Election 2013: Ralph Banfield

Name: Ralph Banfield

Ward: St Mary’s


    • What, if any, changes would you like to see made to transport provision for the islands? What would you do to influence this if you were elected?

We are all concerned about the transport. I cannot talk about this without having to declare an interest when in the meetings.

    • What are you views on how to tackle the waste issues on the islands? 

From what I see on paper I still can see it working with the amount of waste coming in, when they are trying to clear it.

    • Do you believe the Council needs to be more open with the local electorate? How will you personally influence this if you are elected? 

Yes it can be more open, but you are still up against the legal legitimization.

    • The Council is facing a budget ‘black hole’ in the coming years. What are your top priorities for tackling this situation? 

We’ve all got to tighten our belts on the budgets until we can see what can be done to tackle it

    • What do you feel is the biggest problem facing the islands? And what will you do, if elected, to try to tackle this issue? 

There is more than one problem facing the islands. We can tackle one or two main issues first.

    • How involved should the Council be in funding tourism-related activities like the Tourist Information Centre? 

I think the Council should be involved to help get the numbers of tourists up.

    • What do you feel makes you able to speak on behalf of the local electorate in Scilly as a Councillor? 

As a true islander that is trying to work for the good of the islands.

    • If elected, how will you maintain contact with the local electorate? Will you hold regular surgeries or similar events? 

I have been a councillor for 10 years and if anybody asks me about the Council I try and answer them or will try to find out more if I have not sure about the question.

    • What has been your biggest achievement in life so far? 

I did not become a councillor to try and get one achievement on the Council.

    • Do you believe the current composition of the Council, with thirteen elected St Mary’s representatives, and two for each of the off-islands, is correct? If not, what changes would you like to see? 

Until I see more information on it I cannot say.

    • Do you believe Mundesley House should continue in its current form? If not, what changes would you like to see made? 

I have not heard of any problem with Mundesley House so I cannot say.