Green Candidates Hold Public Meeting

hugh town from garrisonIt seems that the average turnout for a political meeting in Scilly is fifteen.

That’s the number of people who went to the UKIP meeting on Thursday at the Scillonian Club. And yesterday Green Party candidates for the Council’s election on 2nd May reported the same number of attendees.

Mark Prebble and Louise Graham are the first candidates to stand on a party platform in Scilly. They say that islanders who attended the two-hour session at the Atlantic Hotel wanted to discuss the future for waste management, traffic control and parking, the accountability of council officers, dogs and their owner’s responsibility, and the provision of affordable housing.

They also had questions on how any future development on the islands will be managed.

The seabird recovery project, which will eradicate rats from St Agnes and Gugh, was also talked about.

In a statement to ScillyToday, Mark and Louise say that they presented their case for the need for an, “open, accountable and proactive Council that consulted with the community on a regular basis.”

They advocated the use of local referendums to allow participatory democracy to evolve and also took the opportunity to “scotch a malicious rumour that has emerged” regarding their views on renewable energy.

St Mary’s voters will have a chance to quiz election candidates and hear their ideas in a public meeting at the Church Hall on 24th April.

Each prospective councillor will be given three minutes each to outline his or her plans. Questions and answers will then follow.

Eighteen islanders are standing for the thirteen positions on St Mary’s. They are: Ralph Banfield, Gordon Bilsborough, Roy Duncan, Adrian Davis, James Francis, Louise Graham, Fran Grottick, Andy Guy, Amanda Martin, Avril Mumford, Dudley Mumford, Gaz O’Neil, David Pearson, Mark Prebble, Steve Sims, Chris Thomas, Sheila Thomas and Fred Ticehurst.

13 Responses to Green Candidates Hold Public Meeting

  1. louise graham April 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

    There are significantly more important issues at stake on the Islands than either traffic or dog mess, but these issues are exercising people because they are so obvious!
    Yes, we live in a democracy and every one is entitled to live their own lives they way they want. However, there is such a thing as collective responsibility for our environment and how we treat each other.
    Vis a vis cars. Living up at Carnwethers I use a vehicle to get into town when I need to carry goods to and fro. I try to use my bike /walk or use electric buggy when ever I can. It makes economic sense to me to use the car as little as possible because of the price of fuel as well as environmental concerns. One of the most frequent comments from our visitors many of whom have been coming to
    the Islands for years is the increased number and size of vehicles on the Islands not just cars. Its an observation people are making, what we do about it, if anything, is a debate we need to have as a community. It would be interesting to see what we all think.

    The issue of dog waste is another matter in that it is a serious health hazard to everyone, especially children. Most of our visitors who come with their pooches are extremely conscientious. We used to provide them with the bio-degradable doggie bags available from the council and when they ran out would go and buy some more.
    Sadly, the council have stopped providing the bags as its ‘too expensive’ – a simple solution would have been to charge a bit more, surely.
    What I have noticed is the increase in dog mess in the winter and early spring which suggest to me that its not visitors dogs causing the mess. After all on the mainland people are fined heavily if they don’t clean up after their pets.
    I would not dream of poo-ing on the street or outside someones’s house why then do dog owners think its ok for their dogs to do it?

  2. Nobby Nobbs April 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Do people really need their great big 4×4’s
    They are nothing more than an uneccessary status symbol
    They are….
    Not environmentally friendly
    Not really practical on an island with 7miles of rd
    And take up the space of 2 cars

    Why don’t the council pay Steve Simms or Glynn to provide a regular all year round bus service?
    One coulod do up country and the other could drive around town for all the lazy people

  3. Bill Hiner April 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    EVERYTHING we do has consequences on the environment! I refuse to get upset about a few too many cars on these islands and the resulting impact on the environment when India, Russia, China, America et al, pump billions of tons of toxic fumes into the air without a blink.
    However, the speed that these cars travel at over here, and the nuisance that inconsiderate parking causes are separate matters, and ones that all of us should try to sort out before someone is hurt.

