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1st May 2008 Local Elections
Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council

A message from MAUREEN BALDWIN


Dear Voter,

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself.

  • Married, lived in the village for 30 years with my husband Terry, have twin grandsons. Worked for HSBC before retirement
  • Qualified as a Guide Leader in 1965 and ran the same Guide unit for over 40 years, gaining experience of committee work through holding office as a District, Division and County Commissioner.
  • Helped with running the Village Hall library until its closure then became Treasurer for the Village Hall Committee. Currently working with other agencies to upgrade both Village Hall buildings and the site.
  • In July 2006 working with the District Youth and Community Service and others I helped open a Youth Club at the Village Hall which is now well established with an increasing membership.
  • Served on the Parish Plan Steering Committee since it reformed in February 2007, now head up the Community Facilities Action Group; a small group interested in implementing some of the things you wished for when you completed the Parish Plan Questionnaire.

Secondly, as a Parish Councillor I would like to see Party Politics kept firmly out of Local Government. I believe that all elected members of the Parish Council should work together as a team for the benefit of the community.

    As the Parish has the highest precept in West Lancashire, I would like to see all decisions regarding the spending of Parish Funds on large scale or expensive projects open to public consultation.
    The Village still has a problem with Youth antisocial behaviour, drinking and drug use. I would like to see the Parish Council encouraging the Youth Action Group to set up a Youth Council to work with local councillors and outside agencies to address this problem.
    Over a 1,000 houses have been built in Hesketh Bank since 1972 putting a considerable strain on the infrastructure and increasing the number of vehicles using the roads. I would like to see a halt to further housing development and, notwithstanding the proposed Northern Parishes Relief Road (Green Lane Link), consultation on improving the flow of traffic along Hesketh Lane and the bottleneck at the Hesketh Lane/Church Road junction.
    I would like to see the Parish Council take seriously the views YOU expressed in YOUR responses to the Parish Plan Questionnaire and work constructively on the areas that caused you the most concern.


Promoted by Maureen Baldwin, 5 Rankin Avenue, Hesketh Bank, Preston PR4 6PA