Lib Dems and Labour to fight it out over Colchester mayor

Gazette: Labour's Julie Young who is next in line for the role of mayor Labour's Julie Young who is next in line for the role of mayor

AN unseemly row has broken out over Colchester's mayoralty.

A gentleman's agreement has existed for more than 100 years for the top civic role.

Under the deal, the most senior councillor who wants to be mayor has got the role unopposed.

For 2015/6, that would be outspoken Labour councillor Julie Young - and the Liberal Democrats are having none of it.

They have put forward Theresa Higgins - even though she has been a councillor for a year less. But Mrs Young is not giving up without a fight.

Her Labour colleague Cyril Liddy has put forward an amendment to Thursday's full council meeting, backing her for the deputy mayor role in 2014/5.

Whoever is deputy mayor becomes mayor the following year.

Liberal Democrat group leader Nick Barlow admitted it was a radical move.

He said: "The group discussed it several times.

There is a historic dispute and the feeling is Mrs Young has not supported the mayoralty during her career.

"It is a civic role and should be above politics but Julie Young has not shown she is capable of doing that.

"This is not a decision which has been taken lightly. We do feel strongly about it.

"It is not an ideal situation and I don't think anyone wants to be in this position.

"We would have liked a solution which would have pleased everyone but that is not possible."

Mrs Young, who has been a councillor since 1998, denied she had not supported the mayoralty.

She said: "I am the most senior councillor who wants the role and normally that is unopposed. It has never been a political decision in the past.

"Obviously I don't want to make a huge issue of it. I am standing absolutely and utterly because it has been years since there was a Labour mayor - the last one was Mary Frank back in 1992."

She added: "I always support mayoral functions including the Remembrance Sunday service in Colchester."

The Labour party has run an alternative Oyster Feast in Colchester where pensioners are served fish and chips while dignatories gather in the town hall for the Oyster Feast.

Mrs Young said: "I would like to bring a different feel to the mayoralty. I would seek charitable funding as I would like to see some of those people who attend the alternative feast at the real feast."

There are currently 26 Liberal Democrat councillors, eight Labour, three independent and 23 Conservatives.

Will Quince, leader of the Tory group, said his councillors would have a free vote. He added: "We don't think the mayoralty should be political. Some will vote based on length of service, others on the individual."

CONSERVATIVE Tiptree councillor John Elliott is the current deputy mayor and is due to become mayor next year - if he is voted back in. He is due up for election on May 22 - a date chosen to tie in with the European elections. The new mayor will be installed on June 18 - a month later than usual and with only 11 months to serve. Other councillors who have served more years than Mrs Young include Conservatives Margaret Kimberley, John Jowers, and Elizabeth Blundell, Lib Dem Mary Blandon and Julie's husband, Tim.

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8:55am Tue 3 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

it could only hapen in Colchester, where one hand dont even know they have another to work with..
sad times for its tax payers..



but oh so funny for outsiders....lol
it could only hapen in Colchester, where one hand dont even know they have another to work with.. sad times for its tax payers.. but oh so funny for outsiders....lol tomtheDJ

9:54am Tue 3 Dec 13

Hamiltonandy says...

Petty behaviour from the Liberals for a short term political gain. Election of mayors should be non political and based on rules that have worked for 100 years. The mayor has a high public profile and depends on public support to represent our town. Unless reality dawns on the town hall social club there will be consequences. Does the mayor want to have to face public protests every time this person appears in public on official duties?
Petty behaviour from the Liberals for a short term political gain. Election of mayors should be non political and based on rules that have worked for 100 years. The mayor has a high public profile and depends on public support to represent our town. Unless reality dawns on the town hall social club there will be consequences. Does the mayor want to have to face public protests every time this person appears in public on official duties? Hamiltonandy

10:07am Tue 3 Dec 13

No! I am Spartacus says...

Typically inept public officials illustrating exactly how so many inept decisions have been made in recent years. All very much 'It's my ball, and you aren't playing' across the board.

