Public meeting to discuss A34 issues postponed

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A public meeting announced earlier this week to discuss speeding and anti-social behaviour on the A34 in Wilmslow and Alderley Edge has been postponed.

Having received lots of correspondence from local residents about the issues the community faces, Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer scheduled a public meeting for Thursday 2nd September at Alderley Edge Festival Hall.

However, due to an election taking place on the same day for a Borough Councillor to replace Toni Fox to represent the Wilmslow Dean Row Ward the meeting has been postponed.

A spokesperson for John Dwyer said "The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner would like to apologise for any inconvenience
this may cause, and a revised date will be confirmed on Friday 3rd September 2021."

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Mark Goldsmith
Saturday 7th August 2021 at 8:07 am
Unfortunately, the Conservatives have completely bungled the organisation of this meeting.

Someone in their Tatton central office shoehorned a mention of Frank McCarthy into the original press release for this event. The PCC is Conservative and Frank is the Conservative candidate for the forthcoming Cheshire East by-election for Dean Row. Presumably, whoever issued the announcement thought it would give Frank some easy credit to sway voters in the election. However, they also showed how little Frank was involved in organising the debate by holding it on the same night of the election, just hours before the polling stations closed.

They also did not realise we had entered the pre-election process as governed by the Local Government Act 1986 (also known as purdah). This forbids using public events for election purposes. Casually adding Frank’s name to the press release meant the event was clearly linked to an election candidate. The purdah rules then excluded Frank AND all the councillors and officers from Cheshire East, Wilmslow, Handforth & Alderley Edge town councils from attending the debate.

Understandably, the election monitoring officer took a very dim view to all this and demanded the event was cancelled. However, the unwarranted inclusion of Frank’s name now means the new date cannot be announced until the morning after the election.

So this cancellation and the extra delay were both completely unnecessary and caused solely by the Conservative’s trying to hoodwink voters. It also once again shows how the Conservatives always put the interests of their party before the people of Wilmslow, who now have to needlessly wait for the opportunity to voice their concerns and where we can discuss the solutions available.


Cllr Mark Goldsmith
Residents of Wilmslow
Cheshire East & Wilmslow Town Council
Manuel Golding
Saturday 7th August 2021 at 10:09 am
Tatton Conservatives simply means and always has done, party before voters wheras Residents of Wilmslow (RoW)'s mantra has always been "People Before Party". This is a fundemental difference between Cons and RoW who act solely for the town's inhabitants.
As Councillor Mark Golfsmith (RoW) clearly spells out above, the Tatton Cons will always prioritise their party's "needs" above everything else, as we have seen over many years past. Their latest candidate will not have a different mindset than his former and defeated, colleagues. This means 'more of the same'.I don't think Wilmslow needs even mpre of the same, the town is historicallysuffering from that illgotten political inclination.
However, RoW councillors at both CEC and WTC always puts Wilmslow voters' concerns as Number One priority.
Stuart Redgard
Monday 9th August 2021 at 12:20 am
Mark Goldsmith

For your information, I have been in correspondence with the office of the PCC relating to his press statement of 13 May 2021.

The following is a copy of my last correspondence which was sent yesterday. (Saturday 7th August)

"Dear ........

Thank you for your response, which in summary says... "your request for an internal review is not upheld."

It is unfortunate that Mr Dwyer chose to use words from his campaign material in his first formal press statement after being elected, but this is what he did. When the press release was made he had been elected and started in his role as Police & Crime Commissioner for a second term (non-consecutive).

I, therefore, believe that Mr Dwyer is in breach of the Ethical Framework and Code of Conduct for the Police & Crime Commissioner and therefore open to a formal complaint about his behaviour. I do not want to go down this route, so am prepared to give Mr Dwyer one more chance to provide the information requested.

I look forward to receiving Mr Dwyer’s final response no later than in 10 working days time (22 August 2021)."

If Mr Dwyer decides not to release the information requested, then I will be making a formal complaint against him. Watch this space!
Simon Rodrigues
Wednesday 11th August 2021 at 3:03 pm
Dont hold much hope cant even organise a venue.
David Smith
Thursday 12th August 2021 at 4:59 am
Stuart Redgard

"What on earth is the point of" your comment?
David Smith
Thursday 12th August 2021 at 9:52 am
Manuel Golding:
Earlier this year I popped some informatin through your door but heard
nothing in return!
I had you down as living near the Whitehall Bridge Roundabout and so like me - and many others - rather fed up with the 'boy racer' noise!
Was that correct?
Just thought you could have been in touch.

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