HEDON TOWN COUNCILLORS quite often disagree on matters quite fiercely, but there is a common acceptance amongst existing members that they are ‘non-party political’; even those clearly identified as been members of a political party do not appear to act on party political lines on Hedon Town Council. During the recent campaign to elect the Humberside Police Commissioner, a meeting called to hear one of the particular candidates resulted in several councillors walking out of a Town Council meeting in a non-political protest!
Rather than big differences on party lines, disagreement on Hedon Town Council seems to centre around each individual Councillor’s particular concerns.
But all that is set to be challenged if Labour’s Steve Gallant gets elected on Thursday 25th April 2013.
A campaign leaflet issued by local resident Steve Gallant clearly identifies him as the Labour candidate; the leaflet condemns the “untold damage” done by the “East Riding Council and Tory-led Coalition”. It calls for a Labour vote on 25th April.
Mr Gallant in the leaflet points out that Hedon has grown enormously over the last 40 years and “needs to have a plan to grow”. He criticises the current Council for “opposing almost all developments”. Rather than blocking new development proposals for fear of flooding, he says that the town needs a “better drainage system.”
He draws attention to an East Riding Council threat to close village schools which could lead to local schools becoming overstretched. The “Bedroom Tax” he says will trap families into paying huge rent increases.
Whilst most of the leaflet concerns issues over which Hedon Town Council has no direct responsibility, Mr Gallant clearly thinks that Hedon Town Council should be doing more to influence the decisions of the East Riding Council.
With two Hedon Town Councillors being Conservative Councillors on the East Riding, and another Town Council and Ward Councillor being voraciously ‘non-political’ – the appearance of Mr Gallant’s leaflet means that the Hedon Town Council Election has suddenly become very interesting!
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The Labour leaflet distributed in parts of Hedon yesterday: