Colchester gets ready to go to the polls - see our local election preview

WHILE the country decides who should represent them in Europe, most
Colchester residents will also be asked to vote for their local councillor.

The men and women who will sit on 20 of Colchester Council’s 60 seats will be
decided at the polls on Thursday.

The authority is presently run by 26 Lib Dems, seven Labour councillors and three Highwoods Independent Group members.

The opposition is made up from 23 Conservatives, while a by-election is due after the death of Labour councillor Steve Ford.

The Green Party has put up a full roster of candidates and hope to win their first seat.

Ukip has put forward a record 13 candidates in Colchester and are especially
targeting three seats.

Each party has put forward its local election manifesto. The Gazette has chosen five highlights - in no particular order - from each.

Liberal Democrats

1.Bring new jobs and investment to the Town Centre and the regeneration
of St Botolph’s, on top of £500 million investment already pledged.
 

2. Negotiate with bus companies to give Colchester residents a special discount card.

3. Introduce a Responsible Dog Owner Strategy to cut dog fouling and anti-social behaviour.

4. Bring the market back onto the High Street.

5. End the “neglect” of Colchester’s roads by taking control of transport budgets from Essex County Council.

Conservative

1. Introduce two hours of free parking in two Colchester town centre car parks

2. Cut the number of councillors from 60 to 51

3. Investigate a joint project to build an eco-friendly car park in the grounds of Leisure World.

4. Make a further £1 million of cuts on top of the £2.7 million already shaved off Colchester Council’s 2014/15 budget.

5. Use the New Homes Bonus to part-fund a multi-storey car park at Colchester General Hospital.

Labour

1. Build a “significant” number of new council homes in addition to the conversion of former garage sites.

2. Work with police and Pubwatch to ban anyone convicted of alcohol-related offences from all bars until they are rehabilitated.

3. Introduce wheelie bins in areas where there is a clear majority in favour of them.

4. Demand Essex County Council switch street lights back on and hand back road repair budget.

5. Reduce the number of councillors to 51.

UKIP

1. Find a realistic solution to congestion in the High Street.

2. Scrap plans to sell Britannia car park for housing.

3. Cut councillor allowances and pay deals for senior council staff.

4. Return responsibility for roads to Colchester Council.

5. Work with police to tackle cycling on pavements.

Green Party

1. Build affordable homes on brownfield, not greenfield sites.

2. Expand the new bus station on Osborne Street.

3. Stop the proliferation of nightclubs in St Botolph’s and revoke licences of venues linked to violent crime.

4. Make it easier for residents to obtain replacement green bins and garden waste bags.

5. Give all council-owned facilities energy reduction targets.

For more on the local elections, see Tuesday's Gazette.

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12:43pm Tue 20 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Get ready for a
UKIP landslide in the local seats....
The Lib Dem's winning most of the Euro seats.
Nigel Farage Holding a pint of beer In The Marquis Of Queens berry
The ConDem's cracking under the pressure. (Sales of toilet roll to boom with twitchy backsides):
The Eides Of March for Cameron out will come the back biters.
A tide of moaners and whiners on this post will surface berating the obvious.
AVPG:
Get ready for a UKIP landslide in the local seats.... The Lib Dem's winning most of the Euro seats. Nigel Farage Holding a pint of beer In The Marquis Of Queens berry The ConDem's cracking under the pressure. (Sales of toilet roll to boom with twitchy backsides): The Eides Of March for Cameron out will come the back biters. A tide of moaners and whiners on this post will surface berating the obvious. AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -16

1:30pm Tue 20 May 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

Vote UKIP and get this town moving again
Vote UKIP and get this town moving again Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: -4

1:55pm Tue 20 May 14

Jack222 says...

UKIP are nuts (and racists); it still hasn't answered the key question.

If we withdraw from the EU where will half our exports go (half our exports go to the EU)? Yes, if we withdraw from the EU club, refuse to pay membership of the EU club then we wont get the benefit of the club (exports). They'll just impost tariffs on us beyond belief.

So, there goes half of our manufacturing industry, there goes our economy and we become nothing more than a pimple in world affairs and economy. THis why the CBI is pro- the EU.

I might add a vote for UKIP is also a vote for the break up of the UK; in Scotland the EU is extremely popular - a strong showing by UKIP will confirm to the Scots that the English are mad and so will greatly encourage the devolution vote. o vote UKIP if you want the UK to split up!
UKIP are nuts (and racists); it still hasn't answered the key question. If we withdraw from the EU where will half our exports go (half our exports go to the EU)? Yes, if we withdraw from the EU club, refuse to pay membership of the EU club then we wont get the benefit of the club (exports). They'll just impost tariffs on us beyond belief. So, there goes half of our manufacturing industry, there goes our economy and we become nothing more than a pimple in world affairs and economy. THis why the CBI is pro- the EU. I might add a vote for UKIP is also a vote for the break up of the UK; in Scotland the EU is extremely popular - a strong showing by UKIP will confirm to the Scots that the English are mad and so will greatly encourage the devolution vote. o vote UKIP if you want the UK to split up! Jack222
  • Score: -2

3:10pm Tue 20 May 14

Linda Gosling says...

Grow a backbone Jack, where exactly are the EU going to export or import to if we withdraw, it may have skipped your notice but most of them are more broke than we are so who is buying?
I'm not voting for UKip but the fact that so many feel the anger and really desperation that no one in the Government is listening to them will have an impact. Insulting their intelligence is no the answer. Its not racist to know we cant afford anymore people in this country at this time and if we have to find new markets lets do i now, right now rather than letting everyone walk over us selling off our country bit by bit even if leaving Europe is the price we pay. You never know we might just make because I think we are losing continuing the way we have.
Grow a backbone Jack, where exactly are the EU going to export or import to if we withdraw, it may have skipped your notice but most of them are more broke than we are so who is buying? I'm not voting for UKip but the fact that so many feel the anger and really desperation that no one in the Government is listening to them will have an impact. Insulting their intelligence is no the answer. Its not racist to know we cant afford anymore people in this country at this time and if we have to find new markets lets do i now, right now rather than letting everyone walk over us selling off our country bit by bit even if leaving Europe is the price we pay. You never know we might just make because I think we are losing continuing the way we have. Linda Gosling
  • Score: 11

3:12pm Tue 20 May 14

Linda Gosling says...

sorry for the typo's but not the comment..
sorry for the typo's but not the comment.. Linda Gosling
  • Score: 5

3:32pm Tue 20 May 14

AngryManNewTown says...

