Pre-election pledges aims to attract voters

St Helens Star: Pre-election pledges aims to attract voters Pre-election pledges aims to attract voters

FREE Saturday parking, a new youth base and a task force to boost retailers are among pre election pledges for the town centre unveiled by the Labour party as it seeks to grab voters’ attention.

The policies were revealed after a full list of candidates was published for the local elections, that take place on Thursday, May 22.

Sixteen seats will be contested but one of most intriguing tussles of the forthcoming local elections being fought out in the town centre.

The seat is currently held by Labour but there will be competition from candidates that include former Liberal Democrat John Beirne, representing UKIP, and Nancy Ashcroft, the former Conservative Windle councillor.

Lisa Preston will be defending the seat for Labour after councillor Carole Gill’s decision to step down.

Freda Brodie (Green) and Peter Clayton (BNP) completed the list of candidates for the town centre ward.

With the local vote coming on the same day as the European elections, UKIP will be hoping the timing may work to their advantage and in Beirne, an ex-mayor of St Helens and town centre hairdresser, have a candidate with significant profile.

The Liberal Democrats, Beirne’s former party, are not fielding a candidate in that ward.

Labour appear to be wary of UKIP’s threat, judging by a prominent advertising campaign it is mounting.

But the town centre is also an interesting election battleground given the plentiful stock of local issues – ranging from serious concerns over the closure of shops, to the costs of parking and bin collections, which the Labour run council has faced public criticism for and Beirne has seized upon.

Meanwhile, Nancy Ashcroft, a 73-year-old named Glamorous Gran 2013 from national magazine Yours last year, is being tipped to use her connections and experience to appeal to sections of the town centre community.

Her husband Wally, another who stepped away frontline politics, is vying to make a return in the Billinge ward.

In all 16 wards will be contested. The current make up of St Helens has Labour with 40 seats, the Lib Dems with 5 and Conservative 3, meaning it would be long odds on the ruling party losing its majority.

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10:51pm Fri 2 May 14

trajan says...

So you have to stand in line behind an Eastern European for a job but you get to park for free on a Saturday now who thinks that's a good deal???
So you have to stand in line behind an Eastern European for a job but you get to park for free on a Saturday now who thinks that's a good deal??? trajan
  • Score: 7

8:57am Sat 3 May 14

barrie timpson says...

"Labour appear to be wary of UKIP’s threat, judging by a prominent advertising campaign it is mounting."

No kidding ! Amazing that you only hear from Labour at election time.

It's a council devoid of ideas from a Labour party that is devoid of ideas.

We have perhaps the worst town centre and recycling scheme in all of Merseyside/Lancashir
e.

If we don't get them out this time , we are going to be in the dark ages for ever.
I don't care who you vote for just don't vote Labour - and let's have some fresh ideas.
"Labour appear to be wary of UKIP’s threat, judging by a prominent advertising campaign it is mounting." No kidding ! Amazing that you only hear from Labour at election time. It's a council devoid of ideas from a Labour party that is devoid of ideas. We have perhaps the worst town centre and recycling scheme in all of Merseyside/Lancashir e. If we don't get them out this time , we are going to be in the dark ages for ever. I don't care who you vote for just don't vote Labour - and let's have some fresh ideas. barrie timpson
  • Score: 11

12:13pm Sat 3 May 14

Hughwithaview says...

It certainly smacks of desperation when all they can come up with is:

Free Parking on a Saturday - you need an incentive to want to come to the town centre in the first place and there isn't one

A Task Force to help retailers - is that similar to the Task Force set up to make sure failing Schools were brought up to standard? (we all know how that is going)

It is going to take more than a few posters and releasing a bunch of balloons over Tyrers to rejuvenate town centre retailing here. As with everything else, the powers that be appear to have not one wit between them to come up with any constructive ideas. One thing is for certain though, that unthinkable notion that people could be tempted to vote for anyone other than Labour has finally started to sink in. All the directed campaigning and bad mouthing of other parties is proof positive that they are worried about the forthcoming elections.

