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Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council Election
23rd October 2003

23rd October 2003 - Christine Farrington and Gail Hodson stand for election to Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council

Total Votes Cast
417 (13.19%)
Christine Farrington
Gail Hodson
Spoilt Papers
Christine Farrington Gail Hodson
Guide Rd, Hesketh Bank Hesketh Lane, Tarleton

Election Statement:
Having lived and invested 27 years of my life to Hesketh Bank, having had all 4 of my children attend Hesketh with Becconsall Primary School and been a parent governor and treasurer. Whilst also being actively involved in the family farm, on the marshes at Hesketh Bank, employing many local people. I feel I can stand and say, I have experienced fully what it is to be a 'Heky Bank' citizen. What I believe I can offer to the Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council is simple:

A clear vision needs to be established for Hesketh Bank and the residents. A quote I read recently said 'Where there is no Vision, the people will perish'. This applies to all areas of life, where we have no hope, where there's no goal, no purpose - people lose 'Life'.

I believe this applies to our village; we need a clear vision, a target, an aim, a purpose. Where do we want Hesketh Bank to be in 1, 5, 10, a 100 years time, what things should it provide, for our families, our children, our grandchildren, our friends, and our community. I believe it should be a place where people love to live, a safe, friendly, clean, outstanding village.

This has to be our aim. Lets set the bar high, in a world that seems to be losing its head with procedures, policies and paperwork. A heart, a passion, a love and caring nature, needs to be found. Only when having discovered this together, can we take hold of the exciting future before us.

Hesketh Bank needs more than a quick fix, a 'there, there it'll be ok'. It needs peoples hearts to be impacted, then from the heart, will come an overwhelming desire to set aside our differences and make this place an amazing place to live.

I hope that whatever the outcome of these elections, that Hesketh Bank community will find it's core, it's vision and strive to reach it, with all it's heart.
Yours Sincerely,
Christine Farrington

Election Statement:
The recent events at Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council meetings as witnessed by members of the public greatly saddened me as a generator of substantial amounts of Council Tax toward Hesketh Bank.

It is my belief that Hesketh with Becconsall Parish Council is chronically dysfunctional and I am deeply concerned to see the current administration making very bad decisions on top of already bad decisions which will, no doubt ultimately cost the Council a great deal of money.

The fact that individual members of the Council have placed themselves in grave personal financial jeopardy is up to them but when tax payers money is to be diverted from worthwhile projects, to being used to settle ill advised disputes is unacceptable to me and most right minded people.

The Council urgently needs to get back on track if it is to survive. Parish Councils throughout the land are now at a cross-roads in that the forward looking, progressive Councils will receive greater grants and powers while the moribund backward looking ‘litter bin and bus shelter’ type of Council will go to the wall. The opportunity is too great to miss and the timing of the current need to change has never been more crucial. The settlements of Tarleton and Hesketh Bank share many common issues which require joint co-operation in order to tackle them.

The skills that I feel I can offer Hesketh Bank are, I feel, the ones which the Council needs most at this critical time. As a joint owner of several successful business interests, I have a sound and thorough knowledge of financial matters and fiscal responsibility. Combined with my experience as a Councillor, a good working knowledge of procedure and conventions of Councils, I can help Hesketh with Becconsall get not only back on track but also to help it excel.

The first task on the Council would be to try and restore some semblance of dignity to the proceedings. The meetings, which I have attended recently, sadly lacked any sense of respect or decorum. A good Parish Council should work together as a team for the whole community.

There are many initiatives and opportunities for Parish Council’s with particular financial rewards to those, which can demonstrate an ability to work with other neighbouring Parishes to achieve joint goals. This is the direction we should be moving towards.
Yours Sincerely,

Gail Hodson.

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