Cornwall Councillor for Helston leaves cabinet after 11 months

Falmouth Packet: Cornwall Councillor for Helston resigns after 11 months Cornwall Councillor for Helston resigns after 11 months

One of Helston's Cornwall councillors has stepped down from the cabinet after 11 months in post.

Judith Haycock, member for Helston south, said it was a “combination of things” that had prompted her to retire from her role as health and adult care portfolio holder.

It included a desire to work more on improving the lives of constituents in her division - something she felt was becoming increasingly hard due to the demands of her ever-growing role.

She said: “When I took it on 11 months ago I realised it was a massive amount of work. Actually that work has just been growing and growing. I wanted to give commitment to local issues as well. It was just becoming an impossible task.”

The health and adult care portfolio has recently taken on public health, meaning that issues such as obesity and helping people to stop smoking also came under her remit.

“It's a difficult decision to make. I think it's better to say now. I have given it 110 per cent but there's only seven days in the week and there's 24 hours in a day,” she said.

“It is very sad. I certainly didn't want to step down, but with so much coming up with the budget - it's common knowledge it's extremely overspent this year - it just seemed that if I wasn't going to stick at it, it would be the appropriate time to step down.

“With the annual general meeting coming up it's the opportunity for someone else to take up the gauntlet.”

The portfolio has yet to be handed over to another councillor, with the decision to be taken between council leader John Pollard and an independent group.

Mrs Haycock added: “I think it's fair to say my priority is Helston. I was voted by the people of Helston to represent Helston.”

Already in her role as division member she is part of the Helston Town Framework group and a representative of Helston Business Improvement Partnership, while outside of the council she chairs the South Kerrier Heritage Trust that runs Helston Museum.

“That was my choice to do, but sometimes you have to put your hands up and say, 'I can't do all of it'.

“I'm still going to be involved in issues at County Hall and it will give me more time to be involved in all issues rather than just concentrating on adult social care and public health,” she said.

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10:35am Wed 30 Apr 14

Gill Z Martin says...

I think Councillor Judith Haycock is a very good councillor and is committed to Helston, it is nice to see her priorities lie within the town.
I think Councillor Judith Haycock is a very good councillor and is committed to Helston, it is nice to see her priorities lie within the town. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 3

4:52pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Helston Rick wrote:
That sounds like a good idea, step down so she doesnt lose votes at the next election because of the budget and the all the other things the cabinet have made decisions on, like the lack of money for the school repairs. Cllr Wallis claiming not to know the planning application had been withdrawn from the school, but it wouldnt have needed to be withdrawn if the council had come up with the money that was promised for the re build. Cllr Haycock i think is more interested in getting reelected than doing whats right for Helston, independent is she? Cllr Wallis another independent? what does he do for Helston or Porthleven, not much i think, never hear of what he has done only what he hasnt.
Councillor Andrew Wallis works hard for Porthleven and Helston West, is a genuine Independent, and has acheived many things in his position as councillor.
Councillors do not receive training on how to be a councillor nor does the position come with a manual, they are however democratically voted in, and as both Councillors have been repeatedly voted in, suggests to me that they must be doing something right.
[quote][p][bold]Helston Rick[/bold] wrote: That sounds like a good idea, step down so she doesnt lose votes at the next election because of the budget and the all the other things the cabinet have made decisions on, like the lack of money for the school repairs. Cllr Wallis claiming not to know the planning application had been withdrawn from the school, but it wouldnt have needed to be withdrawn if the council had come up with the money that was promised for the re build. Cllr Haycock i think is more interested in getting reelected than doing whats right for Helston, independent is she? Cllr Wallis another independent? what does he do for Helston or Porthleven, not much i think, never hear of what he has done only what he hasnt.[/p][/quote]Councillor Andrew Wallis works hard for Porthleven and Helston West, is a genuine Independent, and has acheived many things in his position as councillor. Councillors do not receive training on how to be a councillor nor does the position come with a manual, they are however democratically voted in, and as both Councillors have been repeatedly voted in, suggests to me that they must be doing something right. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 4

7:36pm Wed 30 Apr 14

meerkats says...