I'd like a clear view on who to blame for the £hundreds of thousands wasted on the high street, astronomical £amounts wasted on bus lanes, £millions wasted on a publically unsupported VAF, erosion of the town into a restaurant, takeaway and drinking village, the inability to arrange adequate infrastructure
before throwing a home on any spare bit of land... and many more. Lets have a bit more clarity of who is to blame for decisions before the 'representatives' pat themselves on the back.
Typically inept public officials illustrating exactly how so many inept decisions have been made in recent years. All very much 'It's my ball, and you aren't playing' across the board. I'd like a clear view on who to blame for the £hundreds of thousands wasted on the high street, astronomical £amounts wasted on bus lanes, £millions wasted on a publically unsupported VAF, erosion of the town into a restaurant, takeaway and drinking village, the inability to arrange adequate infrastructure before throwing a home on any spare bit of land... and many more. Lets have a bit more clarity of who is to blame for decisions before the 'representatives' pat themselves on the back. No! I am Spartacus

10:33am Tue 3 Dec 13

TheEqualisers says...

tomtheDJ wrote:
it could only hapen in Colchester, where one hand dont even know they have another to work with..
sad times for its tax payers..



but oh so funny for outsiders....lol
Well well well the saga continues....

Cannot all of us see what is going on here this the YOUNG Road show of publicity, leading up to the Bruiser pugilism battle of the next political farce called an election in 2015....

This is not about you or us, it is about them and what they can do to get themselves noticed...

I will tell you how to sort this problem out??? Let us have Tina Griffiths From Basingstoke in Hampshire Mrs Leopard skin pants as the next lady mayor instead of Mrs Young....I mean she did change his life so he said???
http://www.gazette-n
ews.co.uk/news/12903
35.0/
Mrs Channel 4 Wife Swap will be a breath of fresh air cavorting about the borough in her tight leather and large credentials.

It would be a much better sight to see than what is on offer.....

When will this rubbish stop one beggars belief....

One waits with baited breath the for sale board erecting in Mascot Square spelling the end of Colchester being turned into this Gesticular farcical cirque du soleil.....

We got the point and the message it is all getting rather ""Old"" now Please hurry up & P**S O*F
[quote][p][bold]tomtheDJ[/bold] wrote: it could only hapen in Colchester, where one hand dont even know they have another to work with.. sad times for its tax payers.. but oh so funny for outsiders....lol[/p][/quote]Well well well the saga continues.... Cannot all of us see what is going on here this the YOUNG Road show of publicity, leading up to the Bruiser pugilism battle of the next political farce called an election in 2015.... This is not about you or us, it is about them and what they can do to get themselves noticed... I will tell you how to sort this problem out??? Let us have Tina Griffiths From Basingstoke in Hampshire Mrs Leopard skin pants as the next lady mayor instead of Mrs Young....I mean she did change his life so he said??? http://www.gazette-n ews.co.uk/news/12903 35.0/ Mrs Channel 4 Wife Swap will be a breath of fresh air cavorting about the borough in her tight leather and large credentials. It would be a much better sight to see than what is on offer..... When will this rubbish stop one beggars belief.... One waits with baited breath the for sale board erecting in Mascot Square spelling the end of Colchester being turned into this Gesticular farcical cirque du soleil..... We got the point and the message it is all getting rather ""Old"" now Please hurry up & P**S O*F TheEqualisers

11:29am Tue 3 Dec 13

Jess Jephcott says...

