Independents to challenge more seats at local elections

Local campaign group Residents of Wilmslow (RoW) has confirmed its line-up of politically independent candidates for the forthcoming local elections on May 2nd.

All the council seats for Cheshire East and Wilmslow Town Council are up for re-election and RoW is putting forward 8 candidates to compete for 5 Cheshire East and 15 Wilmslow Town Council seats across the town, which is an increase from their current 3 councillors.

Phil Enstone, Chairman of RoW said "The surge in our number of candidates reflects the fast growing support and interest we continue to gather. Increasingly, voters are realising that national politics are not needed in local government and that independent groups offer a great alternative to the poor performing Conservative councillors.

"Whenever RoW has elected councillors, we have made many big improvements by challenging the status quo and by putting the needs of Wilmslow and its residents first and foremost in our actions. Our only ideology is to do what is best for the town. This means ensuring we get investment into Wilmslow and its infrastructure to ensure it remains a great place to live, work and shop.

"With three councillors already, we are confident we can build on this number by giving Wilmslow's voters a highly credible alternative to our complacent Conservative councillors."

The RoW candidates, who have all lived in Wilmslow for a number of years, are:

Cheshire East Council

  • Wilmslow Dean Row: Toni Fox, (the current ward Councillor)
  • Wilmslow East: David Jefferay (a current Wilmslow Town Councillor)
  • Wilmslow West & Chorley (a two seat ward) : Mark Goldsmith (a current Wilmslow Town Councillor) and Ian Macfarlane

Wilmslow Town Council

  • Wilmslow Dean Row (a four seat ward) : Jon Newell
  • Wilmslow East (a four seat ward): Jon Kelly (former Macclefield Borough councillor) & Lata Anderson
  • Wilmslow West (a five seat ward) : Mark Goldsmith (a current Wilmslow Town Councillor)
Elections 2019, Residents of Wilmslow


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Nick Jones
Friday 8th March 2019 at 3:34 pm
Excellent News... From the abysmal track record of CEC ( not duplicated here.. too lengthy ) and demonstrated integrity of independent councillors challenging the gross wrongdoing at CEC to date.. both in Alderley Edge and Wilmslow this is a non- partisan, common sense, positive step in the right direction ... You have my support and that of several of my neighbours.
Lesley Seddon
Friday 8th March 2019 at 7:55 pm
Fantastic news! Good luck to you all. It’s definitely time to shake things up at CEC.
Maria Quin
Saturday 9th March 2019 at 4:27 pm
This really NEEDS to happen and only we, the residents/voters can make it materialise. Personally - rightly or wrongly - I’ve rarely voted as I’ve never felt there was anyone worthwhile voting for! This is different and I see it as the best chance we have of rescuing our beloved towns from a council whose main motivation is to line their own pockets with our hard earned cash! To allow them to continue will be a very slippery slope to the death of our towns being a pleasure to live in (in my very humble opinion). Come on guys - this is our chance to take back some control and integrity!! Hurrah for Row!,
Peter Croome
Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 4:49 pm
Excellent - Let's just hope people vote for them. Good Luck to each and every one.
Carol Shawcross
Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 4:56 pm
Richard Barraclough
Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 5:13 pm
Cheshire East Green Party has decided to stand down in these three Cheshire East seats and urges all Wilmslow residents who support the Green Party to support the Residents of Wilmslow candidates.

At this time, when catastrophic climate changes is becoming ever more likely, a clear "Green" voice is necessary at all levels of UK politics. In local politics the Green Party proposes policies such as reducing car use by improving local public transport and increasing traffic-free cycle routes. We should be building more social housing and starter homes, so our young people have somewhere to live. Cheshire East should be subsidising thermal insulation of our existing housing stock to reduce energy usage. In Wilmslow, we need to preserve, not build on, our existing green spaces and Lindow Moss should be restored to its natural state.

The Conservative dominated East Cheshire council has consistently failed to implement any of these policies. The Green Party would like the Conservative dominance of Cheshire East to be reduced. Our antiquated voting system means the Green Party's best approach in Wilmslow is to stand down in favour of prospective candidates who support Green Party policies such as Residents of Wilmslow. The Green Party nationally is campaigning for a modern voting system in all elections so that elected representatives are more proportional to the votes cast and our politics becomes more collaborative and less confrontational.
Julian Barlow
Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 5:32 pm
Don Stockton has, just this evening, delivered a flyer in which he encourages his constituents to respond to the parking consultation being held by Cheshire East. The consultation which has been open for 6 weeks, closes for public comments tomorrow.

Ironically, the flyer is titled "In Touch".

