Don't forget to vote in Ledbury Town Council election on Thursday, February 27

Ledbury Reporter: ELECTION: Don't forget to vote ELECTION: Don't forget to vote

THE first Ledbury town council election since July 2012 will take place on Thursday, February 27.

A single vacancy has arisen following the resignation of former town councillor and local optician Lily Fieldhouse, who has moved from the area.

Three candidates are standing, and they are:

  • Richard William Hadley, of Primrose Cottage, Gloucester Road, who is standing under the banner of "A Positive Choice for Ledbury".
  • David St John Kettle, of Challenger Close, Ledbury.
  • Michael John McLaren, of Conigree House, South Parade.

A fourth candidate Dee Linda Knight, of Turner Court, Homend Crescent, has withdrawn.

Polling will start at 7am and end at 10pm, and the count will be made immediately afterwards in St Katherine's Hall.

The result should be known by the morning of Friday, February 28, at the latest.

There will be three polling stations, which are St Katherine's Hall; the Master's House and Co-location building at Ledbury Primary School.

Voters should go to their usual polling station.

However, as the Community Hall (usually a polling station) is being used for a blood donor session, voters who usually go there must go instead to St Katherine's Hall or the Master's House.

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Letters have already been sent by Herefordshire Council to advise voters which one they should use.

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2:06pm Mon 24 Feb 14

ValerieMcLean says...

It would be good to have the manifestos of all the candidates please or at least something of their ideas about Ledbury and its development, otherwise how can we make an informed choice ? We have had information about Rich Hadley and an introduction to David St John Kettle and his family in the Journal newspaper but nothing else.
It would be good to have the manifestos of all the candidates please or at least something of their ideas about Ledbury and its development, otherwise how can we make an informed choice ? We have had information about Rich Hadley and an introduction to David St John Kettle and his family in the Journal newspaper but nothing else. ValerieMcLean
  • Score: -4

2:22pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Rosemary Thyme says...

'A Positive Choice For Ledbury' would be anything but!!!!!!
'A Positive Choice For Ledbury' would be anything but!!!!!! Rosemary Thyme
  • Score: 8

4:36pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Jethamy says...

I may be wrong but haven't one of the candidates pulled out? And where are the manifestos from 2 of the others? That leaves one left then :)
I may be wrong but haven't one of the candidates pulled out? And where are the manifestos from 2 of the others? That leaves one left then :) Jethamy
  • Score: -5

5:03pm Mon 24 Feb 14

ValerieMcLean says...

Well yes Jethamy, I read somewhere that Dee Knight had withdrawn. I really admire anyone who comes forward to take on the role of Town Councillor. You are never going to be popular with everyone if you have definite views and it is a voluntary job after all. But I cannot understand why we cannot know what the views of two of the candidates are.
Well yes Jethamy, I read somewhere that Dee Knight had withdrawn. I really admire anyone who comes forward to take on the role of Town Councillor. You are never going to be popular with everyone if you have definite views and it is a voluntary job after all. But I cannot understand why we cannot know what the views of two of the candidates are. ValerieMcLean
  • Score: -4

5:15pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Jethamy says...

I agree Valerie, I'm certainly not voting for anyone who can't be bothered to explain what their hopes for Ledbury are even though they have the guts to put themselves forward for election.
I agree Valerie, I'm certainly not voting for anyone who can't be bothered to explain what their hopes for Ledbury are even though they have the guts to put themselves forward for election. Jethamy
  • Score: -1

1:55pm Tue 25 Feb 14

ValerieMcLean says...

Just had a leaflet with a longer introduction from Mr Michael McLaren and he sounds a very pleasant person but alas, nothing about his ideas for the town.
Just had a leaflet with a longer introduction from Mr Michael McLaren and he sounds a very pleasant person but alas, nothing about his ideas for the town. ValerieMcLean
  • Score: 1

1:46pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Fiona26 says...

