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/Werneth ward:
Nicola Harrop, Green Party
I AM a disabled student currently studying anatomical science at the University of Manchester.
My family and I have a passion for animals. We helped to foster and re-home a beautiful long-term stray cat and support local animal rescue charities within Tameside.
Good education is important. I believe school is where our children should be taught about sustainability, climate change and the environment in a structured, science-based curriculum.
I would like to see an increase of community activities for our teenage children, giving them the opportunity to interact in a positive, active, and productive way.
Disability and mental health issues are a particular concern. With services for social care being cut and Covid-19 impacting upon the lives of so many, it is important that mental health services are supported across the wider area of Tameside.
We have a Green councillor in Ashton and challenged the big parties in a third of seats, last time, proving that we are electable. If you want green, vote Green.
Richard O’Brien, Liberal Democrats
I HAVE lived and worked in Hyde most of my life and I am proud to call it home and to be standing for the Liberal Democrats in Hyde Werneth.
I am a digital marketing manager, working with Tameside businesses, and have a vested interest in its success.
I know that growth of our local economy is key to new opportunities, and I will always champion Tameside and fight for strong links with our European partners.
Locally we should be building on brownfield sites to offer more affordable housing.
My priorities are keeping our community clean and safe, with more dog waste and gritting bins, improving social care and tackling anti-social behaviour.
I want to stop the blame culture of the two-party system. Let’s work together to make real improvements and show the world just how wonderful Tameside is. As a community we can achieve anything.
Hugh Roderick, Labour Party
I BELIEVE that being a councillor is first and foremost about being a problem solver for those you represent.
I spent a decade delivering development projects in Africa and then several years teaching secondary science. Both experiences have taught me the importance of being innovative, flexible, and persistent in my approach to problem solving.
I will always work to ensure residents can feed into the decision-making process so they can feel engaged with decisions of the council.
As the candidate for Hyde Werneth, my priorities are a regeneration plan for Hyde town centre that protects Hyde’s heritage by bringing old buildings back into use, including the library building on Union Street.
I will also be working for improved integrated bus services that work for Hyde residents using the new powers over buses that Andy Burnham recently announced and ensuring that any housing development comes with the infrastructure to support it.
Ruth Welsh, Conservative Party
THE last year has been extremely difficult. Everyone has been impacted in some way by the pandemic and it has thrown many challenges that could never have been foreseen. However, to see the way the community has come together to help each other has been wonderful and the reason I love where I live.
Thank you to everyone for going the extra mile to help their friends and neighbours and of course all the frontline workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the year. Due to the hard work of everyone and the Government’s vaccine success, I feel we have plenty to be optimistic about for 2021 and the years ahead.
I have been councillor for 15 years and use my experience to help the whole community, from being a trustee of Gee Cross Community Centre and the Croft Millennium Park, to helping the many groups in their efforts to make Werneth a great place to live and assisting the hundreds of residents who contact Phil Chadwick and I with a wide range of personal issues.