Ann vows to fight for ‘de­clin­ing’ South­port

Midweek Visiter - - News - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ @visan­drew­brown

THE Con­ser­va­tive Party has se­lected lo­cal cam­paigner and for­mer NHS nurse Ann Pear­main as the lo­cal can­di­date for the forth­com­ing Dukes Ward by-elec­tion on Sefton Coun­cil.

The elec­tion for the ward, which cov­ers parts of South­port town cen­tre and Birk­dale, will take place on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2.

Ann Pear­main, who lives in Dukes, had been se­lected unan­i­mously by the lo­cal mem­bers to stand as the Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of for­mer coun­cil­lor Pat Ball last month due to ill health.

For­mer South­port Lib­eral Demo­crat John Pugh has an­nounced that he is also con­sid­er­ing stand­ing for elec­tion in the seat.

Ann is a qual­i­fied teacher of English as a for­eign lan­guage and has had a ca­reer as a pae­di­atrics nurse in the NHS span­ning over 20 years – a po­si­tion she looks to con­tinue as a reg­is­tered vol­un­teer at South­port and Formby District Hospi­tal.

Speak­ing to the Visiter, Ann said: “Like many res­i­dents in South­port, I have no­ticed over the past few years how the town is slowly de­clin­ing into a state of poor re­pair, which is ru­in­ing the im­age of our beau­ti­ful sea­side re­sort.

“I have voiced my con­cerns to the coun­cil on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, but now I re­ally want to do some­thing and make a dif­fer­ence.

“Dukes res­i­dents pay the most in coun­cil tax across the au­thor­ity and yet Labour con­tinue to dis­re­gard their con­cerns.

“Just last month they de­stroyed gen­er­a­tions of her­itage in our com­mu­nity by not con­tin­u­ing to keep Lord Street’s iconic red tar­mac.

“With this in mind, I find it dis­grace­ful that the Labour-run Sefton Coun­cil is con­tin­u­ing to use Dukes res­i­dents as a cash cow to fund their pro­jects in Boo­tle, in­clud­ing the re­cently re­ported pur­chase of the £32m shop­ping mall. Dukes res­i­dents de­serve a bet­ter deal.

“I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have been se­lected as the Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date and I look for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity of rep­re­sent­ing my own com­mu­nity in get­ting a bet­ter deal out of Sefton Coun­cil.”

Damien Moore, the Con­ser­va­tive MP for South­port, com­pli­mented Ann on her se­lec­tion.

He said: “Ann is an out­stand­ing lo­cal ac­tivist with a real ded­i­ca­tion to her com­mu­nity and a fan­tas­tic back­ground in help­ing oth­ers.

“I am thrilled she has been se­lected; she will be a first-rate coun­cil­lor in a ward where res­i­dents de­serve first-rate rep­re­sen­ta­tion.”

Ann Pear­main, Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date for Dukes, with Damien Moore

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