The lady in question doesn't come over very well. I don't think I have ever seen a picture of her smiling. But if she wants to become mayor then we should support her. My fear would be that she would take the opportunity to destroy the good work of previous mayors from the point of view of the Oyster Feast, mayor making, the Chain Gang, etc. I don't think that I have ever seen the lady in her robes at such events as the Remembrance Day commemoration. I think that Colchester needs to maintain its civic dignity with public ceremonies. Can we be assured of its continuance? But the bottom line with me is that I would welcome Labour taking a proper part in civic life; one that we should all be proud of.
The lady in question doesn't come over very well. I don't think I have ever seen a picture of her smiling. But if she wants to become mayor then we should support her. My fear would be that she would take the opportunity to destroy the good work of previous mayors from the point of view of the Oyster Feast, mayor making, the Chain Gang, etc. I don't think that I have ever seen the lady in her robes at such events as the Remembrance Day commemoration. I think that Colchester needs to maintain its civic dignity with public ceremonies. Can we be assured of its continuance? But the bottom line with me is that I would welcome Labour taking a proper part in civic life; one that we should all be proud of. Jess Jephcott

12:55pm Tue 3 Dec 13

TruthXXX says...

This woman is one half of Colchester's political comedy duo. I would be willing to back Higgins all the way. As someone mentioned above, Mrs Young cannot raise a smile at the best of times, I cannot bear the thought of her at every town event for a year and thus her photo plastered over the local press. Back down Julie, there is more to Colchester than you and Tim. Off to Clacton you go......
This woman is one half of Colchester's political comedy duo. I would be willing to back Higgins all the way. As someone mentioned above, Mrs Young cannot raise a smile at the best of times, I cannot bear the thought of her at every town event for a year and thus her photo plastered over the local press. Back down Julie, there is more to Colchester than you and Tim. Off to Clacton you go...... TruthXXX

1:32pm Tue 3 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

TruthXXX wrote:
This woman is one half of Colchester's political comedy duo. I would be willing to back Higgins all the way. As someone mentioned above, Mrs Young cannot raise a smile at the best of times, I cannot bear the thought of her at every town event for a year and thus her photo plastered over the local press. Back down Julie, there is more to Colchester than you and Tim. Off to Clacton you go......
No No NO.....
Clacton has enough lost in space end of liners all living in Pier Ward,
well, I feel sorry for then disavatedged folks really, Clacton does not require more non smiling "lost" people thankyou, try sending them London way, where boroughs would eat such smallfry and not even blink...
[quote][p][bold]TruthXXX[/bold] wrote: This woman is one half of Colchester's political comedy duo. I would be willing to back Higgins all the way. As someone mentioned above, Mrs Young cannot raise a smile at the best of times, I cannot bear the thought of her at every town event for a year and thus her photo plastered over the local press. Back down Julie, there is more to Colchester than you and Tim. Off to Clacton you go......[/p][/quote]No No NO..... Clacton has enough lost in space end of liners all living in Pier Ward, well, I feel sorry for then disavatedged folks really, Clacton does not require more non smiling "lost" people thankyou, try sending them London way, where boroughs would eat such smallfry and not even blink... tomtheDJ

1:39pm Tue 3 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

Q.

"There are currently 26 Liberal Democrat councillors, eight Labour, three independent and 23 Conservatives"

If, the youngs roadshow was sent to "Coventry" or whatever district reachable by bus,
just how would the status quo of voting then go in Colchester ?
Anyone ??
the best party would reach equlibrium with the LibDems perhaps?
then get the Indies onside ??

might be a wise move then..
Q. "There are currently 26 Liberal Democrat councillors, eight Labour, three independent and 23 Conservatives" If, the youngs roadshow was sent to "Coventry" or whatever district reachable by bus, just how would the status quo of voting then go in Colchester ? Anyone ?? the best party would reach equlibrium with the LibDems perhaps? then get the Indies onside ?? might be a wise move then.. tomtheDJ

