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 Hyde/Newton ward:
Mike Baker, Green Party
I AM retired and enjoy growing fruit and veg and regular cycle rides to keep myself fit. I also have plenty of time to devote to councillor duties, should I be elected.
I am standing again as candidate because I believe Newton needs a genuine alternative to the business as usual, toxic politics of the two main parties.
I am opposed to building on greenbelt and have campaigned for many years against developing green space where brownfield sites are clearly available.
We have so many decaying buildings across the borough that should be converted before allowing greenbelt to be used to create profit at the expense of the environment.
The Green Party is now the third party according to recent polls and I was remarkably close to claiming second place last time.
We did win in Ashton and finished above the Conservatives in a third of contested wards, so we know the Greens are electable and capable of winning in Tameside.
If you want green, vote Green.
Peter Ball-Foster, Liberal Democrats
MY name is Peter Ball-Foster. I’ve lived in Newton for the past 20 years with my wife and children who were educated in the area. I am churchwarden for St Thomas’ Church, Hyde, and I’ve been a governor at Oakfield Primary School and a tenant director of New Charter Housing Trust.
The Conservative Government cut council budgets which severely impacted services during the pandemic. The Labour Council’s answer? Sell off land to private developers, including greenbelt, which has not provided the social housing we desperately need but allowed those developers to make large profits.
For example, land on Talbot Road was sold for £83,000 yet 10 houses were built selling at £220,000 each. Could Hyde Library be next as it becomes derelict?
There are many other issues: social care, school infrastructure, roads, fly tipping, dog fouling … the list goes on. I’d welcome the opportunity to address that list.
Melissa Molloy, Conservative Party
I AM delighted to be the Hyde Newton Conservative candidate. It has been a great pleasure interacting with the community and addressing current issues that have arisen during the Covid-19 crisis and from poor council management.
I truly believe at this time we have a fantastic opportunity to bring change and a vote for me will ensure Hyde Newton Conservatives will strive to hold the Labour council to account.
It is imperative that we protect and campaign against the destruction of our wonderful greenbelt.
I will ensure all residents’ concerns and issues are prioritised and tackled head on, while holding the council and outside companies accountable for the work carried out in our ward.
I ask you for your support and your vote, elect me to champion your priorities. On May 6, vote Melissa Molloy and together we can continue to make Hyde Newton a great place to live and work.
Peter Robinson, Labour and Co-operative Party
I AM honoured to accept the Newton Ward Labour Party’s nomination to stand as their candidate for re-election at the May local elections.
I wish to thank all frontline staff across the board for their selfless dedication throughout this pandemic. It has been a very strange year, for everyone I’m sure you will agree. My condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones.
We now need to look forward and continue to build on the work already finished. The reopening of our facilities, Guides, Scouts and youth clubs. It will not be long until our new swimming pool will be opened, to name a few.
I am committed to bringing more environmental improvements into our area after the very successful spring bulb planting around Newton Station, like wild flower verges. Send me your ideas. Vote Labour, Robinson and Burnham.