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 Hart Ward.
Bob Addison (UKIP)
“I am the UK Independence Party candidate for the Hart Ward and I am asking for your support on May 22.
“I have lived in the Hart Ward for over 30 years and am now retired. I have worked in numerous places including ICI, the steelworks, Zambia, the Middle East and various other places both on and offshore before ending my working life as a teacher.
“I have campaigned for another party on numerous occasions however I became disillusioned with them at both local and national level and decided to join UKIP.
“Over the past few years the various parties inhabiting the Civic Centre have become too cosy with each other resulting in some questionable decisions being made such as the whereabouts of the proposed travellers site.
“I believe that the people of Hart Ward, and indeed the whole town, deserve better than the self-serving administration currently in power.”
Sandra Belcher (Labour)
“If elected I will be a community councillor. I will not make promises I cannot keep.
“I will: Be seen all year round. This will include monthly ward surgeries, newsletters and street surgeries where I come to you.
l Provide my contact details to residents.
l Stand up for Hart ward residents and represent their views.
l Use my ward budget in Hart Ward and fight for much needed funding to improve the area.
l Campaign to improve services for young people and ensure senior citizens are not forgotten.
“Hart village needs protection from development. I will address flooding issues.
“Bishop Cuthbert: I will fight for community facilities. A meeting place for residents is a real miss.
“Clavering: Must not be forgotten. I will ensure it is maintained to a high standard along with all other areas in Hart Ward.”
Keith Fisher (Independent)
“I here thank the residents of Hart Ward for the trust which they awarded me via their support, and votes, two years ago.
“I remind you that I made personal guarantees within my leaflet of 2012 and I am so confident that I have honoured each and every one of those promises that I have re-issued them in order that when my leaflet falls through your letterbox you may use it as a checklist.
“There are real concerns within our ward of unacceptable developments which are, as yet, unresolved and still pose real threats whilst we are currently vulnerable.
“My wife, my family, and I have actually LIVED in Hart Ward for 36 years and thereby your concerns are our concerns too and my guaranteed promise remains that I will deploy genuine INDEPENDENT and EFFECTIVE representation free from any diverting or diluting pressures from any party whatsoever.”
Shane Moore (Conservative)
“I am delighted to once again be standing as your Conservative candidate in the Hart Ward.
“I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting many of you over the past two years, listening to and dealing with your concerns.
“Over the coming weeks I intend to speak to as many more of you as possible, giving you time to discuss local issues and find out what I have been doing on your behalf.
“I firmly believe the people of this ward have been poorly represented and you deserve better.
“Someone that will look at the horizon, not the headlines; that cares about working for the long-term good, not the short-term popularity; that works in the towns interest, not the party interest; and like you have to, ensures the council lives within its means.
“So on May 22nd I ask you to make your vote count by voting for me, Shane Moore.”
David Riddle (Putting Hartlepool First)
“Hi, I’m David Riddle and I’m a qualified school teacher.
“I’m from Hartlepool; I live here and am raising my family here.
“Yet my new son was born in Stockton because we no longer have a proper hospital. Labour allowed that to happen without even a fight.
“The scrapping of the local plan was always about allowing housing developments at Wynyard; never about traveller sites in Hart.
“It’s now leading to uncontrolled development threatening house prices across Hartlepool and increasing pressure on schools and services.
“If elected, I will work with the Hart, Clavering, and Bishop Cuthbert Residents’ Associations and do what YOU, the people of the area want.
“Our town council needs councillors with a common sense of decency and morality who are able to listen as well as talk.
“I believe I have those qualities and can use them to do good for the people of Hartlepool.”