AS part of the Mail’s 2014 local elections coverage, we will be focusing on all 11 wards in Hartlepool where seats are up for grabs.
The Mail will be profiling the 49 candidates who want your vote and examining the issues that are affecting local residents ahead of the election on Thursday, May 22.
Our coverage continues with the Foggy Furze Ward.
Phil Fenn (UKIP)
“Hartlepool Council’s reputation is becoming a worrying, ongoing situation where your elected councillors either ignore completely or go against the best interests of the people of the town.
“This cannot be right. Simply put, things have to change.
“You don’t need me to list the issues where you have been badly let down...
l Hospital closure pending putting lives at risk.
l Loss of bus services after 6pm.
l Repeated examples of profligate use of your money – cafe in the Crematorium, Jacksons Landing, Hartlepool ‘Vision’, I could go on?
“It is patently obvious to me that the entire political ‘clique’ at HBC is collectively responsible for your let-downs.
“It therefore follows that what is needed is a ‘new broom’ to sweep through the council chamber.
“I see UKIP as that ‘new broom’.
“I hope you will favour me with your vote on May 22.”
Lynne Gillam (Lib Dem)
“I have lived within the Foggy Furze Ward for over 30 years.
“I have strong connections with the Oxford Road area with my grandfather and uncle owning very popular shops in the area.
“I was a governor of Stranton Primary School for 10 years becoming vice chair and then chair and been ward councillor of the Brinkburn Ward therefore I have the experience and knowledge to be able to be your representative in council.
“I had no hesitation in agreeing to be the Liberal Democrat candidate and promise to carry on the excellent work of Frances London. Residents can be sure if I am elected they will have a councillor who will listen to any issues they may have and keep them informed.
l I will listen to YOU.
l Be totally dedicated.
l Give 100 per cent commitment.
l Do my utmost to resolve issues.
l Keep you informed.”
Andrew Martin-Wells (Conservative)
“I am excited to be representing local conservatives in the elections, if elected I promise to continue with our local conservative practice by never claiming expenses.
“I will also pledge to work along side the main political group for the best interests of our ward.
“Local Conservatives have a proven track record of working together for the good of our town.”
Maaija Sinclair (Putting Hartlepool First)
“I have lived-and worked in Hartlepool most of my life. Like many people I have little faith in the current council.
“We need to see new councillors with fresh ideas.
“I’m annoyed that a drinks licence has been granted to Inspirations Cafe at Stranton Cemetery, it’s morally wrong.
“I want to see our council return to focusing on providing the services families need and not chasing expensive, unrealistic, regeneration schemes; HBC needs to return to basics.
“For too long Hartlepool schools have struggled to get the best from our children. A lack of well paid jobs means owning your own home has become a dream for too many young people.
“If elected I promise to spend my time in the ward helping you with your everyday problems, not stuck in the Civic Centre.
“I hope you will consider giving me your support to make a difference, on 22nd May.”
Kaylee Sirs (Labour)
“As a current ward councillor I have a huge sense of pride in our community.
“I want to continue to be a strong voice on the council, representing residents and supporting the local community.
“I have gained a huge amount of experience and believe I am a councillor who champions change.
“If voters elect me I’ll remain as a member of a strong team at the council who have already responded to resident needs through greater investment in enforcement to tackle anti-social behaviour, more money for highways and even introduced the free swim initiative for all our children during the summer holidays.
“I want to be the people’s choice 22nd May 2014 and continue to represent fairness and common sense to council decision making.
“Many candidates promise much but deliver nothing. I believe I can continue to make a difference so please place your trust in me on Election Day.”