All the Candidates for CBC Tithe Farm Ward (1 to be elected)

All the Candidates for CBC Tithe Farm Ward (1 seat)

David Abbott*
Catherine Aganoglu, Green
Pat Hamill, UK Independence
Martin Kennedy, Labour
Tracey McMahon, Independent
Ken Wattingham, Liberal Democrat

DAVID ABBOTT

David Abbott has been an active member of Houghton Regis Town Council since 2015. In his Election Address, David says, “With the many changes happening with housing and transport, you need a strong voice and a ‘lonely’ voice cannot achieve as much as a voice working as part of a team. Being a vocal and active Councillor, by electing me you will have a champion for our community.”

Mr Abbott has chaired the Corporate Services at the Town Council, engaging with the officers to ensure that the policies necessary for a growing town are suitable and appropriate; he has been Vice-chairman of Planning at the Town Council, supporting developments that have the community in mind, and opposing applications that are not sympathetic by over-development or other reasons. He has also supported the steering group in generating a Neighbourhood Plan and believes that it is an extremely important document that will help shape the way our town grows in future.

In David Abbott's address,  he says his key principles are value for money and keeping spending in check. He opposed a proposed 24.5% increase in Houghton Regis Town Council's share of  Council Tax; he cooperated cross-party to vote that down and helped bring in a revised budget for the Town Council meaning no increase was necessary.  David says, “I know you want value for money, sound plans, and spending and investing in the right things – not spending on grandiose schemes to suit a National agenda of a particular political party.” (source: adapted from David Abbott )
* see editorial note at footer.

CATHERINE AGANOGLU

Green. Catherine has been living in Houghton Regis for 10 years and is representing the Green Party in Tithe Farm because she believes we have to prioritise measures to enable the town to be economically and socially sustainable. She says, “I believe there should be opportunities for people in the town to have more meaningful opportunities to participate in the decision making processes and am keen to promote Green Party policy on democracy with three practical steps:

  • For councils to allow residents to form panels and assemblies to directly input into council decision making.  
  • To have a more democratic committee system where strategic decisions are taken by all councillors on the council, working together across Party lines.
  • For councils to devolve power to Parish and Town councillors and the hard-working residents who serve on community.”

PAT HAMILL

UK Independence. Local business owner & Author Pat HAMILL has a record of Campaigning for YOU! Pat Hamill has lived in Houghton Regis for 47 years and on the ward of Tithe Farm. Pat served on both Town & District Councils in the past for many years taking on the important roles of Mayor, District Chairman, Acting Town Clerk, Leader of a Council and various Chairman positions. Pat Hamill is married to wife Deborah who is a Houghton girl and has three grown-up children. Pat has written a book helping those with Acute Anxiety, Panic Attacks & Agoraphobia. He runs the Facebook page: Agoraphobia Panic Attacks & Acute Anxiety tackled and also runs another Facebook page: Welfare Advice Service. This also gives free advice to workers who are having difficulties in the workplace.
Pat should he be elected will be up and running as a councillor from the start with his vast experiences.(source - Houghton Regis UKIP)

TRACEY MCMAHON

Independent. Tracey McMahon, Houghton Regis resident for 50 years, schooled at Houghton Regis Upper School, married for 28 years to Dave. Tracey's passions are her town, and helping people.

Tracey has served Houghton Regis Town Council for the last 4 years. In her leaflet, Tracey says she will be reporting things that need reporting, listening to residents with local issues, and supporting them, working to improve the safety of the town by attending Police Priority Setting Meetings, working with other agencies behind the scene, and pressing for a Town Council Community Safety Strategy to help tackle ASB, drugs, and knife crime. Fighting to prevent building overdevelopment in inappropriate places and spaces, lobbying for the improvements that she feels Houghton Regis desperately needs.

Tracey wants to see CBC spend some money on OUR town for a change. She believes in not muddling up national politics with local issues, saying that we have huge challenges ahead of us, and we MUST work together! Improving parking. Continuing to fight for the Town Council to have their Town Town Ranger to clean graffiti, cut back overgrown trees and bushes that are blocking footpaths, or just generally dangerous, and clearing up localised fly tipping Improvements to parks especially at Tithe Farm Rec. (source: webpage and leaflets)

KEN  WATTINGHAM

Liberal Democrat. Ken Wattingham has lived in Houghton Regis for over 40 years. He has been an active Town Councillor since 2014 and is the current Town Mayor.
Ken’s main interests are:-
  • Community Safety  -  He has developed a strong relationship with the local police during 4 years of chairing the Combatting Crime Working Group.
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing  -  He supports the Houghton Hall Park project through its design, build and opportunities for all Houghton Regis residents to exercise and relax.
  • Enhancing services for Young People  -  He works closely with the Youth Council and the Scouts within the Town.
  • Older People’s Services  -  He is keen to ensure that the newly named “All Saints View” independent living scheme becomes a vibrant part of the community.
  • In his spare time, Ken is a lead volunteer on the SOS Bus which provides medical care and support for the homeless and nightlife in Town, and which also covers Town Council events throughout the year. (Source: email)

MARTIN KENNEDY

Labour. Martin has lived in Houghton Regis for nearly 40 years and is proud to have brought up his four children here. After his engineering apprenticeship at Bedford Trucks, he served as a firefighter and a police trainer for over 30 years. During this time, he learned many skills that he now wants to give back to the community that supported him in his career. Martin’s focus will be on community safety and making sure his home town gets a fair deal. He benefitted from lifelong learning and will look for others to have similar opportunities. (Source)


Houghton Regis Town Council and Central Bedfordshire Council Candidates



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Conservative Candidates: Promoted by Sue Howat on behalf of Alan Corkhill, and John Kane of SWBCA. Wentworth house 83 High Street North. Dunstable. Beds. LU6 1JJ.

Green Candidates: Promoted by Marc Scheimann for Luton and Bedfordshire Green Party, both at 39a Stockwood Crescent, Luton LU1 3SS Website

Labour Candidates: Promoted by Roger Pepworth on behalf of all Dunstable and Houghton Regis Labour Candidates all at 28 Great Northern Road, Dunstable, LU5 4BP. Labour Manifesto for Central Bedfordshire and Website

Liberal Democrat Candidates: Promoted by David Jones, on behalf of Liberal Democrats all at 2 Halley's Way, Houghton Regis, LU5 5HY. For manifesto, please see www.cbedslibdems.org.uk

UKIP Candidates: Promoted by Pat Hamill on behalf of Joe Angell and Angela White, 1 Park Avenue, Houghton Regis, Beds. LU5 5EA. Facebook

Jimmy Carroll: Promoted by Jimmy Carroll 55 Hammersmith Gardens Houghton Regis LU5 5RG

Jan Cooper: Promoted by Jan Cooper The Clanger Office, Houghton Regis Library Complex, Bedford Square, LU5 5ES. Website  and Facebook

David Abbott: Promoted by David Abbott on behalf of himself, 57 Leaf Road, Houghton Regis, Beds. LU5 5JG. Facebook [Editorial Note: David Abbott was nominated as a Conservative, but allegations arose after close of nominations and as a consequence is suspended from the Party, pending investigation, and cannot campaign or canvass as a Conservative.]

Tracey McMahon: Promoted by Tracey McMahon, 68 Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis, LU5 5JB. Webpage and Facebook

Houghton Regis News Desk published by Alan Winter

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