Plans for 2013 ?

20th January 2012'Local election candidate Michelle Collins who  fought against night closures at Pontefract Hospital and experienced the difficulties first hand.''BY MATTHEW PAGE
20th January 2012'Local election candidate Michelle Collins who fought against night closures at Pontefract Hospital and experienced the difficulties first hand.''BY MATTHEW PAGE

it’S that time of year when everyone makes resolutions about what they hope for the 12 months ahead.

So we asked four regular faces from your Express about what they hoped for the year ahead.

Shaun Hodson, chairman of Upton and North Elmsall Parish Council, said that this time of year is a time to reflect on the year gone by.

Coun Hodson, who is also a district councillor, said: “I join the community in wishing for good things for 2013 in terms of jobs, health and housing for all.

“May we all work together to make the community a better place to live in and help our young people to achieve their full potential.

“Also to remember the elderly in the neighbourhood who would appreciate a kind word and the knowledge that you are there, if needed.”

District councillor Sandra Pickin said: “I would like to see better job and employment prospects for everybody in this ward. I would also like to remind people to check on elderly neighbours in 2013 to see if they are okay.

“I also wish for good health and happiness for everyone. Finally, I would also like to wish a peaceful new year to all those who are serving the armed forces.”

Michelle Collins, district councillor for South Elmsall and South Kirkby said she was very proud to be elected this year and hoped to educate more young people on politics and the role of councillors.

Coun Collins said: “Being elected has meant a busy year but I’m glad I can play a role helping people such as helping get Pontefract A&E open full time again.

“Helping resolve issues with housing renovations and working along side Inspector Carter regarding issues of anti-social behaviour.

“As a councillor 2013 will bring more work standing up for people in our ward, following through on the commitments I made in my manifesto at the election and an effort help more people – especially young people – understand the role of local councillors and politics because people and communities really can make change happen if they get involved.”

Angela Spencer is the community life co-ordinator at the Asda Distribution Centre, in South Elmsall and has helped several charities and groups with donations this year.

The community fundraiser also helped the Express Toy Appeal by donating more than 100 toys and gifts to the effort.

She said: “My hopes for 2013 are to continue working with all the different groups of people in our local community.

“Although I have been able to help some groups of people there is still so much more we are looking forward to achieving for our local community next year.

“We are looking forward to some new challenges in our local community, so if you think we may be able you please contact me on 0113 215 2558 or e-mail me on a6spenc@asda.co.uk.”