  4. jenny green April 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Cigarette smoking has a significant impact on the global environment.
    Vast areas of agricultural land are used to grow tobacco
    Tons of chemicals applied to the land to kill off natural plant diseases, let alone the bees and other insects who are killed by the pesticides.
    Land much needed for crop growing for many life forms are used for a product of limited use.
    Chemicals are used in the process of cigarettes,which end up washed into the water ways of the world.
    Packaging and plastic to cover the cigarette packets- plastic a know nasty substance to the environment
    The Air, sea and land miles in transporting the finished product to the consumer all have an impact on the environment.
    This is before we even look at the impact on how cigarette smoking impacts on the person and indirectly on the environment
    Cigarette smokers are far more likely to get nasty diseases, retire from work early and require health care and state welfare, which although initially paid for in cigarette taxes, these in on way cover the long term financial support a cigarette smoker with chronic diseases cost society. Welfare payments and healthcare are funded by taxation, from workers who drive cars to get to work to produce the wealth which pay the taxes to fund healthcare welfare costs.
    I make no judgment on life style choices, whether you are a car user in Scilly or a cigarette smoker, they all have consequences to the environment.

    • Kev Wright April 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      So your first comment was right then. Cigarette smokers will be next! 🙂

      It is my opinion that people are entitled to cars but they’re used too much and many here aren’t needed. That’s all I’m getting at. Not lifestyle choices or people’s rights.

  5. no.1 April 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I agree with the over use of cars and the places where they are parked, it’s just getting out of control now. I think the police should have a duty to enforce parking restrictions in town instead of relying on the council to fix the yellow lines and signage on St. Mary’s before they can take legal action. I’m sure most of you know that the road past the coop is just ridiculous nowadays, cars parked all day along the whole stretch of road, forcing larger vehicles to mount the kerbs, causing tailbacks when they are delivering to houses and shops etc… It’s just a matter of time until an accident happens. Why can’t the police put their own traffic cones down for the time being until the council sort the road markings out? And even if the lines are not legal, there are signs stating no parking between 6am – 6pm in these areas. It’s almost as if everyone has given up with the traffic problems over here.

  6. jenny green April 13, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    We live in a society where we are fortunate to still be able to make legal choices on how we choose to spend our money and will live with the consequences of these decisions. I may not agree with some of the life style choices of Mr Wright and Mr Prebble, which will have consequences, as all choices do; but I do support their right to make their own life style choices without interference. If you pick on car drivers, who will be next, second home owners, young people standing around in groups, people who shop on-line thus reducing the ability of local shops to remain sustainable, smokers etc.

    • Kev Wright April 14, 2013 at 11:21 am

      I think environmental choices are especially important in places like this. Children standing in groups won’t harm the environment! I have no problem with people owning cars or using cars, it’s using them when they’re not needed that I find annoying. They are bad for the environment, they way that some are driven here is dangerous, and traffic clogging up the town centre isn’t what tourists want. In fact it’s the biggest complaint I’ve had from tourists over the years. Have a car by all means, but maybe think twice about using it to pop to somewhere that’s a two minute walk away.

      People can smoke if they like, they’re damaging their own health more than anyone else’s (although I’m not sure fair trade rules and fair wages for the workers where the stuff is grown are particularly good). There are simple ways people can make an environmental impact. If you choose to use your car at every opportunity, take carrier bags from every shop you visit, not bother recycling your cans and bottles and so on then that is your choice. But a very short sighted one. It’s not a case of “picking on” car owners, or anyone else. Simply trying to be more conscious of what is suitable for our tourism business and our environment.

  7. Colin Bean April 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    “scotch a malicious rumour that has emerged”

    Do tell, do tell!

  8. Nobby Nobbs April 13, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I hope so

  9. Jonny Exile April 13, 2013 at 10:18 am

    ‘Traffic control and parking’ – has the inevitable Green war against drivers begun already?

    • Kev Wright April 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      I hope so! There are WAY too many cars here that are not needed. I live in town, I don’t need a car. I have a bike if I need to get anywhere. Some people in town drive to the Co-Op! Traffic is one of the biggest complaints from tourists too.

      However, some people and businesses need cars, so they’re unavoidable, but some people’s uses and needs for their vehicles leave me a little bewildered.

    • Mark Prebble April 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Jonny, really, you should know better…. It was the voters who expressed their concerns to prospective councillors, not a soap box performance by ideologues.

      I’m with Kev on being bewildered by some people’s choice of personal transport on a island with less than 10 miles of drivable tarmac and with traffic and dog mess at the top of the largest survey on resident’s opinions, who knows, there may well be options for the new council to capitalise on this public opinion in their efforts to raise revenue and balance the books.