Congratulations to Hayward Burt, the Tory Candidate in the by election to replace the late Tim Inglefield. In a simple 3-horse race he polled 70 per cent of the votes and was a clear winner. Last time round the Tories, with 2 candidates, polled 59% cent of the votes.
South Somerset District Council – Blackmore Vale Ward
Blackmore Vale Ward by election – South Somerset District Council. – conservative win for Hayward Burt.
The Blog congratulates William Wallace on his increased majority on a higher turnout. And Hayward Burt on his first victory in Somerset.
Hauser & Wirth at Bruton are staging their Somerset “Sound of Silent” festival, to celebrate 100 years of music and movies.
The festival kicks off next Friday 12 May at 6.30 pm with a screening of Eisenstein’s masterpiece “Battleship Potemkin” on a big screen with a live accompaniment of original music. This a rare chance to see this very famous Russian film from the Soviet era.
Horsington resident Penny Nagle’s new company Where West Begins is behind the other screenings in the festival, which runs from the 12- 14 May. As you can see, many of these screening are particularly suited to young people, particularly those who want to learn about how films are made.
The Blog has received the following comment from Oliver Dowding, the Green Party Candidate in the election. We are delighted to publish it as part of our commitment to more and better communication about local politics.
That’s a very interesting blog. This might be last-minute, but it’s worth placing nonetheless.
The Green Party, and I echo this stance, are all about people and where they live. We only have one planet but we are consuming as though we had three. We have to deal with this as an imperative.
We’ve got to make sure that everybody in our area is cared for properly and with dignity. That this will mean rearranging budgets and priorities is inevitable. If we don’t put people first, and instead favour huge glossy capital projects, our society will be poorer overall. Hence, we are against Hinkley C, which is gobbling up enormous amounts of both national and Somerset financial resources. It’s bleeding the east of the county to feed the west of the county. We can perfectly easily power the South West without the need for Hinckley. With the financial resources better apportioned we can care for all our people equitably.
This same misappropriation is part of the reason we are seeing business rates unmanageable a high for many businesses. We have to tackle this problem, and the disproportionate level of rates between often similar businesses. This is vital if we are to see our rural towns and villages retain the businesses that are often the lifeblood of both the people who live there and work there.
Social care is going to be the big issue within the next 20 years as the population of retired people becomes ever greater and the pool of those working and generating funds to care for the elderly diminishes. The evidence is there all of us if we look, and the problems will only get bigger. If you haven’t seen the film I, Daniel Blake, I recommend it. It’s a chilling example of how we’ve been let down the wrong paths.
Amongst other issues that need a firmer grip than either of the two previous party administrations have delivered our waste and recycling. Why is it that Somerset recycling centres are only open for half the week, whilst Dorset sees them open every day? This has to change. Equally, Dorset allows people to buy the more saleable and reusable things instead of chucking them in a skip to be “recycled”. Somerset should be doing the same. It’s amazing that the authorities who are supposed to work for us so implacably opposed to what we need.
Something else the concerns many people and needs clamping down on is fly tipping. I suffer it myself on my farm, and once somebody dumped something or somebody else’s land it becomes the landowner’s problem not the dumper! It shouldn’t be thus. We have to make it as easy as possible for people to take their unwanted waste to municipal centres and dispose of them properly.
Another thing which I will be making strenuous efforts to deal with is our roads. The Green Party would like to see an increase in non-vehicular mobility, together with more public funded mobility (be that taxis, buses, community transport etc). We need to better maintain the highways we have, and this includes the local roads which enable cyclists to get off the main roads. Having had one fatality in the last five years in the village I live in being caused entirely by a big pothole, which was unmarked, is perfectly clear to me that proper and durable road mending is a vital service being starved of proper levels of investment. If we don’t look after the basic fabric of where we live, it won’t matter how many fancy projects we have elsewhere, a society itself will develop another fracture line.
Finally, as a sufferer of a shockingly poor internet service, something with which none of us can adequately survive these days, particularly if running any kind of business or service, agency or support network etc, I’ll be doing all I can (as I do already) to fight for a much better and more user acceptable service. Amongst other targets will be to lobby and persuade the telecoms companies to share their distribution apparatus. It’s a nonsense that people can receive a good signal from one supplier but not another.
None of these things aren’t rocket science, but why have we had to suffer successive administrations who have failed to get to grips with them insufficient time, sensitively and for the people? This can all change! However, that only happens if you make sure that the right people end up in the jobs and roles and who can then enable the right outcomes. It’s your choice!
Finally, not voting should not be an option!
With best wishes to all who make the effort to vote!!
Some people saw our recent post on the local election as a personal attack on the candidates. Not so. The point was that poor communication meant we would have to judge them on publicly available (i.e internet) sources.
