Green Party district council elections candidate meets co-leader to share his vision of Spalding
A former Spalding Grammar School student who is standing in May’s South Holland District Council elections has shared his vision for the town.
Alistair Crisp, Green Party candidate for the Spalding Castle ward currently held by Conservative Party member Coun Gary Taylor, is campaigning on a platform of “upgrading” bus and rail services in the town.
Sharing the platform with Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley at an event in Spalding yesterday (Monday), Mr Crisp warned of a “brain drain” where young people are leaving Spalding for good to study and work elsewhere in the UK.
Mr Crisp, who recently taught psychology at Spalding High School and mentored young people as part of the National Citizen Service programme, praised the district council for championing new homes in the town.
Buthe told fellow Green Party members of the lack of a transport infrastructure to match the district council’s house building ambitions.
He said: “Local people really want upgrades to several different sectors of our local transport services.
“When I was studying at Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste University, I was unable to get back to Spalding.
“So I had to rent accommodation in Lincoln rather than come home.
“We need to put pressure on Network Rail so our young people can go away to study.
“But we’ve also got an ageing demographic in Spalding so, for me, it’s about getting out on the doorstep and talking to people, telling them: ‘If you elect me, it’s not going to upset the Conservative balance on the district council’.
“'However, you will have someone who will work with them to try and make things better locally’”.
Mr Crisp was urged by the chairman of Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum, George Scott, to support its efforts to bring back evening and weekend rail services to Spalding, along with the reopening of Littleworth Rail Station in Deeping St Nicholas.
In response, Mr Crisp said: "I think public transport plays such an integral role in the area and so I want to recapture this magical localism and a public transport infrastructure can bring back that community support.
"Local buses are a lifeline for people who don't drive and need to go to the jobs they want, but we've seen people having to move out of the area to get the jobs they want.
"When I've spoken to people, they feel that the local community spirit isn't there any more and that's why we need investment into our local transport services."