Campaign asks people to stand for Cornwall Council seats

Would you stand for it? That’s what Cornwall Council is asking in a campaign to encourage people from a variety of backgrounds to stand as a Cornwall Councillor in the May 2013 elections.

The campaign includes a councillor fair at County Hall, Truro, on Saturday, January 26, where prospective candidates can come along and find out more about the role of a Cornwall councillor and meet their political group if they have one.

Registration for the fair is online at www.cornwall.gov.uk/beacouncillor by email to beacouncillor@cornwall.gov.uk or call 01872 322140.

 

Richard Williams, the senior officer responsible for overseeing elections and supporting councillors in their roles said: "Elected members not only need to find the balance between their civic responsibilities, work and family, but the role of a councillor will require looking after the interests of constituents whilst, at the same time, taking part in meetings and other aspects of the democratic process.

"The role of a local councillor requires finding a balance between several key responsibilities. They will need to represent the people in your electoral division and act as an advocate for their best interests. They also have a central role in decision making, in gathering evidence to inform and scrutinise cabinet decisions and ensuring the democratic process is robust.

"Add to that a responsibility to the employees of the council and as a corporate parent for all children in local authority care, and it’s clear they need to be able to handle a range of things at once."

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2:23pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Perhaps they should point out to prospective applicants that it is at times a thankless job, that they can be criticiszed for most of which they do by certain people, they will never seem to be able to vote for the right thing in the eyes of some of the public and what ever they do will be scrutinised by most of the public and of course if they do not do what some people want them to do then of course it will always be the councillor in the wrong. A large percentage of the public will complain about the councillor but a very small percentage will ever bother to say thank you for anything they have achieved.
Perhaps they should point out to prospective applicants that it is at times a thankless job, that they can be criticiszed for most of which they do by certain people, they will never seem to be able to vote for the right thing in the eyes of some of the public and what ever they do will be scrutinised by most of the public and of course if they do not do what some people want them to do then of course it will always be the councillor in the wrong. A large percentage of the public will complain about the councillor but a very small percentage will ever bother to say thank you for anything they have achieved. Gill Zella Martin 09

2:44pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Incidentally, I think there are several very good Councillors currently and I hope they get re elected.
Incidentally, I think there are several very good Councillors currently and I hope they get re elected. Gill Zella Martin 09

4:15pm Mon 21 Jan 13

meerkats says...

Gill Zella Martin 09 wrote:
Incidentally, I think there are several very good Councillors currently and I hope they get re elected.
As i have said before, Gill ,you would make an excellent Councillor. You have a wealth of knowledge about a lot of places ,and have made very interesting comments on these pages on all sorts of topics. I agree that there are some good councillors at present ,and hopefully they will get re elected in May.
[quote][p][bold]Gill Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: Incidentally, I think there are several very good Councillors currently and I hope they get re elected.[/p][/quote]As i have said before, Gill ,you would make an excellent Councillor. You have a wealth of knowledge about a lot of places ,and have made very interesting comments on these pages on all sorts of topics. I agree that there are some good councillors at present ,and hopefully they will get re elected in May. meerkats

4:44pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Thank you meerkats but I don't think I would make a very good councillor, I don't think some of my ideas would be welcomed. I was once involved with getting some speed humps put in an area, which I did get, but, at the traffic and transportation meeting I was told they could not afford to have as many as I would have liked, so I suggested just putting one in then, at the bottom of the hill, so that when people raced down the hill they would hit the one at the bottom, but I was reminded that we were not actually out to kill people.
Plus I would be no good with all that expenses lark, when the Packet printed the height of someone a while ago in an article on line it was in metric measurements and when I tried to convert it I made the person only three foot high, so I don't think that could have been right, so my maths is no good.
Thank you meerkats but I don't think I would make a very good councillor, I don't think some of my ideas would be welcomed. I was once involved with getting some speed humps put in an area, which I did get, but, at the traffic and transportation meeting I was told they could not afford to have as many as I would have liked, so I suggested just putting one in then, at the bottom of the hill, so that when people raced down the hill they would hit the one at the bottom, but I was reminded that we were not actually out to kill people. Plus I would be no good with all that expenses lark, when the Packet printed the height of someone a while ago in an article on line it was in metric measurements and when I tried to convert it I made the person only three foot high, so I don't think that could have been right, so my maths is no good. Gill Zella Martin 09

4:55pm Mon 21 Jan 13

meerkats says...

oh well it was a good idea at the time love your comments i am hopeless at metric conversion too .
oh well it was a good idea at the time love your comments i am hopeless at metric conversion too . meerkats

5:47pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

I wonder who is taking over as electoral registration officer, because it was Kevin Lavery. It needs to be someone who dosn't know what they are doing then maybe I could get to vote in three different areas.
I wonder who is taking over as electoral registration officer, because it was Kevin Lavery. It needs to be someone who dosn't know what they are doing then maybe I could get to vote in three different areas. Gill Zella Martin 09

5:49pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

I wonder who is taking over as electoral registration officer, because it was Kevin Lavery. It needs to be someone who dosn't know what they are doing then maybe I could get to vote in three different areas.
I wonder who is taking over as electoral registration officer, because it was Kevin Lavery. It needs to be someone who dosn't know what they are doing then maybe I could get to vote in three different areas. Gill Zella Martin 09

9:00am Tue 22 Jan 13

GrahamHarris says...

I'd also like to encourage people to have a go.

Gill, you have said ''you dont think you would make a very good councillor'' - why on Earth not.

If you take a look around the County at some of the things that go on or perhaps don't get done, you will realise that you wouldn't do a worse job that some of the people doing it now!

