WHO will get your vote when Tameside goes to the polls on Thursday, May 6?
Residents who are registered to vote can have their say in the local borough elections and also the Greater Manchester Mayoral Elections.
For the local borough elections, one new councillor per ward will be elected from nominated candidates to represent the area on Tameside Council. Residents can have their say for the ward in which they live.
There are different ways to vote in the elections: at your local polling station, by post or by proxy (appointing someone to vote on your behalf).
You will receive a poll card telling you where to vote if you wish to vote in person at your local polling station on May 6.
Significant efforts have been made to ensure that all polling stations are Covid safe. Voters and staff will be required to wear a face covering (unless they are exempt), observe social distancing and use hand sanitiser which will be made available. Voters can bring their own pen or pencil should they wish to do so.
If you registered for a postal vote, you will receive a voting pack in the post including instructions on how to vote. Make sure you send it back so that it arrives by 10pm on election day.
The counts for local elections will commence at 11am on Friday, May 7 at Plantation Industrial Estate, Whitelands Road, Ashton-under-Lyne and is expected to be completed by 4pm. Admittance is strictly by ticket only.
To find out more go online: www.tameside.gov.uk/elections/ or call 0161 342 8355.
Here are the candidates standing in Denton North East ward:
John Bradley, Green Party
I HAVE lived in Tameside for most of my life and have always worked locally in retail, transport and travel.
I decided to stand as a candidate to give the people of Denton North East the option to vote for a local, Green candidate. If you want green,
We have a Green councillor in Ashton, and we polled more votes than the Conservatives in a third of seats, proving that we are electable.
I am frequently seen litter picking along with my children.
The Green Party prioritises striving for a cleaner, safer, greener and healthier place to live.
I appreciate the need to encourage safe alternatives to car travel by encouraging those who can to walk, cycle and travel using affordable, reliable public transport.
I support local campaigns to save Tameside’s greenbelt and oppose plans to replace fields with tarmac, increasing the risk of flooding, while brownfield sites decay.
Our greenbelt and other green spaces are essential for the health and wellbeing of people.
Dawn Cobb, Conservative Party
I HAVE lived in Denton for over 40 years, and, like you, I am proud of living here and really care about our town.
I have watched the decline of our once thriving market town with sadness as the investment pours into Ashton. Despite two Denton councillors being members of the council’s cabinet, what do we see for it? There is just no evidence that Labour cares for Denton.
We need someone in our community who cares for our town and who will put the interests of Denton and its people first. Not someone who will just continue to put their party first.
Labour have ruled the roost in Tameside for more than 40 years. They have become complacent and ignore your interests. By working together, I believe we can reverse Labour’s failures and make Denton a great place in which to live, work and bring up a family.
There is a difference between national and local politics – if you want to see change in Denton then vote for me. I will put your interests first and work for you.
Denise Ward, Labour Party
IT has been an honour and privilege to be part of the team in Denton North East which I have served since 2009.
If I am re-elected, I promise to work hard for the people of Denton North East, together with my ward colleagues Vincent Ricci and Allison Gwynne.
The last 12 months have been a year like no other, but we have managed to deliver such a lot in our community.
The new Friends of Tame Valley group was set up, which I chair and our MP Andrew Gwynne is secretary, to help and preserve our wonderful green open spaces and help volunteers to maintain and repair gates and fences etc.
The Wellness Centre in Denton, which I also chair, is so much more than a gym. At Christmas time we helped deliver 780 hot meals throughout Tameside and food hampers to residents. I am looking forward to getting back in our amazing centre.
Thank you for your time in reading my pledge which is to continue to work hard for Denton North East.