Understanding the election in Helston: INFO

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It seems the double election on Thursday next week is causing some confusion among voters in Helston.

With similar sounding names for the various divisions, electors are finding it hard to tell their town council candidates from their Cornwall Council contenders.

In the town council elections on May 2 votes need to be cast for two wards: Helston north and Helston south.

There is no election in the west ward, as both places have been filled unopposed, by existing councillors Nicola Boase and Justine Hornsby.

However, those living in the west of the town still need to go out to vote for their Cornwall councillor, which will be covering the Porthleven and Helston West division.

Cornwall Council also has divisions called Helston North and Helston South, meaning people living in these areas must vote twice on the day.

Of course it is not helped that in some cases the same candidate might be standing for election to both the town and county.

For clarification thepacket.co.uk are publishing a list of candidates for both elections, along with a call to action to all who live in the town and are on the electoral roll.

Whether you agree with what has been happening in the town over the last six years (when the last town council elections took place) or, perhaps even more importantly, if you don't, if you like to have a moan about the way things are run then this is the time to make your voice heard.

Helston Town Council candidates Helston North ward: John Boase, Niall Devenish, Lloyd Harris, Jonathan Radford-Gaby, Nicola Roberts, Mike Thomas. Five candidates will be elected for this ward.

Helston South ward: Ronald Edgcumbe, Gillian Geer, Tim Grattan-Kane, Martine Knight, John Martin, Christopher Ring, Mark Upton, Ronnie Williams. Five people will also be elected to this ward.

Cornwall Council candidates Helston North division: Leonie Gough from Porthleven for the UK Independence Party, Phil Martin from Sithney as an Independent, current councillor Alec Robertson from Helston for the Conservative Party, Mollie Scrase from Marazion for the Liberal Democrats.

Helston South division: Scott Blanford from Helston for the UK Independence Party, James Buchanan from Helston as an Independent, Tanya Dyer from Helston for the Conservative Party, current councillor Judith Haycock from Helston as an Independent, John Martin from Godolphin Cross for the Liberal Democrats.

Porthleven and Helston West: Richard Goedegebuur from Sithney for the Liberal Democrats, Stephen Gough from Porthleven for the UK Independence Party, Liz Lane from Porthleven for the Conservative Party, current councillor Andrew Wallis from Porthleven as an Independent.

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2:11pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

It possibly doesn't help that up until recently it was Porthleven and Helston South, then they suddenly renamed it Porthleven and Helston West.
It possibly doesn't help that up until recently it was Porthleven and Helston South, then they suddenly renamed it Porthleven and Helston West. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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3:31pm Fri 26 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

K.I.S.S.
K.I.S.S. telstar1962
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10:06pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

It is simple.
It is simple. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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8:35pm Tue 30 Apr 13

meerkats says...

I am in the P. and HW division and the only candidate that has been round is Andrew Wallis, unfortunately i missed him,i had a question for him which i emailed to him in the evening, and he replied within the hour . I was very impressed ,he seems very community minded and talks a lot of sense. Yes he will be getting my vote.
I am in the P. and HW division and the only candidate that has been round is Andrew Wallis, unfortunately i missed him,i had a question for him which i emailed to him in the evening, and he replied within the hour . I was very impressed ,he seems very community minded and talks a lot of sense. Yes he will be getting my vote. meerkats
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9:40pm Tue 30 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

You have just made my day meerkats.
You have just made my day meerkats. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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10:34am Wed 1 May 13

meerkats says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
You have just made my day meerkats.
Happy to oblige Gill, have to speak as i find and i hope he gets elected in again.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: You have just made my day meerkats.[/p][/quote]Happy to oblige Gill, have to speak as i find and i hope he gets elected in again. meerkats
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10:43am Wed 1 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

So do I.
So do I. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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11:11am Wed 1 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

It's election eve today, a bit like Christmas eve.
It's election eve today, a bit like Christmas eve. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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3:38pm Wed 1 May 13

meerkats says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
It's election eve today, a bit like Christmas eve.
No presents though! but there was a lack of candidates presence where i live ,so yes very similar . lol
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: It's election eve today, a bit like Christmas eve.[/p][/quote]No presents though! but there was a lack of candidates presence where i live ,so yes very similar . lol meerkats
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4:12pm Wed 1 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Lol, yes, and we don't get the surprises until Friday.
Lol, yes, and we don't get the surprises until Friday. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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8:32pm Wed 1 May 13

Mrs Smythe says...

Should be very interesting to see who gets in. Hopefully people who have been active with the town will be successful as this will make a strong council for the future.
Should be very interesting to see who gets in. Hopefully people who have been active with the town will be successful as this will make a strong council for the future. Mrs Smythe
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9:02pm Wed 1 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

As far as Cornwall Councillors are concerned, I would say that the current councillors have all been very active within the relevant areas they cover. It is evident that there has been many acheivments and successful projects delivered by these Councillors.
As far as Cornwall Councillors are concerned, I would say that the current councillors have all been very active within the relevant areas they cover. It is evident that there has been many acheivments and successful projects delivered by these Councillors. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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9:12pm Wed 1 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Should have said 'achievements' in my previous post.
Should have said 'achievements' in my previous post. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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5:24am Thu 2 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Incidentally I am in no way suggesting that any current or prospective town councillor is not active within the town, it is purely that I am not so aware of what they do or do not do, where as with Cornwall Councillors I am aware of their achievments and hard work.
Incidentally I am in no way suggesting that any current or prospective town councillor is not active within the town, it is purely that I am not so aware of what they do or do not do, where as with Cornwall Councillors I am aware of their achievments and hard work. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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9:08am Thu 2 May 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I voted at half past eight.
I voted at half past eight. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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7:29am Fri 3 May 13

ronedgcumbe says...

Mrs Smythe wrote:
Should be very interesting to see who gets in. Hopefully people who have been active with the town will be successful as this will make a strong council for the future.
I certainly agree unfortunetly most of the old old council are mainly unchallenged in Helston so expect more of the same. A shame I say.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Smythe[/bold] wrote: Should be very interesting to see who gets in. Hopefully people who have been active with the town will be successful as this will make a strong council for the future.[/p][/quote]I certainly agree unfortunetly most of the old old council are mainly unchallenged in Helston so expect more of the same. A shame I say. ronedgcumbe
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10:48am Fri 3 May 13

Mrs Smythe says...

I disagree Ron, you need some of the current councillors to remain for continuity. If we had a group of new councillors, they would take six months to discover what they can and cannot do before they can start. Ideally a 50/50 split between old and new would ensure stability with new ideas. We don't know how effective the new councillors will be either.
I disagree Ron, you need some of the current councillors to remain for continuity. If we had a group of new councillors, they would take six months to discover what they can and cannot do before they can start. Ideally a 50/50 split between old and new would ensure stability with new ideas. We don't know how effective the new councillors will be either. Mrs Smythe
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