Candy Atherton standing in Smithick for Cornwall and Falmouth Town Councils
I am standing again as Councillor because I believe there is more to do to make Falmouth a better place to live, work and study.
In the past I have served as the local MP - persuading the Labour government to support Cornwall in obtaining European funding - this brought hundreds of millions of pounds to Cornwall.
Since I was elected as a Cornwall and Falmouth Town Councillor 4 years ago I have worked hard to improve the town.
I was elected to chair the town's Finance Committee which has taken over the library when Cornwall Council announced it would close. More than 7,000 people signed a petition locally calling on the library to be saved. In the past Falmouth councillors refused to take over services that were cut - I believe I played a major part in changing that view. It is hoped that the library will open 6 days a week and long term the library and Falmouth Art Gallery will become a Cultural hub for the town.
Falmouth has taken over the toilets through the town and by the beaches improving them and opening them for free. The town will shortly be opening the new Information service on the Moor where local people will be able to access Cornwall and Falmouth council services, the town staff will be housed along with the registrars, Shopmobility and other services. There will also be an Assembly Room for the town.
When I was elected I realised that the university would aspire to continue to grow and asked Falmouth councillors to task me to lead on persuading Cornwall Council to introduce an Article 4 Direction to limit the number of Houses of Multiple Occupation in the town. It took a year to persuade Cornwall Council of the need and since then I have led on the Neighbourhood Plan that is part of the toolkit to ensure Falmouth remains a diverse and vibrant town which celebrates its Docks, tourism, economy and universities.
The Neighbourhood Plan is due to go to Referendum later this spring and I will be campaign hard for a Yes Vote.
All these, and other actions, have contributed to the Town Council being voted Runner Up in Town Council of the Year a few weeks ago.
On Cornwall Council I have led the Labour Group on health issues, am the Deputy Leader and currently am scrutinising the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan which seeks to cut funding and reform services. I am deeply concerned for the future of our health service and in particular for Falmouth Hospital. I will do all in my power to support it.
I helped to persuade the council to become a real Living Wage council - even in a time of cuts. Cornwall can no longer be the low pay capital of Europe.
I am known as someone who gets something done and have tried to help people with both small and big problems.
I used my Councillor Community Chest to provide a seagull proof bag for every house in my ward and now one is available to every Falmouth household. This has made a difference in keeping the town clean but there is more to do. I also have provided the funding for railings at King Charles School to help prevent an accident with children running into the road, supported numerous charities and last year Parklive. I also have funded summer holiday entertainment in Kimberley Park. I have lobbied for the park to continually be upgraded and am delighted that the lobbying has resulted in all the paths being improved. I will turn my attention to the Bowly next.
I have used my experience as a former councillor, Member of parliament, journalist and Rural Housing Adviser to the government to make a difference.
I would like the opportunity to continue to serve Falmouth for One and All.