It would take a massive switch to oust Labour but at least let's give them a strong message - that we are sick of being taken for granted, sick of being insulted and fed up to the back teeth with their self serving policies. There will never be a change in St Helens if we don't.
It certainly smacks of desperation when all they can come up with is: Free Parking on a Saturday - you need an incentive to want to come to the town centre in the first place and there isn't one A Task Force to help retailers - is that similar to the Task Force set up to make sure failing Schools were brought up to standard? (we all know how that is going) It is going to take more than a few posters and releasing a bunch of balloons over Tyrers to rejuvenate town centre retailing here. As with everything else, the powers that be appear to have not one wit between them to come up with any constructive ideas. One thing is for certain though, that unthinkable notion that people could be tempted to vote for anyone other than Labour has finally started to sink in. All the directed campaigning and bad mouthing of other parties is proof positive that they are worried about the forthcoming elections. It would take a massive switch to oust Labour but at least let's give them a strong message - that we are sick of being taken for granted, sick of being insulted and fed up to the back teeth with their self serving policies. There will never be a change in St Helens if we don't. Hughwithaview
  • Score: 10

10:19pm Sat 3 May 14

norm says...

On the subject of town centre - it's time we got some decent buskers. The scruffy, talentless individuals regularly adorning Church Street from one end to the other are really lowering the tone!
On the subject of town centre - it's time we got some decent buskers. The scruffy, talentless individuals regularly adorning Church Street from one end to the other are really lowering the tone! norm
  • Score: 3

3:14pm Sun 4 May 14

anthonywilson says...

Why hasn't St Helens had free parking on a Saturday before now and as the Labour Party is in office in the Town Hall why cannot it have been implemented before now or even immediately? Equally why wasn't there a bigger push to ensure a new town centre facility for young people was built years ago when under the last Labour government Lottery "My Place" funding was available to the tune of £1million+ for EVERY local authority area in England? Surely someone could have seen the fact that the Town Centre needed a major rethink years ago and needed a 'Task Force" five or more years ago to look at the problems. If this is all what Labour can come up with for so called new ideas then St Helens is well and truly finished.
Why hasn't St Helens had free parking on a Saturday before now and as the Labour Party is in office in the Town Hall why cannot it have been implemented before now or even immediately? Equally why wasn't there a bigger push to ensure a new town centre facility for young people was built years ago when under the last Labour government Lottery "My Place" funding was available to the tune of £1million+ for EVERY local authority area in England? Surely someone could have seen the fact that the Town Centre needed a major rethink years ago and needed a 'Task Force" five or more years ago to look at the problems. If this is all what Labour can come up with for so called new ideas then St Helens is well and truly finished. anthonywilson
  • Score: 0

4:52pm Mon 5 May 14

MrBenggo says...

Hughwithaview,
how right you are about us being taken for granted,we get promised the moon to vote for 'em,and it's the same with the general election,Labour has let the working class down,and suddenly at election time the politicians are all repentant,"we know we have made mistakes"is what we get now.
The best help for the Tory party was Gordon Brown,with his opinion of Mrs Gillian Duxbury,whom he classed as a "bigot".If she was a bigot for what she said I hold up my hand for I must be one too.
Hughwithaview, how right you are about us being taken for granted,we get promised the moon to vote for 'em,and it's the same with the general election,Labour has let the working class down,and suddenly at election time the politicians are all repentant,"we know we have made mistakes"is what we get now. The best help for the Tory party was Gordon Brown,with his opinion of Mrs Gillian Duxbury,whom he classed as a "bigot".If she was a bigot for what she said I hold up my hand for I must be one too. MrBenggo
  • Score: 4

6:20pm Mon 5 May 14

jumperr says...

Why are labour councillors resigning from their ward
Why are labour councillors resigning from their ward jumperr
  • Score: 0

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