Archive for 26 Apr ’13

Don’t forget to vote for Graham Nickson, County Councillor for Hertford St Andrews on May 2nd

If you live in the St Andrews Division (approximately half of Hertford including Sele Farm Estate, Horns Mill, Campfield Road Estate, around Queens Road and the centre of town near Bircherley Green) I hope that you will have received a leaflet from me or perhaps you will have spoken to me on the door step. I am looking for your trust and your support to vote for me on May 2nd as your county councillor.

I live near Sele Farm Estate with my partner, who is a nurse at Isabel Hospice, and our two teenage children. I am a parent governor at The Sele School.

As your County Councillor:

  • I will speak up for local people working with local Tory councillors to secure the best deal for our community,
  • I will seek to guarantee funding for the Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) who work so hard to keep our community safe,
  • Safety on the road is one of my main concerns. I support a 20mph speed limit where people live and will work to introduce it if the local community demand one,
  • I will oppose the incinerator, which the Tories want to bring into Hertfordshire, that will poison our air. I will work with the district council to improve recycling rates and so reduce the amount of material going to landfill,
  • I will take action to have the pot holes in the roads in our area fixed quicker to stop damage to our cars,
  • I will work with the Police and Crime Commissioner to fund work to tackle the evil of domestic abuse and will support a ‘no tolerance’ policy to anti-social behaviour,
  • I will lobby for cheaper travel for all 16 – 24 year olds who are looking for a job.

Thank you


A Hertfordshire that works – building a strong economy that creates jobs, grows businesses and provides a future for our young people

  •  Work with business to create a 1000 jobs in 2 years
  • Guarantee an apprenticeship, job or training place to all 16 -24 year olds
  • Create four new business incubation centres in the County
  • Work with the Local Enterprise Partnership to strengthen our existing business base and attract new investment to the County
  • Provide subsidised transport for 16 – 24 year old jobseekers
  • Introduce the Living Wage for HCC and promote it for the whole county

A Travel-friendly Hertfordshire – a transport system and strategy that enables people and businesses to move around the county more easily

  • Repair the roads and paths – fix potholes and broken paving quickly and ensure it is quick and easy to report them
  • Make bus routes work for passengers, not bus companies by devolving bus subsidy budgets to local communities
  • Improve East – West county bus routes
  • 20 mph speed limits around schools and gritting of all school routes not just those on main routes
  • Lobby for investment in our main-line railway routes
  • Introduce ‘smart-card’ travel

A Healthy Hertfordshire – defending the NHS and tackling health inequalities at district level

  • Establish and maintain a high quality Public Health function
  • A funded programme to tackle the main causes of health inequality including Smoking, obesity and lack of exercise

A Safer Hertfordshire – fighting crime and building strong communities

  • Switch the street lights back on in urban areas while a low cost/low carbon solution is found
  • Guarantee future funding for Police Community Support Officers
  • Support the Thriving Families Programme
  • Work with the Police Commissioner to establish a ‘no tolerance’ policy on anti-social behaviour
  • Tackle Domestic Abuse through a comprehensive action plan funded by all partners

A Caring Hertfordshire – practical support for children and families and high-quality council-run services for the elderly, disabled people and their carers

  • Guarantee the future of our Children’s Centres and build on their excellent early years provision.
  • Implement a Child Poverty Commission in Hertfordshire and take action on its outcomes
  • Provide the support that older people need so they can live independently as long as possible.
  • Ensure older and vulnerable adults are cared for with dignity
  • Establish Hertfordshire as a ‘Carer-friendly County’
  • Work with the NHS build better links between hospital and home for the elderly and their carers

A Local Hertfordshire –working in partnership with districts to put communities and local people at the heart of decision-making 

  • Devolve budgets and decisions as much as possible to local forums
  • Encourage young people to get involved for example by including 2 seats at County Council meetings for Herts UK Youth Parliament members and electing a County Youth Chairman
  • Use existing HCC facilities like libraries to deliver ‘front-door’ to county services for local people.
  • Work with young people to provide the services that they need locally
  • Address the long-term inequalities in educational attainment across the county
  • Ensure academy and free schools are accountable to students, parents and local communities 

A Green Hertfordshire – protect our environment and review the way we deal with our waste 

  • An immediate moratorium on building any incinerator in Herts while alternative technologies are evaluated.
  • Aim to achieve the highest level of recycling in the country
  • A county-wide programme for energy saving based on insulation and efficiency to both reduce householders fuel bills and CO2 emissions