Local elections take place today on 5th May up until 10pm tonight. This is a crucial opportunity to get out and there and make a difference in your local community and have your say on the future of Colne.
Why should you bother? It affects you specifically in your local area, it doesn’t cost anything, it’s a lovely day out there and it means you’ve got more authority to complain about things to your friends and family when you actually try to change them for the better.
What has Liberal Democrat Councillor Tony Greaves done for Colne Waterside Ward this year?
Tony Greaves represents the Waterside Ward in Colne on Pendle Council and is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords.
Over the past year Tony Greaves has been working tirelessly to ensure a better deal for the people of Colne on a wide variety of local issues . These include:
- Fighting to Save the local bus services as their existence was threatened by government plans to cut their funding
- Opposing the fracking licence that has been granted in our area
- Successfully campaigning and raising funding to Save the Colne Rhythm and Blues Festival so it will take place again this August
- Preventing cuts to police funding from taking place this year
- Defeating the government on tax credit cuts for working families in Colne Waterside Ward
- Fighting for the rights of disabled people in Colne Waterside Ward and helping to stop the government from slashing their benefits
- Tackling the problem of empty houses in Colne
- Campaigning to extend the Neighbourhood Plan for Colne to include the areas that need it the most
- Scrutinising the Housing and Planning Bill to ensure that people in Colne are not neglected
Councillor Tony Greaves on Colne Neighbourhood Plan
“My concern lies with the priorities of Colne Town Council in deciding to set up a Neighbourhood Plan which only includes a relatively small part of Colne – the area round where the Town Council Chairman lives – rather than the rest of the town. There is no way that this area can even be described as “Colne East” – it’s a bit of east Colne. I fear it is a mistaken attempt by the Conservatives to once again look after their own, and likely to backfire.”
“In my view the Neighbourhood Plan should either include the whole town of Colne, or it should be about the South Valley and surrounding areas. It is missing a real opportunity to do neighbourhood planning where it could be really useful, to boost the town centre and regenerate other parts of the town that need it - representing the whole of Colne, not just one small part.”
Councillor Tony Greaves on Fracking
"Shale gas fracking around Colne would have a serious effect on the landscape in a hilly area like ours, and the local roads in the likely area arejust not suitable. There are also a large number of environmental, health-related and operational questions relating to shale gas fracking that have not been answered.”
Councillor Tony Greaves on Colne Blues Festival
"Plans were in place to cut the cost of Colne Blues Festival working with a firm of festival organisers who could run it more commercially. These talks ran out of time so we stepped in with a Blues Festival grant of £60,000, ensuring that this important part of the Colne calendar can go ahead this year.”
"We want the Blues Festival set up on a sustainable basis in future years so we are starting to plan for 2017 now. The Blues Festival is important for both residents and visitors, and the local economy. We are determined to keep it going.”
Where do I need to go to Vote in Local Elections 2016?
If you live in Waterside Ward of Colne your local polling stations are:
Holy Trinity church Hall, Tatton St Colne BB8 8JE
Lesser Municipal Hall, Albert Rd Colne BB8 0BP
New Life Christian Centre, West Street Colne BB87 0HP
For the full list of polling stations in other areas in Pendle please visit http://www.pendle.gov.uk/directory/10/polling_stations/category/171