2:05pm Tue 3 Dec 13

AngryManNewTown says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
The lady in question doesn't come over very well. I don't think I have ever seen a picture of her smiling. But if she wants to become mayor then we should support her. My fear would be that she would take the opportunity to destroy the good work of previous mayors from the point of view of the Oyster Feast, mayor making, the Chain Gang, etc. I don't think that I have ever seen the lady in her robes at such events as the Remembrance Day commemoration. I think that Colchester needs to maintain its civic dignity with public ceremonies. Can we be assured of its continuance? But the bottom line with me is that I would welcome Labour taking a proper part in civic life; one that we should all be proud of.
True i have never seen Julie Young smile, but neither have I seen Teresa Higgins smile!!! This is not about which political party they are associated too, but one of tradition. If the longest serving member is automatically elected (if they want it) then this should remain so. I think that this is totally disgusting that Mrs Higgins and her Liberal Friends think that they can just usurp historical traditions. Things must change!!! The quicker we can get some of these people out of the Borough Council and replace them with real people who actually care about Colchester rather than their own profile the better.
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: The lady in question doesn't come over very well. I don't think I have ever seen a picture of her smiling. But if she wants to become mayor then we should support her. My fear would be that she would take the opportunity to destroy the good work of previous mayors from the point of view of the Oyster Feast, mayor making, the Chain Gang, etc. I don't think that I have ever seen the lady in her robes at such events as the Remembrance Day commemoration. I think that Colchester needs to maintain its civic dignity with public ceremonies. Can we be assured of its continuance? But the bottom line with me is that I would welcome Labour taking a proper part in civic life; one that we should all be proud of.[/p][/quote]True i have never seen Julie Young smile, but neither have I seen Teresa Higgins smile!!! This is not about which political party they are associated too, but one of tradition. If the longest serving member is automatically elected (if they want it) then this should remain so. I think that this is totally disgusting that Mrs Higgins and her Liberal Friends think that they can just usurp historical traditions. Things must change!!! The quicker we can get some of these people out of the Borough Council and replace them with real people who actually care about Colchester rather than their own profile the better. AngryManNewTown

2:13pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Reginald47 says...

No! I am Spartacus wrote:
Typically inept public officials illustrating exactly how so many inept decisions have been made in recent years. All very much 'It's my ball, and you aren't playing' across the board. I'd like a clear view on who to blame for the £hundreds of thousands wasted on the high street, astronomical £amounts wasted on bus lanes, £millions wasted on a publically unsupported VAF, erosion of the town into a restaurant, takeaway and drinking village, the inability to arrange adequate infrastructure before throwing a home on any spare bit of land... and many more. Lets have a bit more clarity of who is to blame for decisions before the 'representatives' pat themselves on the back.
A clear and factual view then,
High Street - Essex County Council.
Bus Lanes - Essex County Council
VAF - The last Tory administration who landed us with it.
Erosion - Licensing and planning laws which the council can't ignore
Infrastucture - Government directives, partly Essex County Council, and planning law which the council can't ignore, but should have tried harder to get a better deal from developers.
[quote][p][bold]No! I am Spartacus[/bold] wrote: Typically inept public officials illustrating exactly how so many inept decisions have been made in recent years. All very much 'It's my ball, and you aren't playing' across the board. I'd like a clear view on who to blame for the £hundreds of thousands wasted on the high street, astronomical £amounts wasted on bus lanes, £millions wasted on a publically unsupported VAF, erosion of the town into a restaurant, takeaway and drinking village, the inability to arrange adequate infrastructure before throwing a home on any spare bit of land... and many more. Lets have a bit more clarity of who is to blame for decisions before the 'representatives' pat themselves on the back.[/p][/quote]A clear and factual view then, High Street - Essex County Council. Bus Lanes - Essex County Council VAF - The last Tory administration who landed us with it. Erosion - Licensing and planning laws which the council can't ignore Infrastucture - Government directives, partly Essex County Council, and planning law which the council can't ignore, but should have tried harder to get a better deal from developers. Reginald47

2:54pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Surely a mayor should have NO political agenda.

I'd rather see someone local in the role who has done something good for the community in a voluntary way, rather than someone who believes they are owed it just because they've worked for the Council for a long time.
Surely a mayor should have NO political agenda. I'd rather see someone local in the role who has done something good for the community in a voluntary way, rather than someone who believes they are owed it just because they've worked for the Council for a long time. Ritchie_Hicks

3:39pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Bobby Walker says...

