Frank McCarthy - Candidate for Cheshire East Council election, Dean Row Ward

Frank McCarthy

The candidates for the vacancy on Cheshire East Council, representing the Dean Row Ward, for this month's election have been announced.

Residents in the Dean Row Ward will have the choice of four candidates when they go to the polls on on Thursday, 2nd September.

The candidates standing are:

  • Lata Anderson - Residents of Wilmslow
  • James Booth - Green Party
  • Birgitta Hoffmann - Liberal Democrat
  • Frank McCarthy - Conservative Party

I will published brief interviews with each of the candidates who respond to my request in the order received.

Frank McCarthy - Conservative Party

Please tell me about yourself – occupation, how long have you lived in Wilmslow, interest, family?

We have lived on Summerfields for over three decades. I bought my house 'off plan' when most of the estate was still nothing more than the remnants of the RAF base, and watched as most of the area was developed. This was in the days long before the A34 bypass was built, and access to the estate was simple – you turned off Manchester Road at The Bluebell onto Dean Row Road, and Pinewood Road was first turning on the right!

During this time, I was Audio Manager North Region with the BBC, having previously being a senior Sound Engineer in Wales, specialising in orchestral music, opera and major outside broadcasting events. When the BBC closed the region's operations on Oxford Road, Manchester, I moved into education and worked for 15 years at Wilmslow High School in the science and ISS departments. Whilst there, I ran the school's computer club for over ten years. I am now retired and live with my wife, Dorothy, a former primary school teacher.

Are you a member of any local groups or societies?

I have been a member of Wilmslow Town Council for the last six years, serving on the Community and Order Committee, which I chair, as well as the Planning and Finance Committees, the Neighbourhood Plan Implementation Committee and the Evans Arts Trust. I am presently Vice Chairman of the Council.

I am a member of the Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean and am actively involved in the annual Swimathon, Scarecrow Festival and Christmas Santa Collections.

I was a member of the Wilmslow Show Committee for over twenty years, and its chairman for fifteen, transforming it from a small horticultural show to the large family event we know today.

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

As a member of our Town Council for the last six years, I know how much we are able to contribute to our residents, but from my previous experience, I realise that the major issues which affect our lives ranging from education to roads are largely governed by Cheshire East. I am therefore offering this experience together with my proven record of service in our community to work to improve the services which are so important to us.

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

The most important issue facing Wilmslow at present is recovery from the Covid pandemic. It is so important that Wilmslow gets its fair share of any help
that becomes available from Cheshire East or central government, especially for our young people whose education has suffered.

One long standing problem affecting the town centre and the surrounding districts is parking. It is vital that sensible proposals for any improvement such as a multi-story car park in the town centre take into account the numbers of vehicles pre and post Covid and not based on the distorted numbers prevailing at present.

In Dean Row, the most mentioned problem, which must be tackled with urgency is highways – potholes, speeding, overgrown verges and pavements, blocked culverts etc.

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

Very simply, to make sure that any matters, from Highways to Planning pertinent to Wilmslow, and particularly Dean Row are well and forcefully represented on Cheshire East Council.

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

Voluntary service to the community has always played a major part in my life. Before moving to Wilmslow, in my home town of Cardiff, I was a member of Cardiff City Council, which in those days ran everything from education to waterworks and even the buses.

On local government reorganisation, I became a member of South Glamorgan County Council, for several years serving as the Chairman of its Education Committee and ultimately as Leader of the Council. I also served as a Magistrate.

Since moving to Wilmslow, I have continued to serve our community, being deeply involved in many town activities, including the Wilmslow Show, Swimathon, Scarecrow Festival, Cinema in the Park and six years representing Dean Row on the Town Council.

Why should Wilmslow residents vote for you?

I have lived in Dean Row for the past 36 years, and have a proven track record of working for my fellow residents. I am passionate about making our town a better place, and will always place the needs and requirements of the residents of Dean Row before any other loyalty.

