'Labour Councillors will ensure that the rural areas are properly represented and the villages have a voice' Andy Coleman, Phil Sawford & Yvonne Scarrott
Your Labour candidates are very much aware of the problems and issues that affect rural areas. Phil Sawford was born and grew up in a village, Yvonne Scarrott lives in a village and Andy Coleman has previously served on a Parish Council.
They all regard the villages as an important part of the Desborough Ward and will seek to represent those areas with the same energy and commitment as the larger community of Desborough.
Andy Coleman says –
‘I know from experience that, generally speaking, people in rural areas want the same things as everyone else – access to transport, access to schools, access to shops, access to employment opportunities, access to health services etc. However, I am aware that there are some issues that have a bigger impact in rural areas – planning & development, crime, access to broadband, winter gritting, etc. If elected, I will make sure that these important matters are not pushed off the agenda in the new bigger local authority’
Phil Sawford says –
‘I have represented all of the villages before during my years in Parliament and local residents will know that I was always available and held regular advice surgeries in rural areas’
It was during my time as the Leader of Kettering Borough Council that we launched the ‘Talking to the Parishes’ initiative and two years later we went on the road again with ‘Listening to the Parishes’. This evolved with the formation of the ‘Rural Forum’ which has provided a vehicle for rural areas to make sure that their voice are heard. If elected, I will press for a similar forum to make sure that the rural areas have a platform within the new Unitary Council structure’.
Yvonne Scarrott says –
‘I live in a village and I love the sense of community but for some it can mean isolation and a lack of essential services. There is an assumption that people in rural areas are all self-reliant and / or wealthy. I know from experience that this is not always the case, elderly people still need care services, young people may need children’s services, there are often unmet needs for teenagers and young families. If elected I will do my best to ensure that people in rural areas receive the services they need’