Kath Thomson: I have lived in Whaley Bridge all my life, have attended local schools and have worked in Whaley Bridge and locally. I have 3 children and 3 grandchildren who also live and work in Whaley, so I’m aware of the issues and concerns in the town. As a member of Whaley Bridge Matters, I know of the strong feelings people have about our local area. I’m also a member of the Patient Participation Group at the local GP practice. As a wheelchair user, I am aware of some of the problems we face as disabled people getting around in High Peak and hope to bring these to the fore and will campaign to improve access across the Borough.
Shannon Thomson: I’m 20 years old, born and bred in Whaley Bridge, closely tied into the community, and a proud Labour member since age 16.
I’m standing now, because I want to give you, the people – especially
younger members of the community – a voice and representation. I want
to encourage more young adults to get involved in the environment they
live in and help them to positively contribute to their area. I’m involved in the Patient Participation Group at Goyt Valley Medical Practice, I’ve helped out at the local kickboxing club and, when not studying, helped coach
children’s classes. I’m also involved in the Whaley Bridge Matters group.
I would work to tackle local issues including disability access to local
amenities, and social activities for young people.
Our pledges to you
For Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale, we will:
• Engage with residents to further identify and try to resolve your issues and concerns
• Support Vision4Whaley in the development of the Neighbourhood Plan
• Lobby for speedy repairs to road and pavement surfaces to make our streets safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike
For High Peak, we will:
• Support our High Streets and encourage people to ‘Buy Local’
• Fight the huge cuts imposed on Derbyshire Health services and voluntary groups
• Lobby to protect our libraries from threats of reduced hours or closure
• Campaign for improved bus and train services
• Campaign for more facilities for young people