Candidates speak out: Stonefield & Christchurch
Here are the candidates’ appeals for your votes in the borough council election in the Stonefield & Christchurch ward.
These six candidates all want to represent the Stonefield & Christchurch ward on Stafford Borough Council. Two of them will be elected to do just that.
Please feel free to comment and ask questions of the candidates below.
Mike has lived in Stone for over twenty years with his wife Suzanne and has two daughters, Sophie and Rachel. He worked for the County Council as an Engineering Manager prior to establishing his structural engineering consultancy practice in the town.
He is currently a trustee at Oak Tree Farm and is determined to ensure that the people of Stone have an effect say in the running of their town. Mike says “there is clearly a need for a more co-ordinated approach to ensuring that adequate services are provide to the community and that The people of STONE are put first before politics”.
Stone, as a town, has continued to evolve over the past decade and with any proposed redevelopment there is the need to insure that the appropriate infrastructure is in place.
Key priorities for the ward are parking and traffic flow, appropriate building development and the provision of improved community services for our young adults and senior residents.
Mike’s experiences, at the front end of local government, enable him to make a positive contribution to ensuring that facilities and services are improved in Stone.
I have represented Stonefield and Christchurch Ward for 24 years twice as Mayor and once as Borough Mayor. I have lived in Stone for 53 years and my husband, Dr Barry Farnham is now retired from general practice and our son is a consultant in London.
I am President of our women’s Branch of the Royal British Legion and of Stone and district Stroke Club. I am involved in the Alzheimer’s Drop in Club and a Governor of Stafford General Hospital.
As a retired Physiotherapist I have a committed interest in the care of the elderly; disabled and am anxious to strongly resist exploitation into the green belt around our Town. We must firmly restrict further indiscriminate development within Stone but allow limited affordable housing for young people and youth are our future so we must provide facilities within the Town.
Over the past increasingly difficult years our Conservative Borough Council has served us fairly and well – under tremendous financial pressure we have maintained essential services and kept the Council Tax steady.
I will continue in my efforts to help the people of Stone.
Rob was born in Stone. He has lived in the Stonefield Ward for the last 26 years, he represents the Ward on Stone Town Council and is proud to be the current Town Mayor.
Rob has great knowledge of planning issues having spent most of his life working in the construction industry overseeing aspects of many large projects such as hospitals and prisons. He now helps his wife to run a successful bakery based in Stone.
Having lived all his life in Stone Rob has developed a great passion for the town. He believes strongly in promoting the town, keeping it vibrant and working hard on all the issues that the people of Stone raise.
Should he get elected onto the Borough Council Rob will attend all of the committee meetings that he is a member of and make sure that his time is spent working for the people of Stonefield & Christchurch and Stone as a whole.
Some of the issues Rob will fight for are:
Keep any rise in council tax to a minimum. Make sure that the Borough Council spends our money wisely and that Stone receives its fair share of Borough services
Fight any reductions in services and amenities in Stonefield Ward.
Restrict new housing and encourage affordable housing firstly in any new developments.
Seek to improve recreational facilities for Stone and prevent unacceptable development on Westbridge Park.
Fight to maintain a permanent Police presence in Stone.
Work with the Police to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and fly tipping.
Apply pressure to achieve a long-overdue repair of all Stonefield pavements.
Make sure designated industrial land is kept for new business growth therefore creating local employment. He will not support the change of use for housing.
Support all events taking place in the Town – they have a direct benefit to the local economy in all areas.
He will continue to work for young people in Stone and to improve further their facilities and play areas.
Listen and act on the wishes of all Stonefield residents regardless of their individual political persuasions
I am aged 59 and married. Eight years ago I was elected to Stafford Borough Council for the Walton Ward. However because I live in the Stonefield and Christchurch ward I have decided to stand for this ward at this election. I in fact lived in the ward almost all of his life and therefore feel that I know the people and the problems they face.
I am not standing for Stone Town Council and unlike some other candidates will not be representing one ward on the Borough and another on the Town Council.
As an Independent councillor I am free of the control of any political party, pressure group or whip and can therefore really represent people’s views.
Three of my main aims are:
- Put pressure on whichever party is in control to keep any rise in the council tax to a minimum and to ensure that there is good financial management
- Support the sharing of services between local authorities provided that by doing so it does not reduce the quality of the service offered
- Fight any reduction in services that would be detrimental to local residents.
I have lived in Stone for over 40 years and my sons received an excellent education through the Stone schools’ system. My late husband’s father being one of the co-founders of the firm of Price and Stubbs.
Having been one of your Town Councillors for the past four years, I now feel that I have the experience to seek election for the Borough Council where I can obtain a greater knowledge of wider issues which will be beneficial to the residents of Stone.
As a town Councillor I have campaigned and have had to make difficult decisions on many local issues. I have also attended many events and it has always been a pleasure accompanying the judge of the Stone Town Council’s Allotment Awards and seeing the time and dedication allotment holders have put into growing such wonderful produce. Additionally, I have enjoyed taking part in both the Ex-Serviceman’s and the Bowling Club’s bowling match in Stonefield Park despite being an absolute novice.
Dedication and commitment to the electorate is a key factor and I am a member of several committees and the clerk to the Trustees of Stone Common Plot; a position I am proud to hold as I feel very passionate about this invaluable asset we have in Stone. It is very pleasing that the facilities are being used by local schools and clubs for educational and recreational purposes.
I have worked in both the private and public sectors, the latter being at Alleyne’s High School and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity of seeing the work and achievements of so many talented students. This has made me aware of the enormous amount we can learn from the youth of today.
If elected I will campaign for:
- More public bins as the ‘Take Away’ litter must be a constant annoyance to residents
- The Conservative team will be reviewing traffic congestion – particularly Christ Church Way
I will also endeavour to ensure that the issues which are important to you, the tax payer, are addressed, especially endeavouring to achieve better value for money for local tax payers. If elected I will continue to work tirelessly for the benefit of the people of Stone as I consider Stone to be a very special place to live.
I was born and educated in Stone, still live and shop in town and work locally as a teacher; therefore I am aware of the needs of the people of Stone and would listen and act upon your concerns, particularly in this current time maintaining employment and where possible job creation in Stafford Borough, especially in Stone which I would stand up for as my home town.
If elected I would campaign to restrict further unnecessary housing developments in the town which have been allowed to go unchecked in recent times. I would support improved car parking and public transport facilities by using revenues specifically for these schemes.
I also would want to continue, and extend the good work of the Town Council in promoting both tourism and initiatives to create vibrancy within town with community events, street markets and festivals that make Stone a rural destination town, bringing income and potential job creation.
As a new Councillor, I would bring a fresh, inclusive and approachable style to local Council and will look forward to working hard to represent the people of Stonefield & Christchurch Ward.