Crewe East By-election – Thursday 5th October
Your Labour Candidate on Thursday 5th October is Joy Bratherton, a well respected and hard-working Labour activist and campaigner. Joy’s political background stretches over 40 years, she has represented the people of Crewe as a former Crewe & Nantwich Borough Councillor and a former Crewe Town Councillor.
I am very honoured to be selected to stand in Crewe East, but as the same time saddened at the retirement of my dear friend and Labour colleague David Newton, his will be big shoes to fill. I have lived in the Ward for 26 years and have witnessed first-hand the downside from rapid development without proper investment in the local infrastructure and environment. I want to be involved in ensuring that Crewe is treated fairly by the Conservative led Cheshire East Council
Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm.
Stop The Bus Cuts
The proposed deep cuts to supported bus services will affect thousands of people in Cheshire East. Many residents in Crewe East do not have access to alternative transport and cannot afford taxis.
Under the Bus Service Review it is proposed to withdraw weekday evening services to and from Leighton Hospital. The last No.6 bus will leave the hospital at 17:44. How will it be possible to visit friends and relatives? With hospitals now undertaking appointments later in the day how do you keep your appointment if you are reliant on public transport?
If you live in Sydney the No.8 bus into Crewe in the evening and on Sunday is to be withdrawn and so the list goes on…
Labour has pledged to fight these cuts and our members have been out and about for weeks talking with people in an attempt to raise the profile on this important issue. Cheshire East Council has also introduced changes to the age at which you can retrieve your Free Bus Pass. In line with government changes to the State Pension Age you can only apply once you are in receipt of your State Pension, which for some women means a further 6 year wait.
Local Fire Services
It is imperative that resident’s concerns are listened to on the proposals to downgrade Crewe Fire Station. These proposals leave Crewe with the only 24-hour manned fire engine in the whole of Cheshire East. Labour will be campaigning against these cuts and believe we should be investing in our emergency services, not scaling them back. With the population of Crewe on the increase, HS2 on the way, we need to maintain the present level of fire-fighting capability.
“We deserve to have at least two 24/7 manned fire engines with an appropriate number of firefighters. Crewe needs its elected representatives to fight to keep the second pump and I know that Joy Bartherton will do this.” – Laura Smith, Labour MP for Crewe & Nantwich
There doesn’t seem to be a day goes by when we don’t hear of more houses to be built in Crewe East. Together with creating extra noise and air pollution in the ward, our road network is slowly but surely becoming gridlocked. The Labour Group on Cheshire East Council are working hard and vigorously scrutinising every planning application and thoroughly questioning every action taken by the ruling Conservative Group to ensure the best outcome for local residents is achieved.
A Part Of The Community
If elected, I will work together with Councillors Brookfield and Chapman and hold regular Ward surgeries in various venues to ensure that all residents in Crewe East have the opportunity to meet with their Ward Councillors on issues of importance to them.