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G&A Jackie Header (By Iain Donaldson)

Local Campaigner Jackie Pearcey

Jackie Pearcey

Jackie Pearcey

Jackie Pearcey was a founder members of the Gorton and Abbey Hey Liberal Democrats in 1988, and has worked tirelessly for our community for over the past 31 years both as a citizen of Manchester and as a Manchester City Councillor representing the area for 21 years.

Jackie Pearcey has a strong record of campaigning hard on issues that affect our community, and has helped thousands of local residents with individual casework over the years.

As we are visiting residents from door to door this year we are hearing the same message again and again, "Since Jackie Pearcey was voted out Gorton and Abbey Hey have gotten a lot worse. We need a our hard working local Liberal Democrat councillor back in the town hall fighting for our community."

It is often said locally in Gorton and Abbey Hey that "everybody knows somebody who has been helped by Jackie Pearcey."

94 out of 96 Councillors in Manchester represent the Labour Party.

Gorton and Abbey Hey Result 2018 (By Iain Donaldson)

In Gorton & Abbey Hey the choice is clear.

In Gorton and Abbey Hey it's a clear choice between another Labour Councillor telling our community what to expect from the Council or Liberal Democrat Jackie Pearcey telling the Council what our community expects.

At a time when Greater Manchester needs 135,000 more affordable homes we need a Councillor who will fight for high quality affordable homes without destroying our valuable open spaces.

Jackie Pearcey is a strong advocate for quality local housing to meet local needs without destroying valuable open spaces like the Red Rec on Taylor Street and Godfrey Ermen. What Gorton and Abbey Hey needs is more pensioner bungalows so that people needing to downsize can stay in the community where their families have grown up and they have built friendships.

The Liberal Democrat priority would be to tackle homelessness, not failing fountains!

Piccadilly Fountain (By Iain Donaldson)

£ 1.2 million spent on restoring failing fountains whilst people are living on our streets.

When more people than ever are sleeping rough on our city's streets we need a Councillor who will fight against Labour spending millions of pounds on pet projects such as fancy fountains and arts centres whilst people starve on our streets.

Manchester's Labour Bosses, backed by Gorton and Abbey Hey's Labour Councillors have spent £ 1.2 Million fixing failing fountains.

Had that same amount been spent on Liberal Democrat priorities we could have housed every single person sleeping rough in Manchester for an entire year.

We could also have given them a hot meal, a warm shower and access to a support worker.

That's not cuts, it's incompetence.

Jackie knows the importance of a good Education

Jackie Pearcey at Oasis Academy Aspinal (By Iain Donaldson)

Jackie Pearcey knows the importance of a good education.

As a child Jackie Pearcey's first home had a tin bath and an outdoor loo. She earned a place at a good school and was one of the first in her family to go to University. Now she has a PhD in nuclear physics.

Jackie Pearcey has served as a Governor at Oasis Academy Aspinal in Gorton for over 20 Years, and is proud of the fact that children at the Academy receive an outstanding start to their education.

Jackie told us that "One of the most important things the Liberal Democrats have done in recent years was the introduction of the pupil premium which gives children from working class backgrounds like mine a better chance in the world"

Jackie Pearcey is committed to ensuring children get the best start in life.

Jackie Pearcey will fight to protect our open spaces.

Jackie Pearcey and the Liberal Democrats fought to protect Godfrey Ermen from development by Labour. (By Iain Donaldson)

Over 20 years ago the Labour council wanted to build houses on Godfrey Ermen playing fields.

Jackie Pearcey and the local Liberal Democrats stopped them. Recently Labour have again threatened to build on this open space. The protection which Liberal Democrats secured at a public inquiry into the Council's development strategy helped stop that development, and now Jackie Pearcey and the local Liberal Democrats support resident's calls for Godfrey Ermen to be declared a Village Green.

In 1988 Tameside's Labour bosses together with United Utilities proposed to turn Denton and Fairfield Golf Courses and the Gorton Reservoirs into a business park. Jackie Pearcey was one of the leading campaigners who fought against those proposals for over 10 years to protect our open spaces, and won. There is plenty of brownfield land in Manchester that could be used for developing the housing we need, without destroying our open spaces and green lungs.

Jackie Pearcey opposes the sale of the local park on Taylor Street including the Red Rec. (By Iain Donaldson)When former Liberal MP and businessman Richard Peacock donated the Red Rec at Taylor Street for local people to play on for 100 years, little did he know that within days of that covenant ending Manchester's Labour bosses would be looking to sell this valuable open space for yet more housing.

