Sea defences and youth clubs to be key Portchester election issues

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SEA defences and youth clubs have emerged as key issues for candidates hoping to represent Portchester East in the upcoming by-election.

Five candidates have put their names forward in a bid to bring change to Portchester.

An election will take place to replace the former councillor Chris Brown who resigned last month after failing to attend any meetings due to work commitments.

Richard Ryan, of the Labour party, said: ‘Sea defences are important.

‘There is a lot of talk about global warming. A lot of sea defences aren’t as good as they should be. They are getting old.

‘I’ve been a councillor in the area before anyway. I do know the area.

‘People should have an opportunity to vote for somebody who has a record of service to the community and will help people out.’

Geoff Fazackarley, the Liberal Democrat candidate, said: ‘I’d like to see some improvements along the coastal wall. The last thing anyone wants is for it to be a flood watch area.

‘I want to try and make a difference to where I live to make it a bit easier for everybody. I enjoy helping people.’

John Vivian, representing the Green Party, added: ‘There are a lot of young people in Portchester. We want to see things like youth clubs where youngsters can get off the street.

‘We want to give them somewhere to go.

‘You will get a councillor that will listen to what you have to say.’

Manny Martins, who is standing as an independent candidate, added: ‘For children there is nothing to do in the evenings and at weekends. We need to get together and decide what we want to do for them. I have got good communication skills. I listen to what people have got to say and interpret that.’

Alison Walker is the Conservative candidate. She said: ‘I want an opportunity to give something back to the community that I have lived in for 30 years. I’m willing to listen to people.

‘A lot of people have issues with the pavements and the lighting in the area. I want to make a difference there.’

The by-election will take place on Thursday, March 15.

THE CANDIDATES

NAME: Alison Walker

PARTY: Conservative

STATEMENT: Alison, 44, from Carlton Road in Portchester has lived in the area for over 30 years, even attending school there.

She wants to improve pavements and lighting and to cut down on dog fouling.

NAME: Geoff Fazackarley

PARTY: Lib Dem STATEMENT: Geoff, 44, from White Hart Lane in Portchester, used to be chairman of the Portchester Conservatives. He wants to improve coastal defences. He is also bidding to improve roads and pavements.

NAME: Richard Ryan

PARTY: Labour

STATEMENT: Richard, 62, from Laverock Lea in Portchester, has lived in the area for 35 years and has been a councillor at both county and borough level. He wants to ensure green spaces remain and he wants to improve sea defences.

NAME: John Vivian

PARTY: Green party

STATEMENT: John, 64, from Madison Court in Fareham has been a member of the party for 10 years. He was also a member of the Friends of the Earth group.

He wants to get youngsters off the streets and wants to scrap the Fareham SDA.

NAME: Manny Martins

PARTY: Independent

STATEMENT: Manny, 63, from Portchester Road, worked for Surrey County Council in the past. He wants to ensure the new community centre is built on time and wants to give youngsters something to do.