In case you have forgotten – Waverley’s Parish and Borough elections take place tomorrow, Thursday – and you need an ID to vote.
These elections may demonstrate voter feelings before a General Election next year.
Some cynical souls believe the Coronation frivolity may eclipse the important elections as everyone focuses on hanging their bunting and baking the Coronation Quiche – if they can find enough broad beans! Yuk!!
However, pinning your vote onto the men and women who seek to represent you is important. Very important.
Because long after the bunting is packed away and the leftover quiche sent to compost – the wannabe councillors could be making significant decisions that affect you and yours. Decisions that could affect whether that unsightly three-storey extension on your neighbours’ property gets the go-ahead. Or, yet another shedload of homes is approved on yet another green field in the neighbourhood. Or, perhaps significant service changes, e.g. refuse collection etc.
Beware the paper candidates, usually spotted by being reticent about saying where they live. “Address in Waverley,’ almost certainly means they don’t live or work on the patch they intend to represent. Whether at a parish or borough level, watch out for the candidates you once voted for and who, after a short period, threw their toys out of their prams and resigned.
Do they really deserve to be re-elected?
Hannah Nicholson is one such wannabe Cranleigh Parish Councillor. Sought election, served for a bit, had a meltdown and resigned. Now she wants to go back and have another go. Really!! Her desire to serve the public has resulted in an £11,000 bill for an Election in the Cranleigh Parish Council West Ward. Why is she shy about saying where she lives?
Candidates without knowledge of the places and people they want to represent. In Farnham’s Firgrove Ward, one of the Conservative candidates lives in Bramley – the opposite side of the borough. Wonder if he has ever visited Farnham – well, he may have too soon. The same applies elsewhere in the borough. Beware of candidates who don’t know the people and places they want to represent.
Don’t be out looking for the results of the parish elections on Friday – because you will be disappointed. The count will not be held until Sunday – is that double time or treble time for the bean counters? Will it be interesting to see the bill?
One local said:
I had a leaflet through my door which said, “Jeremy Hunt wants to hear what you have to say.”
I’m pretty sure he doesn’t.
Several parish councils will not be fielding enough candidates to fill the spaces up for grabs. Shame they will be co-opting members to get a full complement to serve their parishes. Is working at the grassroots becoming a bit of a chore?