By-election to elect new councillors

Thursday 25 November 2010 - 07:00 to 22:00

There are currently two vacancies on the Parish Council. Four candidates have registered: Peter Dallimore, Robert Ellis, Arthur Mellor and Peter Vincent. Polling cards will be issued informing residents at which Polling Station they should vote. Polling hours will be 7am to 10pm.

This website and the Parish Council office is receiving a number of emails and telephone calls from electors wishing to learn more about the four candidates. So we offered the opportunity to the candidates to give us a statement that we could place on this page.

Peter Dallimore

I would really like to have the opportunity to make a difference in the village. What qualifies me to do this? I was born in the village in 1968, was schooled in the village (did a paper round for Hedgers even!), played cricket for the village, been a part of village life for 42 years and have many friends of all ages in the area. I am married to Jules with 2 lovely daughters who go to the local schools. Jules is involved with the Friends of East Preston Infants School.

I still live in the village and my working life with Coutts and Co. involves both property and finance, which will hold me in good stead with the important decisions to be made on behalf of the Village.

I support a practical solution to the need for extra storage space in the Village Hall, the play park need serious investment (this does not involved moving it!) and the Council does need a permanent office without taking on a large amount of debt.

Robert Ellis

I have lived in East Preston with my wife Jo since 1987. We moved to Goring for a short period but we soon moved back to enjoy the village life. I worked as a Fire-fighter for 32 years serving in both Hertfordshire and West Sussex. I was born and lived in a New Town for 26 years and therefore appreciate wholly the village with its lively and friendly atmosphere. I have been a member of East Preston and Kingston bowls club for the past few years and enjoy taking an active part in its activities through the year.

Myself and Peter Vincent opposed the Warren Recreation Ground building project and supported the Parish Poll as a means of raising the issue within the village. I wish to keep the Parish Council at the forefront of the village, and to make sure that it always remembers that it is the servant to the villagers and not its master.

Arthur Mellor

I am not allied to any political party. I served during the war in the Royal Artillery, during the Blitz, on Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery at Enfield. I later transferred to the Field Artillery and spent the last year of my service in India. My experience since, through successive governments, has left me with the conviction that there is little to pick or choose between any of the career politicians. And, as a pensioner myself, I am naturally a little apprehensive about the current cuts in public spending.

I am in favour of the Government's stated intention to devolve more power to local government and would do all possible to bring that to fruition. I am interested in democracy, free speech and fair play. Fair play especially has always been a passion of mine. If elected, I will do my best to serve the interests of all in East Preston.

Peter Vincent

If elected, I would like to use my skills and experience to make a positive contribution to East Preston, through the Parish Council. I will work with the other councillors to achieve agreement and openness in all our activities, for the good of the whole Parish.

I want to ensure that East Preston continues to have a vibrant and active community and can take advantage of opportunities that may present themselves during these challenging times. East Preston has been my family’s home for almost 30 years and I hope that my contribution will ensure that our village way of life continues for generations to come.