If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc.
If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc. AngryManNewTown
  • Score: -5

4:02pm Tue 20 May 14

hughie-s says...

AngryManNewTown wrote:
If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc.
Why would we have to use the same contractor as ECC, unless of course you are suggesting brown envelopes ? CBC would draw up a much tighter specification and ensure that works are carried out in accordance with it. Half the red marks are around repairs done on the cheap in the last couple of years, a little more spent on a proper job at the time and money would be saved now.
[quote][p][bold]AngryManNewTown[/bold] wrote: If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc.[/p][/quote]Why would we have to use the same contractor as ECC, unless of course you are suggesting brown envelopes ? CBC would draw up a much tighter specification and ensure that works are carried out in accordance with it. Half the red marks are around repairs done on the cheap in the last couple of years, a little more spent on a proper job at the time and money would be saved now. hughie-s
  • Score: 9

4:11pm Tue 20 May 14

wormshero says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
Get ready for a
UKIP landslide in the local seats....
The Lib Dem's winning most of the Euro seats.
Nigel Farage Holding a pint of beer In The Marquis Of Queens berry
The ConDem's cracking under the pressure. (Sales of toilet roll to boom with twitchy backsides):
The Eides Of March for Cameron out will come the back biters.
A tide of moaners and whiners on this post will surface berating the obvious.
AVPG:
I think it's more likely to go the opposite way - I don't expect UKIP to do well in local seats, with the Lib Dems retaining a lot, but I do think they will do well in the Euros, unfortunately. Which ironically gives the opposite effect of the UKIP message (they complain Europe has too much control yet don't even bother turning up to votes, in effect giving other member states more control. Happy to take the money though).
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: Get ready for a UKIP landslide in the local seats.... The Lib Dem's winning most of the Euro seats. Nigel Farage Holding a pint of beer In The Marquis Of Queens berry The ConDem's cracking under the pressure. (Sales of toilet roll to boom with twitchy backsides): The Eides Of March for Cameron out will come the back biters. A tide of moaners and whiners on this post will surface berating the obvious. AVPG:[/p][/quote]I think it's more likely to go the opposite way - I don't expect UKIP to do well in local seats, with the Lib Dems retaining a lot, but I do think they will do well in the Euros, unfortunately. Which ironically gives the opposite effect of the UKIP message (they complain Europe has too much control yet don't even bother turning up to votes, in effect giving other member states more control. Happy to take the money though). wormshero
  • Score: -4

4:19pm Tue 20 May 14

AngryManNewTown says...

hughie-s wrote:
AngryManNewTown wrote:
If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc.
Why would we have to use the same contractor as ECC, unless of course you are suggesting brown envelopes ? CBC would draw up a much tighter specification and ensure that works are carried out in accordance with it. Half the red marks are around repairs done on the cheap in the last couple of years, a little more spent on a proper job at the time and money would be saved now.
There are only a few contractors in the area that are 'capable' (if i can us that word) they are the same ones that are used currently so i dont think we would see any real improvement i the quality or speed of repairs.
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AngryManNewTown[/bold] wrote: If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc.[/p][/quote]Why would we have to use the same contractor as ECC, unless of course you are suggesting brown envelopes ? CBC would draw up a much tighter specification and ensure that works are carried out in accordance with it. Half the red marks are around repairs done on the cheap in the last couple of years, a little more spent on a proper job at the time and money would be saved now.[/p][/quote]There are only a few contractors in the area that are 'capable' (if i can us that word) they are the same ones that are used currently so i dont think we would see any real improvement i the quality or speed of repairs. AngryManNewTown
  • Score: 3

5:08pm Tue 20 May 14

Rhinestone Cowboy* says...

AngryManNewTown wrote:
If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc.
Hey man Angry, you know you are not allowed to use the term Brown Envelopes or The Teflon's on this internet paper.....You know there is no such thing brother....You cannot suggest that there is corruption here friEnd, no skull & bones...no bilderburgs...no freemasons...there's no such thing, it is all in our imaginations.....we are all paranoid....we don't know what we are talking about...the poor are all for there to see....the rich hide....the middle classes keep it quiet....they don't want you to know....its like a horse friend, magical mystical animal being, that has a mind of its own, until it is ready to turn into a stallion and kick you ! vote for the UKIP man... then you will become a freeman again....The UKIP will free you all...
[quote][p][bold]AngryManNewTown[/bold] wrote: If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc.[/p][/quote]Hey man Angry, you know you are not allowed to use the term Brown Envelopes or The Teflon's on this internet paper.....You know there is no such thing brother....You cannot suggest that there is corruption here friEnd, no skull & bones...no bilderburgs...no freemasons...there's no such thing, it is all in our imaginations.....we are all paranoid....we don't know what we are talking about...the poor are all for there to see....the rich hide....the middle classes keep it quiet....they don't want you to know....its like a horse friend, magical mystical animal being, that has a mind of its own, until it is ready to turn into a stallion and kick you ! vote for the UKIP man... then you will become a freeman again....The UKIP will free you all... Rhinestone Cowboy*
  • Score: -1

5:30pm Tue 20 May 14

AngryManNewTown says...