Lets hope these independents candidates can make a real impact on CEC.
Nick Jones
Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 5:53 pm
@ Richard Barraclough, A very noble and meaningful gesture from The Greens, I like many other people have a green conscience but may not necessarily be a green voter,and I hope your parties reward will provide a longer term benefit to challenge wrongdoing at CEC evidenced too many times on these pages.
Martin Watkins
Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 8:24 pm
@Julian Barlow. Today Cheshire East extended the consultation period until 31 March to encourage more online responses.
David Smith
Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 8:37 pm
Sorry not to see an independent standing for Lacey Green against Councillor Don Stockton. I would advise everyone in this ward nevertheless to vote for anyone else - politics aside - so we can have a change. Councillor Stockton seems to be connected with contentious local issues that residents are unhappy about - car parking and green belt development as examples. I have the feeling that meetings are arranged for residents to air their views/objections - ostensibly on the proposals - whereas the meetings seem to be after the decision making has been made and so are just a council PR exercise to let the residents think they are being listened to. I brought to Councillor Stockton's attention in 2011 the fact that many road grids in Wilmslow - and his ward in particular - were completely filled to the brim with soil, grit, sand, debris to such an extent that NO water had gone into them for YEARS, so they cannot be serviced regularly. A few were cleared out afterwards but if anyone would care to look now at the grids when walking along any road they might see as I did LAST WEEK that they still seem to be full or have filled up again since. Take a look at the grids along Manchester Road going up from the roundabout at the King William pub as far as the traffic lights on Station Road by the Brewhouse & Kitchen or along Cliff Road going up from the Carrs to Styal Road. Then you will see what I mean. It cannot be a coincidence that so many locations on our roads flood regularly - the grids are BLOCKED. I refer to where Manchester Road crosses the Bollin and towards Handforth just after the garden centre where the same road crosses the River Dean.
David Jefferay
Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 10:44 pm
Richard, On behalf of RoW, thank you and the Green Party for the decision you have taken and for the public show of support for our candidates.

From a personal perspective, I don't see any reason why I wouldn't support any of your proposed policies mentioned above and couldn't agree more that Cheshire East has betrayed our residents by allowing development of our green spaces and failing to protect what I see as being one of Wilmslow's most important assets, Lindow Moss.

Fingers crossed, we can help to alter the balance of power and achieve your aspiration of making local government in Cheshire East more collaborative.
David Jefferay
Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 10:56 pm
David Smith, the situation is the same across Wilmslow (blocked to the top, some with weeds growing in them). It is presumably due to a decision to adopt a 'with cause' maintenance policy i.e. only clear them if it is causing a problem.
As an engineer, rather than taking such a short-sighted view, I'd prefer to see a preventative maintenance regime or 'stitch in time saves nine' approach!
David Smith
Thursday 14th March 2019 at 10:24 am
Thanks David Jefferay. I was just thinking of having a walk around my local (Don Stockton's Lacey Green ward) roads to check how true my statement still is after all these years but you have saved me the trouble by confirming that this issue of blocked (= non functioning drains) is common across Wilmslow. It seems such a cost saving policy that will come back to bite the Council Tax payers as the longer they are left silted up the more difficult it will be to clean them out. A better policy would be to fit a council vehicle with highly accurate satnav equipment and the position of EVERY road grid in the borough. It can then visit each one with recording equipment to find out which ones are blocked and which grids are ok. A programme of visiting only the grids that need clearing can take place instead of just going round each grid at a regular (at present about once in 100 years) time interval regardless of whether they need doing or not. Alternatively our local councillor can walk around the roads in his ward every 3 months and report each grid that needs clearing out. Or they can get another willing resident to do this and as a reward they get £200 off their council tax bill. If anyone thinks this sort of suggestion is far fetched - then come up with a better one and let’s read it here.
Laurie Atterbury
Saturday 16th March 2019 at 9:22 am
CEC are money grabbing. It took me nearly 2 years to sell my Father in Law’s apartment in Carrs Court and in the meantime had to pay over £3000 in council tax , for police, roads, lighting, libraries , refuse collection etc that my deceased Father in Law obviously still needed! This reduced my wife’s inheritance so indirectly she had to pay two lots of council tax to money grabbing CEC. Woe betide if it takes 2 years as CEC will levy council tax at 200%. At the time Don Stockton explained to me that the policy is to prevent absent landlords letting properties go into disrepair and reducing the value of other properties, just like what would happen at Carrs Court! Pull the other one CEC.
Sandra Cox
Saturday 16th March 2019 at 10:31 am
Laurie Atterbury: When my Mother died, no council tax was due on her house until probate was granted and then there was a further six month period before we would have been liable for any payments if the property had not been sold. I hope CE haven't misled you.
Laurie Atterbury
Saturday 16th March 2019 at 2:44 pm
Thanks Sandra Cox. We did get the free 6 months period but it took over a further year to sell so we had to pay council tax whilst the property was empty at the full 100% rate.