Today, May 4th, is the date of the local elections. You are voting to elect your county councillor. So, what qualities are you looking for?
A local candidate? One with years of experience? Someone with a track record of hard work, and practical activism? Someone who is prepared to fight your corner?
I am standing for election for a fourth term in the town I have made my home for the last 25 years. I’m the only county councillor in East Suffolk – maybe in Suffolk – to have been running a monthly open-access surgery for Suffolk residents since 2011. I’ve successfully fought for improvements to local services – and against cuts. I have upheld the voice of individual residents at all times and forcefully called the administration’s decision-making to account.
I can’t promise to solve every problem – but I can promise to listen, to support, and to do my very best to help you. I can also promise that if you re-elect me, I will continue to work indefatigably on your behalf.
It’s your town, it’s your vote, it’s your decision. I’m asking you to trust me to respect all of these things and to put your vote to best use by voting for me today.
I’ve been out & about in Woodbridge even more than usual, knocking on your doors, delivering letters, knocking in stakeboards, running stalls in the Thoroughfare and answering questions as much as I could in the run-up to this election -although sadly a close relative has been in v poor health and I’ve had to keep her with me most of the time, poor thing. O the unexpected and unfair perils of being related to a local politician!
On Bank Holiday Sunday she was bluelighted to hospital in dramatic circumstances. Huge thanks to first responders, the ambulance service and Ipswich hospital for ensuring it was nothing worse.
I’ll do my best but I may not be able to be on anyone’s doorstep before Thursday’s vote.
If so, do accept my apologies: these are circumstances beyond my control. I maintain that it is my role as a hands-on family carer that enables me to understand and represent so many local residents and issues.
For once, the weather was kind – and ferocious winds and driving rain cleared up in time for full enjoyment to be gained from the weekend’s free skating rink in the Brook Street carpark, Woodbridge.
Let’s hope that the weather will continue as good tomorrow for the second day.
This last year has been hard for a lot of people – and most of all for families – and the expense of taking your children on a day out can be prohibitive. This event – brainchild of Town Councillor Caroline Blois, and funded by me from my Locality Budget – was intended to give some affordable fun to the young people of Woodbridge and their parents, while also bringing increased footfall into Woodbridge town centre in the dark days of winter.
Today certainly seemed to do this.
To top it all, the refreshments on offer were provided by Woodbridge’s very own Cake Shop Bakery, who only yesterday were crowned Britain’s Best Bakery.
The proposal is for buried cabling – which many consider more aesthetic than pylons, but which will be cutting a 55metre-wide swathe across a significant distance of unspoiled Suffolk coastal countryside: from Bawdsey, across the Deben estuary, travelling north past Newbourne, Waldringfield, tunnelling under across Martlesham creek, and turning west on our very own Sandy Lane, where there will be a ‘Primary construction consolidation site’ whatever that might be. It will then tunnel under the A12 and travel the length of the Finn Valley, past Little Bealings, Playford, Tuddenham St Martin, and Akenham, before turning south to Bramford.
May I repeat that this will cut a swathe 55m wide for most of the distance between Bawdsey and Bramford, with a temporary access road along the whole length; that it will remove ancient trees (particularly, East Anglia ONE acknowledge, in Newbourne and Martlesham) and there can be no tree replanting over the top.
It may be that this will have a greater impact on portions of the route than pylons. We know of no pylon that is more than a few decades old – some of the trees what will go may have lived for centuries.
The planned works will take place over a couple of years, from, I think, 2015. During the time there will be a considerable impact both on– and off-road. I’m not talking only of the valued footpath infrastructure, but the fact tht these works will cross-over with the proposed Sizewell C building – and the proposed large-scale housing development at Martlesham. Rather a triple whammy, tourism-wise.
I will be responding on behalf of the people of Woodbridge as a whole. My interest will be in stressing the need for adequate mitigation (to put it mildly) and preventing as far as possible, negative impacts. As with the SIzewell consultation, my underlying feeling is that we should not be bearing the brunt of development for the good of the nation as a whole, without the nation recognising this, putting time and effort into ensuring minimum impact, and compensating us adequately for our kindness!
Do contact me if there are issues you wish me to raise on your behalf.