Wilmslow East Ward Borough Council Election 2019: Candidate Barry Estill


In the run up to the local elections on May 2nd I will be publishing brief interviews with each of the candidates - standing for seats on both the Town Council and Cheshire East Council - that respond to my request, in the order in which they respond.

To read interviews with other candidates you will be able to click on the tags at the bottom of the article. For example, pieces on the other candidates for the Wilmslow Town Council election will all be tagged 'Wilmslow Town Council 2019 Election'. Candidates representing the same party or group will also be connected via the tags, candidates competing in the same ward will be connected by tags as well and all articles will be tagged '2019 Local Elections'.

Barry Estill is a Conservative Party Candidate for the Wilmslow East Ward on Cheshire East Council.

Barry moved to Wilmslow in 1984 and has lived here with his wife Julie now for over 35 years. His children, now grown up, all live in Wilmslow and his grandchildren attend Wilmslow High School and local primary schools.

Having previously worked for Barclays Bank as a Production Co-ordination Manager in Barclays Technology Services, he is now retired, which he says is giving him the time to devote to helping his fellow residents of Wilmslow.

Why have you decided to stand for election as a ward councillor for Wilmslow?

I am standing for Cheshire East Council because what happens in Wilmslow matters so much to me on a personal level,

I am passionate about maintaining and improving upon our local environment and services.

Being new to politics and local government, I am particularly keen to bring a degree of transparency and integrity to my prospective role as a Wilmslow councillor.

I would love to be able to influence the rate of progress on resolving some of the towns issues, what many residents perceive as relatively simple minor issues seem to take an inordinately long time to fix.

Have you stood for election before ?

No, I'm the new boy.I've always had a keen interest in politics, and instead of being an ''Armchair Moaner'' though it was about time to get involved.

There is a tradition of public service in the family and my wife Julie has served as a Magistrate on Manchester and Salford Bench for 17 years.

What do you consider to be the important issues facing Wilmslow?

As a resident of Wilmslow, I have my own opinions as to what I think are the main issues, but in order to truly represent the people who live in Wilmslow East I recently delivered a short survey to every household in the area.

The strength of feelings for different issues is clear from your responses.

I appreciate the feedback not only from the survey but from the many people I have spoken to on their doorsteps and those of you who contacted me directly.

Undoubtedly the number one problem in Wilmslow is parking, this single issue causes more upset and frustration than any other.

The generally poor state of our roads and pavements annoys residents every time their car crashes down a huge pothole.

The increase in our town population year in year out, due to a continued expansion of new housing bring with it a great burden on our already stretched resources and facilities. Local infrastructure and amenities must be considered.

What do you hope to achieve and how in the next 4 years?

It is imperative not only for the commercial success of Wilmslow but for the residents that the parking issue is resolved.

I would hope to achieve major investment into a satisfactory parking solution which will carry us forward for many years.

There has to be investment in multi-storey car parking in the town centre and this has to be achieved as quickly as possible.

More innovative out of town parking solutions must be discussed with all major employers in the town.

The ''Yellow Lining'' of danger spots such as Alderley Road cannot be allowed to drag on any longer.

As the town population continues to rise, every single year, more and more children are unable to take up their rightful place at Wilmslow High School. Provision for our children's education cannot be delayed, more places must be made available now, not in 5 years time when they have progressed onto the next stage of their education or employment.

What experience and personal qualities will you bring to the role?

I believe I have throughout my business life gained the necessary skills to hopefully effect positive change.

I am enthusiastic, hard-working, reliable and honest.

I am frustrated by inaction, a good listener and a good talker.

Why should Wilmslow residents vote for you ?

What is best for Wilmslow and its residents is my priority.

I intend to bring a fresh approach to local politics and will be able to make a tangible change

I feel very lucky to be able to live in such a pleasant and vibrant town amidst such beautiful surroundings and hope that I shall be able to maintain and improve upon our local environment and services if elected in May.

2019 Conservative Party Candidate, 2019 Local Elections, Wilmslow East Ward


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

Philip Barton
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at 3:21 pm
Barry will make a great councillor for Wilmslow East.
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at 10:54 pm
Larry; no wonder you look worried in that photo; what with a poisoned-chalice from, possibly, (so I read) the worst-ever local councillor in living memory (that's some track-record he's got) and an endorsement from a bloke who has been "unsuccessful" to put it mildly, in three local elections.
On a positive note, you seem to have adapted the Residents of Wilmslow manifesto almost word for word to your advantage. On that basis, you are in with a good chance. Unless, of course, anyone looks back at what those chancers promised in previous elections… and failed to deliver.
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 24th April 2019 at 9:28 am
Perhaps I should add a little further information; twenty-odd years ago we bought a house with a field behind; this was in Green Belt and had an enduring covenant, passed from owner to owner, which said that there could be no building (of any type) erected on this land ant any time in the future. There are, as I understand it, at least thirty of us in this position.

