for the community
of the Marsh Community Forum.
UNISON Steward at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.
Served for 7 years on committee of Kirklees CHAS housing advice
member of Amnesty International UK Section conference committee,
and is a speaker for Amnesty International.
Ex-Chair of Paddock Labour Party
conjunction with my work on the Marsh Community Forum, my main focal
point is the establishment of a real community facility for Marsh,
the only area in Kirklees without a community resource since the
sale of the St. James Road Centre. Its future is in doubt, but the
covenant which is still placed upon it, restricts its use to educational
and religious purposes. Its current owners have campaigned to have
the covenant lifted and we must ensure this does not happen.
plenty, reclaim the streets by
the restriction of speed to 20mph in side streets and, near schools
and care homes. This will reduce accidents and injuries by approximately
40% and help make the streets safer for all, which in turn will
encourage more use of local shops and businesses.
communities - Fight to keep local shops and post offices,
and act against edge of town superstores reliant on car use. I support
the Sustainable Communities Bill, and will try to get our Council
to add its support to this.
recycling facilities, nearer to you and easier
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this page is to keep you in touch with the campaign and ensure you
see my replies to issues you raise on the doorstep or via
looking forward to you sending me the issues you feel are most important
in the Greenhead Ward and seeing what we can do togther to make
Greenhead even better.
All leaflets will have been delivered by the end of today. A great
achievment, with nearly 8,000 doors in the Ward. If you have not
received one call me or e-mail me and I'll make sure you get one
before polling day next Thursday. Thanks for all your responses
to myself and the Green Team on the streets and at your homes.
important that your pledges of support turn into votes cast in the
ballot box (or posted). It's time to turn Greenhead Green together.
The campaign trail continues with many of the leaflets now delivered
and doorstep canvassing taking place. Last weekend, we were the
hosts for the Annual Meeting of the Association of Green Councillors.
We have elected Councillors from all over the country and it reflects
well on the local Party that we were chosen as the venue. Their
choice was pricncipally due to the many Green initiatives we led
the Council to implement even as a small party. My thanks to quite
a few of the delegates who came out and leafletted for me.
will by now have noticed our latest influence, the wind turbines
on the roof of the Civic Centre, on a recent poll conducted by Radio
Huddersfield home 107.9fm nearly 90% of people who voted on-line
said they like the new turbines and many people have voiced their
support for them whilst we have been leafleting in the Greenhead
ward. I hope that all we do in Green Team Kirklees to serve our
community might be met with equal approval.
to day business even during a By-Election is still being dealt with
and our monthly Green Party meeting on Tuesday involved us in a
good discussion of the Local Development Framework, (LDF). LDF's
provide an approved and publicly consulted upon policy framework
regarding land use and development. The new frameworks or LDF's
are expected by national Government to deliver a higher degree of
sustainability than former planing documents, all LDF's must undergo
a Sustainability Appraisal. On behalf of the community,
the Kirklees Green Party have made manyproposed amendments which
, if agreed, will benefit us all.
13th July 2006
week I've mainly been meeting with local people either at their
doors throughout the ward or at the shopping areas. Many have been
keen to give me their views, not only on local issues, but also
on politics in general.
worrying that people feel that national politicians, as far as the
"big parties" are concerned, are not to be trusted. This
general feeling damages the political process, and causes some to
walk away and not participate. I do urge as many of you as possible
to take part in this and future elections and reclaim democracy
for the people.
a bit of light relief looking at my rival's local websites. Lib
Dem's latest news is March 2006, and as for New Labour, there is
little of consequence and what is there are crude attempts at childish
has begun! My team and I started delivering the leaflets in Paddock
and we will soon get them to other parts of the Ward, over the next
strong links with the Ukrainian community and watched the World
Cup Final in the Kalyna Club in Edgerton. Most members there have
Ukraine andItalian links and Italy got passionate support and all
enjoyed celebrating the result.
I guess on that note its 'arrivederci, ciao' or goodbye for now
and see you soon.
2nd July 2006: Sunday
was a mixed day. I went to Berry Brow to see the new Station Shelter
lobbied for, after the last one was completely destroyed by vandals,
by the Kirklees Green Party Business Manager Ruth and local people
with the support of Newsome Councillors Graham Simpson and Andrew
was great to see what a strong and vigilant Green presence can create
for a community, nothing goes unnoticed and Green Team Members make
sure that what can be done for people will be; its exactly what
I want to do with and for the people of Greenhead.
along with other Green Party members, I attended the Town Hall event
being held to celebrate Cllr Annie Smith's life. The turn out was
excellent and many speakers talked in glowing terms about the impact
of Annie on their lives and careers. She will be remembered as a
committed and passionate local activist for our area.
30th June: Having logged the nomination papers into the electoral
registration office in Holmfirth, my candidature is now officially
accepted. The team has been very busy preparing and planning for
all the activities we need to do during the campaign.
the afternoon, along with other members of the Marsh Community Forum,
I met with Marsh residents at Emily's Cafe to discuss what they
felt they needed in a local community centre. All basically agreed
that the centre is necessary but there was a lot of talk about where
it could be. There are no local buildings available to be taken
over so much work still needs to be done on the subject. Please
let me know your views on this and any other issues you want to
raise with me.
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