Desborough and the surrounding villages need a positive and passionate voice for its residents, and I would love to be that voice.’ Andy Coleman
A voice for Desborough
Andy has lived in Desborough for 10 years with his wife and 2 children, who started their education at Havelock School. He has always had a passion for local politics, having been one of the youngest people ever elected to his village Parish Council where he gave youth a voice.
Andy says – ‘I love this rural area and its diverse communities but I have been frustrated by the lack of focus on our needs over the last 10 years. Desborough and the surrounding villages need a positive and passionate voice for its residents, and I would love to be that voice. If elected to the North Northants Council I will make every effort to attend meetings of the Desborough Town Council whenever possible. I also undertake to attend meetings in other parishes from time to time if invited or required.’
The new Unitary Council will have responsibility for the whole range of local government services, planning, housing, education, highways, leisure, social services, etc. In some ways the new council will bring decision making closer to the people but it is important that the right decisions are made from the outset.
Looking to the future the new council must strive to deliver a wide range of services to the highest standards and be responsive to local needs. I want to ensure that budgets are carefully controlled and I would oppose any moves to pass on responsibilities and costs to the smaller towns and parishes as an ongoing strategy to balance the books.
A voice for the Villages
‘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’
Update from Andy Coleman (9-4-2021)
Important elections will go ahead in the Loatland Ward on the 6th May 2021 and electors will have the opportunity to vote for three representatives on the Unitary Council and the Fire, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire.
With only two people putting their names forward as candidates in the Loatland Ward for the Desborough Town Council elections it looks as though we have both been elected by default (not our fault).
When I put my name forward as a candidate for the new North Northants Council I thought it only right that I should also stand as a Town Council Candidate to properly represent the community and have my finger on the pulse.
I notice that there are a number of other candidates for North Northants Council, who are eligible, but have chosen not to stand for the Town Council. I wonder what this tells us about the level of commitment to represent local people.
I would ask for your support and, in the knowledge that I will be a member of the Town Council, I believe that I will be in a position to be an effective and informed voice for the town.
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