At a meeting of Bury North Conservative Association, Ramsbottom resident, Ian Schofield, was unanimously chosen as the Prospective Conservative candidate for the forthcoming local elections to be held next year on 5th May 2016 where the seat of Cllr Luise Fitzwalter will become vacant following her announcement that she is due to step down.
Ian lives on Cheshire Court, off Peel Brow, in Ramsbottom. He is married to Ann, and has two step-daughters and four grand-children. He is semi-retired after a long career in the Motor Trade – twenty-four years of which was spent working for the Automobile Association. Ian currently works for the National Centre for Social Research.
Ian gave the following comment:-
“Both my wife and I have always felt part of a strong, close-knit community. Ramsbottom is a wonderful place to live. I take full advantage of everything the town has to offer – friendly people, independent shops and excellent restaurants, a fantastic park. We are so lucky to have a swimming pool, leisure centre and library in the town and fantastic countryside around us.
I have spent many happy years as a Committee Member at Ramsbottom Cricket Club. My wife and I are also patrons of Summerseat Players.
I want to ensure that Ramsbottom remains a safe place for young and old, and that parents consider it a good environment in which to live and bring up their families.
The former Mondi Paper Mill site on Bridge Street is derelict and has become something of an eyesore. I am pleased that our Conservative Councillors have been working closely with the developers to bring forward plans for a mixed development of residential properties and craft workshops.
Ramsbottom has become a popular tourist attraction with the East Lancs Railway, annual festivals and events, but car parking provision in the town does not reflect the numbers visiting at weekends and holidays. I welcome the moves by Bury Council to review car parking in our town – although I am wholly opposed to the introduction of car parking charges.
I remain strenuously opposed to the proposed Anaerobic Digestion Waste Plant at Fletcher Bank.
Since being selected, I have already been meeting people around the town and I have been overwhelmed with the support I have received. I look forward to meeting you over the next few months.
If elected I will work hard with Councillor Ian Bevan and Councillor Rob Hodkinson to ensure Ramsbottom has a strong voice on Bury Council.”