MATTHEW REVILLE continues our election countdown with a look at the candidates and key issues in wards to be contested on Thursday May 3. For more visit www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/elections
ONE of the teenagers who helped create the Peterborough Sixth Form Union will do battle with a teacher for the right to represent the people of Barnack.
Alex Hall (18), who is an A-level pupil at Nene Park Academy, is hoping to take the Peterborough City Council seat that is currently held by David Over (56), who is a teacher at Sawtry Community College.
The third candidate is Alex Jamieson, who will become the UK Independence Party’s first-ever representative on Peterborough City Council if elected.
The rural ward of Barnack is 11.7 miles from Town Hall, Peterborough, making it the most geographically remote seat on the city council.
It is home to 2,613 people, and the ward only has one representative on the city council. Cllr Over comfortably won the election in 2008 by getting 816 votes to his sole rival candidate’s 193 votes.
Barnack had a 45.8 per cent turnout for that vote - second highest in any ward that year, behind Werrington South. FOUNDING secretary of the Peterborough Sixth Form Union Alex Hall (18, Labour) is hoping to be elected to the city council at the first election he is old enough to stand in.
Mr Hall said: “I am passionate about democracy and fairness, and this is what has drawn me to get involved in politics.
“The city council is itself an ageing population. It cannot truly claim to represent the many groups that make Peterborough what it is.
“On top of the obvious need for freshness on the city council, over the past year I have been working with the Labour Party.
“I have found out what issues are important to residents to make things better. That is something every councillor should bend over backwards to do.”
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UK Independence Party candidate Alex Jamieson did not reply tothe ET’S election survey.
A spokesman for the party said: “The UK Independence Party are committed to cutting council tax and business rates.
“We will fight to save our green belt and stopping wind farms and over-bearing housing sprawl.
“We are tough on crime and antisocial behaviour, we will deliver more police on the streets.
“We have a commitment to cut council executives and managers pay, not council services.
“We are the only party that will stop EU immigration and we are dedicated to giving real decision making to local communities through referenda.
“Above all the thing that makes UKIP different to the old parties is that we believe in providing money for local services.” CURRENT councillor David Over (56, Conservative) wants to be re-elected so he can continue to fight for the best interests of villages on the city council.
He said: “I want to fight to save our villages.
“I will campaign to extend the conservation areas, yet at the same time have regular bus services and extend the availability of the ‘Purple Bus’.
”I will continue to encourage local partnerships between the villages, while also maintaining that villages have a life and character of their own.
“My campaign never ends - I spend two days a week at parish council and walk through at least two villages every week.
“Canvassing is just a continuation of listening and working with villagers.”
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VOTE: Ufford Village Hall polling station.