Rhinestone Cowboy* wrote:
AngryManNewTown wrote:
If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc.
Hey man Angry, you know you are not allowed to use the term Brown Envelopes or The Teflon's on this internet paper.....You know there is no such thing brother....You cannot suggest that there is corruption here friEnd, no skull & bones...no bilderburgs...no freemasons...there's no such thing, it is all in our imaginations.....we are all paranoid....we don't know what we are talking about...the poor are all for there to see....the rich hide....the middle classes keep it quiet....they don't want you to know....its like a horse friend, magical mystical animal being, that has a mind of its own, until it is ready to turn into a stallion and kick you ! vote for the UKIP man... then you will become a freeman again....The UKIP will free you all...
No mention of brown envelopes in my post. Just facts. There is no way i would vote UKIP. they will not be able to deliver anything they say as they will not hold any power. Will not be next uk government or part of any coalition. Sohow will they be able to get us out of eu?? Plus they dont even bother to turn up to vote at eu when new powers are being discussed!!
[quote][p][bold]Rhinestone Cowboy*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AngryManNewTown[/bold] wrote: If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc.[/p][/quote]Hey man Angry, you know you are not allowed to use the term Brown Envelopes or The Teflon's on this internet paper.....You know there is no such thing brother....You cannot suggest that there is corruption here friEnd, no skull & bones...no bilderburgs...no freemasons...there's no such thing, it is all in our imaginations.....we are all paranoid....we don't know what we are talking about...the poor are all for there to see....the rich hide....the middle classes keep it quiet....they don't want you to know....its like a horse friend, magical mystical animal being, that has a mind of its own, until it is ready to turn into a stallion and kick you ! vote for the UKIP man... then you will become a freeman again....The UKIP will free you all...[/p][/quote]No mention of brown envelopes in my post. Just facts. There is no way i would vote UKIP. they will not be able to deliver anything they say as they will not hold any power. Will not be next uk government or part of any coalition. Sohow will they be able to get us out of eu?? Plus they dont even bother to turn up to vote at eu when new powers are being discussed!! AngryManNewTown
  • Score: 0

7:47pm Tue 20 May 14

Rhinestone Cowboy* says...

AngryManNewTown wrote:
Rhinestone Cowboy* wrote:
AngryManNewTown wrote:
If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc.
Hey man Angry, you know you are not allowed to use the term Brown Envelopes or The Teflon's on this internet paper.....You know there is no such thing brother....You cannot suggest that there is corruption here friEnd, no skull & bones...no bilderburgs...no freemasons...there's no such thing, it is all in our imaginations.....we are all paranoid....we don't know what we are talking about...the poor are all for there to see....the rich hide....the middle classes keep it quiet....they don't want you to know....its like a horse friend, magical mystical animal being, that has a mind of its own, until it is ready to turn into a stallion and kick you ! vote for the UKIP man... then you will become a freeman again....The UKIP will free you all...
No mention of brown envelopes in my post. Just facts. There is no way i would vote UKIP. they will not be able to deliver anything they say as they will not hold any power. Will not be next uk government or part of any coalition. Sohow will they be able to get us out of eu?? Plus they dont even bother to turn up to vote at eu when new powers are being discussed!!
hughie-s says...

AngryManNewTown wrote:
If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc.
Why would we have to use the same contractor as ECC, unless of course you are suggesting brown envelopes ? CBC would draw up a much tighter specification and ensure that works are carried out in accordance with it. Half the red marks are around repairs done on the cheap in the last couple of years, a little more spent on a proper job at the time and money would be saved now.

HEY MAN YEH SURE....I GOT U MIXED UP WITH THE POST U WERE DOING HUGHIE-S
I HAD MY FACED STUFFED WITH A HALF POUND BURGER...APOLOGIES..
.OLD TIMER SCHUCKS....
[quote][p][bold]AngryManNewTown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rhinestone Cowboy*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AngryManNewTown[/bold] wrote: If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc.[/p][/quote]Hey man Angry, you know you are not allowed to use the term Brown Envelopes or The Teflon's on this internet paper.....You know there is no such thing brother....You cannot suggest that there is corruption here friEnd, no skull & bones...no bilderburgs...no freemasons...there's no such thing, it is all in our imaginations.....we are all paranoid....we don't know what we are talking about...the poor are all for there to see....the rich hide....the middle classes keep it quiet....they don't want you to know....its like a horse friend, magical mystical animal being, that has a mind of its own, until it is ready to turn into a stallion and kick you ! vote for the UKIP man... then you will become a freeman again....The UKIP will free you all...[/p][/quote]No mention of brown envelopes in my post. Just facts. There is no way i would vote UKIP. they will not be able to deliver anything they say as they will not hold any power. Will not be next uk government or part of any coalition. Sohow will they be able to get us out of eu?? Plus they dont even bother to turn up to vote at eu when new powers are being discussed!![/p][/quote]hughie-s says... AngryManNewTown wrote: If there is a UKIP landslide im moving out!! Cannot think of anything worse. I like the idea of bringing back reparing of road to Colchester, but this is just not possible as there are not the council workers in order to complete the work. We would have to use the same contractors that are used by ECC, so there will be no real improvement in the condition of repairs etc. Why would we have to use the same contractor as ECC, unless of course you are suggesting brown envelopes ? CBC would draw up a much tighter specification and ensure that works are carried out in accordance with it. Half the red marks are around repairs done on the cheap in the last couple of years, a little more spent on a proper job at the time and money would be saved now. HEY MAN YEH SURE....I GOT U MIXED UP WITH THE POST U WERE DOING HUGHIE-S I HAD MY FACED STUFFED WITH A HALF POUND BURGER...APOLOGIES.. .OLD TIMER SCHUCKS.... Rhinestone Cowboy*
  • Score: 2

7:53pm Tue 20 May 14

James Harrington says...

I AM VOTING UKIP
MY WIFE IS VOTING UKIP
MY SON IS VOTING UKIP
MY OTHER SON IS VOTING UKIP
MY DAUGHTER IS VOTING UKIP
MY MUM IS VOTING UKIP
MY MOTHER AND FATHER IN LAW GUESS WHAT??? IS VOTING UKIP
WHY
UKIP

1. Find a realistic solution to congestion in the High Street.

2. Scrap plans to sell Britannia car park for housing.

3. Cut councillor allowances and pay deals for senior council staff.

4. Return responsibility for roads to Colchester Council.

5. Work with police to tackle cycling on pavements.

THATS WHY!
I AM VOTING UKIP MY WIFE IS VOTING UKIP MY SON IS VOTING UKIP MY OTHER SON IS VOTING UKIP MY DAUGHTER IS VOTING UKIP MY MUM IS VOTING UKIP MY MOTHER AND FATHER IN LAW GUESS WHAT??? IS VOTING UKIP WHY UKIP 1. Find a realistic solution to congestion in the High Street. 2. Scrap plans to sell Britannia car park for housing. 3. Cut councillor allowances and pay deals for senior council staff. 4. Return responsibility for roads to Colchester Council. 5. Work with police to tackle cycling on pavements. THATS WHY! James Harrington
  • Score: 6

