Two Ilkley residents have been selected to stand in the forthcoming 6th May local elections. David Nunns, a resident of Ben Rhydding for the last 40 years, is standing for Bradford District Council Elections. Running for Ilkley Town Council is Andrew Loy, a recent Oxford University graduate, born and bred in town.
David is firmly of the belief that the proposed local plan will have a devastating impact on Ilkley and Ben Rhydding and wants to see Bradford Council stop using Ilkley residents as cash cows to fund pet projects in the centre of Bradford, such as spending over £20million on building Grade A office blocks. He will campaign to see aircraft noise levels reduced by working hard to ensure that Leeds Bradford Airport sticks to agreed flight routes. He will also fight to see the reopening of the public facing element of Ilkley Police Station and to give residents the chance to vote on whether Ilkley wishes to remain part of Bradford Council.
Talking about his decision to stand for election David commented, "I want to stand in the forthcoming Council elections, to try and ensure that Ilkley remains a vibrant town. It must retain the local businesses which the community has come to rely on, as many of the smaller businesses are now starting to decline at the expense of the corporate brands."
Andrew Loy lives in Ilkley and went to school locally. He wants to see Ilkley Town Council focus on residents' priorities rather than on pet projects such as installing speed humps around Ilkley and Ben Rhydding. Speaking about his decision to stand for election Andrew said, "I am keen to make sure residents’ voices are heard and that we get value for money from the Town Council.”
Current District Councillor Kyle Green praised both candidates for standing for election and commented, "It is vital we have a strong local voice to stand up for Ilkley. Bradford Council continue to impose unwanted charges and schemes on Ilkley and Ben Rhydding residents, which the current Lib Dem / Green town council fail to push back on. Furthermore, the Labour candidate will simply be another Bradford Council mouthpiece imposing more parking charges and council tax rises on Ilkley residents."