Step forward William Wallace, the only candidate to react to our challenge, who has now shared his impressive election communications with us. The Blog bunker was obviously not on his circulation list. We are happy to publish it for the benefit of other voters who may not have seen it
Other candidates are welcome to submit their election material up to midnight on Wednesday. Good luck to all -Ed
Election Communication from William Wallace, Conservative Candidate for Somerset County Council
County and District Councillor William Wallace has responded to our article on the forthcoming election. Thanks William. Let’s hear from the other candidates -Ed.
A few corrections …. Somerset County goes to the polls for the 55 seats of the County with a by-election for a District Councillor for the Blackmoor Vale ward . May the 4th not the 5thMay. (Sorry, Ed).
As the Conservative party candidate , I have delivered to every household in the B Vale twice with my biography , policies and what I have achieved over the last 4 years. –maybe Eds house was missed . On the doorstep I have received many words of thanks and support Perhaps you would like to join me at a local pub and I can give you the various leaflets and info already given to the electorate -Thanks for all your support . – William Wallace.
It’s Election Time. Don’t vote and you’ll get the councillor you deserve.
Local elections are always overshadowed by a general election, and Teresa May’s snap election on June 8th will inevitably mean that Thursday May 4th’s County Council and District Council elections will attract a low turnout for some fairly unimpressive candidates.
All have fought a dismal, low key, flaccid campaign. Actually “fought” is a wild overstatement. It hasn’t even been a skirmish.
First, the County Council election.
Incumbent William Wallace is defending a 745 majority for the Conservatives against UKIP, which came second last time round. The result will be interesting, since UKIP is not putting up a candidate. Will he take the UKIP vote, or will they go elsewhere?
The choice is not very exciting, as far as we can see from any of the candidates’ public profiles. Your editor had to ferret about for these on the internet, since NONE of the candidates have bothered to communicate with the electorate, not even through simple leaflets, websites or facebook pages.
Even the Blackmore Vale Magazine missed out two of the candidates in their pre-election coverage.
So we will have to judge them by what they say about themselves (which is very little) on Facebook and other websites
Sara DYKE Liberal Democrat
Currently the South Somerset District Councillor for Milborne Port, who ousted previous incumbent Lucy Wallace, wife of the aforementioned William, in last year’s election by just 1 vote. Her other job is working for an EU-funded grant-making body designed to bribe taxpayers with their own money, and which seems mired in bureaucracy. A third salary from the public purse will come in handy. Not much on her Facebook page unless you like tattoos.
William WALLACE Conservative
Is the incumbent Conservative County Councillor and also one of the District Council’s Conservative Councillors. He sits on the Cabinet of SCC. Despite his implausibly young photograph in the Blackmore Vale Magazine, he claims to have lived in the area for 30 years. No policy statement, but at least you can talk to him in the pub from time to time.
No Facebook, and only one sentence on the Conservatives’ website.
Michael YIANNI, Labour Party
He claims that by voting Labour you won’t be voting for more cuts in council services, but instead voting to improve and strengthen our communities. Back to bribing us with our own money then.
He also believes in social justice, but don’t we all?
His Facebook page has been completely redacted. You have to be a friend before you can see it. We wonder what he’s hiding?
This election is to find a replacement for the much-respected and badly-missed Tim Inglefield, who died tragically on 27th February. Your editor was approached to stand and allowed his name to go forward, only to be turned down by the selection committee. Much to his relief, and, we suspect, that of the community at large.
Grahame BAKER Liberal Democrat.
Grahame’s Facebook profile demonstrates he has a beard, is a Liberal Democrat and not much else.
Another aspirant “double hatter”, as they are known. Actually he seems like a decent bloke, but the tendency of councillors to try and grab extra allowances by sitting on two councils is not welcome, leads to conflicts of interest and is the best argument we know for a single local authority for Somerset.
Most voters (and we suspect many of the councillors) are completely confused about which authority does what. Local services are mainly dictated by central Government policy anyway. The poor local authorities have to put up with it and pretend to be important.
Winterborne Longjohns betting odds: Burt 2/1, Baker 7/2, Dowding 4/1 Verdict: A bit like a 3-horse race on a deserted wet Thursday at Wincanton Races. Keep your money in your pocket.
BUT DO VOTE! PLEASE!
If the candidates wish to post anything, we will happily accommodate them – There are 2 days to go and everything to play for – Ed
Yes she’s back. Delighted to hear from you ma’am -Ed
Dear Mr Editor,
I would like to take advantage of the hospitality of your medium to announce that today is the first of May and that I have just heard the first cuckoo, which broadcast its iconic mating call at exactly 7.45 this morning.
Spring is here. I wonder if that nice Mr Longjohns will be visiting the area soon. Such a shame about his horses.
Amelia Badger (Mrs)
Winterbourne has been very quiet of late. We hope, like Mrs Badger, he will be back soon.