11:25pm Tue 20 May 14

Cllr Martin Hunt says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
Get ready for a UKIP landslide in the local seats.... The Lib Dem's winning most of the Euro seats. Nigel Farage Holding a pint of beer In The Marquis Of Queens berry The ConDem's cracking under the pressure. (Sales of toilet roll to boom with twitchy backsides): The Eides Of March for Cameron out will come the back biters. A tide of moaners and whiners on this post will surface berating the obvious. AVPG:
I thought you were serious for a minute AVGP until I saw the Lib Dem prediction. You old tease!
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: Get ready for a UKIP landslide in the local seats.... The Lib Dem's winning most of the Euro seats. Nigel Farage Holding a pint of beer In The Marquis Of Queens berry The ConDem's cracking under the pressure. (Sales of toilet roll to boom with twitchy backsides): The Eides Of March for Cameron out will come the back biters. A tide of moaners and whiners on this post will surface berating the obvious. AVPG:[/p][/quote]I thought you were serious for a minute AVGP until I saw the Lib Dem prediction. You old tease! Cllr Martin Hunt
  • Score: 2

11:39pm Tue 20 May 14

Cllr Martin Hunt says...

James Harrington wrote:
I AM VOTING UKIP MY WIFE IS VOTING UKIP MY SON IS VOTING UKIP MY OTHER SON IS VOTING UKIP MY DAUGHTER IS VOTING UKIP MY MUM IS VOTING UKIP MY MOTHER AND FATHER IN LAW GUESS WHAT??? IS VOTING UKIP WHY UKIP 1. Find a realistic solution to congestion in the High Street. 2. Scrap plans to sell Britannia car park for housing. 3. Cut councillor allowances and pay deals for senior council staff. 4. Return responsibility for roads to Colchester Council. 5. Work with police to tackle cycling on pavements. THATS WHY!
The plan to sell Britannia car park for housing was scrapped several months ago - by me. It's far too important as a car park. A solution for the congestion in the High Street is the responsibility of Essex County Council. Presumably the UKIP county councillors eloected last year are sorting it out ... not! Cycling on pavements is nothing whatsoever to do with the Borough Council either. The allowances are set by an independent body and senior officers are on contract. So all in all - UKIP can't carry out any of their promises because they haven't a clue what they are talking about.
[quote][p][bold]James Harrington[/bold] wrote: I AM VOTING UKIP MY WIFE IS VOTING UKIP MY SON IS VOTING UKIP MY OTHER SON IS VOTING UKIP MY DAUGHTER IS VOTING UKIP MY MUM IS VOTING UKIP MY MOTHER AND FATHER IN LAW GUESS WHAT??? IS VOTING UKIP WHY UKIP 1. Find a realistic solution to congestion in the High Street. 2. Scrap plans to sell Britannia car park for housing. 3. Cut councillor allowances and pay deals for senior council staff. 4. Return responsibility for roads to Colchester Council. 5. Work with police to tackle cycling on pavements. THATS WHY![/p][/quote]The plan to sell Britannia car park for housing was scrapped several months ago - by me. It's far too important as a car park. A solution for the congestion in the High Street is the responsibility of Essex County Council. Presumably the UKIP county councillors eloected last year are sorting it out ... not! Cycling on pavements is nothing whatsoever to do with the Borough Council either. The allowances are set by an independent body and senior officers are on contract. So all in all - UKIP can't carry out any of their promises because they haven't a clue what they are talking about. Cllr Martin Hunt
  • Score: 3

1:10am Wed 21 May 14

Simon Taylor says...

Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
James Harrington wrote:
I AM VOTING UKIP MY WIFE IS VOTING UKIP MY SON IS VOTING UKIP MY OTHER SON IS VOTING UKIP MY DAUGHTER IS VOTING UKIP MY MUM IS VOTING UKIP MY MOTHER AND FATHER IN LAW GUESS WHAT??? IS VOTING UKIP WHY UKIP 1. Find a realistic solution to congestion in the High Street. 2. Scrap plans to sell Britannia car park for housing. 3. Cut councillor allowances and pay deals for senior council staff. 4. Return responsibility for roads to Colchester Council. 5. Work with police to tackle cycling on pavements. THATS WHY!
The plan to sell Britannia car park for housing was scrapped several months ago - by me. It's far too important as a car park. A solution for the congestion in the High Street is the responsibility of Essex County Council. Presumably the UKIP county councillors eloected last year are sorting it out ... not! Cycling on pavements is nothing whatsoever to do with the Borough Council either. The allowances are set by an independent body and senior officers are on contract. So all in all - UKIP can't carry out any of their promises because they haven't a clue what they are talking about.
What a surprise! You would expect the UKIP candidate to know this since his shop is next door to the car park...
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]James Harrington[/bold] wrote: I AM VOTING UKIP MY WIFE IS VOTING UKIP MY SON IS VOTING UKIP MY OTHER SON IS VOTING UKIP MY DAUGHTER IS VOTING UKIP MY MUM IS VOTING UKIP MY MOTHER AND FATHER IN LAW GUESS WHAT??? IS VOTING UKIP WHY UKIP 1. Find a realistic solution to congestion in the High Street. 2. Scrap plans to sell Britannia car park for housing. 3. Cut councillor allowances and pay deals for senior council staff. 4. Return responsibility for roads to Colchester Council. 5. Work with police to tackle cycling on pavements. THATS WHY![/p][/quote]The plan to sell Britannia car park for housing was scrapped several months ago - by me. It's far too important as a car park. A solution for the congestion in the High Street is the responsibility of Essex County Council. Presumably the UKIP county councillors eloected last year are sorting it out ... not! Cycling on pavements is nothing whatsoever to do with the Borough Council either. The allowances are set by an independent body and senior officers are on contract. So all in all - UKIP can't carry out any of their promises because they haven't a clue what they are talking about.[/p][/quote]What a surprise! You would expect the UKIP candidate to know this since his shop is next door to the car park... Simon Taylor
  • Score: 9

2:22am Wed 21 May 14

Boris says...

