenager who took his own life have pledged to im­prove youth ser­vices if they are elected to Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil.

Paul Ac­ton and his wife Gaynor Dyos-Ac­ton are stand­ing as can­di­dates for the Poyn­ton East ward.

Their son Tom DyosAc­ton, 16, killed him­self in 2013 af­ter strug­gling to cope with prob­lems in­clud­ing bul­ly­ing and drugs use.

The cou­ple,

who re­cently marked what would have been Tom’s 18th birth­day, want to start a youth cen­tre to give chil­dren some­one to go for sup­port and ad­vice.

Gaynor, 46, said: “While this town has some youth ser­vices there’s isn’t enough to give chil­dren a place where they can chill out, talk about their prob­lems and avoid the dan­gers of drugs.

“Since Tom’s death there have been other deaths of young peo­ple in this town, which I be­lieve point to a se­ri­ous prob­lem.

“Paul and I want to do this to help all the young peo­ple in the town by giv­ing them some­where to go to avoid prob­lems.

“We also want it to be a place where par­ents can come for sup­port and ad­vice on how to help their chil­dren.

“We want to avoid any fur­ther tragedies.”

Gaynor and Paul, 48, of Nick­leby Road, Poyn­ton, are mem­bers of a sev­en­strong band of non­po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates who have united un­der the ban­ner North East Cheshire In­de­pen­dents.

Oth­ers con­test­ing the nine seats on the coun­cil in­clude two-time mayor of Poyn­ton Ga­bor Bar­tos, Tony Hall, Bryan Regi­nald Lewis, Matt West and Cheshire East Coun­cil­lor Roger West.

The re­main­ing nine can­di­dates rep­re­sent the Con­ser­va­tive Party in­clude: Les Berry, Lau­rence Alan Clarke, Charles Arthur Gorst, Tim Hol­brook, Re­becca Ann Hors­man-John­son, Ge­off King, Howard Mur­ray, Jos Saun­ders and Mike Se­wart.

Speak­ing on be­half of the Poyn­ton Con­ser­va­tive group of can­di­dates, Howard Mur­ray said it is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing young peo­ple but be­lieves a youth club is not the way for­ward.

He said: “It is more dif­fi­cult to find suit­able vol­un­teers to­day, and mod­ern child pro­tec­tion rules, while vi­tal, in­crease the com­plex­ity and ex­pense of ad­min­is­tra­tion. A fur­ther prob­lem is find­ing suit­able premises.

“Sev­eral times we have asked young peo­ple if they wanted a youth club and the an­swer was al­ways a re­sound­ing ‘NO’.

“Th­ese are some of the rea­sons why the Town Coun­cil fo­cused on ac­tiv­i­ties and not fa­cil­i­ties for the young. The coun­cil needs also to en­sure that it is not seen as as­sum­ing the role and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of par­ents.”

Mean­while, on the other side of the town, there are 11 can­di­dates bat­tling it out for nine spots on the coun­cil, rep­re­sent­ing Poyn­ton west ward.

They in­clude Con­ser­va­tive can­di­dates Michael John Bean­land, Alex Crop­per, Sarah-Jane Gil­more, An­drew Gor­don Hall, Ian Hollinworth, San­dra Fran­cis Hors­man, Tracey Lorde, Joan Mar­garet Se­wart, Gra­ham Frank Smith, Is­abel Clare Thorn­ton-Mad­docks and Nicky Wylie.

The re­main­ing two can­di­dates – Alex Crop­per and An­drew Gor­don Hall – rep­re­sent the Green party.

●● Gaynor Dyos-Ac­ton with her son Tom who killed him­self two years ago

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