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Copyright © 2017 UKIP Rushmoor Promoted by Gill Bailey on behalf of UKIP Aldershot Branch, 33 Hawley Lane, Farnborough, GU14 8JD

We are fielding candidates for election to Hampshire County Council in all divisions where the boundaries lie substantially within the Aldershot Parliamentary Constituency.

The divisions are:

One of our candidates is also standing in the St. John’s ward of Rushmoor Borough Council where there is a by-election because of the resignation of Conservative Councillor Peter Morley.

About Us: Candidates

Dave Bell

Farnborough North

I have lived in Farnborough for 24 years with my wife Rosie and our children.

I have been a member of UKIP for 4 years and have been an elected councillor at Rushmoor Borough Council since October 2014. A local voice supporting Brexit, many of you will have seen us campaigning in the town centre. My working background was in Finance and I.T. so honesty and accuracy have been worked into my character. I believe in getting results by working with people. I think I have the experience and strength of character to stand up for the interests of Farnborough North residents when issues are discussed at Hampshire County Council.

It is difficult to convey how different Ukip is as a party compared to Labour or the Conservatives. Ukip Local and County councillors get out and about meeting residents and discussing issues that affect their daily lives. It's not just about National issues, but more likely about transport to the local hospital; clearing up broken glasses to prevent dogs paws getting cut; changing a light bulb for an elderly resident; helping with a child's special needs; making sure that residents feel safe when at home; cutting down brambles from alleyways. You just don't see Conservative or Labour councillors doing anything like this.

Just imagine how pleasant it would be to live in Hampshire if all your councillors were like this.

Mark Staplehurst

Farnborough West

Elected to Hampshire County Council in 2013, now standing for re-election.

Elected to Rushmoor Borough Council, West Heath Ward in 2007 and 2015.

Key Issues:

  1. Parking. Ongoing problems Mark is currently working with HCC to look at new ways of reducing the problems such as Grasscreting verges, cutting cost to put dropped kerbs in.
  2. Pot Holes. Ongoing work to ensure they are reported and filled in within 48hours.
  3. Policing. More visible policing, scrap 101 it doesn’t work, need more beat officers not less.
  4. Roads.  Better  resurfacing work, more consideration for residents, resurface old roads.
  5. Verge Parking. Get this banned, ensure those with drives use them, more grass crete.
  6. Building Programme. Tory party demands more housing, none is affordable, only catering for commuters which will kill the town as there is no planning for additional parking, road building or improvements to what we have.
  7. Doctors. too many people, not enough surgeries or Doctors. 3 weeks is too long to wait for an appointment.

What Has Mark Staplehurst Been doing for 4 years?

  • Community Asset before Politics every time.
  • Out in Division EVERY Thursday Friday, plus at least 43 nights a week.
  • Got the Number 9 Bus back on track on 12 month Trial (NOT TORIES!!!)
  • Only the County Councillor to have a Cultivation License and who gets out clearing brambles, nettles from alleyways keeping residents and children safe.
  • Working with many SEN (Special Educational Needs) children through very complex and slow system (57 ongoing cases).
  • Working with many families on Adult Social care for their parents (41).
  • Visit over 100 lonely elderly residents monthly for tea and chat, company for them.
  • Campaigned very actively with Local MP for Brexit.
  • Support many local charities, groups and associations within the community.
  • Pro-active hands on Councillor, not sitting at home waiting for phone to ring like Tory absent councillors in this division.
  • High attendance record at County council over 4 years, over 90%!
  • Worked on Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority making residents safer.
  • 4 Years on Environment, Transport and Economy panel with only 1 meeting missed due to illness! (Fought to stop HWRC changes.)
  • Campaigning to install new safety Barrier in Maple Avenue – Parsonage Farm School.
  • Fighting for more Police on the Streets, ASB, Burglaries & car crime up in WF Div.
  • Over 300 Pot holes reported by being proactive out on my Scooter daily.
  • Several Footpath and Road re-surfacing schemes completed in Division.

Len Amos

Aldershot South

The month of May will soon be upon us and with it comes the County Council elections. This is your chance to choose a representative who understands the issues that matter to you and your family.

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Len Amos. Born in Croydon, South London, I have lived in North Farnborough since 2006. I am 59 years old and married with a grown up family.

