The election was prompted by the sudden resignation of Godalming Town Council Mayor, and Tory Waverley Borough Councillor Simon Thornton for, undisclosed ‘personal reasons’. Reasons, that the whole town is talking about!
The Waverley Web is keen to inform Godalming residents of the reasons why the men and women featured want to represent them in the Central & Ockford seat for the remaining two years left in the life of both councils. Although we have managed to contact some prospective candidates – who replied moments after receiving our requests – others have not been quite so forthcoming!
Richard Ashworth is standing as the Labour candidate for the Waverley Borough Council seat. Richard has lived in the Ockford ward for seven years and in Godalming for 30 years. Both his children and now his grandchildren have attended local schools including Green Lane where he was a representative on the Parent Teachers’ Association. Most weeks he says he can be found early in the morning swimming at Broadwater Leisure Centre.
‘I am passionate about fairness, especially for young people saddled with debt and little chance of climbing the mortgage ladder. More social and affordable housing is urgently needed, especially for the young, as well as better rent control and more help for those with mental health issues’.
It is time that Waverley Council represented all of its constituents and I will do my best to make sure this happens’.