I’m Andy Hadley, I am one of two existing Councillors for Poole People, and standing for re-election in Poole Town Ward. I have worked in Poole for about 30 years, mostly at the Hospital, and am passionate about our lovely town, its history, the harbour and the countryside around us. In an independent local party, I can vote with my conscience and for the people in my Ward without having to toe a party line, and we have attempted to hold the council to account on topics like Toilet closures, successfully getting the Baiter one reopened, on the Hospital changes, charges in local car parks, and on the merger, which we opposed.
We have to make the most of the new BCP council, and I will be keen to work with other independent voices across the area. I will work hard to highlight improvements to the dire transport infrastructure, and to ensure that Poole is not sidelined, but also to limit over-development of the town centre. We have the history, and an artistic and industrial heritage, and we need to make the most of developing that, and limit the building of second homes, often lying empty.
I’ve strongly supported a bid to get funding to regenerate Poole High Street, and harangued the council about the Townside Gyratory system, which seems built to be bad for all users – walking, cycling, motoring and residents. We all need to engage more with what is happening to our town, and we need people to get out and vote on May 2nd. You can make a difference.