STOP PRESS: Labour has won the Measham South by-election with 43% of the vote, beating both the Conservatives and UKIP. Following the count Sean Sheahan thanked all those who voted for him, all those who helped in his campaign and pledged to work hard for all the people of Measham.
A by-election will be held on Thursday 4th February in the Measham South ward of North West Leicestershire District Council. I will be Labour's candidate. If you would like to discuss any local issues or vote by post, please contact me on 07429 055402 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I live in Measham and have 22 years experience as a Councillor. I am currently the County Councillor for Measham and am seeking your support to be elected as a District Councillor to carry on tackling the numerous important issues affecting Measham.
In recent years, Measham has been blighted by bad odours, which have been at their worst during the summer. I initiated a series of meetings with AB Produce, where the Environment Agency and the District Council came together to press forward on two important actions - the lagoons being cleared out and plans being submitted for an anerobic digester, which should go a long way to eliminating the smell. However, if there are still complaints from residents, I will call upon the District Council and Environment Agency to take prompt action.
The District Council provides a vital housing service to thousands of tenants. Tenants have every right to expect a consistently good standard of service, and this is most important when it comes to repairs and maintenance. I will always speak up for tenants when repairs are delayed or not up to standard, taking complaints directly to senior management, and making sure tenants are kept informed about what is happening.
It’s vitally important that local residents are consulted on new planning applications which affect them. The new wind turbine near Appleby Magna is an example of the system not working properly. Despite the turbine being visible all over Measham, neither of the Measham Councillors were directly notified and only residents living within 1 kilometer of the development were consulted. Furthermore, recent policy changes by the Tory controlled Council have taken away the right of Councillors in neighbouring wards to call-in an application for consideration at planning committee. I will press for this decision to be reviewed and the consultation area to be widened for larger developments.
The Ashby Canal restoration will provide a major economic boost for Measham. As Chair of the Ashby Canal Forum, I successfully pushed for an early resumption to the canal reconstruction, using money from the planning agreement for the Minorca Surface Mine. That phase has now been completed up to bridge 62. With the canal basin at Measham and the water supply lake at the Minorca site on the horizon, the challenge now is to keep the forward momentum going. After a series of local meetings between the various partners, the preferred option for the next phase is to re-instate the Gilwiskaw Aqueduct.
I was able to secure agreement on a third set of speed humps on Atherstone Road, Measham at the March 2015 Planning Committee, in connection with the new housing development. I am now campaigning for traffic calming on Widgeon Drive. A petition with over 200 signatures was submitted to the Highways Forum, which was followed up by a site meeting where I was well supported by representatives from the Parish Council, local Tenants’ and Residents’ Association and the District Council’s Housing Department. A wide range of options were discussed and the next Highways Forum meeting will look at recommendations for action.