- To state in advance which political grouping they intend to join if elected; and
- To publish a personal manifesto of their aims and values
To this end I am delighted to have received the following mail from one of the candidates:
My name is Martin Peet. I am Standing as the Welsh Conservatives Candidate for Rhosneigr. I have lived in the area for over 10 years and know it well. I am also the Deputy Chairman Political of the Anglesey Conservative Association and was Agent for Anthony Ridge-Newman. My day job is in major construction; I am 35, a hard working family man and am standing for council because they need new blood with professionalism and someone who can see the bigger picture.
I am very impressed by the blog that you have created and the political stimulus it has created amongst the population of our island. David Cameron and the Conservatives have a vision for our nation and that is one of the "Big Society" - People coming together and getting things moving without the aid of a super state. It seems that the seed of the Big Society has been planted and nurtured here with the publication of the People’s Manifesto. Congratulations.
Rhosneigr, as you may know was served by former leader Phil Fowlie, and contrary to the reports against him, he served the ward well and was highly respected as the Councillor for Rhosneigr. I wish him well in his recovery from surgery.
Mini manifesto for Rhosneigr: If elected:
Stop the closure of the Library.
Libraries, like the swimming pools and schools are essential for the islands future -closing services used by children, adults and the elderly alike is pure madness. Savings aren't made by hacking out swathes from the infrastructure of the island, they are made my making the existing services more efficient, sharing resources where possible, making the services more "lean". Anglesey also benefits from the “Libraries for Life” grant scheme, so closing libraries on the island could probably jeopardise this funding source.
Develop a parking strategy for Rhosneigr, to ease the problems during summer periods.
We could just build a new car park near the common, but that is a short term solution. The root to the issue is deeper. New developments need to provide for adequate parking (including boats). Any new parking facilities should be Free. Car parks need to be strategically positioned to utilise both beaches in Rhosneigr.
Control Housing and Holiday Home development.
There have been plenty of new developments for the holiday market, some remaining unsold, yet we have a housing need for our young families in Rhosneigr, and the surrounding areas. New developments must consider a percentage as affordable housing. If this is not reasonable they must contribute to the community by other means. If developers want to capitalise on the beaches and sea views, they must give as well as take.
Accountability and Approachability
I have always been told on the door step that you only see politicians when they want your vote. I will be available every week at a ward surgery. I will post my contact details in shops, post office and the library. I will create an email mailing list and feedback on progress within the council, for the ward, and as a whole.
I will engage the community in voluntary action projects, whether it’s tidying the beaches, trimming hedgerows, or organising fun days and street parties, Rhosneigr will be an example of how communities can pull together and be proud of what they put in. This has started already with the likes of Project Rhosneigr, and nearby Llanfaelog Community Garden.
Listen and Learn
The primary responsibility of any councillor is to serve. I will listen, converse and formulate ideas with the people I’d serve.
I would be a strong voice for Anglesey.
With support from my Conservative AM colleagues in Cardiff I can make sure that we are heard in Cardiff. Money from Europe, destined for Wales does not seem to travel that far up the A470! There will be a new round of EU funding in 2013 and we need a strong case for support on Anglesey. I can lead that case.
If you would like to contact me directly:
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhosneigr Council Candidate for the Welsh Conservatives"
I understand that in addition to Mr Peet, one other person has also put himself forward as a candidate. If that person would like to contact me I will be equally happy to print his pitch to Rhosneigr residents here.
Does anyone know if a hustings has been arranged?