Election Boundary Disputes In Stoke-on-Trent

It seems after last years review of the Stoke-on-Trent ward boundaries by the Boundary Commission For England there are some problems with the new ward boundaries and discrepancies between the boundary and the addresses contained in them.

The Sentinel reported yesterday that there were problems with constituents in the Boothen and Oakhill ward are actually registered to vote in the Springfield ward. Around 100 people who live in the Boothen and Oakhill ward will be voting for candidates to represent the Springfield ward and subsequently be represented for 4 years by someone they had no opportunity to vote on.

It appears that this is not the only area that has problems with the electoral boundaries.

Blurton Cllr Roy Naylor who is standing down this year but is supporting the independent candidate Nina Hulse in Blurton West & Newstead said on his Blurton News Twitter Account yesterday:

Council blunder stops voters voting for their candidates http://tinyurl.com/647qc4v but has this also happened in Blurton ? Some addresses in Finstock Avenue have been placed into the New Blurton East Ward, but recently whilst delivering flyers for the Non-Aligned Candidate Nina Hulse, we noticed that these addresses appeared in the Electral Register for Blurton West & Newstead.

Pits n Pots are currently investigating possible discrepancies between the Hollybush & Longton West and Dresden & Florence wards. We have had reports of householders in Dresden & Florence receiving election leaflets for candidates in the Hollybush & Longton West ward.

Have you been affected by the ward boundary changes and are you sure that you are registered in the right ward?

500 Words From Nina Hulse

Hi All,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself my name is Georgina Hulse (better known as Nina). I have put myself forward as a candidate for the forthcoming election as an Independent (Non-Aligned to any political groups).

I am a young 60, married with 4 grown up children, and a step daughter, 9 grandchildren and a 10th on the way. I have lived in Blurton for 50 years. Having seen many changes there, on the whole many have been for the better with a few not so good.

With help from local residents and housing staff we formed Old Blurton community association in 1999. I currently run Blurton Community centre with a lot of help from volunteers from the community.

I have undertaken a few projects over the last 11 years to help improve Blurton. having a Toddlers Play Area built on land were 4 houses were demolished, a Multi use Games Area built on land at Blurton Primary school. My biggest challenge recently with support from the City Council, Sure Start Blurton, and the community was to secure funding to build the privately run Blurton Community centre on Oakwood Road.

I have also worked with Residents Associations at Blurton farm, Hollybush and Newstead on projects, including the play area’s that were built on each of the estates. I have worked closely with our Neighbourhood Policing Unit over the last few years as well as the present Blurton & Newstead Councillor Roy Naylor.

I strongly believe that Blurton does not start or end in Old Blurton, and to make a difference to all we need to work together.

If elected I will do everything possible to make life better for all. A vote for me is a vote for a local Lady who knows Blurton and more importantly cares about Blurton & Newstead and its residents, its concerns and wellbeing. If elected you can be sure I will respect your confidentiality and continue the work done by Cllr Naylor to help transform Blurton & Newstead.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you have any questions you would like to put to me, then please contact me on 07526 110218.

Many Thanks

Nina Hulse.