‘What I hope to achieve if voters pick me’
THE election of a councillor for the west ward of the parish of Shepton Mallet will be held on Thursday, September 12.
The poll will take place at the Baptist Church, Commercial Road, Shepton Mallet, between 7am and 10pm.
Four candidates are running for the position and we have asked each one to provide a statement between 150 and 200 words on what they are standing for.
These are printed here in their own words.
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The winning candidate will attend their first council meeting in their new position at the beginning of next month.
Shepton Mallet Town Council held its most recent meeting on Tuesday after the Journal went to press. For information about what was discussed have a look in next week’s paper.
Sue Hartnett – The Conservative Party
AS a local resident, I am standing for election because I care deeply about the future of our town. I have lived and worked here with my family for over 30 years. I’m a qualified psychologist and nurse. I am actively involved in the community and do all I can to help support those in need, particularly young people, as a foster carer and setting up the deafhelp voluntary group.
I am passionate about the regeneration of the town centre and have some exciting new fundraising ideas that I believe could make a real difference.
I want to make Shepton Mallet a better and safer place to live.
At election time, some people will say anything to get your vote. I’m not like that. I make only one commitment: if elected I will work hard on behalf of everyone who lives here – regardless of party politics. This election is your chance to have your say on the future of our town: I believe it’s time for a fresh, new voice on the local council.
With your support, I look forward to serving our community over the months and years ahead.
Ken Hurrell – Labour Party
KEN Hurrell is an experienced community leader, he has served as a town councillor and has been chairman of the council on three occasions.
Has many years experience within the Somerset Football Association and has worked to develop sporting and leisure opportunities within the town.
Ken Hurrell wants to use his experience to end the current malaise that engulfs the town council. The town council should lead our community, should engage with the community and partners to make improvements in our town, sadly our town council has failed to do this.
Ken Hurrell wants to work with my Labour colleagues and other councillors on Shepton’s priorities.
We have to defend our green spaces in West Shepton and the Mid Somerset Showfield. Only allowing development that is sympathetic with Shepton.
We have to defend our hospital beds in our community hospital.
We have to do more for our young people.
Derek Marvin – The Local Community
PARTY politics in town council – yes or no?
A newer fresher approach to our town council, who have lost the trust and respect of the community through arguments and disruptive meetings.
Why? Because national party politics must not play any part in town councils. They should be neutral and united, working for the good of the community.
So TLC – The Local Community – has been formed. Its aim in May 2015 – 16 TLC town councillors.
To encourage the younger element as the future of our town, to take an enthusiastic part in the town and council.
A neutral united council will democratically and positively discuss and resolve matters for the good of the community. Be able to exert more pressure on the MDC and SCC, to consider the infrastructure of new developments, need for schools, medical and leisure facilities, sustaining the increase in population and address speeding, parking and bus services to the town.
So your vote for Derek Marvin, TLC – The Local Community, would be appreciated on September 12.
A positive change for Shepton Mallet.
Robin Scott – Liberal Democrats
I PROMISE to introduce good common sense and professionalism and work closely with those councillors of whatever shade who are listening to the people and only want to do what’s best for the town (not for themselves). Like most of us in Shepton I’m fed up with the mess that the town council seem to be making of things. This election is costing us £5,000 – yet the councillor who stood down and forced this election is standing in it again – wasting our money to support his personal wishes.
My priorities will be to get services for young people back up and running (since there is nothing for them at present); to fight to keep our green spaces free from inappropriate development; to protect vital facilities like our hospital beds and get essential bus routes back working in the evening and weekends.
Shepton has all the potential to be a great and prosperous market town but we always seem to lose out with a council out of touch with its citizens.
I want to use my experience in mediation and personnel management to do all I can to get us back on track.