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2004 Local Elections
Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council
John Hodson

Hesketh Lane

Dear Elector,
Together with my wife Gail, I have substantial business interests in Hesketh Bank and having been brought up a local in nearby Tarleton, I have many friends and connections in the village of Hesketh Bank. In the last few years there have been many changes in local government, particularly at the Parish Council level. Some say that without these changes Parish Councils were in danger of being abolished, certainly there was a need to move away from the old under performing ‘litter bin- and-bus shelter type of Parish Council where nothing much seemed to happen. All that has now changed and if you are not moving ahead as a Parish Council then you are automatically falling behind. You cannot coast uphill. Many Parish Councils in Lancashire are now forging ahead and I see a distinct danger of Hesketh Bank being left behind.

Being at the forefront of recent changes and Projects gives me the knowledge and experience coupled with a full appreciation of procedural matters in relation to Parish Council business. I am a serving member on the Executive of the Lancashire Association Of Parish And Town Councils (LAPTC) and also have extensive business knowledge with a sound grasp of good financial practises.

Some people have asked me whether there would be a conflict of interest serving on two Councils at one time to which I would reply that neighbouring Parish Councils are not in competition! More than ever we need to co-operate as members of the Northern Parishes. Great benefits can be obtained for our villages if we just apply a structured and well-organised approach.

I would ask you to vote for me as a member of Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council and I will in return give you my solemn pledge that I will do all that I can to with teamwork to help move the village forwards for the benefit of all residents.

Yours Sincerely,
John Hodson.

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