Mak­ing a stand for town is­sues

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - BERNARD RANDALL Whit­tle­sey

I IN­TEND to stand for district and town councillor for the Kingsmoor ward of Whit­tle­sey in the 2011 Lo­cal Elec­tions un­der the In­de­pen­dent ban­ner. I am stand­ing as an In­de­pen­dent as I be­lieve that lo­cal pol­i­tics should be about what lo­cal peo­ple think and not what the par­ties think and that a councillor should not be drawn by a party line.

I am stand­ing in a seat where one man has be­come a lo­cal po­lit­i­cal gi­ant who cur­rently holds the seat for this ward on Whit­tle­sey Town and Fen­land District Coun­cil and holds it as part of the Whit­tle­sey North County Coun­cil seat, Councillor Martin Cur­tis.

My aims are sim­ple, pro­vide a large voice on Fen­land District Coun­cil for the area I have lived in all my life and have such pas­sion about. I aim to serve the peo­ple of this area to the best of my abil­ity and in the run up to the elec­tion prove at least to be a strong chal­lenge to Cllr Cur­tis.

Do not write me off for my in­ex­pe­ri­ence as ev­ery­one needs to start some­where but I be­lieve that I should make my first move in an area I know well and I hope that I can gather a large fol­low­ing.

Fur­ther rea­sons for me stand­ing for district and town coun­cil next year – Whit­tle­sey is now grow­ing at a greater pace than ever and the job of a district councillor is to rep­re­sent their parish in such ar­eas as coun­cil hous­ing, plan­ning, rub­bish col­lec­tion, the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, and the ad­min­is­tra­tion of elec­tions. I am be­gin­ning to work to­wards a ca­reer in lo­cal/ town plan­ning and have great knowl­edge in these ar­eas and have reg­u­larly cam­paigned for the im­prove­ments to lo­cal ser­vices as some of you may know. This ward in par­tic­u­lar has a mas­sive plan­ning chal­lenge over the next few years with plans for 460 (ap­prox) new house to be built on Bas-sen­hally Farm and sug­ges­tions that a new su­per­mar­ket may be built on the other side of the al­ready strained main A605 road. I am an ad­vo­cate of a Whit­tle­sey By­pass and the build­ing of the King’s Dyke Fly­over.

Many peo­ple have told me that a by­pass may take busi­ness away from town cen­tre shops but this is not the case. The shops are used by lo­cal peo­ple from Coates, Turves, Eas­trea and Whit­tle­sey and so would not be af­fected by a by­pass and peo­ple who travel from out­side the area to shop come to do that and would not use a new by­pass. The main aim of a new by­pass would be to give peo­ple an al­ter­na­tive route from March to Peter­bor­ough and to make sure that when the A47 is blocked that the A605 through Whit­tle­sey is not used as a rat run.

Peo­ple who say a King’s Dyke fly­over is not needed need to look at what hap­pens when the cross­ing is closed for en­gi­neer­ing works, there are three al­ter­na­tive routes; north bank which can­not cope with HGVs and is shut at var­i­ous times through­out the year through flood­ing, trav­el­ling the back roads through Pon­der­s­bridge which adds 3-4 miles each way to your jour­ney and has many treach­er­ous bends and the A47 which adds 7 miles each way and trav­el­ling through Thor­ney de­pends on the B1040 Wash Road be­ing open.

The coun­cil promised that af­ter the Stan­ground By­pass has been built the King’s Dyke Fly­over would be­gin to be built which would cause havoc but would have mas­sive ben­e­fits in the fu­ture as the amount of trains pass­ing through on this line is to in­crease as more freight is be­ing planned to be moved from Felixs­towe to the mid­lands Via Peter­bor­ough by rail.

I hope this ex­plains why I have cho­sen to stand to be district and town councillor for the Kingsmoor Ward in Whit­tle­sey.

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