UKIP’s Mark Reckless speaks to BBC’s Sunday Politics South East show following his general election defeat in Rochester and Strood.
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Mark has been privileged to serve with Councillor Ted Baker as a ward colleague.
Ted is standing down at this election after over thirty years of service to Medway Council and the old Rochester upon Medway Council. Ted twice served as Mayor of Medway, in 2001/02 and again in 2011/12, and has been Deputy Mayor on five occasions.
Hundreds, probably thousands, of people across Rochester will recall Ted’s kindness and the help he has given to so many people on matters big and small. It is wonderful that Ted’s service to Rochester was marked by Medway Council making him an Honorary Alderman at its meeting on 23rd April. Mark Reckless said:
“Over the past 15 years Ted has taught me a great deal about Rochester and its history, as well as always putting constituents first. I am grateful to him. Many reading this will want to join me in wishing Ted and his wife Sylvia a very happy retirement”.
Mark Reckless would like to thank the hundreds of people across Strood who returned the survey on his proposed road changes to Get Strood Moving.
The four different measures which Mark proposes to improve traffic flow through Strood gained substantial support in the consultation:
- 86% support introducing traffic lights at Darnley Arch roundabout;
- 89% support changes to Commercial Road between B&Q and McDonalds;
- 92% support creating a new one way Strood-bound road from Rochester Bridge through to Strood Retail Park and Knights Road; and
- 91% support improvements to the Medway City Estate exit including a new third lane up to the Sans Pareil roundabout.
Having confirmed money is available, Mark will now look to progress these improvements with Medway Council if he is re-elected.
Mark Reckless, UKIP’s Parliamentary candidate for Rochester and Strood, yesterday visited Medway MAGIC. The “Medway Autism Group and Information Centre”, based in Cliffe Woods, is a charitable, non-profit organisation which relies on donations, sponsorship, and funding from the local council. After a brief introduction to the staff and volunteers Mark was given a guided tour of the centre by Gayna Simmonds, the CEO of MAGIC. Gayna, who has two autistic children herself, spoke passionately about the need for continued support from the government.
Having visited MAGIC at its previous base In Rochester in 2011, Mark was pleased to see the continued development and improvement of the services offered to children. Mark believes firmly in the importance of looking after the most vulnerable in society and securing support for good causes, while also championing exceptional local projects. The enthusiasm and dedication that was evident from speaking to the full-time staff and volunteers was especially encouraging for Mark, who has campaigned for a charter to improve mental health services for children with autism.
MAGIC plays an important role as a haven for children who cannot cope in mainstream education, and offers respite care for parents and carers alike. The organisation is currently in the process of raising funds in an attempt to buy the building they currently occupy at auction, which would allow them to focus on the long term development of their facilities.
Mark Reckless said:
“I continue to be impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of Gayna and her team of volunteers at Medway MAGIC.
Having a child with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or Autistic Syndrome (ASD) can be challenging in terms of finding the right help and advice. Medway has, on average, double the normal level of autistic children, and has therefore a pressing need for a successful and well managed programme to assist in the development, support, and education of autistic children. Both the size of the centre, the breadth of the facilities available, and the general ethos were very impressive and encouraging for the future of the charity.
Medway MAGIC has done a great job in raising awareness of the issues surrounding children with Autism and I am proud to offer my continued support.”
In this short video, Mark Reckless, UKIP’s Parliamentary candidate for Rochester and Strood, talks about his commitment to protecting our beautiful Hoo Peninsula, a place very close to his heart and to the hearts and minds of those who live in the area.
Mark led our campaign to defeat Boris and his proposed estuary airport. Now that David Cameron has said he plans to stand down with Boris likely to take over, the Hoo peninsula is not safe with the Conservatives. Mark has also forced a Public Inquiry into their plans to build 5,000 houses in a bird sanctuary at Lodge Hill. Every Conservative on the Planning Committee, including from Rochester and Strood, voted for that at Lodge Hill. The Council’s cabinet, in which Mark’s Conservative opponent sits, is now spending your money on lawyers to defend its Lodge Hill plan.
On 7th May, vote for Mark Reckless as the only candidate with a track record of defending and protecting our Hoo Peninsula.
Speaking on Channel 4 News, Mark Reckless highlights the “extraordinarily impressive” national manifesto launched today.
Earlier today I was the guest of Network Rail at Rochester’s fast-emerging new station. I am grateful to Sara, Mary and site manager Tony for showing me around this amazing project as it speeds towards completion.
All is on schedule for the station’s completion and the introduction of a new timetable by 16th December. This should include two extra 12 car trains per hour during the morning peak with more trains stopping then at Rochester, the fruition of a long-term campaign for me.
Crucially, it was confirmed to me today, that there will be continuing scope for reduction in journey times to London after December.
Some trains may be a minute or two faster from December. However, greater time reductions should be in prospect thereafter, with line speeds potentially being increased as the safety and reliability of the new signalling system is proven.
Trains running 3-4 minutes faster to London would be great for Rochester, the wider Medway Towns, and all the way down the line to Ramsgate.