By-election for Northwich on Thursday

A BY-ELECTION takes place on Thursday, for a seat on Northwich Town Council.

Three candidates are standing to represent the Northwich Bridge ward following the resignation of former mayor George Mainwaring.

The candidates are Andrew Cooper, from Hartford Road, in Davenham, Keith Hinde, from Riddings Lane, in Hartford, and Gaynor Sinar, from Drillfield Road, in Northwich.

The Guardian has given each of the candidates chance to say why they should win your vote.

 

Andrew Cooper, Labour:

I am standing for Northwich Town Council in the by-election on Thursday, December 12, and I hope I will be able to count on your support.

I have made my home in Davenham where I live with my wife Rebecca.

I have worked in Northwich as a software developer for seven years, helping housing associations provide a better and more efficient service to their residents.

I have been an active member of the Scouting movement for many years, and have served as a Scout leader and fundraiser.

My experience with Scouts has led me to have a strong belief in young people and what they can achieve for themselves and their community.

This is a critical time for Northwich.

There are huge opportunities for our town to grow in prosperity and create new jobs.

However, in celebrating these achievements we must not allow the concerns of the people of Northwich to be ignored. We must ensure that the interests of the community are always put first.

With your support, I look forward to bringing local people, businesses and community groups together to find practical solutions to the town’s challenges, and to make a positive difference to Northwich.

 

Keith Hinde, Liberal Democrat:

I have served the people of Northwich not only for most of my professional life but also though my membership of service clubs, Rotary and previously Round Table, and through my church allegiance.

I am married with two grown up daughters who were educated at local schools – including Sir John Deans – before going on to university.

I feel that Liberal Democrat principles of freedom, justice and honesty are just as needed at local level as they are at national and international level.

I welcome politicians working together in the public interest to achieve a stronger economy and fairer society.

For communities to thrive their representatives need to be open and accountable as well as responsive to local concerns.

For too long Northwich has suffered from being on the edge of planning concerns.

Did you know the proposal which resulted in the £10,000 basic tax allowance in 2014 started with a Cheshire Lib Dems motion at the 2009 Lib Dem Conference? It became Lib Dem policy and after 2010 election – coalition policy.

I am particularly pleased about last week’s measures to help young unemployed, small businesses, extra apprenticeships, keeping petrol costs down and free school meals to give younger children a better start in education. They will help build a stronger economy and a fairer society.

 

Gaynor Sinar, Conservative:

Ihave attended Northwich Town council meetings for nearly three years, and joined in with their work, helping to get finances together and attending meetings for projects such as the family fun day, Christmas light switch on, tree of lights and Artisan Market.

I believe if I were to become a member of the town council, I would be in a better position to encourage even more good work.

As a resident of Bridge ward, currently in Northwich town centre and previously of Castle, I am a governor at both Leftwich Primary School and High School, a board member of Cheshire Community Development Trust and the new chairman of the Northwich Business Improvement district.

Some of the things I have been involved in include starting the youth club in Leftwich and supporting residents with their individual concerns.

I am a keen supporter of next years Pedal Power event and support local retailers and art groups.

I am planning trained as the Cheshire West and Chester councillor for Davenham and Moulton.

Currently I am assistant executive board member for growth and regeneration and chairman of the health in-equality board.

I promise that I will work hard for Northwich Bridge ward, and appreciate the trust you place in me should you vote for me.

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11:30am Tue 10 Dec 13

L Byrne says...

The fact that two of the three candidates do not live in the area covered by the Northwich Town Council is interesting.

To me, districts like Davenham and Hartford are an integral part of the town and should be treated as such. Whatever justification in the past for treating them as 'villages' has disappeared and we now have the wasteful anachronism of a medium sized town fragmented into a dozen or so self governing parishes. It also means that Northwich does not speak with one voice in places like Chester and Whitehall when resources are being allocated and we all suffer as a consequence.

At the Neighbourhood Plan meeting last week, the council officer present explained that the City of Chester does not have to put up with this nonsense and benefits accordingly. Surely it is not beyond the people of Northwich to sort themselves out in a similar way.
The fact that two of the three candidates do not live in the area covered by the Northwich Town Council is interesting. To me, districts like Davenham and Hartford are an integral part of the town and should be treated as such. Whatever justification in the past for treating them as 'villages' has disappeared and we now have the wasteful anachronism of a medium sized town fragmented into a dozen or so self governing parishes. It also means that Northwich does not speak with one voice in places like Chester and Whitehall when resources are being allocated and we all suffer as a consequence. At the Neighbourhood Plan meeting last week, the council officer present explained that the City of Chester does not have to put up with this nonsense and benefits accordingly. Surely it is not beyond the people of Northwich to sort themselves out in a similar way. L Byrne

4:54pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Northwich Lover says...