As well as having a full time job, I am currently the Vice chairman of the Farnborough Society and a non-paid Director for Limbcare, a Hampshire based charity who offer help and support to amputees and their families following surgery.

As most of us know the majority of decisions made at County Council level can have an enormous impact on our daily life and more importantly our personal finances. Earlier this month it was announced by the Tory led council that our Council tax would have to rise by +3.0% to bail out our struggling, cash strapped adult social care system. In real terms the +3% increase will mean a Council tax increase of £50.32 a year for most households putting further pressure on families struggling on a low income. The question is who decides how this money is spent? More importantly does this eye watering increase of +3.0% actually reach adult services or is it merely absorbed by the increasing costs of administration like so many of our Council run services.

This is only one of many reasons why I am voting UKIP. I can’t wave a magic wand, but IF elected I and my colleagues would be better placed to scrutinise the services we support as tax payers, and make certain that every penny is accounted for as costs continue to rise, and household incomes continue to shrink.

If you choose to elect me on May 4th my pledge to you will be to make Rushmoor a better place to live by:

  • Investing in our town centres to boost shopping, leisure and community facilities.
  • Campaigning for an increase in Social housing to meet the needs of local families on low to medium incomes.
  • Extending evening and weekend bus services to our town centres, further boosting a night time economy.
  • Taking strong action against anti-social behaviour and fly tipping.
  • Working with residents to improve parking facilities for local residences.
  • Work with established small businesses to create a tax free enterprise zone that will benefit and encourage a growth of new businesses that will benefit the local community and create employment opportunities.

Mike Gascoigne

Yateley East & Blackwater

I have lived in Blackwater for 30 years with my wife Fiona and we have raised our four children here and they have all grown up and gone.

My main interests on Hampshire County Council will be education, social services, and public access to the countryside.

The recent passage through Parliament of the Children and Social Work Bill means that sex education will be compulsory in all schools including primary schools and academies (although in primary schools it's packaged as "relationships education"). I am concerned that children are already being taught too much too soon and the outcome of this new legislation needs to be carefully monitored.

I am also concerned that social workers are taking a disproportionate interest in the adoption of small children from families that are perceived to have problems. I would like to see the family courts opened up to scrutiny by independent observers and there should be opportunities to question the participants just the same as in any other court.

I am the Secretary of a group of UKIP members called Support 4 the Family.

I am also a member of a running club called Sandhurst Joggers, taking groups of people out running including many new beginners, and I am involved in the following local issues:

  • The preservation of woodland for public access, including organised events. We have held our annual cross-country run in Hawley Woods for many years and we are grateful to the Army for their cooperation, but this has unfortunately ceased and we have had to look for other venues. Other sports clubs have been affected by this new policy and we would like to see our access to the woods restored.
  • Last year the Frogmore Day Care Centre was urgently in need of funds to repair a leaking roof. I made representations to the Yateley Road Races and they very kindly donated £750 toward the cost, out of their annual distribution to local charities.

Chris Harding

Farnborough South (Hampshire County Council)

St John's (Rushmoor Borough Council)

I've lived in Farnborough for 20 years with my wife and 3 children. I'm a veteran having served in the Army for 22 years.

On leaving the Army I worked as Deputy General Manager for Gate Gourmet, London Heathrow, looking after the catering for British Airways. Staying with airline catering I moved overseas as a Managing Director within Compass group, responsible for Greece, Cyprus, Croatia & Turkey.  After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I worked with the American Army as a Project Manager looking after North Iraq, where I was later decorated by the Queen for Bravery after a terrorist attack on one of their camps. I moved back to Farnborough in 2006, working locally with the MoD.

My main campaigns for the coming elections are:

  1. Fight for genuine affordable housing for local residents, veterans and keyworkers.
  2. Council tax. I will oppose any cuts to local healthcare, childrens services, policing, waste management and education.
  3. Promote local transportation and protect critical bus routes, which are the lifeline of our community, from cancellation.
  4. Protect Social Services for our elderly and disabled residents, so the services are there for our own latter years, but also be clear about the true costs that residents are to contribute to their own care.
  5. Put our youth first, ensuring Farnborough becomes a centre of excellence for innovation and new technology.
  6. Build a better vision and future for our community that sets the foundation for future generations.

Registered Election Candidates

Local Elections, Thursday 4th May 2017