Questions for High Peak Borough Council candidates - part 2

We asked local candidates in the upcoming High Peak Borough Council election:

1. The town hall clock. Can you fix it? If so, when?

2. What would you do to reduce dog fouling and littering in the area?

3. If elected, what mode of transport would you use to get to council meetings?

We asked these questions on 28th April 2015

 

See first questions for HPBC candidates here


Dinting
Stephen Philip Bosett-Roberts (Green)
(Awaiting reply)

Sylvia Hall (UKIP)
(Awaiting reply)

Benjamin Hopkins (Labour)
1. The town hall clock. Can you fix it? If so, when?
I want to see the town hall clock fixed, after all it is part of one of the town's most iconic buildings. As I understand, HPBC are expecting a plan of how the clock might be fixed from the Glossopdale Development Trust next month.


2. What would you do to reduce dog fouling and littering in the area?
Litter is my biggest hate; it is totally unnecessary and is a real blight on our town and its surrounding countryside. I have been very active on this issue as a member of local community organisations as well as through contacting the council. I have met with Robin Cummins from HBPC street cleaning to discuss the issue of litter and have been heartened to see that litter patrols have been increased, I see a council vehicle and litter picker at least once a week on my street. I also campaigned for a bin to be installed on the corner of Lord Street and Fauvel Road as well as at the bus stop on Brookfield. I would also like to see the community take a more active role on this issue by organising litter picks to ensure that Glossop remains a beautiful place to live and visit.
I also believe that prevention is important and I want to see the council work more closely with local schools in order to tackle the litter problem. In an ideal world I would like to see more litter enforcement officers in the town, but unfortunately central government cuts have made this impossible.
Dog fouling is disgusting and I would continue to support the council in placing up signs reminding dog owners of their responsibilities. I would also urge people to contact the council if they see incidences of dog fouling.


3. If elected, what mode of transport would you use to get to council meetings?
I would aim to take the bus where possible, however, where this is not practical I would try to car share with other councillors should I be elected.


Jean Wharmby (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)


Gamesley
Peter Duncan Allen (Green)
(Awaiting reply)

Brian Evans (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

Anthony Edward McKeown (Labour)
1. The town hall clock. Can you fix it? If so, when?
I personally lack the skills to be a clock maker, but I know someone who can and in this case it is in partnership with the Glossopdale Trust and other bodies that plans are been put together that will see Glossop Town Hall as a whole including the clock restored back to public use.

2. What would you do to reduce dog fouling and littering in the area?
We’ve worked to create a combined Enviro Crimes team in the council to better co-ordinate and expand the number of staff that can work on tackling this issue and fining offenders where appropriate, this along with continued efforts to re-educate the small minority of folk dropping litter and careless dog owner will work to tackle the problem, along with blitzes to tackle hotspots.

3. If elected, what mode of transport would you use to get to council meetings"
As at current by public transport where possible – with lifts from colleagues where not.



Hadfield North
Marie Melita Foote (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

Ed Kelly (Labour)
1. The town hall clock. Can you fix it? If so, when?
I think we should have a working Town hall Clock. I'd have to look into this issue in more detail.

2. What would you do to reduce dog fouling and littering in the area?
I think dog fouling and littering are real problems and they need to be tackled. I would work with both residents and the authorities to try and improve the situation.

3. If elected, what mode of transport would you use to get to council meetings
My car



Richard Francis Moore (UKIP)
(Awaiting reply)


Hadfield South (Two seats)
Trish Boyle (UKIP)
(Awaiting reply)

Pat Ellison-Reed (UKIP)
(Awaiting reply)

Ann Flavell (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

Steve Foote (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

Bob McKeown (Labour)
(Awaiting reply)

Melanie Denise O'Brien (Green)
(Awaiting reply)

Edward Siddall (Labour)
(Awaiting reply)


Hayfield
Peter Albert Easter (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

Dave Gates (Labour)
(Awaiting reply)

Karen Hunt (Green)
(Awaiting reply)

Martin Thomas Beynon Jones (Liberal Democrat)
(Awaiting reply)


Howard Town (Two seats)
Godfrey Claff (Labour)
(Awaiting reply)

Damien Thomas Greenhalgh (Labour)
1. The town hall clock. Can you fix it? If so, when?
Unfortunately I don't possess that set of skills personally. But seriously, we have a plan to bring the entire Town Hall complex back into good working order as soon as possible.
 
2. What would you do to reduce dog fouling and littering in the area?
(Re)educate the minority who do this and continue using the council's fix penalty noticed to deter persistent offenders.
 
3. If elected, what mode of transport would you use to get to council meetings?
Mainly by car, but also by foot if practicable.

Paul Lomas (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

Robert O'Connor (Green)
(Awaiting reply)


Old Glossop (Two seats)
Moira Cunningham (Labour)
(Awaiting reply)

Jamie Douglas (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

Paul Francis Hardy (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

Neil Johnstone (independent)
(Awaiting reply)

Margo McKenna (Green)
(Awaiting reply)

Garry Lawrence Parvin (Labour)

1. The town hall clock. Can you fix it? If so, when?
 I want it fixed, it needs fixing.  The council are expecting a plan from the Glossopdale Development Trust in June.   

2. What would you do to reduce dog fouling and littering in the area?
Dog fouling does blight areas, gives responsible dog owners a bad name and costs us all as tax payers to clean it up..  I have been working with Glossop Good Dogs to promote better behaviour by the owners.  I have asked the council to do targeted 'blitz's' of problem areas and I would ask residents to keep reporting incidents to ensure that the council can identify and target areas. 

