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Local Issues / Re: Fun election quiz
« Last post by Deniseam on April 23, 2015, 07:32:04 PM »
Blimey, I was rubbish at this quiz!
Local Issues / Re: Traffic on / around Windlehurst Road [Meeting 21 April]
« Last post by simonesaffron on April 23, 2015, 03:55:31 PM »
I also attended the meeting and some of the points were well made and you and your fellow organisers are to be congratulated on convening a meeting so well attended.

I couldn't hear much of what Andrew Stunell was saying as he was at the front and I wasn't, and I don't really know what Darren Palmer looks like. I did see Councillor KD, he was stood up at the back a few seats away rom me. I overheard a conversation that he had with some attendees after the meeting, I don't think that it was meant to be private, it isn't my place to divulge it's content, but the gist of it was that he ....'came to listen.'  Perhaps you should contact him and ask him why he did come. The point I would take away from his attendance was that he attended.   

I don't really think that outgoing MP's and unsuccessful parliamentary candidates can be much help here. but if we are to achieve anything we really need to work with our local Councillors. I personally think that saying that they are indifferent and that they don't listen  is going to be unhelpful to our cause.

How do you know that they are indifferent and unlistening. Have you had meetings with them that suggest this or have you just fired off a couple of emails and been unhappy with the response?

Local Issues / Re: SOS for Marple
« Last post by admin on April 23, 2015, 12:06:36 PM »
I'd like to add my thanks to MAD WI for the great support that they have given to Friends of Marple Memorial Park and particularly for the fantastic fund raising that they did for the Skatepark Project at the Christmas Cracker organised by Marple Business Forum. They are both excellent local community groups.

I'm sure this is a storm in a teacup that can be sorted out with a friendly chat.
Hazel Grove Elections May 2015 / Re: Election candidate Interviews
« Last post by moorendman on April 23, 2015, 12:03:43 PM »
Thanks for your comments Syrup.

Unfortunately, I do not have an interview with Graham Reid forthcoming. As you can see from the format of the interviews, each candidate was asked exactly the same questions, in the same order and without any prompting. Furthermore I did not attempt to engage in any form of discussion with them during their responses which may have taken the conversations a different way. I tried to be scrupulously fair and it was very important that none of the candidates saw any of the questions in advance.

With regards to the Green Party candidate, his candidature was announced very late and no effort was made by his party or himself to publicise any method of contacting him. There is a lot of talk about political engagement these days and I think that anyone who is remotely serious about it should at least make a little effort to make themselves available to contact. I was surprised to see him appear at the Romiley st Chads Hustings but it was too late by then.
Hazel Grove Elections May 2015 / Re: Election candidate Interviews
« Last post by marple syrup on April 23, 2015, 10:32:18 AM »
These are very interesting to read, thanks moorendman. I trust you have an interview with Graham Reid forthcoming?

It pains me to say that Wragg has so far been the only one brave enough to actually give a direct opponents name in the "Who would you vote for if not yourself" question. I would have thought Michael would have answered that one too, he’s an honest enough chap and I wouldn’t have guessed he’d be the one curbing the question. Smart just seems like a bit of a populist, like she's trying too hard to say the right things all the time. I can’t imagine it’s possible to have any conversation with her where she doesn't slip in the word 'charity' somewhere along the line. As for Palmer, bless he’s in over his head a bit it sounds like. I’d suggest he sticks to monitoring damaged kerb-stones because his political views not at all surprisingly are hugely nationalistic and frankly unacceptable [in my opinion].

“We don’t want Europe ruling us.”

No – we don’t want UKIP ruling us.
Hazel Grove Elections May 2015 / Re: Election candidate Interviews
« Last post by moorendman on April 23, 2015, 09:51:45 AM »
Just published Darran Palmer interview today on my blog

The fact that it is St George's day is coincidence :)
Local Issues / Re: SOS for Marple
« Last post by simonesaffron on April 23, 2015, 07:53:48 AM »
I note that you've done it again Henrietta, you're definitely good at it, of that there is no doubt.
Local Issues / Re: Fun election quiz
« Last post by moorendman on April 23, 2015, 07:30:01 AM »
I thought you were all declaring your age.  ::) then I took the test and came in with a 57 , cunning constituent. I need another 4 points to make my age.
Local Issues / Re: Traffic on / around Windlehurst Road [Meeting 21 April]
« Last post by Matt_HL on April 22, 2015, 08:06:21 PM »
Hello, last night was very good - 110 people attended and there were a further 12 people who sent their apologies / pledged their support.

We invited all the major parties - outgoing MP Andrew Stunell and election candidate Darran Palmer attended. Andrew Stunell spoke to the whole meeting, Darran Palmer spoke to people individually at the end. Councillor Kevin Dowling also reportedly attended though I did not meet him personally nor did he speak to the meeting. It is also worth noting the headteacher of Windlehurst School attended and a rep from Protect High Peak who is interested because they face similar issues.

The view was very clear that 1) We have a speeding issue 2) There are big concerns about the flow and nature of traffic the A555 extension will bring to the area 3) Many of us feel our current elected representatives have not listened to us

We agreed a number of initial actions as a group (more details will follow). We will meet again on Tuesday 6th October at 7:30pm to review progress and plan further actions.

Speaking personally, I was very grateful for each and every person who attended. Often it is easy to moan about things and not really step up (I count myself as someone who historically has done this) - last night our community stepped up together in a big way.
Hazel Grove Elections May 2015 / Re: Election candidate Interviews
« Last post by Melancholyflower on April 22, 2015, 07:33:24 PM »
Thanks for link mooorendman. I am otherwise engaged tomorrow but would have liked to have gone
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