My name is Harold Gregory, I live in Riverside Road, Trent Vale, and am married with 3 children, one attending St Joseph’s and one at St Teresa’s. I spent 20 years in the Army, serving in the first Gulf War and also in Northern Ireland, as well as many other postings around the world.
I now work for Network Rail at Derby, having previously worked at the signal box in Stone until it was closed down. For many years, I was involved in the local Territorial Army, and am now an instructor with the local Army cadets, and have taken part in many charity fundraising events.
As a regular cyclist, I know the condition of the roads in the area is terrible, and improving this would be one of my first priorities. I have already been working to address local issues with litter, dog fouling and cracked pavements which I know frustrate local residents and make our area look uncared for. I would also work with residents to ensure future development of the Stoke City Football Academy takes into account the poor access from Riverside Road, which is already in a poor state due to the amount of traffic using it.
As your local councillor, I would seek to give our area a fair voice on the Council and ensure YOUR views are listened to. Residents tell me they feel that Labour have lost sight of what working people want, and areas such as Springfields and Trent Vale have been ignored. People have also told me they’re worried that the proposed move of the Council to Hanley will cause great damage to the businesses in Stoke, which many people use as their local shopping centre, and I share these concerns. I believe that common sense can sort out many of the problems we see around us on an everyday basis.
I don’t have the answers to all the problems, but I promise to try. I am a local person and am only interested in representing on the Council the ward in which I live. I want to give local residents a voice and help improve our environment. Representing residents will be my main priority, as I feel that the views of the normal working person are often under represented.