Prescot East By-election Is 9 February
A by-election will go ahead in the Prescot Town Council ward of Prescot East on Thursday 9 February.
The vacancy has arisen due to non-attendance by Cllr Heather Baker.
The three candidates standing so far are (quotes from their respective parties):
Joanne Burke (Green Party): “Joanne, an NHS employee for over 30 years, was instrumental in the fight to stop the houses being built on Whitakers Green Belt, and has organised local community events such as Friends of Eaton Street Park ‘Picnic in the Park’ and ‘Christmas Grotto.’ Joanne has successfully raised over £1,000 for a portable defibrillator in Prescot and also volunteers at Friends of Eaton Street Park Pavilion café every Sunday.”
Alishia Fitzsimmons (Labour Party): “Alishia is 27, and lives in Prescot. She’s previously worked as a care worker with vulnerable adults in the Prescot area, and on a dementia Ward in Whiston hospital. She still works as a research assistant for the NHS. She has volunteered with town council events such as the lights switch on and the carnival over recent years, and would like the opportunity to be elected and get more opportunity to work locally as a town councillor.”
Rachel Roberts (Liberal Democrats): “Rachel is a great young woman and a fantastic campaigner who cares about Prescot. … This by-election is important because it can: End the Labour one-party state on Prescot Town Council and elect a hard-working Prescotian; Give us the momentum in the Mayoral campaign to save our greenbelt; Send the Council and KHT a powerful message over the waste facility fire and the proposed demolition of sheltered accommodation.”
Speaking of the upcoming election, town clerk Daniel Wilson said: “I hope as many residents as possible from the East Ward exercise their right to vote.
“Town councils are the grass roots of local democracy therefore it is important for the town that residents vote for the individual they feel will best represent their views, opinions and interests at council.”
Prescot Online can confirm that two more vacancies have arisen due to the resignations of Cllrs Denise Allen (Prescot East) and Matthew Allen (Prescot North West). By-elections will be called only if 10 electors from each ward request it.