Ritchie_Hicks wrote:
Surely a mayor should have NO political agenda. I'd rather see someone local in the role who has done something good for the community in a voluntary way, rather than someone who believes they are owed it just because they've worked for the Council for a long time.
Yes, very good point! It is an honorary position so somebody who has done something very worthwhile for Colchester and who wants to do it should have the role for a year. Won’t happen though, it’s a nice perk of the job to share around. To squabble over the spoils then is particularly unedifying.
If we can look forward to the type of uninteresting pictures above I don't think the position is promoting the town very well.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie_Hicks[/bold] wrote: Surely a mayor should have NO political agenda. I'd rather see someone local in the role who has done something good for the community in a voluntary way, rather than someone who believes they are owed it just because they've worked for the Council for a long time.[/p][/quote]Yes, very good point! It is an honorary position so somebody who has done something very worthwhile for Colchester and who wants to do it should have the role for a year. Won’t happen though, it’s a nice perk of the job to share around. To squabble over the spoils then is particularly unedifying. If we can look forward to the type of uninteresting pictures above I don't think the position is promoting the town very well. Bobby Walker

4:00pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

I think she is smiling a bit in the 2nd picture in this article... http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-ess
ex-20454045

Why not have an independently elected mayor? What we really need are independent councillors who put Colchester first and stop behaving like they are in the playground.

Colchester is being destroyed by incompetence and infighting.
I think she is smiling a bit in the 2nd picture in this article... http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-ess ex-20454045 Why not have an independently elected mayor? What we really need are independent councillors who put Colchester first and stop behaving like they are in the playground. Colchester is being destroyed by incompetence and infighting. Bert_Stimpson

6:00pm Tue 3 Dec 13

jim_bo says...

All of us who frequent these board are guilty of Armchair politics but I do agree that more independents working for the benefit of the town would be a better position.

But who wants the job , it's not paid only expenses and often a lot of abuse or time taken up dealing with constituents queries.

We all know that the officers for the borough make the decisions and the councillors merely sign off their work. Perhaps if we got rid of that top tier and used the money to pay 6-8 councillors to run the council then more projects would have tougher scrutiny and things would only happen if they benefitted the town.
All of us who frequent these board are guilty of Armchair politics but I do agree that more independents working for the benefit of the town would be a better position. But who wants the job , it's not paid only expenses and often a lot of abuse or time taken up dealing with constituents queries. We all know that the officers for the borough make the decisions and the councillors merely sign off their work. Perhaps if we got rid of that top tier and used the money to pay 6-8 councillors to run the council then more projects would have tougher scrutiny and things would only happen if they benefitted the town. jim_bo

6:35pm Tue 3 Dec 13

No! I am Spartacus says...

Reginald47 wrote:
No! I am Spartacus wrote:
Typically inept public officials illustrating exactly how so many inept decisions have been made in recent years. All very much 'It's my ball, and you aren't playing' across the board. I'd like a clear view on who to blame for the £hundreds of thousands wasted on the high street, astronomical £amounts wasted on bus lanes, £millions wasted on a publically unsupported VAF, erosion of the town into a restaurant, takeaway and drinking village, the inability to arrange adequate infrastructure before throwing a home on any spare bit of land... and many more. Lets have a bit more clarity of who is to blame for decisions before the 'representatives' pat themselves on the back.
A clear and factual view then,
High Street - Essex County Council.
Bus Lanes - Essex County Council
VAF - The last Tory administration who landed us with it.
Erosion - Licensing and planning laws which the council can't ignore
Infrastucture - Government directives, partly Essex County Council, and planning law which the council can't ignore, but should have tried harder to get a better deal from developers.
Essex Country Council= Representatives
Government= Representatives
Local Council= Representatives

All implicated and, theoretically, in place as public officials to 'represent' the wishes of the electorate. Wouldn't it be nice to have adult representatives rather than see the petty squabbles as illustrated in this news piece, the point scoring letters seen in the Gazette... and in your point about the VAF. All the parties have grubby fingers over poor decisions.

