The Nedge ward candidates

Statements by the candidates for The Nedge ward in the 2019 Telford & Wrekin Council local election.

Nine candidates, three seats available.

Some candidates who belong to the same party chose to submit a combined manifesto.

John Baker and Robert Cadman, Conservative

John Paul Ronald Baker and Robert Cadman, of the Conservative Party, are standing as candidates in this ward. They did not provide a manifesto.

Paul Bryant, Liberal Democrat

Paul Bryant

I am a Randlay resident and local business owner. I am passionate about Telford and my neighbourhood of Randlay, Stirchley and Hollinswood.

I Started Games Lore (online retail) in 2001, a growing business focused on the UK and EU with a unit in Halesfield employing local people. I pay our lowest-paid staff according to Living Wage Foundation guidelines and would encourage other employers to do the same. I live with my partner who has three adult children.

My key pledges are:

1. To save our A&E and Women’s and Children’s Unit. It’s vital our community does not have this ripped away from us.

2. To give the Nedge an alternative voice to councillors who have taken their electorate for granted here. I will send a regular newsletter and work with residents to get the best for our ward.

3. To support small business and local entrepreneurs by encouraging start-ups and campaigning for ethical business practices, such as paying the living wage to the lowest earners.

Nathan England (incumbent), Vanessa Holt and Chris Turley (incumbent), Labour

Chris Turley, Nathan England and Vanessa Holt

Nathan, Vanessa and Chris are proud to call Telford their home. As councillors and residents, they have got on with the job of supporting residents in Hollinswood, Stirchley and Randlay.

Nathan has worked on many local issues for residents alongside Chris since being elected in 2011.

Nathan was pleased to secure the £2.5million regeneration of Hollinswood centre and worked with Chris to ensure the building of two new schools, Telford Park and Grange Park which was planned to be scrapped under the Tories. Also, a record number of new parking spaces have been built because of their action in your area.

Chris is retired from the army and is a Hollinswood resident he has long campaigned for the continued development of our estates alongside Nathan. Because of this, our estates will benefit from a £1million fund to redevelop Stirchley centre, work with private developers to finish Randlay centre and support the regeneration of Hollinswood.

Vanessa, who has worked in education, has campaigned tirelessly to tackle road safety outside of our schools. Following this, a record investment is being rolled out to all schools including Grange Park, Windmill, Holmer Lake and Randlay Primary Schools. This is all possible because Labour has balanced the books allowing us to invest in our area.

If elected, we will:

  • Continue to invest in safer routes to school.

  • Fight for continued investment in our roads, footpaths and green spaces around The Nedge.

  • Guarantee the continued investment in Randlay, Hollinswood and Stirchley.

  • Protect, care and invest in the place we call home.

Connor Furnival (incumbent), Independent

Connor Furnival

I was born and brought up in Telford, I grew up on Sutton Hill and since 2010 I’ve lived in Stirchley. I’ve got two sons with my fiancé who’s a Nursery Assistant. I work as a quality inspector at an electrical company in Stafford Park. I also have a part-time job and am a trustee to a charity and volunteer for two voluntary groups.

I am a busy man, but I love all that I do and I won’t dare give any of it up because I enjoy it so much. I simply want a better future for my children and the future generations of Telford and that’s why I do so much, because with my many small successes I feel like I can really give them a good future.

For The Nedge, I want Stirchley centre to be safer and brighter, I want Randlay’s centre completed and Hollinswood’s “dead spaces” (where parks used to be) to be brought back to community use and for the whole area I want better parking and cleaner streets. I know its cliché but I am proud of my ward and excited about its future.

Greg Sinclair, Independent

Greg Sinclair

I moved to Stirchley almost 15 years ago and joined Hollinswood and Randlay and Stirchley and Brookside Parish Councils from 2011. I campaigned to be a borough councillor for The Nedge in 2015, and I did not come last.

Since 2015 I have been chairman of Friends of Holmer Lake until recently, and vice-chair for the Protection of Rural England. My duties as parish councillor include interacting with the Shropshire Association of Local Councils and Telford and Wrekin Council officers. My main concerns are planning applications, completion of Randlay shops, Stirchley centre renovation, and several community projects.

I’m the type of person that does not take no for an answer and is not afraid to make myself heard and push my point forward. When a member of the community has a valid concern I will do my best to get it resolved.

I work as an independent candidate for the community. Parish and borough councillors are unable to improve anything for you with politics. We need to work as a community in the community. I can do this better as a borough councillor of The Nedge, and Telford in general.

Please vote for me because community matters more than politics.

Tom Wust, Conservative

Tom Wust

Randlay Centre has been neglected by the current administration, starting the regeneration process and never finishing it. We need to make use of the land boarded up.

Speeding in Randlay Avenue, Stirchley Avenue and Dale Acre Way is getting to awful levels, with reports of unnecessary overtaking and near-misses. We will implement measures to reduce speeding, seeking an alternative for expensive speed bumps and cameras.

Areas with small roads are seeing more and more cars which need space to park. We have identified areas which are in need, such as Catherton in Stirchley and we will seek to build car parks to cope with the demand and leave plenty of room for traffic to travel.

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