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Title: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: Aron Thornley on March 01, 2019, 06:25:05 AM
Hi. My name is Aron Thornley. I am standing in the local council elections as the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Marple South and High Lane.  I thought it would be good to let you know a little more about me as you go out to vote in May.

I live in central Marple.  My two girls are aged 9 and 12 and attend primary and secondary schools in Marple. I have worked in various healthcare teams over the past 17 years including NHS teams. I have always enjoyed working with people from day to day whether they be colleagues or patients. 

I am one of three boys. My father and mother were both teachers for many years. My mother decided to follow her passion and went back to university in her 40’s to study Theology. She became a church minister.

My first love when I was growing up was playing and watching sport. I played cricket, rugby, basketball and football for many years but have stopped recently. I’ve taken up jogging instead. I don’t get much time to watch sport now. I most enjoy watching my two daughters train and play in netball and football teams.

I sung in various choirs when I was younger and then joined a band. We were together for 8 years; I was singing and playing guitar. I am a member of the Carver Theatre and my two girls attend Carver Juniors. Pantomime is my favourite time of the year. I’ve been involved with plays, musicals and pantomimes from the time I was at secondary school. I now sometimes help out with the backstage crew or on the bar at the Carver Theatre.

On a Sunday morning you will find me at All Saints Church in Marple. My children and I have some great friends at All Saints and feel very much supported within the church community. I help out with some of the young people there and, when I get time, at the youth drop-in on Thursday afternoons as well. I try to support PTA events at my daughter’s primary school as much as I possibly can. I am passionate about working with young people. I like to see young people being offered opportunities to learn and achieve as they grow. I managed a youth club for 3 years between 2011 – 2014.

My interest in politics has been informed by my own experiences of family, community and my workplace. I’ve got many friends and family working in both the public and private sectors. I believe that every individual should be given the opportunity to follow their dreams and strive to work in an environment that supports and nurtures their skills and endeavour.

One of the most special things about our local area is the many community groups that bring people together. We need to continue to encourage these groups in whatever way we can. Some of these groups are working with the most serious and concerning current local issues in Marple and High Lane and are full of individuals dedicated to their local communities. These groups deserve our ongoing political support.

Last, but not least, I believe it is important to think about how we look after our local environment. We are lucky enough to live next to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. This should inform many of the decisions we make as a community together including consideration for further recycling, ongoing discussion about emissions and house building, or simply just putting our rubbish in the bins and cleaning up after our dogs. We all want to keep this beautiful place safe for the future.
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: bat man on March 16, 2019, 08:06:27 AM
Hope you get voted in Aron.
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: jimblob on March 22, 2019, 11:08:47 AM
Hi. My name is Aron Thornley. I am standing in the local council elections as the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Marple South and High Lane.  I thought it would be good to let you know a little more about me as you go out to vote in May.

A long intro Aron and we now know lots about you but nothing about what you'd propose to actually do if elected?
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: wheels on March 22, 2019, 01:34:23 PM
Hopefully he would following Lib Dem whip. What more do we need to know.
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: Condate on March 22, 2019, 06:08:37 PM
Hopefully he would following Lib Dem whip. What more do we need to know.
Which would make him unelectable, as would any candidate be who followed a party whip. What we need to know about candidates is their personal ideas and what they personally would do if elected. If all councillors are going to do is follow a party position, we don't really need to know anything about them at all. We might as well elect a cat or dog, as long as it could vote the way the party wanted. Yes, I know councillors to other work apart from voting in the council, but it really is pointless voting for a candidate who is simply a party politician; regardless of which party they vote for.

Obviously, we don't know that's what this, or the other candidates want to do. That's what this forum is for : for each candidate to give us their personal (not party) views on the issues affecting Marple.
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: wheels on March 22, 2019, 06:17:39 PM
Well obviously Condate we will just have to respectfully disagree on that. All I want is an assurance from a candidate that they will follow their party whip whatever it might be that tells me more than enough about the philosophy they will follow.
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: GeoffAbell on April 14, 2019, 07:10:12 PM
Actually I agree with @Condate ... Whilst it tells you their broad political philosophy, what areas are they interested in?  E.g. I had a keen interest in transport, so helped to keep the 394 bus and helped build cycle paths (though sadly not in Marple centre). 
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: wheels on April 15, 2019, 09:15:13 AM
Oh Geoff and I used to hold you in such high regard. 😃

Seriously I want to know that the candidate I vote for will join the group on the council from of that party and will support the leadership of that group and obey the whip of that group. That tells me that Stockport MBC will be taken in x direction rather than y direction if another group is in control.  I suggest most people are more concerned with the policy and direction of the Council rather than individual ward based issues. Indeed 90% of ward issues can be traced back to the policy direction and philosophy of the controlling group in any event.

What I would like to know from this year's candidate as well as the usual questions is

How did you vote in the referendum?
Do you support the Revocation of Article 50?
Do you support a People's Vote?
How would you vote in a second referendum?
Do you support a public enquiry into the conduction of the 2016 Referendum?

As we are in Arons page that would be a good place to start
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: Aron Thornley on April 21, 2019, 08:18:39 AM
Sorry I haven't responded earlier. Over the past 6 months our team in Stockport have written a document that lays out our ideas going forward. Our 6 key policies for Stockport are as follows - invest in our district centres and our local economy,  tackle traffic, parking and pollution, fight for our schools and families, protect people and our communities, make the coy council work for you, putting real power in the hands of local people.