Wouldn't it be nice to have independent councillors that clearly had the best interests of the town in mind... I'm sure some do, but little confidence in the rest.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]No! I am Spartacus[/bold] wrote: Typically inept public officials illustrating exactly how so many inept decisions have been made in recent years. All very much 'It's my ball, and you aren't playing' across the board. I'd like a clear view on who to blame for the £hundreds of thousands wasted on the high street, astronomical £amounts wasted on bus lanes, £millions wasted on a publically unsupported VAF, erosion of the town into a restaurant, takeaway and drinking village, the inability to arrange adequate infrastructure before throwing a home on any spare bit of land... and many more. Lets have a bit more clarity of who is to blame for decisions before the 'representatives' pat themselves on the back.[/p][/quote]A clear and factual view then, High Street - Essex County Council. Bus Lanes - Essex County Council VAF - The last Tory administration who landed us with it. Erosion - Licensing and planning laws which the council can't ignore Infrastucture - Government directives, partly Essex County Council, and planning law which the council can't ignore, but should have tried harder to get a better deal from developers.[/p][/quote]Essex Country Council= Representatives Government= Representatives Local Council= Representatives All implicated and, theoretically, in place as public officials to 'represent' the wishes of the electorate. Wouldn't it be nice to have adult representatives rather than see the petty squabbles as illustrated in this news piece, the point scoring letters seen in the Gazette... and in your point about the VAF. All the parties have grubby fingers over poor decisions. Wouldn't it be nice to have independent councillors that clearly had the best interests of the town in mind... I'm sure some do, but little confidence in the rest. No! I am Spartacus

9:38pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Hamiltonandy says...

What has the perceived incompetence of Colchester Council and ECC to do with the long established system of electing a mayor? Why would Mrs Young treat the unique role with disrespect? If any councillors wanted to change things they should not have left things to the last moment.
What has the perceived incompetence of Colchester Council and ECC to do with the long established system of electing a mayor? Why would Mrs Young treat the unique role with disrespect? If any councillors wanted to change things they should not have left things to the last moment. Hamiltonandy

11:10pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Iain-colchester says...

I want someone who loves Colchester to be mayor, someone who will get a grip on crime and a grip on colchesters expansion.. more homes built and our roads are at breaking point. so many problems.. but apparently none of that matters to the officials, its all about ., More homes , and more cars, and more kids in our bursting schools and more pots holes jeez I could go on all day.

a lot of good comments here I hope the officials actually read the gazette comments.
I want someone who loves Colchester to be mayor, someone who will get a grip on crime and a grip on colchesters expansion.. more homes built and our roads are at breaking point. so many problems.. but apparently none of that matters to the officials, its all about ., More homes , and more cars, and more kids in our bursting schools and more pots holes jeez I could go on all day. a lot of good comments here I hope the officials actually read the gazette comments. Iain-colchester

1:07am Wed 4 Dec 13

elizasgrandad says...

Tradition should prevail and Julie Young should be elected as Mayor.
The Mayoralty is non-political and the current petty squabbling is both unseemly and undemocratic.
Perhaps Mrs Young will smile more when she is installed in the position for which she has become entitled by both history and years of faithful service.
Tradition should prevail and Julie Young should be elected as Mayor. The Mayoralty is non-political and the current petty squabbling is both unseemly and undemocratic. Perhaps Mrs Young will smile more when she is installed in the position for which she has become entitled by both history and years of faithful service. elizasgrandad

8:04am Wed 4 Dec 13

Ritchie_Hicks says...

elizasgrandad wrote:
Tradition should prevail and Julie Young should be elected as Mayor.
The Mayoralty is non-political and the current petty squabbling is both unseemly and undemocratic.
Perhaps Mrs Young will smile more when she is installed in the position for which she has become entitled by both history and years of faithful service.
How can the position be "non-political" if it is filled by someone who has actively campaigned for the Labour party for years and who has stood for them within the Council?
[quote][p][bold]elizasgrandad[/bold] wrote: Tradition should prevail and Julie Young should be elected as Mayor. The Mayoralty is non-political and the current petty squabbling is both unseemly and undemocratic. Perhaps Mrs Young will smile more when she is installed in the position for which she has become entitled by both history and years of faithful service.[/p][/quote]How can the position be "non-political" if it is filled by someone who has actively campaigned for the Labour party for years and who has stood for them within the Council? Ritchie_Hicks

12:54pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Jess Jephcott says...

