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Tarleton Parish Council Elections 2007
Hesketh Lane Ward

A message from ANDREW CHEETHAM

I am the proprietor of the Tower Garage on Hesketh Lane. I have lived in the village all my life and am married with two children who are educated locally. My wife Gillian, who is a qualified teacher, principal of a local children’s day nursery. I feel at this stage in my life I would like to give something back to my village. I am disturbed by the lack of community spirit in the area which is reflected in the problems with young people. I believe the Parish Council has a duty to further community spirit and I would work towards this end should you elect me. I am also concerned with traffic issues and the lack of a visible presence of a policeman in the village

What are my aims?

  • Stop wasteful expenditure
  • Work with not against the District & County Councils
  • Improve the appearance of the village centre (with flower tubs & hanging baskets)
  • Ensure equal distribution of revenue throughout the village
  • Continue the expansion of CCTV to Tarleton with the help of WLDC and LCC
  • Listen to residents and provide a positive response not false hopes as has happened in the past
  • To return Parish Council meetings to Monday’s enable District Councillors to attend

Do you realise that under the present control the Parish Council have:-

  • Increased the parish precept this year by approximately 27%. The District & County Councils are capped at 5% and indeed West Lancs. District Council increase was 3.5%.
  • Under this precept off street parking has increased from £500 to £10,000 and yet it appears there is no increase in parking spaces.
  • The present controlling group spent thousands on a village plan 4 years ago. No aspects of this have been introduced around the village.
  • This group also spent several thousands of pounds on a detailed traffic survey. Also no action.
  • The “Village View” cost £2120 per year. Four editions were sent out with a consultation slip on them. The results have never been published.
  • The Parish Council’s own website is now costing you more with less content. At the time of writing the latest update is January and there have been two further meetings since then.
  • The present vice chair of Tarleton Parish Council is trying to get himself elected to Banks Parish Council. If elected, to both where will his priorities lie?

Vote for a change of control on Tarleton Parish Council on May 3rd

Andrew Cheetham