WHO will get your vote when Oldham goes to the polls on Thursday, May 6?
The candidates who are vying for votes in the local elections and Greater Manchester Mayoral Election have now been confirmed.
In the local elections, voters will cast their choice of who they want to elect to represent them on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. One seat is being contested in each of the 20 wards in Oldham.
There are different ways to vote in the elections: at your local polling station, by post or by proxy (appointing someone to vote on your behalf).
You will receive a poll card telling you where to vote if you wish to vote in person at your local polling station on May 6.
Significant efforts have been made to ensure that all polling stations are Covid safe. Voters and staff will be required to wear a face covering (unless they are exempt), observe social distancing and use hand sanitiser which will be made available. Voters can bring their own pen or pencil should they wish to do so.
Applications for postal votes and proxy votes had to be completed in April.
The verification and counts for local elections will commence at 10pm on Thursday, May 6 at various locations across Oldham. The count for Shaw, Crompton, Royton North and Royton South will be held at Oldham Sports Centre.
To find out more, visit Oldham Council’s website: www.oldham.gov.uk/elections
Here are the candidates standing in Royton North ward:
Dave Arnott, Conservative Party
Dave is an ex-soldier who spent 14 years serving his country around the world, including operational tours in Northern Ireland and the Gulf War.
He has a strong interest in veterans’ issues and is a keen supporter of service charities.
He spent 10 years working and living in Spain and France managing a sales and marketing operation for one of the world’s largest hotel groups.
Dave currently runs a successful security business and is experienced in managing large projects and budgets.
He is a keen advocate of the Modern Apprenticeship Programme and his company has created several opportunities for local trainees to progress to become qualified technical engineers.
Dave says Royton suffers from poor public services, higher levels of crime and antisocial behaviour, poor maintenance of roads and public areas, increased fly tipping and litter due to the Labour run council’s poor management of the borough, its finances and a blinkered view that focuses almost exclusively on the centre in Oldham.
Paul Goldring, Proud of Oldham and Saddleworth
I had a successful military career and am now a retired technical service manager and proud grandfather.
I live in Royton with my partner Joan who has a local salon employing local talent.
I want to be a voice for Royton. My priorities are:
- Green space protection – I will oppose all green space development
- Crime prevention – police need to be accountable to the people of Oldham NOT the politicians
- Town Hall – all councillors should be involved in decision making; not just the Cabinet few
- Council cost reductions – I will advocate reductions in councillors and their allowances
- Quality of life – I will do my very best to make Royton a place in which our youngsters can blossom and grow; they deserve nothing less.
Russell Gosling, Liberal Democrats
I live in Royton and love it, but feels it has been let down by Labour.
As a proud father, I want to see more activities for Royton’s young people to do. I also want to tackle social isolation so Royton’s elderly folk are not forgotten.
I am totally opposed to the proposal to bring a massive incinerator to Royton and I am against any plan to build houses on the green belt. If elected I would fight to end the threat of the incinerator and against Labour’s Greater Manchester housing plan.
I want to see a better Royton town centre, but Labour has just cut the budget for improvements to Royton Town Hall.
As a Liberal Democrat Councillor for Royton North, I will listen to voters and get the basics right, such as having clean streets, working streetlights and decent roads and footpaths. Please support me on May 6.
Mick Harwood, Labour and Co-operative Party
I have lived in Royton for 25 years and in the borough all my life.
In the past I have owned two businesses, and I am proud that my efforts to promote local independent business resulted in me receiving the Freeman Meacher Ambassador award.
I am very passionate about our community, and I am involved in Friends of Tandle Hill Country Park, as well as fundraising for and having volunteered at Oldham Foodbank.
My priorities are to protect and enhance Royton’s green spaces and promote and support brownfield first policies.
I will work with local businesses to create a local economy that puts the interests of our community before that of big business.
I will campaign for improved public transport and a safe and pleasant town centre for pedestrians and cyclists.
And most of all, I will work cooperatively with and for my neighbours.
Colin Jones, Reform UK
This candidate did not send a profile into the Correspondent.