Helston Rick wrote:
That sounds like a good idea, step down so she doesnt lose votes at the next election because of the budget and the all the other things the cabinet have made decisions on, like the lack of money for the school repairs. Cllr Wallis claiming not to know the planning application had been withdrawn from the school, but it wouldnt have needed to be withdrawn if the council had come up with the money that was promised for the re build. Cllr Haycock i think is more interested in getting reelected than doing whats right for Helston, independent is she? Cllr Wallis another independent? what does he do for Helston or Porthleven, not much i think, never hear of what he has done only what he hasnt.
Yawn yawn, same old thing Cllr Wallis being brought into an article that has nothing to do with him, just to make negative comments about him.
[quote][p][bold]Helston Rick[/bold] wrote: That sounds like a good idea, step down so she doesnt lose votes at the next election because of the budget and the all the other things the cabinet have made decisions on, like the lack of money for the school repairs. Cllr Wallis claiming not to know the planning application had been withdrawn from the school, but it wouldnt have needed to be withdrawn if the council had come up with the money that was promised for the re build. Cllr Haycock i think is more interested in getting reelected than doing whats right for Helston, independent is she? Cllr Wallis another independent? what does he do for Helston or Porthleven, not much i think, never hear of what he has done only what he hasnt.[/p][/quote]Yawn yawn, same old thing Cllr Wallis being brought into an article that has nothing to do with him, just to make negative comments about him. meerkats
  • Score: -2

5:47am Thu 1 May 14

juwhite says...

Helston Rick your continued put down of Cllr Wallis is frankly boring!! If you have such a problem with Councillors I suggest you stand yourself and see what a hard thankless task it is. No I do not know any of the Councillors but do know what a hard job it is been on call often 24 hours a day.
Helston Rick your continued put down of Cllr Wallis is frankly boring!! If you have such a problem with Councillors I suggest you stand yourself and see what a hard thankless task it is. No I do not know any of the Councillors but do know what a hard job it is been on call often 24 hours a day. juwhite
  • Score: 1

9:35am Thu 1 May 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Helston Rick wrote:
I would have prefered the headline to say Cllr Haycock had left the council completely meerkats. And this article involves the whole cabinet which includes Cllr Wallis because they will need a replacement.

Gill, wait until Cllr Wallis says or does something you dont agree with then see if you think he is a good Cllr.
Councillor Andrew Wallis has, done, and said, something I still do not agree with, however, that does not mean he is not a very good councillor.
I suggest you are in the minority with your views about Councillor Judith Haycock and Councillor Andrew Wallis because they were both democratically voted in.
You only have to walk around Helston and Porthleven, to visibly see some things that Councillor Andrew Wallis has acheived in his position as councillor, before he became a cabinet member. One cannot please all of the people all of the time.
I suggest if you have any specific issues to discuss, you contact either councillor. I have never contacted Councillor Judith Haycock, I have however emailed Councillor Andrew Wallis, and always found his replies prompt, helpful and polite.
[quote][p][bold]Helston Rick[/bold] wrote: I would have prefered the headline to say Cllr Haycock had left the council completely meerkats. And this article involves the whole cabinet which includes Cllr Wallis because they will need a replacement. Gill, wait until Cllr Wallis says or does something you dont agree with then see if you think he is a good Cllr.[/p][/quote]Councillor Andrew Wallis has, done, and said, something I still do not agree with, however, that does not mean he is not a very good councillor. I suggest you are in the minority with your views about Councillor Judith Haycock and Councillor Andrew Wallis because they were both democratically voted in. You only have to walk around Helston and Porthleven, to visibly see some things that Councillor Andrew Wallis has acheived in his position as councillor, before he became a cabinet member. One cannot please all of the people all of the time. I suggest if you have any specific issues to discuss, you contact either councillor. I have never contacted Councillor Judith Haycock, I have however emailed Councillor Andrew Wallis, and always found his replies prompt, helpful and polite. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 1

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