Simon Taylor wrote:
Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
James Harrington wrote:
I AM VOTING UKIP MY WIFE IS VOTING UKIP MY SON IS VOTING UKIP MY OTHER SON IS VOTING UKIP MY DAUGHTER IS VOTING UKIP MY MUM IS VOTING UKIP MY MOTHER AND FATHER IN LAW GUESS WHAT??? IS VOTING UKIP WHY UKIP 1. Find a realistic solution to congestion in the High Street. 2. Scrap plans to sell Britannia car park for housing. 3. Cut councillor allowances and pay deals for senior council staff. 4. Return responsibility for roads to Colchester Council. 5. Work with police to tackle cycling on pavements. THATS WHY!
The plan to sell Britannia car park for housing was scrapped several months ago - by me. It's far too important as a car park. A solution for the congestion in the High Street is the responsibility of Essex County Council. Presumably the UKIP county councillors eloected last year are sorting it out ... not! Cycling on pavements is nothing whatsoever to do with the Borough Council either. The allowances are set by an independent body and senior officers are on contract. So all in all - UKIP can't carry out any of their promises because they haven't a clue what they are talking about.
What a surprise! You would expect the UKIP candidate to know this since his shop is next door to the car park...
Of course he knows, but hey, why let the facts get in the way of a few slogans.
[quote][p][bold]Simon Taylor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]James Harrington[/bold] wrote: I AM VOTING UKIP MY WIFE IS VOTING UKIP MY SON IS VOTING UKIP MY OTHER SON IS VOTING UKIP MY DAUGHTER IS VOTING UKIP MY MUM IS VOTING UKIP MY MOTHER AND FATHER IN LAW GUESS WHAT??? IS VOTING UKIP WHY UKIP 1. Find a realistic solution to congestion in the High Street. 2. Scrap plans to sell Britannia car park for housing. 3. Cut councillor allowances and pay deals for senior council staff. 4. Return responsibility for roads to Colchester Council. 5. Work with police to tackle cycling on pavements. THATS WHY![/p][/quote]The plan to sell Britannia car park for housing was scrapped several months ago - by me. It's far too important as a car park. A solution for the congestion in the High Street is the responsibility of Essex County Council. Presumably the UKIP county councillors eloected last year are sorting it out ... not! Cycling on pavements is nothing whatsoever to do with the Borough Council either. The allowances are set by an independent body and senior officers are on contract. So all in all - UKIP can't carry out any of their promises because they haven't a clue what they are talking about.[/p][/quote]What a surprise! You would expect the UKIP candidate to know this since his shop is next door to the car park...[/p][/quote]Of course he knows, but hey, why let the facts get in the way of a few slogans. Boris
  • Score: 6

8:58am Wed 21 May 14

Slamdoor312 says...

From Cllr Martin Hunt a not surprising negative can't do attitude. It's all somebody else's responsibilty. Now time for a change fo get away from this poor attitude.

UKIP offer a breath of fresh air, and will hopefully consign the current crop of low quality councillors to history.
From Cllr Martin Hunt a not surprising negative can't do attitude. It's all somebody else's responsibilty. Now time for a change fo get away from this poor attitude. UKIP offer a breath of fresh air, and will hopefully consign the current crop of low quality councillors to history. Slamdoor312
  • Score: 0

9:40am Wed 21 May 14

seikothrill says...

Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
James Harrington wrote:
I AM VOTING UKIP MY WIFE IS VOTING UKIP MY SON IS VOTING UKIP MY OTHER SON IS VOTING UKIP MY DAUGHTER IS VOTING UKIP MY MUM IS VOTING UKIP MY MOTHER AND FATHER IN LAW GUESS WHAT??? IS VOTING UKIP WHY UKIP 1. Find a realistic solution to congestion in the High Street. 2. Scrap plans to sell Britannia car park for housing. 3. Cut councillor allowances and pay deals for senior council staff. 4. Return responsibility for roads to Colchester Council. 5. Work with police to tackle cycling on pavements. THATS WHY!
The plan to sell Britannia car park for housing was scrapped several months ago - by me. It's far too important as a car park. A solution for the congestion in the High Street is the responsibility of Essex County Council. Presumably the UKIP county councillors eloected last year are sorting it out ... not! Cycling on pavements is nothing whatsoever to do with the Borough Council either. The allowances are set by an independent body and senior officers are on contract. So all in all - UKIP can't carry out any of their promises because they haven't a clue what they are talking about.
I haven't decided on my vote yet but Cllr Hunt you poke fun at UKIP but may be it's time for a change as the Lib Dems in Colchester with their pals the Tories/ Independents etc have destroyed Colchester and in particular Mile End/ North Station area with their continual approval of new homes with no infrastructure.

We may be the fastest growing town in UK but there are no jobs to support the growth unless you commute
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]James Harrington[/bold] wrote: I AM VOTING UKIP MY WIFE IS VOTING UKIP MY SON IS VOTING UKIP MY OTHER SON IS VOTING UKIP MY DAUGHTER IS VOTING UKIP MY MUM IS VOTING UKIP MY MOTHER AND FATHER IN LAW GUESS WHAT??? IS VOTING UKIP WHY UKIP 1. Find a realistic solution to congestion in the High Street. 2. Scrap plans to sell Britannia car park for housing. 3. Cut councillor allowances and pay deals for senior council staff. 4. Return responsibility for roads to Colchester Council. 5. Work with police to tackle cycling on pavements. THATS WHY![/p][/quote]The plan to sell Britannia car park for housing was scrapped several months ago - by me. It's far too important as a car park. A solution for the congestion in the High Street is the responsibility of Essex County Council. Presumably the UKIP county councillors eloected last year are sorting it out ... not! Cycling on pavements is nothing whatsoever to do with the Borough Council either. The allowances are set by an independent body and senior officers are on contract. So all in all - UKIP can't carry out any of their promises because they haven't a clue what they are talking about.[/p][/quote]I haven't decided on my vote yet but Cllr Hunt you poke fun at UKIP but may be it's time for a change as the Lib Dems in Colchester with their pals the Tories/ Independents etc have destroyed Colchester and in particular Mile End/ North Station area with their continual approval of new homes with no infrastructure. We may be the fastest growing town in UK but there are no jobs to support the growth unless you commute seikothrill
  • Score: 7

