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Southfields residents report on local issues Since they were elected in May 2015, local Southfields councillors Paul Mercer and Ted Parton have put a lot of effort into remaining in contact with electors through a series of MySouthfields leaflets, social media and regular visits. As part of their campaign to be re-elected on 2 May 2019, Paul and Ted are attempting to visit as many residents as possible and, so far, have spoken to several hundred electors and this has given them a more comprehensive idea about the issues that concern people living in Southfields. “What is very clear”, commented Paul, “is that our Labour opponents seem to be completely out of touch with what people want. They are claiming credit for things that we have not done and attempting to make issues such as the free use of public toilets and free parking important yet, so far, not one single resident has mentioned them as being remotely important.” The key issues that have been mentioned on the doorstep – in no particular order – comprise: Litter: Despite the success of the student annual clear up and efforts by Paul and Ted to deal with the problem of litter on the streets, it is clear that residents believe that more needs to be done. Landlord licensing should address this problem to an extent but it is one that they intend to look at after 2 May. HMOs: In areas where there are houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) some, but not all, residents have expressed a concern about the impact that they have on the local area but they seem grateful that the work that Paul and Ted have done in stopping the further spread to a possible change in planning regulations and the introduction of HMO and landlord licensing. Brexit: Concern about the Government’s inability to take Britain out of the European Union was widespread and many residents who said that they would be supporting Paul and Ted said that they would be backing UKIP or the Brexit Party in the European Parliament elections. A small minority needed to be convinced that this was not a local issue but the vast majority accepted that it was not something that should be addressed in a local election. Badgers: Many residents have expressed irritation at the damage that is being done to the gardens by badgers and this seems to be a problem that particularly affects Colgrove Road, Wallace Road and William Street. They accept that it is not in issue for Charnwood Borough Council but it is one that Paul and Ted will be looking at in the future to provide advice about how to legally reduce the impact that badgers are having. Town centre: There is a deep concern about what is happening to the town centre and many residents expressed scepticism about the impact on pedestrianisation noting that there seem to be far more empty stores in areas where cars had been banned. There is strong support for allowing buses to pass through the town centre as a way of increasing commerce. Park Road tennis courts: Residents in the vicinity of the Park Road tennis courts were grateful that the work that Paul and Ted have done to have them refurbished and understood that it had taken a huge amount of work behind the scenes to ensure that the money stayed in the appropriate budgets and that Charnwood carried out its commitment. Corbyn: Many residents, including nominal supporters of the Labour Party, expressed concern about the leftwards drift of the Party and said that they could not give Labour their support whilst it was led by Jeremy Corbyn. Many of them expressed concern as well about the thought of Diane Abbott being Home Secretary. Paul and Ted pointed out that Loughborough Constituency Labour Party had voted in support of Corbyn as Leader and suggested that any concern about Labour extremism should really be addressed to the Labour candidates. Beggars: Many residents expressed concern about the gradual increase in the number beggars in the town but accepted that it was the responsibility of the police to do something about the issue ASB: A few residents in the vicinity of Ashby Road, Radmoor Road and William Street expressed concern about anti-social behaviour but seem grateful that the Student Street Support Scheme helped address this problem. Car crime: Many residents were concerned about the growth in car crime and the seeming inability of the police to deal with the problem. Paul and Ted pointed out that the Police & Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire was Labour’s Lord Bach and resident suggested that his priorities seem to be what was happening in Leicester rather than in Loughborough. Speeding: The problem of speeding cars concerned residents on Forest Road, Shelthorpe Road and Park Road but, again, accepted that it was outside the ability of Charnwood to address this problem.
Published and promoted by Paul Mercer, 58A Wards End, Loughborough LE11 3HB
This site only uses cookies in order to collect anonymous usage data for Google Analytics and StatCounter. By using this site we assume that you are happy to receive cookies.
Southfields residents report on local issues Since they were elected in May 2015, local Southfields councillors Paul Mercer and Ted Parton have put a lot of effort into remaining in contact with electors through a series of MySouthfields leaflets, social media and regular visits. As part of their campaign to be re-elected on 2 May 2019, Paul and Ted are attempting to visit as many residents as possible and, so far, have spoken to several hundred electors and this has given them a more comprehensive idea about the issues that concern people living in Southfields. “What is very clear”, commented Paul, “is that our Labour opponents seem to be completely out of touch with what people want. They are claiming credit for things that we have not done and attempting to make issues such as the free use of public toilets and free parking important yet, so far, not one single resident has mentioned them as being remotely important.” The key issues that have been mentioned on the doorstep – in no particular order – comprise: Litter: Despite the success of the student annual clear up and efforts by Paul and Ted to deal with the problem of litter on the streets, it is clear that residents believe that more needs to be done. Landlord licensing should address this problem to an extent but it is one that they intend to look at after 2 May. HMOs: In areas where there are houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) some, but not all, residents have expressed a concern about the impact that they have on the local area but they seem grateful that the work that Paul and Ted have done in stopping the further spread to a possible change in planning regulations and the introduction of HMO and landlord licensing. Brexit: Concern about the Government’s inability to take Britain out of the European Union was widespread and many residents who said that they would be supporting Paul and Ted said that they would be backing UKIP or the Brexit Party in the European Parliament elections. A small minority needed to be convinced that this was not a local issue but the vast majority accepted that it was not something that should be addressed in a local election. Badgers: Many residents have expressed irritation at the damage that is being done to the gardens by badgers and this seems to be a problem that particularly affects Colgrove Road, Wallace Road and William Street. They accept that it is not in issue for Charnwood Borough Council but it is one that Paul and Ted will be looking at in the future to provide advice about how to legally reduce the impact that badgers are having. Town centre: There is a deep concern about what is happening to the town centre and many residents expressed scepticism about the impact on pedestrianisation noting that there seem to be far more empty stores in areas where cars had been banned. There is strong support for allowing buses to pass through the town centre as a way of increasing commerce. Park Road tennis courts: Residents in the vicinity of the Park Road tennis courts were grateful that the work that Paul and Ted have done to have them refurbished and understood that it had taken a huge amount of work behind the scenes to ensure that the money stayed in the appropriate budgets and that Charnwood carried out its commitment. Corbyn: Many residents, including nominal supporters of the Labour Party, expressed concern about the leftwards drift of the Party and said that they could not give Labour their support whilst it was led by Jeremy Corbyn. Many of them expressed concern as well about the thought of Diane Abbott being Home Secretary. Paul and Ted pointed out that Loughborough Constituency Labour Party had voted in support of Corbyn as Leader and suggested that any concern about Labour extremism should really be addressed to the Labour candidates. Beggars: Many residents expressed concern about the gradual increase in the number beggars in the town but accepted that it was the responsibility of the police to do something about the issue ASB: A few residents in the vicinity of Ashby Road, Radmoor Road and William Street expressed concern about anti-social behaviour but seem grateful that the Student Street Support Scheme helped address this problem. Car crime: Many residents were concerned about the growth in car crime and the seeming inability of the police to deal with the problem. Paul and Ted pointed out that the Police & Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire was Labour’s Lord Bach and resident suggested that his priorities seem to be what was happening in Leicester rather than in Loughborough. Speeding: The problem of speeding cars concerned residents on Forest Road, Shelthorpe Road and Park Road but, again, accepted that it was outside the ability of Charnwood to address this problem.