Below is the Summer 2019 edition of Leominster Green View
Can you spare a few hours this month to help the Leominster Green team deliver the newsletter to every home in the town?
The team is under pressure following recent electoral success. The political upheaval at Herefordshire Council has propelled two members of the team (Trish Marsh and Felicity Norman) into the new cross-party cabinet where they have accepted demanding briefs. Their Leominster Green colleague Jenny Bartlett has accepted an important role as vice-chair of Adults & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee. All three are also busy town councillors. A further three Leominster Green women activists are getting to grips with town council responsibilities following election success in May.
“Green activists who have the courage to put themselves forward for election and work so tirelessly in their roles deserve our support,” said the team’s media officer, Pete Blench. “Good ward newsletters are crucial to the work of our councillors. I am keen to hear from supporters who could help distribute the summer newsletter for the amazing Green women of Leominster. There is also scope for supporters to adopt a delivery round over the longer term.”
Here are the results for Green Party candidates standing in the County Council election.
We stood in 12 wards (out of 52) and received a total of 6652 votes out of 50543 across the County = 13.2%. We had the third highest vote share behind Conservatives who stood in every ward and Independents who stood in 25 wards.
Our targetting of wards was very effective. Measured by votes per ward contested, we were the most successful party:
Greens 554 votes per ward
It’s Our County 438
Lib Dem 264
The full results for all 52 wards are available as a pdf on the Herefordshire Council website here
Below are the key dates for the
local elections in Herefordshire this May.
If you are going to be away on
polling day or can’t get to your polling station during opening hours, you can
arrange a postal vote, or a proxy vote by applying to Herefordshire Council. Detailed
instructions on how to arrange postal and proxy voting are here
Help is available here
for people with a disability.
Voter Registration application
closes: Friday 12 April. Here
is all you need to know
Deadline for new postal vote applications and proxy postal applications: 5pm Monday 15 April
Deadline for new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxy): 5pm Wednesday 24 April
First date voters can apply for emergency proxy: 5pm Wednesday 24 April
First date voters can apply for replacement of lost postal votes: 5pm Friday 26 April
POLLING DAY: 7.00am to 10.00pm Thursday 2 May
Last time that voters can apply for a replacement for spoilt or lost postal votes: 5pm Thursday 2 May
Deadline for emergency proxy applications: 5pm Thursday 2 May
Our new local support worker, Helen, has been busy getting the forward plan for next year’s local elections in place, and coordinating our activities. Helen will be supporting campaigns in all parts of Herefordshire, especially where we have sitting councillors, but also in Hereford where we hope to break through and add to the four already elected.
We have had two Big Days Out in November, one in Ellie’s ward, Bishops Frome & Cradley, and one in Leominster. Both were very well supported with dozens of activists from all parts of the West Midlands arriving to help with a ‘60 second’ residents’ survey and other leafleting. Both very positive days and very heartening to have so much support. Many thanks to all those who came along to help.
The next few months will be busy with plans for delivering a New Year card in early January, a visit from Co-Leader Sian Berry, a newsletter for February, and then newsletter and leaflet delivery in the countdown to the elections in May. We will need lots of help and will be letting everyone know the dates for these activities as soon as possible, so get your diaries out and allocate some time for helping where you can.
The next West Midlands Green Party Big Day Out is in Leominster to help three hard-working councillors Felicity Norman, Jenny Bartlett and Trish Marsh get re-elected in next May’s County Council elections.
The Tories with their small majority on the Council will be trying to keep control of Herefordshire by unseating our councillors – putting Felicity, Jenny and Trish’s work at risk.We can’t let that happen.
They need your support to help them be re-elected in May. We know working now will keep us one step ahead of the Tories. Your help could be vital.
Please join the Big Day Out on 17 November to re-elect 3 hard-working Leominster councillors.
I’ve been asking some pointed questions about the council’s recent budget consultation. In particular, I’m frustrated that there was no consultation on the capital budget. This is where Hfds Council currently has quite a lot of ‘wiggle room’, given that it recently made nearly £50m from selling off the farms. Only half that money has so far been allocated, so what is the Cabinet planning to do with the rest? I believe local residents should have a real say in this decision. This is a once-in-a-generation windfall, so we should think REALLY CAREFULLY about how to spend it, and the Cabinet should consult local people on what the priorities should be. I don’t think enough people understand the opportunities and risks here – the council has not communicated openly about this at all.
You can read my full response to the budget consultation process here.
I’ve also asked the Council Leader, (Jonathan Lester) and the Cabinet Member for Finance (Nigel Shaw) for answers to five questions I asked them at the full council meeting a couple of weeks ago:
1. Why was virtually no information given to residents about the capital budget in the recent consultation process? 2. When will residents (and councillors) be consulted on the capital budget? 3. Why were councillors’ suggestions for improvements to the consultation design (such as the inclusion of open-ended questions), made at the budget consultation briefing in July, ignored – even though assurance was given to us at the time that they would be acted upon? 4. Will the Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance commit to giving councillors much more opportunity to feed into consultation design in future? 5. Will the Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance commit to giving residents much more opportunity to participate in the budgeting process in future?