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 Jesmond Ward.
Chris McKenna (Conservative)
“During my campaign I have been meeting with and receiving calls from local residents about a whole range of issues that matter to them, and one of my key aims for the ward is to find solutions to address the lack of public and user friendly transport for the area so that the elderly and vulnerable have greater mobility to get around.
“I also want to make sure that everyone in the ward has a clean and safe environment in which local services are provided all year round – not just at election time.
“I have a proven track record of helping many people with various local issues and I can ensure that you will be treated honestly, openly and fairly if I am elected as your councillor.
“Please allow me to make my priorities reality for you on May 22nd and let’s bring to an end this failing Labour administration.”
Linda Shields (Labour)
“Having lived in Jesmond ward for 21 years I have been honoured to serve for the last three years as councillor.
“My main focus is to help residents with their problems. I have worked successfully with residents.
“Jesmond is a large ward, but one thing all residents share is the right to live in a clean and secure area. This is something I am working hard to achieve.
“This last two years has seen more properties demolished and more new homes with more to come.
“Residents have seen many improvements with traffic calming and the removal of unused bus shelters which young people were congregating in.
“I have used my ward budget to provide support across Throston and Dyke House as well as supporting town wide groups who deliver services in Jesmond Ward.
“If re-elected I promise to continue to do my best for residents and continue to be accessible.”
George Springer (UKIP)
“Saying that the people of Hartlepool have been let down badly by the ruling clique at the Civic Centre is somewhat of an understatement.
“In truth the people’s trust has been utterly betrayed.
“This current HBC group has presided over the threatened closure of our hospital, putting lives at risk, and wasted your money on failed ventures, now they have the audacity to ask you to vote for them again – what sheer hypocrisy.
“As your UKIP candidate I offer you a fresh, honest approach to local government.
“I will always ensure that your best interests are served and that the vulnerable are protected.
“As a UKIP councillor I will pledge to fight waste of scarce financial resources.
“I will always speak out against unelected quangos (NHS trusts etc) overriding the decisions of your elected representatives.
“Please entrust me with your vote on May 22nd.”
Richard Pearson (Putting Hartlepool First)
“My name is Richard Pearson, I am 58 years of age and I have lived on the Throston estate for 32 years.
“I am standing in this election because I believe that it’s people that matter; people and the neighbourhoods in which they live.
“Only Putting Hartlepool First seem to understand that this is what a local council should be about which is why I am standing as their candidate.
“We’ve virtually lost our hospital now. The lack of fight from our ‘town leaders’ has shocked everyone. Talk of Ferris Wheels and ‘pubs’ in cemeteries tells us that they’ve now completely lost the plot at a time when bus and other services have been slashed.
“We need to get back to what a local council is meant to be focussed on; what the people want and not just what a few out-of-touch councillors want.
“So I hope you can give me your support on May 22nd.”