Local Elections 2019
As you know it’s my turn this year to seek re-election as your ward councillor for Stanground South and my campaign kicks off in earnest this weekend.
I’ll be in the Sue Ryder Cafe this Saturday morning at 10am for a couple of hours so please if you’d like to, join me for a tea/coffee and a chat?
Then in the afternoon I’ll be out on the doorstep listening to your views and sharing with you my pledges.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
I am delighted to have been re-selected by NWCCA as their prospective candidate for Stanground South for the local council elections taking place in May 2020.
I’m sure like me most of you are totally fed up with talk of politics and elections but it is important that you as ward residents, use your voting right to decide on who you want to represent you locally. I hope irrespective of any national political party allegiances you will from my past work ethic, consider lending me your support again by way of your vote in May 2019.
You already know from my posts that I have always been very active in the ward doing my best for our ward and you can be assured that this work ethic will continue….I don’t just litter pick at election time.
Apart from the hundreds of individual case work items I’ve dealt with since first becoming a councillor in 2011, together with my colleagues Cllrs Brian Rush & Ray Bisby, we’ve fought and defeated some particularly difficult and totally unsuitable planning applications alongside you such as the Anaerobic Digestion Plant at Horsey Toll Farm and the Chicken Farm and Slaughterhouse near Farcet.
We secured the inclusion of the Whittlesey Road and Pondersbridge Junction in the PCC 5 Year Local Transport Plan and we secured funding from the Combined Authority and PCC to make these improvements happen, the plans I am pleased to advise should be coming out later this or early next year for public consultation.
We lobbied and secured the return to 8 grass cuts a year which has proved much better than in previous years and I’m now lobbying for wild flower meadow planting for some of our grassland areas.
We are in close contact with Persimmon Homes to ensure the build, roadways and footpaths proceed as planned and where difficulties arrive, we work with Persimmons to try and resolve them.
I launched the ‘Clean It Up’ campaign to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pet, and regularly give out free rolls of poo bags and stencil reminders on dog walking routes.
I’m working with the Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Residents Groups and all other local authorities to ensure we tackle Crime and ASB head on when reported.
I take the education and development of our children extremely seriously and many of you will know I’ve now been the LA Governor at Heritage Park Primary School for more than 10 years. Brian & Ray are governors at local schools too.
I won’t be doing any negative campaigning in my literature or on my social media pages or website. I’m a local resident, I was born here in Peterborough and have lived in the ward for over 20 years.
From my campaign material and on the doorstep, you’ll get to know my values, what I stand for, what I’ve done, and what I pledge to do in the future to continue to ensure our ward remains, the best place to live in Peterborough.
I’ve enjoyed a lot of great help in the past from my supporters willing to deliver leaflets and newsletters and again appeal to any of you that could offer a little time to support me to please let me know.
Local Elections 2018
Cllr Brian Rush Wins Stanground South with 47% of the vote.
Huge congratulations to my ward colleague Brian Rush on his re-election as a councillor for our ward Stanground South.
Together we’ve earned ourselves the rather endearing name locally of ‘The Three Amigos’ and rightly so. Along with our other ward colleague Ray Bisby, we are indeed not just political colleagues, but very good friends and all extremely passionate about what happens in our great ward and city.
It’s a shame some of you decided to protest vote at a local level but if you did, we absolutely understand and share your frustration with the Brexit process. Hopefully we’ll be able to coax you back to supporting us and our work next time.
Personally it’s my turn to seek your vote again next year, so it’s back to getting on with the work in the ward. knocking on doors and listening to your views.
Thank you for all the support you give us.
Vote Brian Rush on May 2nd
I’m sure you’re all absolutely worn out and totally fed up at the debacle that is ‘Brexit’.
I won’t dwell on it too much here bar to say that it is now my opinion that it is time for us all to have a proper vote and seek a general election.
We as a country should now be given the opportunity to decide on whether we wish to keep or vote out those MP’s that have in my opinion, done everything possible to betray the will of the majority that voted in the referendum.
I think we are fortunate to have an honourable MP in Shailesh Vara. He stood on the manifesto that he would honour the result of the referendum and to date he has consistently kept his word.
What is coming up though and is also vitally important are the local ward elections for our area Stanground South. You decide who you want to represent you in our local ward and at council and my colleague Cllr Brian Rush will be seeking your vote on May 2nd.
We are under what feels like of late, constant attack from totally unsuitable planning applications particularly across the boundary in Fenland and Huntingdonshire and whilst we continue to have success in driving off applications such as the anaerobic digestion plant and poultry slaughterhouse, we need to be ever vigilant and ready to fight quickly and as one.