I agree with both your comments. I contacted Herefordshire Council as their leaflet through the door did not clarify (nor make it clear where to vote). They have given no further information. We have not received a leaflet from Michael McLaren and the leaflet from David Kettle gives little information and Rich Hadley's none at all.
I agree with both your comments. I contacted Herefordshire Council as their leaflet through the door did not clarify (nor make it clear where to vote). They have given no further information. We have not received a leaflet from Michael McLaren and the leaflet from David Kettle gives little information and Rich Hadley's none at all. Fiona26
  • Score: -11

3:14pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ValerieMcLean says...

http://www.richhadle
y.net/ this is Rich's website for this election but nothing on the net about the other two candidates. I think St Katherines or the Masters House is the voting Station because the Community Hall is being used for Blood transfusion. I think that it would be helpful to have all manifestos on the Town Council website.
http://www.richhadle y.net/ this is Rich's website for this election but nothing on the net about the other two candidates. I think St Katherines or the Masters House is the voting Station because the Community Hall is being used for Blood transfusion. I think that it would be helpful to have all manifestos on the Town Council website. ValerieMcLean
  • Score: 9

7:27pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ValerieMcLean says...

Just found this information on Rich's website www.richhadley.net
Important - Changes to Polling Stations
Polling for the Ledbury by-election on 27 February will take place in three voting locations.

The Community Hall is not going to be a polling station this election. Depending where they live, electors will be able to vote at either St Katherine's Hall, Ledbury Primary School or Ledbury Customer Services Centre in the Masters House (yes it is open!)

If you normally vote at the Community Centre, head over to St Katherine's and election staff will tell you where to cast your vote, either there or in the nearby Masters House.

Or you can check beforehand by calling Herefordshire Election Services on 0844 939 3107.
Just found this information on Rich's website www.richhadley.net Important - Changes to Polling Stations Polling for the Ledbury by-election on 27 February will take place in three voting locations. The Community Hall is not going to be a polling station this election. Depending where they live, electors will be able to vote at either St Katherine's Hall, Ledbury Primary School or Ledbury Customer Services Centre in the Masters House (yes it is open!) If you normally vote at the Community Centre, head over to St Katherine's and election staff will tell you where to cast your vote, either there or in the nearby Masters House. Or you can check beforehand by calling Herefordshire Election Services on 0844 939 3107. ValerieMcLean
  • Score: 10

3:16pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Rosemary Thyme says...

Here's to hoping the kettle boils and David St John Kettle triumphs - I fear for Ledbury and its residents if we are all unfortunate enough to have to endure the election to the town council Mr Hadley - a dreadful manifest that says absolutely nothing for the towns residents but rather concentrates on his own vested interests and desires of a few rather than the many.

Positively not a positive choice
Here's to hoping the kettle boils and David St John Kettle triumphs - I fear for Ledbury and its residents if we are all unfortunate enough to have to endure the election to the town council Mr Hadley - a dreadful manifest that says absolutely nothing for the towns residents but rather concentrates on his own vested interests and desires of a few rather than the many. Positively not a positive choice Rosemary Thyme
  • Score: -7

3:45pm Thu 27 Feb 14

ValerieMcLean says...

It is really important to vote and I would not be negative about anyone who put themselves forward for election to the Town Council, but would like to have had more information. I find that people often just do not bother to walk to the voting station or register for postal voting but will complain afterwards when decisions about the running of the town are not to their liking !
It is really important to vote and I would not be negative about anyone who put themselves forward for election to the Town Council, but would like to have had more information. I find that people often just do not bother to walk to the voting station or register for postal voting but will complain afterwards when decisions about the running of the town are not to their liking ! ValerieMcLean
  • Score: 8

4:12pm Thu 27 Feb 14

ValerieMcLean says...

I feel I should qualify my last comment and say that I would not be negative about any sincere prospective candidate unless they where known to be a member of an extremist organisation like the B.N.P. etc
I feel I should qualify my last comment and say that I would not be negative about any sincere prospective candidate unless they where known to be a member of an extremist organisation like the B.N.P. etc ValerieMcLean
  • Score: 7

6:46am Fri 28 Feb 14

courtesycall says...