If I am elected, and that is a BIG if , because elections in Marple South and High Lane are always close, I am determined to work with our Stockport team to work towards these objectives. I'll tell you what that looks like locally in Marple South and High Lane.

Our 21 councillors in Stockport Council will not support the current proposal for 500 houses in High Lane. Nor will I.

Myself and Colin McAlister are determined to cut out a good number of the speed bumps in Marple South and High Lane. We realise that sometimes they  have been reducing speeding on some roads but, on balance,  local people are more unhappy with the extra pollution that they create, slow traffic between Marple and High Lane,  and damages to vehicles. We would work towards leaving juat a few of them to support local people with unnecessary speeding on local roads.

Marple pool is an interesting and agonising issue. There are several options on the table but 2 more obvious solutions. We build a new facility or we repair the current facility.  With a Labour-led council in Stockport and in times of austerity I doubt that they will find the funds to build a new pool anytime soon, so I lean towards repairing the current facility. Whether we decide as a Lib Dem group to go for either option or possibly both,  this would be easier for us if we were leading the council, a possibility in the next couple of years.

We are unhappy with cuts to our local council budget, education and Stepping Hill hospital; we do believe in essence that bringing budgets to a local level can give local people more say in regard to what money is spent and where.

We are very concerned about air quality in our local area. We want to ensure that measurements are made, and that people in our regional and national bodies are aware of our local situation and accountable to these measurements.

I'm a pragmatist in my politics and so my answer to your list of questions regarding brexit may not be ideal. At a local level Brexit is not a direct issue in our election in the same way it would  be in a general election.

I voted remain because I thought it would be the right thing for our economy. If the politicians can't get to grips with brexit then a 2nd referendum might be the only way we can move forward. I think most people understand that if we did have a 2nd referendum the vote would be majority remain. This is a complicated issue in regard to our democracy,  and what happens after that is not something that I can speculate on.

I'm not sure if a 2nd referendum/people's vote will ever happen ? I feel quite sure that Labour and the Conservatives don't want it.
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: jimblob on April 23, 2019, 02:45:34 PM
Myself and Colin McAlister are determined to cut out a good number of the speed bumps in Marple South and High Lane. We realise that sometimes they  have been reducing speeding on some roads but, on balance,  local people are more unhappy with the extra pollution that they create, slow traffic between Marple and High Lane,  and damages to vehicles. We would work towards leaving just a few of them to support local people with unnecessary speeding on local roads.

Hear Hear, I'll second that. Do you have a realistic proposal in order to be able to do this?
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: Aron Thornley on April 25, 2019, 09:35:07 PM
Hi jimblob. Yes we do have a realistic proposal. And, once again,  it's a big IF in regard to whether I would be elected. Our local ward has elected two conservatives in the past 4 years.

After the election we would run a full consultation with our constituents asking them about their ideas in regard to speeding, traffic congestion and speed bumps. Then we would take the information from the consultation and start speaking to the appropriate people to find the resources to start doing what the people want us to do.

I have spoken to so many people on the doorstep who are very unhappy with the number of speed bumps that currently exist in our ward.

Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: jimblob on April 26, 2019, 08:49:17 AM
After the election we would run a full consultation with our constituents asking them about their ideas in regard to speeding, traffic congestion and speed bumps.
Hi Aron.
My concern is that it was a consultation that got all these measures there in the first place. I have little faith in the consultation process itself.
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: Aron Thornley on April 27, 2019, 03:08:04 PM
We must consult the people first. That is what we have been asked to do before there can be consideration made for changes. The liberal democrat view is clear - we want to remove some of the speed bumps. As soon as possible.
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: GeoffAbell on April 28, 2019, 10:07:04 AM
Roads have been a particular issue this election, especially in High Lane with increased traffic on the A6, pollution and the threat of more houses.  This is a video Aron and Becky made recently on this issue.

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Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: jimblob on April 29, 2019, 08:43:10 AM
We must consult the people first. That is what we have been asked to do before there can be consideration made for changes. The liberal democrat view is clear - we want to remove some of the speed bumps. As soon as possible.
And therein lies the problem .... who are "The people" If you ask a few dozen folks if they'd like speed measures outside their house (that will probably deter motorists from using that route),chances are they'll be up for it. Ask the several thousand motorists who might genuinely need to use that route several times a week but who live half a mile away, and you'll get a different answer!
Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: Carolyn Leather on April 29, 2019, 08:58:22 AM
Aron, I recall seeing your Lib Dem colleague (definitely Colin, maybe Steve as well), in campaign videos last year looking angry by speed humps.  If a consultation is genuinely needed for the humps to be removed, why has this not already been done?

Title: Re: Aron Thornley: Liberal Democrat candidate for Marple South and High Lane 2019
Post by: Steve Gribbon on April 29, 2019, 03:04:31 PM
Aron, I recall seeing your Lib Dem colleague (definitely Colin, maybe Steve as well), in campaign videos last year looking angry by speed humps.  If a consultation is genuinely needed for the humps to be removed, why has this not already been done?

Hello @Carolyn Leather

The speed bumps issue I haven’t had any direct involvement with as it is predominately a Marple South item so I don’t want to interfere. I’ve done a video on Compstall Road for resurfacing (completed) and Eastwood Drive for line painting (also completed).

Colin was responsible for the bumps footage although I haven’t seen any of him being angry, I’m going for ‘determined’!

Best wishes for this coming Thursday.

Kind regards

Steve