Latest update from Cllr Stewart Gardner
“One of my key pledges was to try and improve facilities for young people in Simmondley. So I was delighted that, after lobbying the council, funding of £27,500 was announced to improve the Pennine Road playground. The work will hopefully be carried out during 2022.
I see my main role as being the link between Simmondley residents and the council. So I’ve enjoyed dealing with a huge number of questions and issues raised by my constituents. I pride myself on answering every query that comes my way and, even I can’t help, I’ll find someone who can!
I also conduct regular litter picks and liaise with the council to make sure that communal areas such as the SMUGA are kept as tidy as possible. And I’ve created the Simmondley Security WhatsApp Group so residents can share any concerns regarding crime in the village and anti social behaviour.
I’ve used my Councillor Initiative Fund to support projects that help our local community. For instance, I helped fund the community running track on the Simmondley trail.”
“I’ve lived in Simmondley for 20 years and I care very much about the area and issues faced by residents. I’m standing in the council elections because I want to make a tangible difference to everyday lives and give something back to a community and an area that is a fantastic place to live. Huge cuts make it a challenging time for local councils but I would fight for this area and want to become your link with the local authority.
The issues that concern me the most are housing, planning, traffic congestion, the condition of the roads and health provision. I’ve lived with MS for more than decade and know just how limited and stretched our local health services are – they are crucial to me. I love Simmondley and the High Peak and feel lucky to live here – I want to serve the community and help make our part of the country as good as it can be”.