The only real way of changing anything you're not happy with, is to get on the inside and help to make the decisions yourself.

I'd love to have a go myself, but fear the endless paperwork, ''council procedures'' and the phrase ''corporate parent'' just about says it all.

Anyone is thinking about doing it though, please have a go and don't put yourself down.

To quote a line from a film - ''What one man can do, another can do''
I'd also like to encourage people to have a go. Gill, you have said ''you dont think you would make a very good councillor'' - why on Earth not. If you take a look around the County at some of the things that go on or perhaps don't get done, you will realise that you wouldn't do a worse job that some of the people doing it now! The only real way of changing anything you're not happy with, is to get on the inside and help to make the decisions yourself. I'd love to have a go myself, but fear the endless paperwork, ''council procedures'' and the phrase ''corporate parent'' just about says it all. Anyone is thinking about doing it though, please have a go and don't put yourself down. To quote a line from a film - ''What one man can do, another can do'' GrahamHarris

9:53am Tue 22 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

I am not being negative I am being realistic, even if I chose to stand for councillor the reality is that one can only stand for the area one lives in and in my area there is only one Cornwall Councillor, unlike towns where there are more. The fact remains that over many years observation shows that when three people have stood for election in my area, the same councillor is always re elected. This obviously has nothing to do with political party adherence because the councillor was Independent and changed to Conservative just before the last council elections and yet was still voted in again over an Independent candidate and one other whose political party adherence I cannot remember.
I am not being negative I am being realistic, even if I chose to stand for councillor the reality is that one can only stand for the area one lives in and in my area there is only one Cornwall Councillor, unlike towns where there are more. The fact remains that over many years observation shows that when three people have stood for election in my area, the same councillor is always re elected. This obviously has nothing to do with political party adherence because the councillor was Independent and changed to Conservative just before the last council elections and yet was still voted in again over an Independent candidate and one other whose political party adherence I cannot remember. Gill Zella Martin 09

11:38am Tue 22 Jan 13

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

Oh come on Gill, I'd vote for you too if I lived in your area. You display more common sense and intelligence than most of the councillors whose dubious performances we read about here on a regular basis.
If you have the spare time, why not give it a go?
Oh come on Gill, I'd vote for you too if I lived in your area. You display more common sense and intelligence than most of the councillors whose dubious performances we read about here on a regular basis. If you have the spare time, why not give it a go? Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe

12:05pm Tue 22 Jan 13

ronedgcumbe says...

I think Helstons a pretty positive place. The twons has got a lot to offer, which other town can boast an historic twon trail for instance.
I think Helstons a pretty positive place. The twons has got a lot to offer, which other town can boast an historic twon trail for instance. ronedgcumbe

12:52pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe wrote:
Oh come on Gill, I'd vote for you too if I lived in your area. You display more common sense and intelligence than most of the councillors whose dubious performances we read about here on a regular basis.
If you have the spare time, why not give it a go?
Thank you LBF-S that is very kind of you, but like I say, it will be a foregone conclusion as to who gets voted in for my area, it has been the same for years. My local councillor is also a cabinet member.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe[/bold] wrote: Oh come on Gill, I'd vote for you too if I lived in your area. You display more common sense and intelligence than most of the councillors whose dubious performances we read about here on a regular basis. If you have the spare time, why not give it a go?[/p][/quote]Thank you LBF-S that is very kind of you, but like I say, it will be a foregone conclusion as to who gets voted in for my area, it has been the same for years. My local councillor is also a cabinet member. Gill Zella Martin 09

1:01pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

I see what you're saying, Gill, but hopefully circumstances might change and in the future, who knows....
I see what you're saying, Gill, but hopefully circumstances might change and in the future, who knows.... Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe

1:27pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe wrote:
I see what you're saying, Gill, but hopefully circumstances might change and in the future, who knows....
I think things are different in towns than that of small villages.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe[/bold] wrote: I see what you're saying, Gill, but hopefully circumstances might change and in the future, who knows....[/p][/quote]I think things are different in towns than that of small villages. Gill Zella Martin 09

3:46pm Sat 26 Jan 13

molesworth says...

I would vote for you Gill if I could.

I still say that it's extraordinary that in this day and age a highly responsible person in society, a county councillor, is paid less than my gardener. That's not right and it'll tend to attract a certain sort of person who may not be best qualified or intellectually equipped to make sensible judgement calls. Just look at what's been going on with Falmouth Town Council in recent years, namely the sorry mess otherwise known as the planning committee.
I would vote for you Gill if I could. I still say that it's extraordinary that in this day and age a highly responsible person in society, a county councillor, is paid less than my gardener. That's not right and it'll tend to attract a certain sort of person who may not be best qualified or intellectually equipped to make sensible judgement calls. Just look at what's been going on with Falmouth Town Council in recent years, namely the sorry mess otherwise known as the planning committee. molesworth

7:04pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Thank you molesworth that is very kind of you, however, although I am not tenacious with regards to being open to compromise or agreeing to other peoples proposals I am however, intransigent when it comes to making morally right decisions.
Thank you molesworth that is very kind of you, however, although I am not tenacious with regards to being open to compromise or agreeing to other peoples proposals I am however, intransigent when it comes to making morally right decisions. Gill Zella Martin 09

7:10pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Oh yes, I meant to say, my point being is, that other Councillors may not like my outside the box thinking habits.
Oh yes, I meant to say, my point being is, that other Councillors may not like my outside the box thinking habits. Gill Zella Martin 09

10:55pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Previous post should have said 'accept'

I have made so many mistakes this week.
Previous post should have said 'accept' I have made so many mistakes this week. Gill Zella Martin 09

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