BAR­NACK

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

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

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.”

CON­TACT: ahall@psfu.org.uk twit­ter.com/thean­gry­d­war­fuk

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.”

CON­TACT: 07920 160053 david.over@peter­bor­ough.gov.uk

VOTE: Uf­ford Vil­lage Hall polling sta­tion.

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