VOTERS will go to the poles on Thursday, January 31, to elect a new councillor for the Over Ward.

The position on Winsford Town Council became vacant after former Conservative clr Jamie Garratt stood down in November.

All three of the main political parties have a representative in the election.

Voting hours will be 7am-10pm.

Registered voters in the ward have received a poll card with details of their polling station.

Below, the Winsford Guardian brings you a short profile of each candidate:

Name: Charlie Parkinson, Liberal Democrats

Occupation: Volunteer

What would you bring to the role?

“A passion for helping people with their individual problems. I have been helping people all over Winsford in various roles – a Citizens Advice Bureau advisor for 15 years, chairman of various residents committees, a member of The Greenfields Glebe and Over (GGO) board, which is working to improve the Over Ward through regeneration and improving the lives of residents with opportunities to improve the skills they already have."

Why I am a suitable candidate: "My experience in local government as a Vale Royal Borough clr , Cheshire West and Chester clr, and a Winsford Town clr for four years representing the Over Ward."


Name: Jill Lillian McQuaid, The Labour Party

Age: 62

Occupation: Volunteer - director and trustee of WINCAP

What do you think you would bring to the role?

"I will continue working in the best interests of the community and will remain committed to my role in trying to make things better, particularly in supporting young people and small community organisations."

Why I am a suitable candidate: "I live in Winsford and understand the day to day needs of the community because I am part of this community and I recognise those needs as my own. When I help people in the community, I do not feel I am advising clients, but advising friends." 


Name: Susan Kaur, The Conservative Party

Age: 37

Occupation: Counsellor

What do you think you would bring to the role?

"I am passionate about working with local communities from the grass root up. I intend to fight for council priorities which consider the diverse needs of the people of Winsford."

Why I am a suitable candidate: "After living in Winsford for 20 years and raising a family, I am a proud local resident. Over the years my family retail businesses, as well as my own ladies fashion boutique, has enabled me to form good relationships with the people of Winsford.

"I love the potential Winsford has, I feel it is already a lovely place to live, we have had some changes over the 20 years I have been here, and have scope for much more."