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 Stalybridge North ward:
Dave Fernley, Green Party
I HAVE lived and worked in Stalybridge all my life. I’m a father of a young daughter and run a successful, local joinery and carpentry business.
I am standing again to give Stalybridge North the option of voting for a local, Green candidate and a party that will prioritise making our community, a cleaner, safer, greener, and overall a better place to live.
I have campaigned against the attempts to build on the ancient woodland between Grove Road and Carrbrook and have volunteered at Eastwood RSPB Reserve where I rebuilt and repaired the viewing hides.
The Green Party support the local campaigns to save Tameside’s greenbelt and to prioritise building affordable housing on brownfield sites, to reduce the devastating level of homelessness.
We have a Green councillor 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.
Jan Jackson, Labour and Co-operative Party
AS a proud Tamesider and Labour and Co-operative candidate, it is a privilege to stand in Stalybridge North.
I have served on the Council for nine years. During the pandemic I have been on the front line with key workers, delivering food to the needy and sourcing funds for children’s free lunches.
When moorland fires blighted our ward, I organised a meeting with schools, council officers and heads of public services to obtain vital equipment so schools could reopen.
I am proud of my contribution to the ward’s achievements like reopening Stamford Boating Lake (as a director), supporting Heyrod community events, re-establishing the Stalybridge Carnival Committee, raising money for local causes, and strengthening partnerships with community groups.
If elected I will:
• Continue to support schools and school councils.
• Speak up for young and elderly people.
• Address key issues such as mental health; cleaner, safer streets; nurturing Stalybridge North’s great community spirit.
Lee Stafford, Stalybridge Town Party
I AM a proud resident of Stalybridge and am standing as a candidate for Stalybridge Town Party for the third time. I believe there is a real appetite for change in Stalybridge and I want to try and bring that about.
With your support and when it is considered safe to do so, I will call for open meetings where we can address our councillors with the issues that concern us. It simply isn’t acceptable that the Executive Cabinet at TMBC is making decisions based on what they think is best for us. They should be asking us what we want, not telling us what we’re getting.
Stalybridge was chosen for Andy Burnham’s ‘Town Centre Challenge’ and it started with a real passion, but I believe it has now been taken over by the Cabinet and has become stagnant, as has the ‘Heritage Action Zone’. Why hasn’t there been a public consultation for the project?
Don’t vote for more of the same, vote for Stalybridge Town Party, vote for change.
Dave Tilbrook, Conservative Party
I AM local and have been active in the community for a number of years.
I support saving the conservatory in Stamford Park, I’m chair of the new George’s Kitchen which will provide meals for the isolated and vulnerable in our area, I’m a Big Local board member on Ridgehill and vice-chair of the trustees at West Hill High School.
I want to regenerate our town centre. As a resident, it’s sad to see our town centre the way it is now with an empty market hall and empty shops. We plan to regenerate our town centres, including free parking.
Tameside has been run into the ground by Labour. This election is a chance to build a bigger opposition to be able to hold them to account. The Conservatives already have some councillors but it’s not enough. A vote for me will mean opposition voices grow and, with more Conservative councillors, things will change.