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Lancashire County Council Election - 5th May 2005
A message from MALCOLM BARRON
Malcolm Barron

Dear Elector,
I feel that it would be a great honour and privilege if you were to elect me to the position held by the late County Councillor Robert Hodge. He was held in high esteem by all parties and is in many ways irreplaceable, however if elected I will do my best to carry on his good work.

This area has a large horticultural industry, which creates both benefits and problems. The benefits of a thriving agricultural industry include employment on the farms and in ancillary businesses. A viable agricultural and horticultural sector helps to contribute to the appearance and value of the whole area.

One problem is the high volume of HGV’s and in this respect I have campaigned with our District Councillors and others for the “GREEN LANE LINK” to the A565 which would remove most heavy vehicles from the centres of Hesketh Bank, Banks and Tarleton and help reduce congestion.

The accommodation of high numbers of seasonal workers causes another problem. I know that your Conservative District Councillors are working closely with residents and employers to produce a solution – I promise to give them my wholehearted support.

We need more local buses, properly integrated school transport and the provision of a “rover” bus to be based in the area.

Most of our minor roads and indeed many of our main roads are in a poor state of repair and I shall work to remedy this.

As a former governor of a local primary and the High School and a parent of two children who have been educated locally, I will give the provision of meaningful education a high priority.

We have lost Police Stations in Banks and Hesketh Bank and I shall work for a more visible police presence than we have at the moment. I believe that petty crime if left unchecked leads to major crimes. I therefore believe in zero tolerance.

I shall support our District Councillors in their efforts to improve youth and sports facilities for our young people.

As a former director of an agricultural company and owner of a market garden I thoroughly understand the problems of growers in this area and I shall do all in my power to assist the industry.

Voluntary and Community Groups provide personal out of hours care and reach people in need. I shall campaign to ensure that the County Council transfers more resources to these groups.

I support the Conservative Party policy of allowing local councils to have the final word regarding large-scale developments.

As a local man who was born and has always lived and worked in the area, I understand local problems and will make myself available to help all residents. I have the support of all seven of our local District Councillors and shall work closely with them to further the interests of our area.

Malcolm Barron
01772 811302

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