You’ll know just from my Facebook updates that we all live locally in Stanground and are passionate to ensure our ward remains one of the best places to live in Peterborough.
We’re out and about canvassing again now and will be joined by Shailesh Vara MP and Jason Ablewhite (The Police and Crime Commissioner) so hopefully some of you will be able to meet and put your questions to at least one of them too.
I hope like me, you will feel that together Brian, Ray and I are a good team and work relentlessly for the good of our ward and that you will give Brian your support by way of your vote on May 2nd.
Local Elections 2017
Ray Bisby – Stanground South storms to huge victory with 59% of the vote
Congratulations to my Stanground South team colleague Ray Bisby polling a massive 59% of the vote. Ray has worked really hard in the ward and a more truthful, honest and caring person I am yet to meet. He has shown how truly worthy he is to be a councillor in our ward.
Sadly whilst one candidate did resort to personal negative campaigning, we will never consider attacking our rivals.
We prefer to remain magnanimous in victory.
Thanks everyone for your support.
Why I’m not standing in this years local election or indeed next year?
We have a local election coming up on May 3rd 2018 and I think some clarification may be needed, some of you querying why I am not standing?
Best get yourself a coffee because this is a long one.
Two years ago in 2016, the boundary commission decided that the increase in population and forecast growth of the old Stanground Central Ward would become too big for 3 councillors to serve efficiently and they didn’t like having 1 Councillor wards any longer which ours was (Stanground East).
Therefore the boundaries were redrawn with input from the public and the city council for the whole of Peterborough which resulted in Stanground being split up into Fletton & Stanground Ward and our new ward Stanground South.
‘Stanground South’ would be a new ward which would include Stanground East (Park Farm), Cardea, Oakdale and also a part of Fletton up to the Barclays Bank on High Street.
This change to ward boundaries meant that an ‘all out’ local election was required and this happened back in May 2016.
Peterborough has a constitution different to that of national politics in that it only has ‘all out’ elections when the boundaries are changed, the normal process being Year 1 – No election (Fallow Year), hence no local election in 2017, Year 2 – 1/3 of councillors, Year 3 – 1/3 of councillors, Year 4 – 1/3 of councillors.
To decide in what order this takes place after an ‘all out’, the Councillor with the most votes receives a 4 year term of office, the Councillor with the second highest votes receives 3 years and the Councillor with the third highest number of votes receives 2 years in office. The sequence then effectively repeats itself.
I was fortunate to enjoy the highest vote from you in 2016 in our new ward and so remain your Councillor for another 2 years before I need to seek re-election.
What’s vital though is to appreciate how Ray, Brian and I have been working hard as a team to secure the best for you and our ward and indeed Peterborough.
Apart from hundreds of individual case work items, we’ve fought some particularly difficult and totally unsuitable planning applications with you that would have had a huge effect on the amenity of our ward such as the Anaerobic Digestion Plant at Horsey Toll Farm and the Chicken Farm and Slaughterhouse near Farcet.
- We secured the inclusion of the Whittlesey Road and Pondersbridge Junction in the PCC 5 Year Local Transport Plan and now we’ve secured the promise of joint funding from the combined authority and PCC to make the improvements happen.
- We lobbied and secured the return to 8 grass cuts a year.
- We’ve secured the expansion of Oakdale Primary School to two form entry, the build work to commence soon.
- We broke the deadlock over the layby at Stanground Surgery and plans are being confirmed for the much needed larger surgery and car park right now.
- We pushed for the build of the Cardea Pavilion to be completed and are proud of what a great success that has become thanks to the fine efforts of the great volunteers of Cardea Sports Association who manage and run it.
- We are in close contact with Persimmon Homes to ensure the build, roadways and footpaths proceed as planned and where difficulties arrive, we work with Persimmons to try and resolve them.
- We worked with PCC enforcement team to clean up and secure the field behind Stanground Community Centre after it was so badly abused after an unauthorised traveller encampment and further secured the funding to improve the protection of the Cardea Sports Pavilion from unauthorised encampments.
- We secured the funding to improve the lighting and the conversion of the yellow beacons to LED on the Fletton Avenue Zebra Crossing.
- We launched the ‘Clean It Up’ campaign to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pet, giving out free rolls of poo bags, securing extra bins and stenciling reminders on dog walking routes.
- We’ve completed litter picks throughout the ward and don’t only do them at election time with over 120 bags already collected in Park Farm alone.
- We work with the Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Residents Groups and all other authorities to ensure we tackle Crime and ASB head on when reported.