1:08pm Wed 21 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
Get ready for a UKIP landslide in the local seats.... The Lib Dem's winning most of the Euro seats. Nigel Farage Holding a pint of beer In The Marquis Of Queens berry The ConDem's cracking under the pressure. (Sales of toilet roll to boom with twitchy backsides): The Eides Of March for Cameron out will come the back biters. A tide of moaners and whiners on this post will surface berating the obvious. AVPG:
I thought you were serious for a minute AVGP until I saw the Lib Dem prediction. You old tease!
It is a difficult call Martin (Mr Hunt); and rather a complicated one, however in Europe the pedigree of the Liberal Democrats stands worlds apart from any other political party even the party boss Clegg has a Spanish wife and multi-cultural mother and father of European origins.
The Lib Dems are ideally placed to field decent representation in this political arena.
Locally it is a different story, a message needs to be sent to Government, this is an opportunity to fire a broadside at Cameron and give a friendly warning message, in that the state has gone to far with some of its policies.
The casualty of this will be that some candidates will be bloodied in this round of local elections.
In one area of the borough the party has done itself no favours in fielding a replacement to The Rt Hon Lord Mayor Colin Sykes (Soon to be knighted Baron Sykes Of Grymes dyke & Copford?) The replacing candidate appears to be a teenager whom is the offspring of a current party councillor. This is somewhat of a jovial suggestion, do we take it that if this presentation is successful, the parish will see them both going around on motorcycle and side-car?
"Voting UKIP locally" and I mean locally, is a short term jolt, a warning of what could come if things are taken for granted.
It has never been a personal issue, politics is nearly always about matching personalities to capabilities, no matter what the particular party or their whip is. Regards. AVPG:
P.S. I have a bit of a headache today so do forgive the typo's. :-)
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: Get ready for a UKIP landslide in the local seats.... The Lib Dem's winning most of the Euro seats. Nigel Farage Holding a pint of beer In The Marquis Of Queens berry The ConDem's cracking under the pressure. (Sales of toilet roll to boom with twitchy backsides): The Eides Of March for Cameron out will come the back biters. A tide of moaners and whiners on this post will surface berating the obvious. AVPG:[/p][/quote]I thought you were serious for a minute AVGP until I saw the Lib Dem prediction. You old tease![/p][/quote]It is a difficult call Martin (Mr Hunt); and rather a complicated one, however in Europe the pedigree of the Liberal Democrats stands worlds apart from any other political party even the party boss Clegg has a Spanish wife and multi-cultural mother and father of European origins. The Lib Dems are ideally placed to field decent representation in this political arena. Locally it is a different story, a message needs to be sent to Government, this is an opportunity to fire a broadside at Cameron and give a friendly warning message, in that the state has gone to far with some of its policies. The casualty of this will be that some candidates will be bloodied in this round of local elections. In one area of the borough the party has done itself no favours in fielding a replacement to The Rt Hon Lord Mayor Colin Sykes (Soon to be knighted Baron Sykes Of Grymes dyke & Copford?) The replacing candidate appears to be a teenager whom is the offspring of a current party councillor. This is somewhat of a jovial suggestion, do we take it that if this presentation is successful, the parish will see them both going around on motorcycle and side-car? "Voting UKIP locally" and I mean locally, is a short term jolt, a warning of what could come if things are taken for granted. It has never been a personal issue, politics is nearly always about matching personalities to capabilities, no matter what the particular party or their whip is. Regards. AVPG: P.S. I have a bit of a headache today so do forgive the typo's. :-) A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 4

1:11pm Wed 21 May 14

wormshero says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
From Cllr Martin Hunt a not surprising negative can't do attitude. It's all somebody else's responsibilty. Now time for a change fo get away from this poor attitude.

UKIP offer a breath of fresh air, and will hopefully consign the current crop of low quality councillors to history.
You don't appear to understand the "can't do attitude" here - UKIP are promising things they genuinely neither have the power to do, or that have already been done by other people. There's no attitude about it, they don't have the power to do so.

Cllr Hunt does also make a pretty fair point about the high street congestion too, the people who can actually do something about this at the moment are UKIP councillors who currently have power. They haven't done. Do you think electing more UKIP councillors into a position where they don't have the power to do it will somehow be the tipping point that gets it done? Even though the ones who can haven't? It's such a ridiculous mindset. It's weird views like this that make me think UKIP voters just blindly vote policies that can't be done just to try and get away from the main policies - hating of foreigners, gay people and women.
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: From Cllr Martin Hunt a not surprising negative can't do attitude. It's all somebody else's responsibilty. Now time for a change fo get away from this poor attitude. UKIP offer a breath of fresh air, and will hopefully consign the current crop of low quality councillors to history.[/p][/quote]You don't appear to understand the "can't do attitude" here - UKIP are promising things they genuinely neither have the power to do, or that have already been done by other people. There's no attitude about it, they don't have the power to do so. Cllr Hunt does also make a pretty fair point about the high street congestion too, the people who can actually do something about this at the moment are UKIP councillors who currently have power. They haven't done. Do you think electing more UKIP councillors into a position where they don't have the power to do it will somehow be the tipping point that gets it done? Even though the ones who can haven't? It's such a ridiculous mindset. It's weird views like this that make me think UKIP voters just blindly vote policies that can't be done just to try and get away from the main policies - hating of foreigners, gay people and women. wormshero
  • Score: 0

1:19pm Wed 21 May 14

Cllr Martin Hunt says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
From Cllr Martin Hunt a not surprising negative can't do attitude. It's all somebody else's responsibilty. Now time for a change fo get away from this poor attitude. UKIP offer a breath of fresh air, and will hopefully consign the current crop of low quality councillors to history.
A UKIP 'breath of fresh air' will not get us away from the fact that the Borough Council is not allowed to carry out County Council responsibilities and vice versa. UKIP had a number of councillors elected at County Hall last May. What have they done? Talk a lot.
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: From Cllr Martin Hunt a not surprising negative can't do attitude. It's all somebody else's responsibilty. Now time for a change fo get away from this poor attitude. UKIP offer a breath of fresh air, and will hopefully consign the current crop of low quality councillors to history.[/p][/quote]A UKIP 'breath of fresh air' will not get us away from the fact that the Borough Council is not allowed to carry out County Council responsibilities and vice versa. UKIP had a number of councillors elected at County Hall last May. What have they done? Talk a lot. Cllr Martin Hunt
  • Score: 5

2:16pm Wed 21 May 14

seikothrill says...

Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
Slamdoor312 wrote:
From Cllr Martin Hunt a not surprising negative can't do attitude. It's all somebody else's responsibilty. Now time for a change fo get away from this poor attitude. UKIP offer a breath of fresh air, and will hopefully consign the current crop of low quality councillors to history.
A UKIP 'breath of fresh air' will not get us away from the fact that the Borough Council is not allowed to carry out County Council responsibilities and vice versa. UKIP had a number of councillors elected at County Hall last May. What have they done? Talk a lot.
Talk a lot - no different to the 60 councillors in Colchester then you seem more keen on their ego's than protecting this town

This town is slowly dying unless you are happy to live in a concrete jungle with no infrastructure etc
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: From Cllr Martin Hunt a not surprising negative can't do attitude. It's all somebody else's responsibilty. Now time for a change fo get away from this poor attitude. UKIP offer a breath of fresh air, and will hopefully consign the current crop of low quality councillors to history.[/p][/quote]A UKIP 'breath of fresh air' will not get us away from the fact that the Borough Council is not allowed to carry out County Council responsibilities and vice versa. UKIP had a number of councillors elected at County Hall last May. What have they done? Talk a lot.[/p][/quote]Talk a lot - no different to the 60 councillors in Colchester then you seem more keen on their ego's than protecting this town This town is slowly dying unless you are happy to live in a concrete jungle with no infrastructure etc seikothrill
  • Score: -2

2:19pm Wed 21 May 14

seikothrill says...

Apologies for errors - the words 'you' and 'than' in first line should read who and then

Should proof read before pressing enter
Apologies for errors - the words 'you' and 'than' in first line should read who and then Should proof read before pressing enter seikothrill
  • Score: 3

5:57pm Wed 21 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

seikothrill wrote:
Apologies for errors - the words 'you' and 'than' in first line should read who and then

Should proof read before pressing enter
seikothrill....can i suggest as a semi professional horologist and collector a more subtle quality timepiece such as omega...tag heuer...tissot... or
longines....not a bad piece for the price, but if i go japanese i prefer citizen....eco 300m prodiver also known and the ecozilla...just think you could be called tissotthrill? AVPG: ;-)
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: Apologies for errors - the words 'you' and 'than' in first line should read who and then Should proof read before pressing enter[/p][/quote]seikothrill....can i suggest as a semi professional horologist and collector a more subtle quality timepiece such as omega...tag heuer...tissot... or longines....not a bad piece for the price, but if i go japanese i prefer citizen....eco 300m prodiver also known and the ecozilla...just think you could be called tissotthrill? AVPG: ;-) A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 0

9:40am Thu 22 May 14

MaryPoppins87 says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
Get ready for a UKIP landslide in the local seats.... The Lib Dem's winning most of the Euro seats. Nigel Farage Holding a pint of beer In The Marquis Of Queens berry The ConDem's cracking under the pressure. (Sales of toilet roll to boom with twitchy backsides): The Eides Of March for Cameron out will come the back biters. A tide of moaners and whiners on this post will surface berating the obvious. AVPG:
I thought you were serious for a minute AVGP until I saw the Lib Dem prediction. You old tease!
It is a difficult call Martin (Mr Hunt); and rather a complicated one, however in Europe the pedigree of the Liberal Democrats stands worlds apart from any other political party even the party boss Clegg has a Spanish wife and multi-cultural mother and father of European origins.
The Lib Dems are ideally placed to field decent representation in this political arena.
Locally it is a different story, a message needs to be sent to Government, this is an opportunity to fire a broadside at Cameron and give a friendly warning message, in that the state has gone to far with some of its policies.
The casualty of this will be that some candidates will be bloodied in this round of local elections.
In one area of the borough the party has done itself no favours in fielding a replacement to The Rt Hon Lord Mayor Colin Sykes (Soon to be knighted Baron Sykes Of Grymes dyke & Copford?) The replacing candidate appears to be a teenager whom is the offspring of a current party councillor. This is somewhat of a jovial suggestion, do we take it that if this presentation is successful, the parish will see them both going around on motorcycle and side-car?
"Voting UKIP locally" and I mean locally, is a short term jolt, a warning of what could come if things are taken for granted.
It has never been a personal issue, politics is nearly always about matching personalities to capabilities, no matter what the particular party or their whip is. Regards. AVPG:
P.S. I have a bit of a headache today so do forgive the typo's. :-)
Headache or hangover? Lol
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: Get ready for a UKIP landslide in the local seats.... The Lib Dem's winning most of the Euro seats. Nigel Farage Holding a pint of beer In The Marquis Of Queens berry The ConDem's cracking under the pressure. (Sales of toilet roll to boom with twitchy backsides): The Eides Of March for Cameron out will come the back biters. A tide of moaners and whiners on this post will surface berating the obvious. AVPG:[/p][/quote]I thought you were serious for a minute AVGP until I saw the Lib Dem prediction. You old tease![/p][/quote]It is a difficult call Martin (Mr Hunt); and rather a complicated one, however in Europe the pedigree of the Liberal Democrats stands worlds apart from any other political party even the party boss Clegg has a Spanish wife and multi-cultural mother and father of European origins. The Lib Dems are ideally placed to field decent representation in this political arena. Locally it is a different story, a message needs to be sent to Government, this is an opportunity to fire a broadside at Cameron and give a friendly warning message, in that the state has gone to far with some of its policies. The casualty of this will be that some candidates will be bloodied in this round of local elections. In one area of the borough the party has done itself no favours in fielding a replacement to The Rt Hon Lord Mayor Colin Sykes (Soon to be knighted Baron Sykes Of Grymes dyke & Copford?) The replacing candidate appears to be a teenager whom is the offspring of a current party councillor. This is somewhat of a jovial suggestion, do we take it that if this presentation is successful, the parish will see them both going around on motorcycle and side-car? "Voting UKIP locally" and I mean locally, is a short term jolt, a warning of what could come if things are taken for granted. It has never been a personal issue, politics is nearly always about matching personalities to capabilities, no matter what the particular party or their whip is. Regards. AVPG: P.S. I have a bit of a headache today so do forgive the typo's. :-)[/p][/quote]Headache or hangover? Lol MaryPoppins87
  • Score: 1

