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Congratulations to Chris Spence on his election

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Chris Spence campaigned and deservedly won the seat for Parksite ward onto Silverdale Parish Council.

Read the reasons for his standing for election and his goals as a councillor:

“After 10 years without a contested election onto Silverdale Parish Council I felt it was important that the democratic wishes of the residents of Parksite Ward were finally heard. When I heard Derrick Huckfield was planning to get himself co-opted onto the PC I knew enough was enough and that I had to stand. Derrick has no strong links to Parksite, and doesn’t live even close to the ward.

I also wanted to stand to honour the memory of George O’Caine Carns who was our community champion on both the Borough and Parish Councils over many years – I couldn’t sit by and watch George’s seat go to a Kipper without a fight!

As it was my first time standing for public office, I was understandably nervous when the count arrived at the end of a long, cold day canvassing for residents’ support. Even though the turnout was low at around 11%, I was overjoyed to be elected with a substantial 69% of votes cast – a better record than many Police and Crime Commissioners managed!

Despite Conservative complaints about the cost of the ballot I have to say that if Mr Huckfield had not opposed a local resident standing for the PC (he completely failed to campaign for the election) I would have been elected unopposed at no cost to the people of Silverdale. I feel Mr Huckfield did this simply to spite the people of Silverdale.

I’d like to thanks all my comrades in KKST Labour who helped me to get out there and campaign on the local issues which residents have highlighted as real concerns.

I plan to follow up with a residents’ survey in the next couple of weeks to show the level of support there is for common sense, low-cost improvements to our village which will benefit the many.

One example is the plan that I’m working to develop with Borough Councillors Amelia Rout (Silverdale & Parksite) and Tony Kearon (Keele), which will allow Parksite children to enjoy their playground and park facilities in safety during the long dark evenings of the British winter.”

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