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News Archive > General > Candidates to battle it out for Treviglas

Candidates to battle it out for Treviglas

By Beth Perry 1st August 2018

Candidates to battle it out for Treviglas

Voters will have three candidates to chose from on Thursday, August 9  Liberal Democrat Steven Daniell, Labour’s Brod Ross or Conservative Mark Formosa.

Members of the public who are registered to vote will be able to do so between 7am and 10pm at St Columb Minor Church Hall and both Treviglas and Tretherras schools.

Newquay town councillor  Steven Daniell has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate to contest the Newquay Treviglas division  on Cornwall Council – which covers Porth and St Columb Minor.

Steven, a Newquay town councillor for the area,  worked for many years in the hospitality and leisure industry – and has recently set up his own travel business.    

He is a qualified chef and works part-time in a local supermarket while he is establishing his business. He takes an active part in the community, being on the committee that organises the twinning of the former Restormel area with Dithmarschen in North West Germany and he is proud to be a Newquay Lion.     

Steven said: “I am not a professional politician, but I believe I have what it takes to be a strong voice for people in Porth and St Columb Minor.  
“The role of Cornwall councillor is significantly different to being a town councillor as it deals with matters across Cornwall, as well as those that affect residents here in Newquay.  If elected I would continue with my role as town councillor, however, as this would allow me to fully understand local needs.”

“I will continue to work on the detailed issues that residents raise with me – in Porth that is preserving our coastline and stop the garden-grabbing that overdevelops our precious green spaces, and in St Columb Minor, completing properly the new playground in the Rec.    

“As a Cornwall councillor I would have more influence in protecting the NHS and providing proper social care to the vulnerable. I know that Government funding cuts are forcing change but I still believe that Newquay Hospital can, and should, continue its essential community role.  

“And there would be more opportunity for me to work on getting a proper bus service in Newquay – Porth and Minor are particularly badly served.    

“I am thrilled at the opportunities both for Cornwall and for Newquay at the recent announcement of the spaceport – to me this is such an opportunity for our young people, both today and for the future.    
“There is so much to do but that is what makes the job interesting.”

Conservative candidate Mark Formosa said: “I am a Newquay man through and through, a Newquay resident  and went to school and grew up here, which means I am passionate about looking after our town.

“I have strong family roots in our area with a grandmother who started the prepared vegetables business Mrs M Morris and Sons, while my mother was Winnie Morris, who owned a cafe at Mawgan Porth for 30 years.

“One of my uncles was the late Peter Morris, whose Newquay-based butchers was well-known for making the finest pasties in the world!

“From my experience previously as a town councillor and also serving Newquay on the old Restormel Borough Council, it is clear the Lib Dems and Independents who run Cornwall Council have little clue what they are doing.

“The council should be run more efficiently, with less of your money wasted and more spent instead on front line services for local people, like social care.

“I have been out and about meeting your friends and neighbours so they can tell me what it is you want from Cornwall Council, and if I have not managed to knock on your door yet, it is not for want of trying.

“Many people have told me they support my campaign to kick out the drug dealers and vagrants who have been plaguing our town and harassing local people.

“I care passionately about our area and I want to work for a better Newquay – to protect our local environment, stop parts of the town from falling into disrepair, protect local health and education services and deliver better value for your council tax bills which have been rising out of control and causing real hardship for local people. These are my priorities for you.”

Labour contender Brod Ross was born in Redruth and grew up in Cornwall. He has worked at Falmouth Docks and other dockyards around the country during which time he became active within the unions.

In 1995 he met his future wife, Candy Atherton, and helped her campaign to win the Falmouth and Camborne Parliamentary seat in 1997.

Brod assisted Candy through two terms in Parliament, spending time in the House of Commons, and later went on to become chair of the Cornwall Co-Operative Party and served as a parish and town councillor.

Brod wants to increase police numbers, which he says have been “drastically reduced” under Conservative and Liberal Democrat governments, and on a local level wants to improve the issues caused in the Treviglas division by the school run, as well as improving the local environment, including air quality and green spaces.

Brod said: “I care about what happens in and to Newquay and will work tirelessly with Safer Newquay to find a solution to the anti-social behaviour which can make our streets unsafe. At times I don’t know which is worse, the dangerous driving and parking habits, particularly around our schools, or the pollution from large numbers of cars idling in traffic queues.

“I will campaign to make our roads safer with calming measures, tighter controls on parking close to schools and by promoting the planting of trees and shrubs to soak up the harmful emissions from exhausts.

“As your representative on Cornwall Council I will listen to your concerns and promote your ideas for a safer, cleaner and healthier Cornwall.”

Treviglas voters will also be electing their chosen candidate for Newquay Town Council on the same day.

Those registered to vote will be able to chose between the Liberal Democrat candidate Pauline Avery, Conservative Mark Formosa or the independent Joseph Brook to sit on Newquay Town Council and represent Treviglas division residents.

By Beth Perry 1st August 2018

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