come forward for Burnham-On-Sea Town Council election
candidates have declared their intention to stand in the Town Council
by-election in Burnham South on 8th June.
Milner Simonds will stand for the Lib Dems, Debbie Matthews is standing
for the Conservatives, while Brian Hobbs will be the UKIP candidate
at the election.
comes after a vacancy arose on Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town
Council after April's resignation of Cllr Paul Young, as we reported
Matthews said: " I have decided to stand for the the Town Council
as I believe I have the attributes to make a difference. I bring
a new face to the mix with fresh ideas, and I am already involved
voluntarily in several local community groups, which stand to have
a huge positive impact on our local community going forward. I see
that the council are bringing in measures at the moment to make
the council more transparent, and with me, what you see is what
you get. My professional career dictates following procedures and
doing things by the book, and this will carry through to the work
I will do for the community should I be elected. Whilst my career
is within the tourism sector, I believe it is important the town
has a good balance, between the needs of tourists, and the desires
of local residents and businesses."
"We can all say the right things, and promise the earth, but
at the end of the day it is about making a difference and getting
results. I am very active within our community, and I will work
hard to get those results. I am Chair of the new Burnham & Highbridge
Dementia Action Awareness group, and I am working towards Dementia
aware status for our towns. Also on a voluntary basis I do all the
social media for BIARS at our tourist information bureau, as well
as West Huntspill Church, on the "Now and beyond" events
"I have a strong business background, having run hotels in
Bristol and Cornwall, and in 2012 I started my own Tourism consultancy
business. I am working with VisitEngland on the new accessibility
guide, alongside the Alzheimers Society, to raise awareness and
promote accessible, and dementia tourism. I have also delivered
lectures on destination marketing, and management to Weston college,
Bath Spa university, UWE, and other schools and colleges over the
I have also been involved in implementing practices to improve group
travel tourism in to Burnham, and being part of the winning team,
at the 2016 National Coach Tourism awards, for coach friendliest
destination in the UK."
"I have recently spoken to our new Mayor, and I am pleased
he wants to support the youth of our towns. Having a 9 year old
daughter I think it's important our younger generation are not forgotten,
and they need good facilities too. I hope to work with him on this,
and help wherever I can. If elected I will do my best to achieve
results, and make a positive impact in the years to come."
Brian Hobbs said: "Although I am standing as a UKIP-backed
candidate I do not believe that local town councils should be political,
and in my case I am not 'whipped' or expected to follow the UKIP
party line. Town Council is about representing the local people
on local issues, NOT party politics."
common sense and action in the best interest of the people that
elect you, not being afraid to ask the awkward questions and simply
going with the flow, I would encourage local people to get involved
and be heard. Its your Town, your Council and your Future.
Speak up, I WILL listen. I dont have all the answers but neither
do the same old faces that have represented you for years. I believe
in Modern, Fair and Direct Democracy, empowering local people to
have a major say in local decisions. If elected I will do my very
best to represent you and bring your issues and every day concerns
to the table."
Milner Simonds said: "As a resident of the town I think my
actions to date have shown my commitment to making the town a nicer
place to live, visit and work."
would like to represent the residents of Burnham South on the Town
Council as I think everyone deserves a voice at a local level -
someone looking out for them and what matters to them. I don't have
a slogan, I am standing because I am bothered and I want to make
a positive difference."
Town Council is the first point of call for many people who have
an issue that needs to be dealt with by "the council"
- I would be available so that I can help local residents. I am
standing as a Liberal Democrat, but I am standing-up for Burnham
South. In many of the decisions made at town council level party
politics doesn't have a place - is it what is best for the town
that is important. I think it is important that we attract a diverse
range of business who employ local people, ensure the roads and
pavements are maintained in a good state and get the balance right
between services for visitors and service for people who live here
all year round."
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