In a West Lancashire local election where, typically, only 30% of registered electors bother to vote, the outcomes seem not to be as critical as a national election. Not being “big party” should be a great electoral advantage for independent individuals. There is an obvious need to extend the influence of independents in local government.
Examples where independent individuals are nominated include Labour red Ashurst, with its 2019 turnout 29%, and 2018 turnout 30%. And all the way back in time, “Ashurst Ward Date of Election: 4th May 2006 Electorate: 4898 Ballot Papers Issued: 1154 Turnout: 23.56%”. Labour nap, but there is a good independent individual there in 2021.
But in the “Election of a Borough Councillor for Halsall on Thursday 3 May 2012, Labour elected, Turnout: 37.49%. The parties want Halsall, hence its 2016 turnout of 42%, when there was a UKIP who took 118 votes and affected the result, Labour Mills won by 24 votes.
Now, there IS a real Halsall individual alternative. And he can prove it by his record. It’s Neil Campbell.
His Personal Achievements, His Manifesto
“Member of the Flood Forum chaired by Rosie Cooper MP; LALC representative for 7 years; co-ordinator Neighbourhood Watch for 8 years; Meetings with the Crime Commissioner demanding improved Police responses to rural crime issues; successfully lobbied United Utilities which resulted in conducting flood water investigations and essential sewerage system repairs; Highlighting and holding to account, Lancashire County Council Highways poor roads and failing surface water drains; Campaigned against controversial new housing developments bordering flood zone areas which may create additional flood issues and exposing continued abuses of our planning laws and policies.
“Is local petty politics and old school party whips working for you? Are you impressed by the way WLBC is being run and are you happy that an additional 550 new houses are being planned in our Parish as part of the Local Plan review to which the draft publication has been delayed till “after” the local elections? Halsall is so blessed in having exceptional grade A1 soil, the finest food producing asset in the county, however our Borough Council is hell bent in surrendering this vital resource to developers for housing rather than food production.
“Poor and short sighted planning decisions create problems in the future, we need the right type of housing in the right areas at a price where our young couples can actually afford!
“Have you noticed any local road improvements, a reduction of flooding or an abundance of school placements? We need someone who will hold our County Councillor and Lancashire County Council to account especially when our every increasing council tax bills are basically showing a “nil return” for us handing over our hard earned cash.
“It’s time that our great borough received improvement to services and some much needed investment upgrades! The quality of Broadband services is way below par compared to other areas, this is unacceptable and we demand better from our providers!
“It’s time we put pressure to have a higher Police presence in Halsall to tackle the rising rate of rural crime, excessive speeding and the abuse of HGV’s ignoring long established road weight limits which are ruining our back roads.
“I’m not a politician nor constrained by party politics so if elected I can speak up for the residents and be able to vote with complete impartially in meetings on items that will improve and regenerate West Lancashire.
“It’s time we had an “independent voice” to represent the residents in Halsall, someone who is devoid of any political rhetoric and is fully prepared to voice your concerns and opinions without any political party interference or sway!”
You will get it with Neil Campbell.