Well, I’ve had better election weekends (2007, 2012 and 2014) and I have had worse ones (2008 and, oh goodness, 2011) but, here I still am…fighting for what’s right, fighting for fairness and fighting for Brentwood West residents.
So, we don’t have Alison Fulcher as new Brentwood West councillor, that’s a terrible shame. This lady is superb and she WILL make an excellent councillor and we will get her elected. I would like to pay tribute to her wonderful campaign and her almost 1,100 votes that, in any other year, would see her elected!
Don’t underestimate this lady – she will be a councillor in Brentwood some time soon!
Although, Brentwood West, it won’t be here I am afraid, you’ve missed out on Alison. It’s me next year and, yes, I fully intend to defend my seat on 5th May 2016!
So, with a big Tory turn out at the general election, the Tories took 11/12 seats – the only one we held was that of super popular Mayor Vicky Davies who will serve Pilgrims Hatch for another four years. Well done Vicky!
Aside from that, the three former Brentwood First seats went Tory, Labour’s Brentwood South seat went Tory and, the most crushing blow of all, we lost Brentwood North by 32 votes and were deprived of Gavin Dadbridge as a new councillor. I hope he will be back next year.
What’s worse, is that now the Tories have the control of Brentwood now. So, expect:
- Old House to go back up for sale
- All the work we have done on the William Hunter Way development – where we finally got something residents wanted – to be thrown away and a return to a nasty development the Tories want
- Community funding and ward budgets to be slashed (this past year, Holly Trees School, Chichester House, Victoria Court, Kings Chase Church and South Weald Parish Hall benefitted)
- Cemetery lodges to remain out of use and empty
- Overdevelopment and back garden grabbing
- Resident communication to cease and an end to transparency
- Good council staff to leave and some to be paid off….
I would like to thank the 1,088 people who did come out and vote Lib Dem for Alison and, of course, John, David and I will continue to work hard for you as your local councillors.
We really did feel it was a privilege to run our town, not a right, and we will continue to represent the people to the council, not the other way around.