Council Announces Candidates For Forthcoming Elections

Council chambers at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

Council chambers at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

Three longstanding Scilly councillors are not standing again in the forthcoming election on May 2nd.

Julia Day, Brian Lowen and Chris Hopkins have chosen not to put their names forward.

But there are more candidates for your vote than last time and a contest for places on St Martin’s and St Mary’s.

18 islanders are standing for the 13 positions on St Mary’s. Councillors seeking re-election are Ralph Banfield, Gordon Bilsborough, Roy Duncan, Amanda Martin, Dudley Mumford, Gaz O’Neil, David Pearson, Chris Thomas, Sheila Thomas and Fred Ticehurst.

They’ll be joined on the ballot by new candidates Adrian Davis, James Francis, Louise Graham, Fran Grottick, Andy Guy, Avril Mumford, Mark Prebble and Steve Sims.

There’ll be no change on St Agnes, as Councillor Richard McCarthy and Mollie Peacock are the only candidates standing for the two seats.

On Tresco, Robert Dorrien-Smith and Mike Nelhams will also be returned without competition.

But there are three islanders vying for two seats on St Martin’s. Former chairman of Council Chris Savill, Colin Daly and fish and chip restaurant owner, Adam Morton.

The surprise is that only Marian Bennett is standing on Bryher, which has two seats.

Current Bryher councillor Chris Hopkins says it’s a shame and he’s concerned that the island may be underrepresented, with only one seat filled. Chris, like many people there, had understood that there would be a second candidate putting their name forward.

As one of the designated Bryher seats won’t be filled, there could be a by-election to fill the post after this election, but a Council spokesman says someone there needs to call for that.

7 Responses to Council Announces Candidates For Forthcoming Elections

  1. pat hicks April 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I would just like to wish all the candidates good luck. looking forward to the flyers etc coming through the door, and having a read/chat as to see what their ideas and hopes for the future off scilly are..

  2. Nobby Nobbs April 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Susan, if your so worried about pure blood, step up!

  3. Kev Wright April 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Well said Bill, as a Scillonian I couldn’t agree more! Some of the most trustworthy, honest and hard working people in Scilly aren’t people who were born here.

  4. Bill Hiner April 8, 2013 at 8:15 am


    It isn’t important if the candidates are “Real Scillonians” (whatever they are). Why is it a shame that more didn’t put their names forward?
    I pay my Council Tax, water rates and I am entitled to a vote, and the birthplace of a candidate is of no interest to me whatsoever. It’s the honesty, integrity and ability of the person elected that counts!
    Good luck to them all-irrespective of origin!

  5. Nobby Nobbs April 8, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Q: How many Scillionian’s does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: 3, one to change the bulb and two to stand around moaning that the new bulb isn’t as good as the old bulb.

    Susan, if your so worried about pure blood, step up!

  6. Kev Wright April 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I’d rather judge people on how well they’re likely to be able to do the job rather than their family tree. And as far as I can tell the only person standing who hasn’t lived here for several years is Mr Prebble. A fresh pair of eyes may help clean up things a bit so we don’t have the mess of the last year or so again.

  7. Susan Sto April 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Well. Of all the real Scillonians here, their dont seem to be many on the list. Shame more didnt put their names forward.