When the CEC was desperately scrambling to get a Local plan together, at the second attempt, they decided to take this field and many others around Wilmslow out of Green Belt protection. An opportunity arose when an amendment was proposed which would have kept the Green Belt protection for some of the agricultural lands; having talked about not building on Green Belt one might have expected our local "representatives" to support this amendment but, true to form, they voted with their Party and against the People.

The Green Belt protection was removed; our Councillor later was on record supporting development on the Royal London site, under the threat of RL to move their business out of town. They weighed up the situation and decided to move the business anyway, ignore the covenants (they have rather a lot of money to fight with) and went for planning consent which CEC granted in full knowledge of the Covenant situation.

The situation seems to be at the present time that Royal London have sold on the land to a developer and instead of a green space between Alderley and Wilmslow, the last field on the Wilmslow side of the border will have 80 houses under construction before the end of the year.

I don't know if you were informed of any of this before you signed up as a candidate, I don't know if you have been canvassing in the Fulshaw Park area but, if I were you, I wouldn't bother.
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 24th April 2019 at 9:42 am
Ooops, hit the send button before I had finished. With this election we have an opportunity to follow the lead of Alderley First and rid ourselves of the Conservative "Party before People" mob; I'm astounded that any of them, given their record, are seeking re-election.

Vote independent, vote Residents of Wilmslow who put People before Politics.
Nick Jones
Wednesday 24th April 2019 at 10:44 am
circulating an ‘Out of Touch’ circulation to indicate he and his partisans were responsible for “a temporary solution of traffic cones has reduced the on-street parking, and the process to put in place a long-term solution..” When that was not factually correct, a public spirited citizen (known to some) took action, following CEC failure (Well documented on these pages). Secondly he is burdened with the many serious issues his party are unable to justify and are still brimming over as he takes receipt of that poison chalice; Lyme Green £3M+ Full report must now be published with the pilot asleep at his wheel gone, Co-Socious £3M+ ‘Flawed CEC Local Plan’ £ 3.7M +, ‘Corefit’ debacle £200k+, Year on Year maximum Council Tax increase for no additional benefit £Millions, Year on Year increase of the policing precept to satisfy unchallenged, unrequired, unaccountable empire building at Stockton Heath x PCC £ Millions , Employing JGM Spin Doctors £1.2M+, ‘Deliberate and systematic’ failures re; Pollution data’ £Millions, 8 ongoing Law enforcement investigations, Grand deception calling for ‘consultation’, but then making public CEC Tory decision making before ever been properly considered with Flawed Local Plan, Wilmslow Car Parking. Yellow line fever, Hoodwinking the electorate by saying one thing and then doing quite the opposite; ‘Adlington -Never build on these fields- Road’, Royal London site’ and others removed from green belt protection for profit, ignoring ‘Exceptional circumstance’ criteria to remove land from green belt protection, Ignoring National guidance and Brownfield development, Appointing disbarred directors to run CEC commercial enterprises, Failing to Merge East and West governance silo’s, Creating ‘Executive Directors’ roles followed by large severance payments. Disengagement over planning issues in favour of party colours with a total absence of meaningful explanation, Auditors refusing to sign off the CEC accounts ( 3 years ) CEC Councillors have been asked numerous times on to explain their actions, No meaningful response has ever been forthcoming. , merely confirming Abe Lincoln’s observation that; “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt” .The Silence being a good indicator of collective and individual wrong doing. Harry’s intention will be steamrollered by party whip, so why claim Alderley Road as a Tat-tory success when it wasn’t ? Its not a good start beginning with the more of the same..
Manuel Golding
Wednesday 24th April 2019 at 11:02 am
May I ask this candidate on what basis does he make this claim, as published in one of his recent "(Not) In Touch" election pamphlets referring to on-street parking on Alderley Road - "Thanks to the efforts of Wilmslow Conservative councillors, a temporary solution of traffic cones has reduced the on-street parking...."
The police were not responsible for the cones, nor was CEC.
Therefore U'm entitled yo ask -on what authority did the Conservatives place these cones on the highway?
Where did they get then from?
Is this just the beginning of this candidates political career - one piece of misrepresentation after another, as we've witnessed time after time by his predecessor?
Is his claim tantamount to an illegal act?
What a start to a wanna-be political career!!!!!
Before he has the opportunity to obfuscate further, I suggest he is not the ideal candidate for East ward as exampled by this claim; if the voters care about the ward and Wilmslow, please vote for a man of integrity, David Jefferay the Residents of Wilmslow candidate, the local boy who actually has a proven councill track record on WTC.
The same goes for all the standing RoW candidates - Councillor Toni Fox at Dean Row; Councillor Mark Goldsmith together with Iain Macfarlane both standing at West; plus RoWs WTC candidates Mark Goldsmith again at West and Jon Newell at Dean Row. If the voters really want honest and straight talking people to stand up for their concerns, vote RoW on the 2nd May.