Lib Dem wins vacant seat on Chippenham Town Council

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Terry Gibson wants one hour free parking reinstated Terry Gibson wants one hour free parking reinstated

Liberal Democrat Terry Gibson has filled the vacant Hardens and England ward seat on Chippenham Town Council, receiving more than half of the vote in a by-election last Thursday.

Coun Gibson, whose wife is Chippenham’s Mayor, was elected by 51.6 per cent of those who voted. Turn-out was 22 per cent (686 people).

The 70-year-old was standing against Conservative candidate Anthony Milner, 31, who picked up 31.5 per cent of the votes, and David Barter, 51, who had hoped to be Labour’s only member on the council, received 16.9 per cent.

A former electronics engineer with the army, Mr Gibson, who lives in Carnarvon Close, said his top priorities were: getting Wiltshire Unitary Council to follow up on their responsibilities; ensuring roads and pavements are brought up to a better standard, re-installing one hour free parking in the town centre; revitalising the town for businesses and residents and ensuring young people have the opportunity to express their needs.

Fellow Lib Dem town councillor Bill Douglas said: “The Lib Dem vote was more than the others put together, which shows that the Lib Dems working for this town are appreciated by its people.”

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2:51pm Mon 31 Mar 14

lordbuckethead says...

so you got 11.3% of the vote. Congratulations. I think this actually means the public don't give a ****
so you got 11.3% of the vote. Congratulations. I think this actually means the public don't give a **** lordbuckethead
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4:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

brandx says...

Lordbuckethead, if you don't vote, don't complain - or take some direct action.

My comment as a non Chippenham resident is to say: "There seems some life still within the Lib Dems. Yet in many people eyes there are seen iirretrievably as creatures of the coalition, though perhaps they are making a different impact on the ground in Chippenham. Did the Tory imposed extra housing quotas have a part to play.?".
Lordbuckethead, if you don't vote, don't complain - or take some direct action. My comment as a non Chippenham resident is to say: "There seems some life still within the Lib Dems. Yet in many people eyes there are seen iirretrievably as creatures of the coalition, though perhaps they are making a different impact on the ground in Chippenham. Did the Tory imposed extra housing quotas have a part to play.?". brandx
  • Score: 1

1:10am Tue 1 Apr 14

kimcrawley says...

lordbuckethead wrote:
so you got 11.3% of the vote. Congratulations. I think this actually means the public don't give a ****
The public do give a ****, they demonstrated that by not voting. If none of the political parties can provide a candidate to garner support, what does that say?
I did vote and I wish every success upon Mr Gibson.
I do not support the Lib dems but I am grateful that I don't have another smarmy, stupid tory representing my ward. Another 31 year old know all tory was not needed.
The damage the tories are causing in this county with the completely useless unitary authority will take years to recover from.
I hope Scott and her crooked cabal watched Panorama this evening, Ultra Vires will get them in the end.
[quote][p][bold]lordbuckethead[/bold] wrote: so you got 11.3% of the vote. Congratulations. I think this actually means the public don't give a ****[/p][/quote]The public do give a ****, they demonstrated that by not voting. If none of the political parties can provide a candidate to garner support, what does that say? I did vote and I wish every success upon Mr Gibson. I do not support the Lib dems but I am grateful that I don't have another smarmy, stupid tory representing my ward. Another 31 year old know all tory was not needed. The damage the tories are causing in this county with the completely useless unitary authority will take years to recover from. I hope Scott and her crooked cabal watched Panorama this evening, Ultra Vires will get them in the end. kimcrawley
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8:55am Tue 1 Apr 14

chipman14 says...

I think you are getting a bit confused Kim Crawley. You appear to be linking the county council with the parish council. Two very different animals and the town has very little influence on the decisions of the unitary authority. If you are that unhappy, why don't you put yourself up for election next time rather than hiding behind your comments here.
I think you are getting a bit confused Kim Crawley. You appear to be linking the county council with the parish council. Two very different animals and the town has very little influence on the decisions of the unitary authority. If you are that unhappy, why don't you put yourself up for election next time rather than hiding behind your comments here. chipman14
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10:37am Tue 1 Apr 14

lordbuckethead says...

brandx wrote:
Lordbuckethead, if you don't vote, don't complain - or take some direct action.

My comment as a non Chippenham resident is to say: "There seems some life still within the Lib Dems. Yet in many people eyes there are seen iirretrievably as creatures of the coalition, though perhaps they are making a different impact on the ground in Chippenham. Did the Tory imposed extra housing quotas have a part to play.?".
a) I didn't vote because I don't live in that ward.
b) I'm not complaining, just commenting.
c) http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-not
tinghamshire-2648050
6
d) if people can't understand the difference between county and town council they shouldn't be allowed anything sharper than a crayon.
[quote][p][bold]brandx[/bold] wrote: Lordbuckethead, if you don't vote, don't complain - or take some direct action. My comment as a non Chippenham resident is to say: "There seems some life still within the Lib Dems. Yet in many people eyes there are seen iirretrievably as creatures of the coalition, though perhaps they are making a different impact on the ground in Chippenham. Did the Tory imposed extra housing quotas have a part to play.?".[/p][/quote]a) I didn't vote because I don't live in that ward. b) I'm not complaining, just commenting. c) http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-not tinghamshire-2648050 6 d) if people can't understand the difference between county and town council they shouldn't be allowed anything sharper than a crayon. lordbuckethead
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10:57am Tue 1 Apr 14

kimcrawley says...

chipman 14

Read my comment properly, I am not confusing the unitary authority with the
Town Council.
My point is that we do not need a 31 year old tory climbing on the bandwagon that local government has become.
Buckethead : probably says it all.
chipman 14 Read my comment properly, I am not confusing the unitary authority with the Town Council. My point is that we do not need a 31 year old tory climbing on the bandwagon that local government has become. Buckethead : probably says it all. kimcrawley
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4:44pm Tue 1 Apr 14

chipman14 says...

Kim Crawley

I don't think age comes into it. As far as I am concerned if you're good enough you're old enough. Those than represent their country in the military are mostly young kids and we put our trust and faith into them ! In my experience those that complain about issues like this are more often than not, those who are not prepared to put their head above the parapet and be counted. The problem with these local parish elections is that people usually base their vote on issues which are not in the control of those who are elected. They do not consider how effective they would be a a Councillor. Look forward to seeing you at the next Town Council meeting ?
Kim Crawley I don't think age comes into it. As far as I am concerned if you're good enough you're old enough. Those than represent their country in the military are mostly young kids and we put our trust and faith into them ! In my experience those that complain about issues like this are more often than not, those who are not prepared to put their head above the parapet and be counted. The problem with these local parish elections is that people usually base their vote on issues which are not in the control of those who are elected. They do not consider how effective they would be a a Councillor. Look forward to seeing you at the next Town Council meeting ? chipman14
  • Score: 3

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