- We take the education and development of our children extremely seriously and are all School Governors in local schools. I’m at Heritage Park, Ray is at Oakdale and Brian at Southfields.
- We don’t do negative campaigning in our literature or on our Facebook sites. We will tell you who we are, what our values are, what we have done and what we will pledge to do.
We all love it here and that’s particularly why my wife, children and I made Park Farm our home some 20 years ago.
Ray, Brian and I are passionate about our ward and want only what’s best for everyone in it and for our great city as a whole.
I am honoured to continue to be one of your ward councillors and will do so for as long as both you and I wish me to do so.
Please help to keep our strong team together so we can continue our work and be proud to be the best ward in the city by voting for my colleague Ray Bisby this year on Thursday May 3rd.
On May 3rd this year my very capable colleague Ray Bisby is seeking re-election as one of your councillors in our ward Stanground South.
Ray like me, lives in the ward so knows exactly what the issues are and together with our ward councillor colleague Brain Rush, we have worked as a strong and united team to ensure you continue to live and enjoy the best ward in Peterborough and can be confident of having the best representation at council.
I hope you’ll agree and will support Ray by way of your vote come election day on Thursday May 3rd 2018.
More about Ray
I am delighted to have be chosen by the North West Cambridgeshire Conservative Association to stand again in May 2018 as their prospective candidate for the position of Councillor in Stanground South.
I left school and went straight into military service, the significant part of which I served in Northern Ireland. I left the Military to join the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Northern Ireland for over 19 years before being medically retired. I re-educated myself through A levels in 2001, going on to University and graduating with a degree of BSc Hons Social Psychology.
I have been involved in volunteering from 1999 where I was a volunteer within the prisons in Northern Ireland. I came over to Peterborough in 2006 and helped form a successful Age UK club in Hampton for people aged 60 plus. When I moved into Cardea near the start of the build, I started a Neighbourhood Watch, worked with Cardea Community Residents Association, became the Chair of the local Police Panel, became a member of the Cardea Community Sports Association that helps with the Park Farm Pumas. I volunteer in the local school, helping with KS2 pupils with their reading skills. I am now the Vice Chair of Oakdale Primary School and the Safeguarding Governor.
In the ward, I work with Councillors Chris Harper and Brian Rush to help keep our ward a safe and pleasant place to live. I continue to work with the schools on road safety, an issue around most schools. Recently it was announced that I will be the new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridge and Peterborough, holding the Chief Constable to account should the Police and Crime plan not be adhered to. and gives me influence in policing priorities.
I have been working over the last few years with Highways, Planning, Persimmon, Amazon, Debenhams, Taxi registrations branch and the Police to reduce as far as practicable, the issues of safety on the A605 roundabout near to Kingston Park and Flaxley Road. As most residents in Stanground know, the issue of increased staff at the local businesses over Christmas can cause many issues. Through consultation and agreement, I have been able to influence the parking, delivery and shift changes for the biggest employer, Amazon and had extra road signage erected.
In Cardea there are many issues with the builders and I have formed good relationships and arranged regular meetings between Persimmon, Planning, Highways etc to resolve issues as they arise. Along with my fellow councillors I have arranged and taken part in litter picks throughout the ward and stencilled the areas where owners fail to clean up after their dog.
Along with Chris & Brian, we campaigned for the full grass cutting programme to be re-installed and I have just secured the money to put a safety fence around the Oakdale Play Area to help keep our children safe.
Together with our MP Shailesh Vara, we are opposing a totally unsuitable planning application for a Chicken Farm and Slaughter House nearby in Farcet. We believe this would seriously affect air quality , transport routes and many other facets of our lives.
I vow to continue with the work we have started and fight to keep you the public safe, address issues as they arise and be available to listen and work with you .
Local Elections 2016
My sincere thanks to everyone for voting on election day and in doing so giving your support to Ray, Brian and me as the ward councillors of Stanground South. I am particularly honoured that you voted me into first place.
Special thanks go to our partners, families and our mini army of loyal supporters who gave their time to help with all the leaflet deliveries, manning the polling stations and at the count last night.
We are very humbled at the level of support you have shown us, a terrific 54% of the vote, and for giving us a mandate to continue our hard work and ensure our ward remains one of the best places to live in our great city.
The Local Government Boundary Commission has published its final decision for new electoral arrangements for Peterborough City Council. A new ward ‘Stanground South’ has been created from 2016 which will combine Park Farm, Cardea, Oakdale, South West Stanground and a small section of Fletton.
The Commission has now completed its review and considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.