In the run up to the local elections on May 2nd I have been publishing brief interviews with each of the candidates - standing for seats on both the Parish Council and Cheshire East Council - that respond to my request, in the order in which they respond.
To read interviews with other candidates you will be able to click on the tags at the bottom of the article. For example, pieces on the other candidates for the Alderley Edge Parish Council election will all be tagged 'Alderley Edge Parish Council 2019 Election'. Candidates representing the same party or group will also be connected via the tags and all articles will be tagged '2019 Local Elections'.
Mike Taylorson is an Alderley Edge First candidate for Alderley Edge Parish Council.
Please tell me about yourself - occupation, how long you have lived in Alderley Edge, interests, family?
I have been a resident of Alderley Edge for over 20 years, and was brought up in Wilmslow. I live with my partner Anne, who volunteers to help keep our library open. I joined Alderley Edge Cricket Club as a junior, and have enjoyed a lifelong playing and social membership. My father was a past President and my brother can still be seen staggering round the hockey pitch!
I enjoyed a career in the fashion an textile Industry which involved sourcing, manufacturing and sales both domestically an internationally. I subsequently moved into business evelopment in the waste management industry both in the U.K and Europe. I now work part time at Marks and Spencer and enjoy regular contact with many residents.
Are you a member of any local groups or societies?
I am a member of the Allotment society, and have been a serving Parish Councillor since 2015.
Why have you decided to stand for re-election as a parish councillor?
I would like to continue what we have started. I believe that we have demonstrated that there is no place for party politics at local level. We have worked hard to keep our residents informed of the work undertaken on their behalf, and will continue to do so. There is a strong team ethic which I believe will serve the village well going forward.
What do you think have been your biggest achievements as a councillor in the past 4 years?
Over the last 4 years I have ensured our village signage has been regularly cleaned, commencing in February 2017 and continuing as recently as January 2019.
I have been involved in the installation of our three new speed indicator signs.
I worked with CE Highways to help deliver additional on-street parking in the village centre.
I delivered a petition relating to parking at a meeting of Cheshire East Council on behalf of residents and attended monthly community surgeries with Cllr Craig Browne.
I am proud of our work regarding the Medical Centre & Festival Hall and the retention of the library.
What have been your biggest disappointments as a councillor in the past 4 years?
Out of the disappointments we have discovered positives. We have wonderful groups who have risen to the challenge of cleaning, protecting and enhancing our village. We are learning the art of persistence.
What do you consider to be the important issues facing Alderley Edge?
The completion of the Neighbourhood plan , with the support of the Village, is the next vital step
What experience and personal qualities will you bring to the role?
Why should Alderley Edge residents vote for you?
I am happy to be judged by the residents. I hope I have shown my determination and willingness to work on our villages behalf. I would be proud to be allowed to contribute further in the future.