Jackie Pearcey helped get equipment on the area to provide a breakout space for local youths on the Hampden Estate.

Jackie told us "This area is designated by this council as being a local park, it is not as if there is no other land in Gorton and Abbey Hey to build on, but once again Labour are going for the easy hit selling off valuable open public space."

Protecting our heritage.

Jackie Pearcey campaigned to protect Gorton Monastery from inappropriate development. (By Iain Donaldson)

When the former schoolhouse at Brookfield Church was threatened with demolition it was the Liberal Democrats who campaigned to get it turned into the pensioner flats that are there today.

When Labour were encouraging the development of Gorton Monastery into flats it was Jackie Pearcey and the Liberal Democrats who called for a more imaginative future for the building, and when the statues of the saints were on Liverpool dockside facing export to America it was Jackie Pearcey and the Liberal Democrats who fought to secure their return to Gorton.

When Labour's proposals for redeveloping the Gorton District Centre were announced it was the Liberal Democrats who insisted that they be consulted on in full before any proposals were brought forward, and when it was realised that the Plough was to be bulldozed as a part of the proposals it was the Liberal Democrats who led the campaign to save this historic pub.

The most rubbish refuse collection service ever.

Jackie Pearcey is having to report fly tipping across Gorton and Abbey Hey despite Labour claims to be tackling the problem. (By Iain Donaldson)With the bins lottery that has been created by Manchester's Labour bosses in which one item in the wrong bin can result in rubbish not being collected, the communal bins are always overflowing and the small bins are simply not able to cope with household waste we need a Councillor who will call out Labour's incompetent refuse service.

Labour claim that they are tackling fly-tipping in the area, but the simple truth is that their mismanagement of our refuse collection is the cause of the problem, not the solution to it.

If Labour are tackling the problem of fly tipping in Gorton, why then is Jackie Pearcey having to report so much of it?

We need a local councilor who will challenge the ongoing failure of Manchester's Labour bosses to tackle the refuse collection sytem, not another Labour Councillor making vague promisies and achieving nothing.

Over £ 300 Million spent on Town Hall whilst front line services are cut!

Manchester's Labour bosses continue to cry poverty and blame all their woes on Conservative Government cuts whilst spending:

● £ 300 million on Town Hall renovations

● £ 112 million on a new performing arts centre;
● £ 2 million a year to pay for the Urbis Centre

It's time to end Labour's monopoly on in the town hall.


Tree near Tescos (by Iain Donaldson)THE TREES ARE SHOWING US THE PROBLEM!

Tree lichens thrive under certain conditions; for this yellow lichen the best conditions are the noxious fumes emitted by diesel engines, nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

Studies indicate that long-term exposure to NO2 levels currently observed in Europe may decrease lung function and increase the risk of respiratory symptoms such as acute bronchitis and cough and phlegm, particularly in children.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states: "In general, individuals with asthma are expected to be more responsive to short-term exposure to inhaled agents, when compared to individuals without asthma."
Jackie Pearcey told Focus, "We need action on Diesel now to protect children from the chronic illnesses that breathing in this poisonous atmosphere can cause. It is time for action on the environment!"

Jackie, Robin and the monitoring station (by Iain Donaldson)The monitoring the council is supposed to do!

Smaller particulates in the air have an impact on our health in other ways, the Council's city centre atmospheric monitoring system Robin Grayson is pointing at monitors 2.5 micron particulates in the atmosphere (as required by law). However it does not measure 1 micron particulates which which impact on human mental capacity and health whereas the monitor held by Jackie Pearcey does.
Jackie told Focus "The Labour council is doing the minimum it can to meet it's legal requirements in monitoring air pollution in Manchester. I am installing this monitor in Gorton, the first in Manchester to measure the minute particulates that can slow recovery from strokes, reduce the performance of athletes and damage the education of children and students."
To find our more about the monitor and how to look at the atmospheric pollution in Gorton and around the world visit https://www.purpleair.com/ and click on the maps link.