11:28am Thu 22 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Yep hangover was first....The headache and tooth ache came after, I have a hole in my tooth as big as the entrance to the channel tunnel, the bar stewards have left me 6 weeks on the waiting lists.
The good old NHS.
Another bottle of wine tonight. after UKIP wins.
Yep hangover was first....The headache and tooth ache came after, I have a hole in my tooth as big as the entrance to the channel tunnel, the bar stewards have left me 6 weeks on the waiting lists. The good old NHS. Another bottle of wine tonight. after UKIP wins. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -4

4:14pm Thu 22 May 14

Walt Jabsco says...

Personally I'd like to vote for who I'd feel would do the best for Colchester as a whole.....if existing or wannabe councillors focused on exactly how they are going to benefit Colchester than worry about the competition then they'd get my vote, if you and your party are good at your jobs then you surely wouldn't have to worry? Sorry but anyone who consistently bangs on about the opposition and slating their policies is pretty low and obviously not got much to offer themselves.
Personally I'd like to vote for who I'd feel would do the best for Colchester as a whole.....if existing or wannabe councillors focused on exactly how they are going to benefit Colchester than worry about the competition then they'd get my vote, if you and your party are good at your jobs then you surely wouldn't have to worry? Sorry but anyone who consistently bangs on about the opposition and slating their policies is pretty low and obviously not got much to offer themselves. Walt Jabsco
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Thu 22 May 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Well. I will soon be leaving my place of employ to go and vote for Mr Arnold for Fordham. A **** fine chap all round. But sorry, as to the European bit, I will not be following the same party line. May the best men and women win and that life will return to the normal unsatisfactory condition. Still with noisy smelly buses in the High Street, Jumbo rotting for many more years to come, horrible corporation and highways signs and traffic lights despoiling our magnificent war memorial, still no park and ride, the Roman circus' location still remaining a mystery to visitors, extortionate car park charges, councillors who inflict parking charges on residents' roads yet the council receives no financial benefit from it (so why do they do it then?), a state of the art Firstsite building with so-called art that nobody understands, potholes aplenty, etc. Hey ho! What fun this election business is!
Well. I will soon be leaving my place of employ to go and vote for Mr Arnold for Fordham. A **** fine chap all round. But sorry, as to the European bit, I will not be following the same party line. May the best men and women win and that life will return to the normal unsatisfactory condition. Still with noisy smelly buses in the High Street, Jumbo rotting for many more years to come, horrible corporation and highways signs and traffic lights despoiling our magnificent war memorial, still no park and ride, the Roman circus' location still remaining a mystery to visitors, extortionate car park charges, councillors who inflict parking charges on residents' roads yet the council receives no financial benefit from it (so why do they do it then?), a state of the art Firstsite building with so-called art that nobody understands, potholes aplenty, etc. Hey ho! What fun this election business is! Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 0

7:44pm Thu 22 May 14

colchester300yrs says...

Any party that will do the following will get my vote:

a) Provide jobs in this town.
b) Reduce the present council's desire to turn this town into Bethnal Green.
c) Reduce traffic in old heath.
d) Modify the dustbin collections so those who work (and commute) do not get FINED for not taking the empty bins in early enough, as they are at work.

Unfortunately none of them will do any of this. Whoever gets elected round here will not be seen or heard of again until they seek re-election, will do nothing except concrete over more green space, and in any case the local Lib-Dem mafia will turn out in force and ensure their candidate wins.

As for the EU election, my vote goes to anyone who will bring this country out of the Napoleonic federal superstate that we never chose to join. I'm happy that my UKIP MEPs never vote in the parliament, as this sends a message that the UK wishes not to be a part of it.
Any party that will do the following will get my vote: a) Provide jobs in this town. b) Reduce the present council's desire to turn this town into Bethnal Green. c) Reduce traffic in old heath. d) Modify the dustbin collections so those who work (and commute) do not get FINED for not taking the empty bins in early enough, as they are at work. Unfortunately none of them will do any of this. Whoever gets elected round here will not be seen or heard of again until they seek re-election, will do nothing except concrete over more green space, and in any case the local Lib-Dem mafia will turn out in force and ensure their candidate wins. As for the EU election, my vote goes to anyone who will bring this country out of the Napoleonic federal superstate that we never chose to join. I'm happy that my UKIP MEPs never vote in the parliament, as this sends a message that the UK wishes not to be a part of it. colchester300yrs
  • Score: 0

2:42am Fri 23 May 14

Boris says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
Yep hangover was first....The headache and tooth ache came after, I have a hole in my tooth as big as the entrance to the channel tunnel, the bar stewards have left me 6 weeks on the waiting lists.
The good old NHS.
Another bottle of wine tonight. after UKIP wins.
Are you blotto all the time, or just most of the time? Sorry to hear about your toothache. You should go to a private dentist, as UKIP would force you to do.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: Yep hangover was first....The headache and tooth ache came after, I have a hole in my tooth as big as the entrance to the channel tunnel, the bar stewards have left me 6 weeks on the waiting lists. The good old NHS. Another bottle of wine tonight. after UKIP wins.[/p][/quote]Are you blotto all the time, or just most of the time? Sorry to hear about your toothache. You should go to a private dentist, as UKIP would force you to do. Boris
  • Score: 1

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