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Comments

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David Smith
Tuesday 31st August 2021 at 10:01 am
All sounds like a manifesto pleading for votes!
One issue that is greatly annoying the locals - not just in the Dean Row sward - is the noise from “boy racer cars” along the A34 bypass or MacLean/Birrell Way.
As Mr McCarthy is involved in the now postponed meeting on this subject that is being arranged by our police commissioner I called him to express my views.
In a nutshell he thinks the noise is from motorbikes that often enjoy the same ‘fun’ in the peak district. He proudly stated that he was a BBC sound engineer with perhaps the authority that this knowledge of ‘sound’ makes him the authority and final word on actually what id the cause of the noise along this road. It isn’t from bikes and mostly comes from cars. His manner of speaking with me didn’t seek my views or feelings on the subject and really wasn’t interested in what I had to say. I felt he only had to speak with me because he was up for election and so wanted to ‘connect’ with someone who might be one of his electorate. You know, trying to impress and out for my vote. So not impressed.
Manuel Golding
Tuesday 31st August 2021 at 5:45 pm
Thanks David Smith for your insite into the Conservative candidates myopic attitude to a voter's concern.David's thoughts have been uttered to me many times recently. In truth this is Cheshire East Conservative strategy - don't bother listening to voters' concerns, just tell them what we, the Cons, have to say on such matters; after all we are the 'experts' on all things. It was thus that Residents of Wilmslow was born. The Cons refused to listen to us,this left us with the only option to be heard, to seek public approval and get elected at the ballot box. Judging by David's comments above, their candidate "knows best",nothing has changed.How can the voters have any faith in such people when they have let us down repeatedly on local issues?
Manuel Golding
Wednesday 1st September 2021 at 9:35 am
The Conservative candidate has "arrived" on this site only two (2) days before the election. That says a holed-bucket load of interest in the voters of Dean Row and their interests. Where has he been these past three weeks or so? This Conservative behaviour shows his and his party's contempt for Dean Row voters.Contrast this with the RoW candidate's (Lata Anderson) prompt response to the editor's invitation to enlighten the voter,Is he or his party wishing to hide yet another Conservative planning scandal (e.g. the Lyme Green fiasco, air polution misarepresentation, council bullying etc?) There were so many questionable goings-on during the Conservative's control of Cheshire East Council, even the police were investigating numerous misdemeanours.The independent Group (of which Residents of Wilmslow is part) allied with Labour to rid the Borough of Conservative dictatorship.The
Independent Group electioned in 2019 to rid CEC of the Conservative total control of the Council's departments (planning, refuse collection, in fact all)The Conservative majority maintained its total control of its prefered system of contro via Cabinet members of all departments; in 2019 the Conservative's leadership was offered to join with the Independents in control of the Council- but it would have to agree to scrap the Cabinet system(by which it held total control of all the Council's departments and replace that control via the Committee system to which all councils would be party.The Independents campaigned on introducing the Committee system and abolishing the Conservative controlled Cabinet ruling. However, due to Conservative Government legislation the new council was legally committed to operate the Cabinet system until early 2020.We are now free of that restraint and the Committee system is to be implemented this year.Labour agreed to join the Independents to ensure the Committee System (for greater democracy) would be enacted.
All RoW counvillors and candidates, including Lata Anderson, are committed to ensuring our election pledge is kept. I understand the Conservatives are manufacturing their own "rewritting of history" and broadcasting it. It appears the old school Conservatives, including Frank McCarthy, are quite content to tell their own re-written version of events (I'm too polite to say "lies", let's call it propoganda - old Soviet style that is far away from the truth). The Consevatives haven proven rime after time they will always put their party's needs before Wilmslow's voters (as we have seen via the destruction of the town's Green Belt fields).
RoW has clearly proven itself, it is working for Wilmslow at both CEC & Wilmslow Town Council (WTC). RoW is most decidely putting "People before Party". If you prefer the democratic RoW "People before Party", give your vote some real value and not waste it on an old party that has proven it's emptiness locally, byvoting for Lata Anderson (RoW) on Thursday.
David Smith
Wednesday 1st September 2021 at 9:57 am
Would Mr McCarthy like to comment on my comment about planning that can be seen at the link:

https://www.wilmslow.co.uk/news/article/21822/decision-due-on-plans-for-new-residential-developments-at-alderley-park

Other councillors also welcome to state their views.

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