A Bus at a stop in Gorton (By Iain Donaldson)Manchester is losing out thanks to Labour's poor management of our transport systems and the failure of successive Conservative and Labour Governments to invest in Northern Transport systems.
Hybrid busses should now be running on all our bus routes, we should have an integrated bus tram and rail ticketing system and our public transport network should be properly integrated.
If the North had had our fair share of funding for the last 5 years we would be half way to the total electrification of our rail network.
Jackie Pearcey stated "Manchester deserves a first class transport network, not the second rate system being delivered by Labour."
"Labour will of course blame Government cuts for the problems in our transport network, and in part they are right, the North gets much less investment per capita in transport than London, but surely the routes we do have could be better managed and planned."
Liberal Democrats are committed to providing smart and strategic investment in our transport system. Using funds that are available to the Council we will build a transport network that meets the city's needs.
Jackie added "Some of the £50 million Manchester Airport dividends could be used to establish a SmartTransport Development Fund dedicated to offsetting heavy carbon transport."
We will invest in dedicated cycle highways giving riders somewhere safe to use, making routes clearer and more direct across the city - not just in and out of the centre.
We believe the Airport Dividend should be used to make Manchester the greenest city in the UK, putting the return on the investment back into fighting air pollution in our city.


Jackie at Vine Street Cutting (By Iain Donaldson)This council is directly responsible for the lack of affordable housing in Manchester. Liberal Democrats demand affordable homes and an end to homelessness in Manchester. We will rewrite Manchester's housing policy from the bottom up.

Manchester's Labour bosses have failed to enforce the building of affordable homes in the city for years. Instead many new build houses are sold for private landlords to rent.
Local recreational land such as the red rec and Godfrey Ermen is constantly under threat of development for new housing unsuitable for local needs.
Liberal Democrats demand that every housing development provides at least 20% affordable homes, and that affordable accommodation is available for young people to help the transition to adulthood so that they know that their council is looking out for them.

Scrap Labour's Homelessness Tax!

Manchester's Labour bosses have introduced a nasty policy that fines homeless people taking shelter in archways, doorways and tents up to £100.
Worse still, if they do not pay then Manchester's Labour bosses take them to court where they face a £1,000 fine.
Jackie Pearcey told us that "The Homelessness Tax is arguably the worst policy ever enforced by Manchester's Labour bosses."

Liberal Democrats want to scrap Labour's Homeless Tax and instead introduce a clear and compassionate plan to get Manchester's street homeless off the streets and and into homes.

  • Manchester's Labour bosses waste over £ 300 million on Town Hall renovations whilst rough sleepers bed down in the archways underneath.
  • Manchester's Labour Bosses can find over £ 112 million for a new performing arts centre whilst slashing community budgets.
  • Manchester's Labour bosses can afford to repair the city's failing fountains at a cost of over £ 1.2 million whilst people live homeless and hungry on the streets of our City.


Potholes in Roads (By Iain Donaldson)Last year the Council received £100 million for road improvements from the Government, but under spent by a quarter despite our roads being in the worst condition for decades. That isn't cuts, it's incompetence.
Jackie Pearcey confirmed "Liberal Democrats will follow up on all resurfacing works and make sure that you are informed throughout the process. We will not let the Council get away with delaying work or under spending budgets, and we won't rest until our roads are safe for all commuters and pedestrians alike."
The Liberal Democrats are also proposing that the Council should introduce:

  • Spot inspection of resurfaced roads;
  • A published repair and renewal programme for all roads in the City; and
  • A publication of all reported potholes, the programmed repair date and the actual repair date.

Jackie added that "Taxpayers should be able to expect quality work, not sticking-plaster solutions. Liberal Democrats demand better quality roads and road repairs in our city."

Jackie meets local people (By Iain Donaldson)

Vote Jackie (By Iain Donaldson)

Jackie Pearcey's record of action over 31 years.

As well as campaigning over those 31 years to get potholes and pavements fixed and dogshit removed, Jackie has also campaigned:

  • Against the Tameside Labour Party's proposals to build a business park around Debdale Reservoirs;
  • To Save Gorton Monastery from demolition and to bring the stolen statues of the Saints back from Liverpool Docks where they were destined for export to the U.S.A.
  • To secure the right of War Pensioners to their full pension entitlements;
  • To secure play equipment in Debdale Park, the King George Playing Fields, Gorton Park and on Taylor Street Recreation Ground (the former Red Rec);
  • For pedestrian crossings on Hyde Road at Tesco and at Debdale Park;
  • For the redevelopment of the old Gorton Market;
  • For the traffic calming on and around Chapman Street;
  • To stop the building of housing on Godfrey Ermen;
  • For the rebuilding of the Gorton Medical Centre; and
  • On many other issues over those 31 years.

As well as being a local councillor for the area Jackie has stood form Parliament four times, including in the by-election that never was in 2015.

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