Who gets your vote? – Candidates in Royton South

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 South ward:

Ken Berry, Liberal Democrats 

Ken Berry, Liberal Democrats

As the Liberal Democrat candidate for Royton South, I oppose the incinerator and building in the Beal Valley, and want a better deal for Royton.

I am totally opposed to the plan to build a huge waste incinerator in Royton South which would belch out toxic fumes poisoning our atmosphere.

I cannot believe that Labour councillors want to build thousands of new homes on Oldham’s Green Belt, including many hundreds in the Beal Valley. I will fight for Brownfield development to keep our irreplaceable green belt safe.

I want to tackle the anti-social behaviour that has been seen in Royton town centre by working with the young people to channel their activities into doing something positive.

Royton town centre looks run down under Labour. I am disappointed by the lack of progress; I would work with the developers to make sure the needs of all Royton’s residents are met.

Ian Bond, Conservative Party

Ian Bond, Conservative Party

I have links throughout the area with family and friends still living in the town. Indeed, Royton is an area that holds special memories for me, and I am determined to offer an alternative voice.

Although the Council is once again focused on another ‘masterplan’ for Oldham town centre, I feel Royton deserves its share of investment.

But Royton also needs someone to fight for better black bin collections, for better pothole repairs, for better fly tipping action, and a better future for our green spaces.

Unfortunately, the spectre of an incinerator hangs over the heads of the people of Royton, and the future of our green spaces are still at risk.

I would never vote in favour of building on the greenbelt, or a planned incinerator either here in Royton or elsewhere in our borough.

Having studied law and recently been called to the Bar of England and Wales, I feel I have a great many skills to bring to the table in Royton.

Amanda Chadderton, Labour Party

Amanda Chadderton, Labour Party

I am Amanda Chadderton, the Labour Party candidate for Royton South.

I was brought up in Royton and have lived in Oldham all my life.

I have been a Royton Councillor for nine years and during that time I have prioritised our green spaces, introducing wildflower gardens and improvements to Royton and Bullcote Park, introduced residents parking schemes, resurfaced some of our worst roads and I also have prioritised road safety with the new crossings in the centre of Royton and at Rochdale Road/Dogford Road junction and a new safety scheme on Turf Lane.

If elected I pledge to, improve public transport and make Royton more accessible for walkers and cyclists, support residents and local business after the devastation of the past year, continue to invest in our green spaces including supporting Royton Grow Hub and open up the areas around the old railway line, and I will also commit to a refurbishment of Royton Town Hall.

Anne Fiander Taylor, Northern Heart (UK) Oldham 

This candidate did not respond to the Correspondent’s requests to provide a profile.

Anthony Joseph Prince, UK Independence Party (UKIP)

This candidate did not respond to the Correspondent’s requests to provide a profile.

Jim Stidworthy, Green Party

Jim Stidworthy, Green Party

Jim has lived in Oldham for over 50 years, with a wide working experience in engineering production and maintenance, local authority street services and grounds maintenance at different levels.

Now retired, Jim is an allotment gardener and was an active member of local Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth groups, as well as Beal Valley Rescue.

Deeply concerned with local, national and global social and environmental issues, Jim is working for a better world and future for his children, grandchildren, great grandchild and all of us.

Jim opposes building an incinerator on Mossdown Road, saying: “It’s not as clean or green as it’s advertised”.

He also says: “If you have ever been caused grief by Oldham Council’s relentless enabling of, and colluding with, the destruction of Oldham’s green field environment, then vote for a party that you can depend on always to fight for our local green spaces. Vote Green.”

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