Five to fight it out for seat


AVOTE for a new coun­cil­lor will take place next week. Res­i­dents in Bolling­ton are be­ing in­vited to elect a new rep­re­sen­ta­tive on Cheshire East Coun­cil af­ter the for­mer coun­cil­lor, Jon We­ston, de­cided to step down.

Coun­cil­lor Amanda Stott will con­tinue to rep­re­sent Bolling­ton res­i­dents on the coun­cil.

The elec­tions will take place on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 16.

Elec­tions for two new Bolling­ton Town coun­cil­lors will also take place on this day.

The can­di­dates for town coun­cil are Sam Al-Ham­dani (Lib Dem), Roland Ed­wards (In­de­pen­dent), An­thony Har­ri­son (In­de­pen­dent) and Ber­nadette McKenna (Con­ser­va­tive).

WE asked the can­di­dates for the Cheshire East Coun­cil seat to in­tro­duce tell us why they should be elected:

Sam Al-Ham­dani Lib­eral Demo­crat

Sam is 40 and lives in Bolling­ton at The Old Red Lion, a for­mer pub which he has re­stored into a home. He said: “I want to make a dif­fer­ence lo­cally. I am pas­sion­ate about the en­vi­ron­ment, hous­ing and Europe. I be­lieve that pol­i­tics needs to be about lis­ten­ing, clear think­ing and peo­ple.

“I am a jour­nal­ist and de­signer, and have worked for the likes of the Depart­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment, CBI and the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion. At home, I’m just get­ting used to be­ing a hus­band, I help with char­i­ties such as Springhill Hos­pice and Vic­to­ria Baths, and I’m a com­mit­ted cam­paigner on di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion in theatre. I’ve lived and worked in the area, on and off, for nearly 20 years.” Philip Bolton Con­ser­va­tive Philip, who lives in Prest­bury, said: “I am a lo­cal man, mar­ried with three step-daugh­ters. I was orig­i­nally an ap­pren­tice de­sign en­gi­neer with Stock­dale En­gi­neer­ing in Bolling­ton.

“Un­til I re­tired, I worked as a sales man­ager for spe­cial­ists in the wa­ter in­dus­try and was a mem­ber of the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Wa­ter and En­vi­ron­men­tal man­agers.

“I feel that as a Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor in a Con­ser­va­tive led coun­cil, I can be a strong voice for our com­mu­nity. How­ever, if you do vote for me to be your Cheshire East Coun­cil­lor on Fe­bru­ary 16, I in­tend to rep­re­sent all res­i­dents to the very best of my abil­ity party.” ir­re­spec­tive of

James Ni­cholas Bolling­ton First

James lives in Bolling­ton. He said: “I will fight any threat to Mac­cles­field A&E, the amal­ga­ma­tion with Cheshire East and West and I op­pose build­ing on our green belt.

“I am a Bolling­ton Town Coun­cil­lor and sit on the Neigh­bour­hood Plan Steer­ing Com­mit­tee and chair the Hous­ing Group.

“I was on Mac­cles­field Bor­ough Coun­cil as an In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor and sat on the En­v­i­ron- ment Com­mit­tee and Plan­ning. I took early re­tire­ment in 2012, af­ter 30 years in the tele­vi­sion news busi­ness and now have the time to work ef­fec­tively on your be­half.”

Richard Purslow Green Party

Richard has lived in the town since 1992, and is a teacher at Aquinas Col­lege in Stock­port.

He said: “As the num­ber of houses rises, so does the num­ber of pri­vate cars, caus­ing con­ges­tion and a park­ing cri­sis. Peo­ple – es­pe­cially young peo­ple – need to get to their places of work and study safely by bike, bus or on foot.

“The Greens ar­gue a se­cure and af­ford­able place to live is a ba­sic hu­man right.

“As the UK pop­u­la­tion grows, ev­ery com­mu­nity is ac­cept­ing its share of new houses and Bolling­ton isn’t any dif­fer­ent.

Res­i­dents have in­di­cated their de­sire to keep de­vel­op­ment on brown­field sites and to pro­tect the green belt.

“The Greens want to en­sure new houses are sus­tain­able and at­trac­tive, and avail­able to key work­ers and young fam­i­lies.” Rob Ver­non, Labour Rob lives in Tyther­ing­ton. He said: “As a lo­cal stu­dent of 19, with strong con­nec­tions to, and fond child­hood mem­o­ries of Bolling­ton, I feel pas­sion­ately about pro­tect­ing the com­mu­nity, its fu­ture and our chil­dren’s fu­ture.

“In re­cent times, I have fought and will con­tinue to fight against [school bus cuts] along­side the 16-strong Labour op­po­si­tion.

“That’s why I’m stand­ing in this by-elec­tion and that’s why I in­tend to win it – be­cause Bolling­ton de­serves bet­ter.”

By-elec­tion con­tenders (from left) Sam Al-Ham­dani, Philip Bolton, James Ni­cholas, Richard Purslow and Rob Ver­non

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