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North Ward / Waterlees Has Three New Councillors

North Ward / Waterlees Has Three New Councillors

Following the abrupt and expensive resignations of Cllrs Lay, Bucknor and Bucknor from Wisbech Town Council, a by-election has been held to find three replacements.

The political battleground was a straight duel between Labour and the Conservatives.

Labour threw everything and the kitchen sink at it.  Volunteers were drafted in from far and wide and the most comprehensive campaign I’ve seen them run in recent years took place.

I think that letting the Bucknors have a free ride for years has seriously harmed their base in the area, because despite giving it their best and throwing lots of resources at it, they failed to make the mark they hoped.  Nevertheless, they ran a clean campaign and did not get bogged down in the nastiness and vitriol seen from other quarters.  They can be proud of their part in a well-fought and fair by-election.

I am pleased and proud that all three seats were won, comfortably, by the three Conservative candidates; Andy Maul, Laura Cobb and Andrew Lynn.  All three are completely fresh faces to the local political scene and I am looking forwards to working with them for many years to come.

The Spinney Fun Day 2017

The Spinney Fun Day 2017

I had a fantastic day at the Spinney.  First opening the new pagoda that was donated by the Clarion/Circle group and then being the DJ for crowds of excited kids throughout the day.

I enjoyed last year’s event too, but this year was exceptional.  Particularly good fun was the water slide, made from simple materials on the little zip wire hill.  Laughing happy kids covered in mud and soaking wet ran about the place in a frenzy of fun activity.

North Ward / Waterlees By-Election, Part 2

North Ward / Waterlees By-Election, Part 2

Just returned from a hectic afternoon canvassing with the North Ward / Waterlees Conservative team.
 
There was a huge pack of us out today and we managed to canvass and leaflet a large area.
 
This campaign is a lot of fun as everybody seems to know all three of our candidates so well. Not sure I’ve ever been on a campaign where the candidates seem to know every person, their partner, their kids, their grandparents in quite this way before :) But its brilliant to be working with such a passionate and LOCAL team.
 

North Ward / Waterlees August 2017 Campaign Begins

North Ward / Waterlees August 2017 Campaign Begins
Campaigning started for the North Ward / Waterlees By-Election today.
 
It was a nice day for the North Ward Team to be out and about and we encountered many local people on our rounds.
 
The atmosphere remains upbeat and positive as it was in May. Things are really changing now and I think people recognise that.
 
Looking forward to getting Andy Maul, Andrew Lynn and Laura Cobb elected! That will be such a strong team. Alongside Billy Rackley and I, we will be able to really get things done.
 
Thanks to the people we met en route. Looking forward to seeing many, many more people in the month ahead and introducing them to our three excellent Conservative candidates.

Thank You, North Ward

Thank You, North Ward

Thanks to the residents of North Ward / Waterlees who turned up for the Coffee Morning with Councillors today.

It was a very relaxed and enjoyable natter in which we tried our best to put the world to rights over biscuits and cake.

Looking forward to the next one!

Coffee with Councillors

Waterlees / North Ward Coffee Morning

Waterlees / North Ward Coffee Morning
 
If you live in North Ward / Waterlees in Wisbech, I hope you will consider joining myself and Cllr Billy Rackley tomorrow morning for our Councillors’ Coffee Morning.
 
As this is a Councillor event, or course there is no charge or anything like that.
 
The short event is being held in Oasis Centre, in the youth room. It starts at 10AM and finishes at Midday. You can drop in any time, you don’t need an appointment or anything.
 
Tea, Coffee and Cake will all be provided by us.
 
The purpose of the event is to give residents of the area an opportunity to chat to Billy and I, and to each other. You can raise issues that concern you, suggest ideas or improvements, or just generally natter and enjoy a nice cuppa.
 
Please do come along, you will be very welcome and we will be pleased to see you.

North Ward / Waterlees By-Election

North Ward / Waterlees By-Election

Wisbech Conservatives did not want three by-elections in August.

We’ve already had enough elections this year.
We didn’t want to have to spend thousands of pounds of taxpayer’s money on another one. It could have been better spent on the actual town than another election
.
Nevertheless, Alan Lay decided he was too old to go on, and the Bucknors quit out of the blue also. So we have had no choice but to find candidates.
 
But they say every cloud has a silver lining and this particular silver lining is a great one. Because we have three FANTASTIC Conservative candidates for Waterlees/North Ward.
 
People say they want local candidates, people who are known in the area and who know the area. People who understand the local issues and are invested in the community.
 
We have three people exactly like that. Three candidates who we are sure will work very hard for North Ward / Waterlees. Three candidates who can join Billy Rackley (at Town Council) and Steve Tierney (as the County Councillor) to finally begin to deliver the services and support that local people deserve.
 
Andrew Lynn – Born and Bred in North Ward / Waterlees. Proud Son of Wisbech. Has worked for years with the homeless and is a foster carer.
 
Andy Maul – Proprietor of Bygones Cafe, the much-loved diner in the town centre. Well known and well-respected by his friends and customers, Andy wants to work with Wisbech Town Council to return the Market Place to glory, investing in and growing what it offers for everybody.
 
Laura Cobb – Teaching Assistant at Orchards School. Born n’ Bred North Ward / Waterlees, friendly, helpful and approachable. Laura is keen to see more services for families and children, in particular the rebuilding and expansion of the Skate Park in the ward.
 
These are the three candidates that have been selected to represent the Conservatives in the by-election at the end of August. More information will be forthcoming as the campaign progresses, of course.
 
But that’s a *strong* team, isn’t it? A strong team for North Ward / Waterlees. A strong team for the Town Council. A strong team for Wisbech.

Rose Lodge Birthdays

Rose Lodge Birthdays
I popped into Rose Lodge again today to wish two residents a very happy birthday.
 
Eric Parsons, who is 90 this week.
 
And Edna Cooper who is 102.
 
Real milestone birthdays and it was lovely to get a chance to celebrate with them.

Happy Birthday Nora Drew!

Happy Birthday Nora Drew!
It was a great honour to visit Rose Lodge Care Home in North Ward / Waterlees today and wish the delightful Nora Drew happy returns for the day on this, her 100th Birthday.
 
She didn’t know I was coming, or that I was bringing flowers, so it was nice to be able to surprise her and wish her all the best.
 
Happy Birthday Nora!