THE BANES COUNCIL ELECTIONS
The Midsomer Norton & Radstock Journal, 1st May 2019
As readers will be aware, this week local Council elections are happening in Bath and North East Somerset. Those of you who are registered for a postal vote may have voted already. If you have not, I would encourage you to use your democratic right to vote on Thursday.
The decisions made by a local Council can have a significant impact on the lives of local people. Roads, rubbish collection, adult and social care, planning, tourism and many other areas are all the responsibility of local councillors, who work selflessly on behalf of the people in their ward.
It is well worth contacting your local councillors if you have a problem relating to any of the above areas. Often they can provide valuable assistance and may be able to generate meaningful change.
Recent successes by the Conservative-led BANES Council include finding a way to ensure clean air in Bath without charging cars and improving recycling rates by 30%. Your local Conservative councillors have secured £1 million in funding to regenerate Midsomer Norton High Street. A local Leisure Park is also being developed. Councillors are working hard to tackle anti-social behaviour and provide more activities for the youth of the area. These are just some of the areas where local councillors have a major influence.
It is important, therefore, to use your vote in local elections. It is also crucial to vote on local issues. Whatever you may feel about Brexit, it has little relevance to who should represent you at a local level. I fully understand how frustrated many people are about recent events in Parliament. However, it is not right to blame your hard-working local councillors. If you think they have done a good job over the last four years, then I would encourage you to vote for them again. Experience and stability count for a lot in local government. Of course, if you are dissatisfied, you have the democratic right to vote for a change. A considerable amount of interesting literature has been delivered for electors to read.
I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to long-serving Conservative councillor Barry Macrae who is retiring this year, having provided many years of dedicated service to those living in the Midsomer Norton North ward. All the other Conservative councillors in Midsomer Norton and Radstock are standing for re-election. They are all worthy of your support.