The St Helens Green Party has announced the nomination of Damien Clarke as its council candidate for the up-coming Thatto Heath ward by-election.
The 31-year-old was born in Southport, but his roots in Thatto Heath run deep, with his mother and grandparents all being from the ward, and he himself having lived there from his late teens.
Thatto Heath needs a real Thatto Heather on the council, someone who will put the needs of the community first. The St Helens Green Party is sure that Damien Clarke is that man
One of his key objectives is to campaign to reopen Pilkington Glass.
A spokesman for Damien, who is working as a teaching assistant while training to be a teacher, said: “Damien is a strong supporter of the Pilks Plan – a campaign launched by the St Helens Green Party to reopen the unused glass production lines at Pilkingtons as a key part of a campaign for one million green jobs in the UK, environmental protection and better care for the elderly.
“Rather than wasting tens of billions of pounds on “Trident and made-in-China nuclear power plants, we think the government should be investing in renewable energy and energy saving programs for ordinary people.
“One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to do this is by weather-proofing millions of older homes and for that lots and lots of triple-glazed windows are needed.
“What better place to produce the glass for them than at Pilks, making use of their mothballed production lines. Other local businesses are prominent in the solar and insulation industries. Together, they can revitalise St Helens – if they are given the chance.
“What we need is a concerted effort by everybody in this borough – council, business community, politicians, people – to sell St Helens as a green business hub and lobby at all levels, in all places, for the policy changes that could get St Helens – and Thatto Heath - back to work.
“While the St Helens Green Party is delighted to have Damien as our candidate for the Thatto Heath by-election, we strongly condemn the fact that it is taking place at all.
“It has been reported that the by-election will cost the people of our city thousands of pounds – money that could have been much better spent on education, public health, flood defences, or a host of other essential things that are no longer adequately funded in this age of Tory austerity.”
He also added that some of Damien’s fondest childhood memories are of visiting his grandparents in Thatto Heath and experiencing the town’s warm community spirit.
He said: “Like so many others, he would like nothing better than to see that spirit return. For that to happen, Thatto Heath needs a real Thatto Heather on the Council, someone who will put the needs of the community first.
“The St Helens Green Party is sure that Damien Clarke is that man.”