Saturday, 15 June 2013

Lynda Hogger for Brookside?

Residents should have received their ballot papers by now for the by-election on July 4th to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of David Holloway.

My UKIP colleague, Lynda Hogger, is standing in the by-election.  Lynda lives in Dunmaster way which is in the Stirchley Park part of the Brookside ward.

Lynda moved to Telford with her husband Jim in 2007, living first in Hollinswood and then in Stirchley.

Whilst living in London, Lynda volunteered as a counsellor for battered women, an experience which she describes as “eye opening”.

With the help of Randlay & Hollinswood Parish Council Lynda set up the Coffee and Chat group and organised an “Open for All” Day to get people using Hollinswood neighbourhood centre.

Since moving to Telford Lynda and her husband have been involved in Friends of Telford Town Park, Ironbridge & Severn Gorge Lions, Telford & Wrekin Senior Citizens Forum and fundraised for the PDSA.

Lynda and Jim have fundraised for the Ironbridge & Severn Gorge Lions and were the first “Friends of Lions”.  Having secured lottery funding, they both helped to lay a new footpath and build a new bridge to the island in the lake at Grange Farm View.

Through the Senior Citizens Forum, Lynda coordinated an information gathering exercise and the repair of potholes and damaged footpaths all over the borough.  She was also interviewed for Telford & Wrekin Council’s Leisure and Culture Review.

Labour have put up Nedge borough councillor, Nathan England, as their candidate.  If the name sounds familiar it's because his dad, Arnold, is already a borough and parish councillor for Brookside.  With four couples already on the council, adding Cllr England Jr to Cllr England Sr would leave just 3 councillors on without a relative on the parish council!

From memory, Cllr England Jr who represents the Stirchley ward on the borough council has attended just one parish council meeting and two electors' meetings since I joined the council in 2011.

The Lib Dems apparently had a candidate but didn't realise when the deadline was for submitting nominations despite the vacancy being advertised on the parish council's website, the borough council's website, on this website, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Google+ and on the parish council noticeboard.  The Conservatives don't appear to have been able to find a candidate.