Adrian Harding - Walton Ward

I moved to Stone in 2002 and have benefitted enormously from the 17 years I have spent here. In that time, I have been involved in a number of local organisations including Stone Revellers Theatre Group and Stone SP Cricket Club, where I still manage a junior cricket team. During the last 17 years I have had the privilege of witnessing the growth of the town and the developing of its identity, but there is, I believe, much potential to realise and the future could be even better, I would like the opportunity to be part of that future and help Stone realise that potential.

There are three main aspects of Stone that I would like to focus on, and I ask for your endorsement to allow me to do that;

Town Centre – Stone has a thriving town centre compared to many in the area. There are successful businesses and people that have worked tirelessly in order to achieve that and the efforts of the local people are to be applauded. There are some issues though that I would like the opportunity to address, traffic is becoming an increasing problem and there are workable solutions for this. Parking is limited and the management of it could be regarded as spiteful and I would like to change the approach to that. Providing access to all that Stone offers is a key priority and a well-balanced approach could not only boost the town’s economy but also alleviate traffic and congestion.

Development- Stone has developed very quickly, and in the last 17 years almost beyond recognition. Development is crucial to the towns long term future and provides many opportunities, but it does need to be sustainable for a long-term benefit. Any development has to be socially acceptable, environmentally friendly and also economically viable. I would ask you to allow me to influence the development of Stone to fulfil these criteria.

Youth and Opportunities – I have been a secondary school teacher for 15 years and I would like to think I have a good take on what pressures the young are under and what opportunities they have. It is essential that the pressures are relieved and greater opportunities are provided. Pressures included peer pressure, economic pressure and social pressure – the local town has a role to play in making sure these are minimised and provide greater opportunities. The young are the future of the town and Stone needs to be able to nurture that.

Finally, I have aligned with a party that shows where my core values and principals lie; responsibility, enterprise, freedom and justice, these are the values I bring to this candidacy and together with the three aspects of my campaign I believe I can help develop Stone long term and further realise it’s potential.

I would really value your vote and the opportunity to help Stone on its journey.

See Also

Gareth Jones - Barlaston Ward

Gareth has lived in Barlaston for 45 years. He is retired. During his working life he held senior management positions in manufacturing industry and the National Health Service. He is Chairman of the Parish Council and has represented Barlaston on the Borough Council since 2011.

Peter Jones - Eccleshall Ward

Peter and Joy have four grown-up children and six grandchildren and have lived in Eccleshall for over 26 years, the first 20 as the town’s newsagent.

Mike Smith - Gnosall & Woodseaves Ward

Mike was born in Stone and moved to Gnosall & Woodseaves 22 years ago. He is married and has two children & four grandchildren. His early years were spent in  Agriculture before undertaking a student apprenticeship with GEC at Stafford, qualifying as a Chartered Engineer.

Geoff Collier - St Michaels and Stonefield Ward

I have lived in and around Stone Town all my life and was educated in Stone. I have worked in Stone for 50 years and have run my own business for 40 years, 30 years of which I was the proprietor of Stonefield Garage.

Patrick Farrington - Gnosall & Woodseaves Ward

Patrick joined local solicitors Hand Morgan and Owen in 1987 as a trainee solicitor and became a partner in 1996. A keen sportsman, Patrick played cricket for Manchester and District at under 18 level, worked as a lifeguard in California and captained Leigh Sixth Form College firsts at Football.

Andrew Harp - Milwich Ward

Andrew is married to Jill and has a daughter Sarah, who lives in Burston with her husband and two boys.  Andrew has lived and worked in Milwich for 46 years.  He has practical personal experience and insight on issues around ageing and dementia. He has been a borough councillor for 16 years.

Lynne Bakker-Collier - St Michaels & Stonefield Ward

I have loved living in Stone for the last 50 years; I have served you by running two local businesses, Midfield Nursery & Florist for 26 yrs and Midfield Canine Education Academy for 44 years. For the last 8 years I have been proud to represent you as a Stafford Borough Councillor.

James Nixon - Swynnerton & Oulton Ward

James comes with a varied and interesting background, with his early career spent in the public sector he has spent the past five years and continues to work for one of the UK’s finest Microsoft partners.