I hope Julie does become mayor as then Tim would be mayoress! Has either of them got a sense of humour I wonder and will they wear the ceremonial robes as befits such an important role?
I hope Julie does become mayor as then Tim would be mayoress! Has either of them got a sense of humour I wonder and will they wear the ceremonial robes as befits such an important role? Jess Jephcott

2:12pm Wed 4 Dec 13

wormshero says...

Iain-colchester wrote:
I want someone who loves Colchester to be mayor, someone who will get a grip on crime and a grip on colchesters expansion.. more homes built and our roads are at breaking point. so many problems.. but apparently none of that matters to the officials, its all about ., More homes , and more cars, and more kids in our bursting schools and more pots holes jeez I could go on all day.

a lot of good comments here I hope the officials actually read the gazette comments.
I don't think the mayor position gives any powers to sort any of those things out though...
[quote][p][bold]Iain-colchester[/bold] wrote: I want someone who loves Colchester to be mayor, someone who will get a grip on crime and a grip on colchesters expansion.. more homes built and our roads are at breaking point. so many problems.. but apparently none of that matters to the officials, its all about ., More homes , and more cars, and more kids in our bursting schools and more pots holes jeez I could go on all day. a lot of good comments here I hope the officials actually read the gazette comments.[/p][/quote]I don't think the mayor position gives any powers to sort any of those things out though... wormshero

4:25pm Wed 4 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

AngryManNewTown wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote: The lady in question doesn't come over very well. I don't think I have ever seen a picture of her smiling. But if she wants to become mayor then we should support her. My fear would be that she would take the opportunity to destroy the good work of previous mayors from the point of view of the Oyster Feast, mayor making, the Chain Gang, etc. I don't think that I have ever seen the lady in her robes at such events as the Remembrance Day commemoration. I think that Colchester needs to maintain its civic dignity with public ceremonies. Can we be assured of its continuance? But the bottom line with me is that I would welcome Labour taking a proper part in civic life; one that we should all be proud of.
True i have never seen Julie Young smile, but neither have I seen Teresa Higgins smile!!! This is not about which political party they are associated too, but one of tradition. If the longest serving member is automatically elected (if they want it) then this should remain so. I think that this is totally disgusting that Mrs Higgins and her Liberal Friends think that they can just usurp historical traditions. Things must change!!! The quicker we can get some of these people out of the Borough Council and replace them with real people who actually care about Colchester rather than their own profile the better.
Do you know what, AngryMan talks some sence on here today!!
[quote][p][bold]AngryManNewTown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: The lady in question doesn't come over very well. I don't think I have ever seen a picture of her smiling. But if she wants to become mayor then we should support her. My fear would be that she would take the opportunity to destroy the good work of previous mayors from the point of view of the Oyster Feast, mayor making, the Chain Gang, etc. I don't think that I have ever seen the lady in her robes at such events as the Remembrance Day commemoration. I think that Colchester needs to maintain its civic dignity with public ceremonies. Can we be assured of its continuance? But the bottom line with me is that I would welcome Labour taking a proper part in civic life; one that we should all be proud of.[/p][/quote]True i have never seen Julie Young smile, but neither have I seen Teresa Higgins smile!!! This is not about which political party they are associated too, but one of tradition. If the longest serving member is automatically elected (if they want it) then this should remain so. I think that this is totally disgusting that Mrs Higgins and her Liberal Friends think that they can just usurp historical traditions. Things must change!!! The quicker we can get some of these people out of the Borough Council and replace them with real people who actually care about Colchester rather than their own profile the better.[/p][/quote]Do you know what, AngryMan talks some sence on here today!! tomtheDJ

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