By Gregg Fletcher, Conservative Candidate for Ramsbottom Ward
We are now in the closing stages of the local election campaign here in Ramsbottom.
I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many people across our area with my campaign team. We have been out in all weathers – wind, rain and sun – but it has always been a pleasure to speak to local residents on the doorstep about issues of concern and also our positive campaign.
Part way through the campaign, I had to break away from electioneering to devote my time to the Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival, which I organise along with my wife Terri.
We were so pleased that this year’s festival was such a success and brought thousands of people to our fantastic town.
Quite rightly, Ramsbottom has become one of the best places to live in the country and I am proud to have had a helping hand in my role as Chairman of Ramsbottom Business Group for many years, and lately as the organiser of the Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival, Farmers Markets and other events.
I am standing for election because I love this area and have a positive vision for Ramsbottom and our villages. I have lived here in Ramsbottom with my wife, Terri, and young family on the Whittingham Drive estate for many years.
When the Polling Stations open this Thursday, residents of Ramsbottom, Holcombe, Shuttleworth and Hawkshaw will have the chance to decide who is going to be one of their local Councillors.
If you elect me this Thursday, I pledge to work tirelessly to:
■ Stop a 4th Supermarket being built in the town centre;
■ Find a long-term solution for the old Mondi Paper Mill site on Bridge Street with affordable housing, extra car parking and a new, state of the art Pool and Leisure complex;
■ Protect the Green Belt and green spaces in Ramsbottom, Holcombe, Hawkshaw and Shuttleworth from being developed and concreted over;
■ Secure CCTV and extra lighting for our town centre to ensure it is safe for visitors at night.
Bury has a Labour Council and we need a strong opposition. Residents have a clear choice between our positive vision for our area or more years of Labour neglect.
Don’t just hope for a better Council. Vote for it.
Don’t sit this election out. Make certain your voice is heard by either completing your postal vote and returning it to Bury Town Hall or taking a few minutes to call in at the Polling Station on Thursday.
Gregg Fletcher, Conservative Candidate
Published by Dene Vernon on behalf of Gregg Fletcher both of Conservative Campaign Headquarters, 1 Manchester Road, Bury, BL9 0DR.