If you look at the town council website you will see they spend over half a million of local peoples money and yet only half of them actually live in the town or contribute to its coffers. That can't be right or democratic surely ?
If you look at the town council website you will see they spend over half a million of local peoples money and yet only half of them actually live in the town or contribute to its coffers. That can't be right or democratic surely ? Northwich Lover

4:59pm Tue 10 Dec 13

GOFFY says...

Is L Byrne suggesting that we do away with all the parish councils/meetings and just have one in Northwich? if that is the case I do not think that L Byrne will be the most popular person in the world with the local parishes.
Was it a senior officer or just a minion who said "the City of Chester does not have to put up with this nonsense" is he suggesting that a democratically called public meeting is nonsense? and perhaps he could let us know what sort of nonsense they put up with in Chester.
Goffy
Is L Byrne suggesting that we do away with all the parish councils/meetings and just have one in Northwich? if that is the case I do not think that L Byrne will be the most popular person in the world with the local parishes. Was it a senior officer or just a minion who said "the City of Chester does not have to put up with this nonsense" is he suggesting that a democratically called public meeting is nonsense? and perhaps he could let us know what sort of nonsense they put up with in Chester. Goffy GOFFY

6:16pm Tue 10 Dec 13

L Byrne says...

Hi Goffy

What I am suggesting is that we recognise Northwich for what it is which is a medium size town comprised of a town centre and a number of districts which are an integral part of the town. I am sure that the current structure made sense in the past when places like Hartford and Weaverham were physically separated from the town by open spaces so calling them 'villages' made sense but the world has moved on. If residents have an emotional attachment to living in a community that they wish to call a 'village' , like Chelsea Village in London, that is fine but that shouldn't prevent us moving to a more efficient municipal governance structure than we currently have. Even if it means upsetting some parish councillors.

All I am suggesting is that the concept is worth consideration as the town develops and a unified and larger Northwich entity would counterbalance Chester which currently gets most of the goodies from CWAC Council. Witness the proposed £40million theatre development in Chester which the council intends to subsidise at about £20k per week with our council taxpayers money. (Incidentally, that would be about £6k per week from Northwich and the surrounding area!)

My point about the council officer is that , in response to a question from me, he explained that Chester does not operate the same parish based structure as Northwich. It apparently has a more simple and less fragmented way of organising itself. To be fair the word 'nonsense' was mine and I apologise if it appeared that I was quoting him.
Hi Goffy What I am suggesting is that we recognise Northwich for what it is which is a medium size town comprised of a town centre and a number of districts which are an integral part of the town. I am sure that the current structure made sense in the past when places like Hartford and Weaverham were physically separated from the town by open spaces so calling them 'villages' made sense but the world has moved on. If residents have an emotional attachment to living in a community that they wish to call a 'village' , like Chelsea Village in London, that is fine but that shouldn't prevent us moving to a more efficient municipal governance structure than we currently have. Even if it means upsetting some parish councillors. All I am suggesting is that the concept is worth consideration as the town develops and a unified and larger Northwich entity would counterbalance Chester which currently gets most of the goodies from CWAC Council. Witness the proposed £40million theatre development in Chester which the council intends to subsidise at about £20k per week with our council taxpayers money. (Incidentally, that would be about £6k per week from Northwich and the surrounding area!) My point about the council officer is that , in response to a question from me, he explained that Chester does not operate the same parish based structure as Northwich. It apparently has a more simple and less fragmented way of organising itself. To be fair the word 'nonsense' was mine and I apologise if it appeared that I was quoting him. L Byrne

7:07pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Daniel18 says...

For once, I have to say I partially agree with L Bryne. Northwich, including all of the surrounding villages should be classed as one town. Under the current democratic system Davenham, Sandiway, Moulton, Higher Wincham and Lostock Gralam are classed as part of the 'Winsford and Rural East Area Partnership Board'.
For once, I have to say I partially agree with L Bryne. Northwich, including all of the surrounding villages should be classed as one town. Under the current democratic system Davenham, Sandiway, Moulton, Higher Wincham and Lostock Gralam are classed as part of the 'Winsford and Rural East Area Partnership Board'. Daniel18

7:32pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Northwich Lover says...

Could call it Vale Royal! Think it's absurd to have a council at this level where half the members don't live there. Makes a mockery of it
Could call it Vale Royal! Think it's absurd to have a council at this level where half the members don't live there. Makes a mockery of it Northwich Lover

9:32pm Tue 10 Dec 13

GOFFY says...

We have all moaned and complained about CWAC after three borough council became one, would what L Byrne is suggesting be any different if all the parishes became one larger council, I doubt it
We have all moaned and complained about CWAC after three borough council became one, would what L Byrne is suggesting be any different if all the parishes became one larger council, I doubt it GOFFY

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