3. If elected, what mode of transport would you use to get to council meetings?
 I have used my bicycle, public transport, lifts from colleagues and if push comes shove, my own car. This will continue.


Michael Graham Perry (UKIP)
(Awaiting reply)

Christopher John Webster (independent)
1. The town hall clock. Can you fix it? If so, when?
The Town Hall Clock is maintained by Derbyshire County Council Property Services under an arrangement made with HPBC in recent years. It seems there is asbestos in the Town Hall roof space and it is this that is hindering the repairs, however, I have been told that repairs will not take place in the near future because the roof of the Town Hall is in need of extensive repairs. It is planned to carry out the repairs to the clock at the same time as the rest of the repairs. I am concerned that we are quite some time off carrying out the renovation of the Town Hall as funding has yet to be put in place. I feel that in the meantime, an inflatable tunnel could be placed in the roof space enabling workmen to access the clock in safety. Craftsmen could wear protective clothing and breathing apparatus to carry out the repair without putting themselves in danger. This would be a start and would show residents that the Council are serious about returning our Town Hall to full use.

2. What would you do to reduce dog fouling and littering in the area?
There are already some good dog friendly groups working hard to spread the message that it is unacceptable not to clear up after your pets. Friends of Manor Park and Howard Park are very vocal in persuading rogue owners to clear up after their dogs. Additional signage will help and more bins in strategic places will also be a benefit. (It is not good enough to pick up and then dump the bag on a tree or at the side of the road or path). Littering is also a problem that is classed as anti social behaviour. Educating residents who litter will be a start and instilling pride into those who litter is important. The Council may well need to consider employing more enforcement officers, although I am desperate to eradicate the problem more than punish offenders. The latter must be a consideration though.

3. If elected, what mode of transport would you use to get to council meetings?
I am registered disabled and mobility has been a major problem for me since I suffered a serious industrial accident 20 years ago. I use my own car to attend meetings but always offer lifts to fellow Councillors. Many accept and it is far more efficient to car share than to all travel individually. I also drop passengers off at their home address even if it takes me out of my own way. (I've had the occasional pushbike in the boot back from Buxton too).
Currently, Council meetings are held in Buxton and this is not the easiest place to get home from late at night, however, the car share seems to work fine.



Padfield
Peter James Kay (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

Nick Longos (Labour)
(Awaiting reply)


Simmondley (Two seats)
Masha Bennett (Green)
(Awaiting reply)

Murray Booth (Liberal Democrat)
(Awaiting reply)

Graham Fox (Labour)
(Awaiting reply)

Ayshea Garbutt (Liberal Democrat)
1. The town hall clock. Can you fix it? If so, when?
If the town hall clock is broken then fixing it would be dependent on costings and priorities.

2. What would you do to reduce dog fouling and littering in the area?
The dog fouling and littering is a tough one, how do we make people feel responsible for their actions? More provision of waste disposal, bigger fines, more patrols? I am open to suggestions and I would research what works in other places. We live in a beautiful part of the world, everyone who lives here can see that. We all need to do our bit to keep it that way.

3. If elected, what mode of transport would you use to get to council meetings?
I would drive my car to council meetings or possibly run depending how energetic I feel.

John Haken (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

Stella Margaret Hutchinson (Labour)
(Awaiting reply)

Julie Ann McCabe (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

David Phillips (UKIP)
(Awaiting reply)


St John's
Chris Boyle (UKIP)
(Awaiting reply)

Rob McKeown (Labour)
(Awaiting reply)

George David Wharmby (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

Stephen David Worrall (Liberal Democrat)
1. The town hall clock. Can you fix it? If so, when?
Sadly I know very little about the situation with the Town Hall clock, what little I do know coming from the Glossop Gazette. Personally I would very much like to see it fixed and as soon as possible and if the opportunity arose to make that happen I would grasp it with both hands!

2. What would you do to reduce dog fouling and littering in the area?
Ideally I would like more enforcement officers, which would serve as a deterrent to those allowing their dogs to foul and to those littering. Unfortunately I think that more enforcement officers is unlikely to happen. I think maybe the most effective/realistic way of improving the situation would be for our society as a whole to come together and more often report incidences of fouling and littering when they see them. If more and more people really treat these things as socially unacceptable it should make an impact. This would also enable the Council to prioritise it’s limited resources to areas with a high incidence of fouling/littering and so be more effective. I do also honestly think that the provision of more bins would also improve the situation as I do believe that less people would allow their dogs to foul and litter if bins were more frequently encountered when out walking. Sadly this would not have any impact upon some people I fear for who only enforcement officers would make a difference.

3. If elected, what mode of transport would you use to get to council meetings?
I would use public transport as much as possible as I do day to day. Where this was not possible I would look to car share.


Tintwistle
Pat Jenner (Labour)
1. The town hall clock. Can you fix it? If so, when?
The town hall clock can be fixed once the asbestos problem has been dealt with.

2. What would you do to reduce dog fouling and littering in the area?
Dog fouling is a big problem in the area so we need to keep up the campaign on PICK IT UP. Be a good dog owner and keep our streets and parks for for people to walk on and kids to play in

3. If elected, what mode of transport would you use to get to council meetings?
I would ask colleagues for a lift, or go on the bus as before.

David Mark Novakovic (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

John Simon Reed (UKIP)
(Awaiting reply)


Whitfield
Ian Michael Baker (Conservative)
(Awaiting reply)

Chris Cuff (Green)
(Awaiting reply)

Murgan William Kerr (UKIP)
(Awaiting reply)

Graham Oakley (Labour)
(Awaiting reply)

See first questions for HPBC candidates here

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