I ran a book on Rich Hadley getting in. The consensus was overwhelming majority. It is hoped he will win. It will serve him right.
I ran a book on Rich Hadley getting in. The consensus was overwhelming majority. It is hoped he will win. It will serve him right. courtesycall
  • Score: -7

11:20am Fri 28 Feb 14

courtesycall says...

Results:
HADLEY, RICHARD WILLIAM (E) 382
KETTLE, DAVID ST. JOHN 241
MCLAREN, MICHAEL JOHN 165
Results: HADLEY, RICHARD WILLIAM (E) 382 KETTLE, DAVID ST. JOHN 241 MCLAREN, MICHAEL JOHN 165 courtesycall
  • Score: 5

1:12pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Jethamy says...

Judging by the number of people who bothered to get off their backsides to vote I trust there won't be any complaints then if you don't like the result. Congratulations to Richard Hadley!
Judging by the number of people who bothered to get off their backsides to vote I trust there won't be any complaints then if you don't like the result. Congratulations to Richard Hadley! Jethamy
  • Score: 3

1:28pm Fri 28 Feb 14

courtesycall says...

Since it is a darn sight easier to criticise the Council from the outside, I imagine there are many who will be watching Cllr Hadley's achievements from now on with considerable interest, not least how he gets on with fellow councillors.
Since it is a darn sight easier to criticise the Council from the outside, I imagine there are many who will be watching Cllr Hadley's achievements from now on with considerable interest, not least how he gets on with fellow councillors. courtesycall
  • Score: -1

2:05pm Fri 28 Feb 14

ValerieMcLean says...

Yes I agree that the turnout at only around 17 % (I make it) is low but usual in local Town Council elections and those who do not vote are not entitled to an opinion about difficult decisions made in the future. I find current affairs very interesting and am happy to debate with people of all opinion, but it is Interesting that the unpleasant personal comments are always made by someone who does not identify himself/herself !
Yes I agree that the turnout at only around 17 % (I make it) is low but usual in local Town Council elections and those who do not vote are not entitled to an opinion about difficult decisions made in the future. I find current affairs very interesting and am happy to debate with people of all opinion, but it is Interesting that the unpleasant personal comments are always made by someone who does not identify himself/herself ! ValerieMcLean
  • Score: 3

2:36pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Rosemary Thyme says...

Another nail driven firmly into the coffin of Ledbury - I sincerely hope the town council will not allow themselves to be dictated to by this man in the same manner that they rolled over like drooling puppies when the supermarket debate was taking place

The only positive for Ledbury is that ASDA and far superior shops are available just down the road
Another nail driven firmly into the coffin of Ledbury - I sincerely hope the town council will not allow themselves to be dictated to by this man in the same manner that they rolled over like drooling puppies when the supermarket debate was taking place The only positive for Ledbury is that ASDA and far superior shops are available just down the road Rosemary Thyme
  • Score: -2

9:29am Mon 3 Mar 14

Andrew Warmington says...

The town council "rolled over like drooling puppies"... I fear that image is going to haunt me for a very long time. For the record, though, the town council voted against the proposed Sainsbury's on the mayor's casting vote after a tie, so the idea they were dictated to by anyone is fanciful, to say the least. And more to the point, if the 'many' are so opposed to Rich Hadley, why didn't they turn out to vote against him? Anyway, if you don't like the current composition of the council, stand for election next year. Everyone is free to do so.
The town council "rolled over like drooling puppies"... I fear that image is going to haunt me for a very long time. For the record, though, the town council voted against the proposed Sainsbury's on the mayor's casting vote after a tie, so the idea they were dictated to by anyone is fanciful, to say the least. And more to the point, if the 'many' are so opposed to Rich Hadley, why didn't they turn out to vote against him? Anyway, if you don't like the current composition of the council, stand for election next year. Everyone is free to do so. Andrew Warmington
  • Score: 0

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