Campaigning for the upcoming by-election in Bradley Stoke’s Meadowbank parish ward is now under way, with the first party political leaflets being delivered to homes in the area.
The by-election, which takes place on Thursday 26th November, sees one candidate from each of the local Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties battling for a seat that became vacant after David Skeet (Conservative) resigned following criticism of his poor record of attendance at council meetings.
Mr Skeet blamed his lack of attendance on illness, but this does not seem to have stopped him continuing to fulfil his role on Stoke Gifford Parish Council, where he remains an active member.
The Conservatives were first off the mark when a ‘by-election special’ of their ‘in touch’ newsheet was delivered to homes in the ward that includes (amongst others) Kemperleye Way, Hawkins Crescent, Snowberry Close and Diana Gardens.
Candidate Ernie Brown, of Mead Road (Stoke Gifford), says he is concerned by anti-social behaviour and how it is affecting local residents. He highlights the extra full-time PCSO and part-time police officer that have been added to the local beat team thanks to funding from the Conservative-controlled town and district councils.
He also welcomes the “record investment” made by Bradley Stoke Town Council to provide better facilties for young people in the town.
Mr Brown says that residents of Hawkins Crescent have told him that they feel their road is being used as a rat run by drivers heading for the Town Centre and asks voters to write to him with suggestions.
The Liberal Democrats’ ‘Focus’ leaflet followed a week later, headlined “Another Resignation, Another By-election” – referring to the fact that this will be the second by-election in just over a year caused by the resignation of a Conservative councillor representing the Meadowbank ward.
LibDem candidate Sachin Singhal stresses the fact that he lives in the town and works nearby at Aztec West.
Born in India, he is now a British citizen and says he would like to “build bridges between the different cultures living in the town”.
On the contentious matter of a resurrected bowls club in Bradley Stoke, Mr Singhal says that, if elected, he will propose a fee based on the number of club members rather than the lump sum of £6,000 said to be wanted by the Conservatives.
The transfer of youth clubs in the town to Brook Way comes under criticism in the leaflet, with a claim that the Conservatives promised transport to take young people to the new venue but later withdrew the offer.
Read the leaflets here: Meadowbank By-election 2009
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