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Glastonbury St. Ben’s By-election Results

Glastonbury & Street Green Party would like to thank all those members and supporters who voted for Rik Cook in the Glastonbury St. Benedict’s By-election – it was a close run thing!

RESUTLS:
245 votes = Bill Knight, Conservative [elected]
235 votes = Rik Cook, Green
120 votes = Karen Genge, LibDem
one spoilt paper

Just 10 votes in it…

Rik’s comment on the night: “Well that was close!” going on to say, “thank you to all who promoted and helped out with the whole campaign; thank you for all your hard work.

The St. Ben’s election was called after Green Town Councillor Paul Sander-Jackson was forced to resign due to ill health.

The loss of the Green seat to the Conservatives means that Glastonbury’s Town Council moves from ‘Green minority control’ to ‘no overall control’.

Following the by-election, Glastonbury Council’s members are:
Green Party = 6 seats
Conservatives = 6 seats
Liberal Democrats = 3 seats
Independent = 1 seat

Rik Cook's by-election leaflet page 1

Rik Cook’s by-election leaflet page 1

Rik Cook's by-election leaflet page 2

Rik Cook’s by-election leaflet page 2

Rik Cook for St. Ben’s By-election!

The candidates have been announced for the Glastonbury St. Benedict’s ward by-election, which will take place on Thursday, 5th May 2016.

Glastonbury Green Party have selected Rik Cook as their candidate for the seat, which fell vacant earlier this year after Green Councillor Paul Sander-Jackson was forced to resign due to ill health.

St Ben's by-election Rik Cook and Mayor Denise Michell

Rik Cook with Glastonbury’s Mayor, Cllr Denise Michell at last year’s ‘Mayor’s Sunday’ celebration.

Rik is a local businessman who has lived in the St. Benedict’s ward for 25 years.  He is a single father, living with his daughter Hazel and their dog Ziggy.

For more than 20 years Rik worked in the Licensed trade in Glastonbury; first at The Market House and then at Tor Leisure, and has a great deal of experience supporting community ventures and dealing with Glastonbury Town Council on planning and licensing applications.

In 2010 he set up his own successful small business as a specialist painter and decorator, using eco-friendly paints and plasters to restore and refurbish traditional properties.

Rik helped establish a number of ongoing  community run events, including the Riders in the Sky Annual Ride Out, the Medieval Fayre, and the Glastonbury Ultimate Frisbee Tournament.  He also used sponsorship and promotion to build positive relationships with the town’s more traditional local clubs and associations such as Sea, Air, and Army Cadets, Skittles, Pool, Darts Leagues, local photography, Chess clubs, as well as local Rugby and  Football clubs, and pub cricket leagues.

Interviewed recently, Rik said, “I know the issues that concern St. Benedict’s residents, and understand the task we face as a community. These are difficult times and we’re facing many challenges, but I believe these can be overcome if we work together. I would be honoured to continue working for the community, as your representative on Glastonbury Town Council.”

St Ben's by-election nominations as published by Mendip District Council on Thursday 7th April

St Ben’s by-election nominations as published by Mendip District Council on Thursday 7th April

St. Mary’s By-election Results

Thank you everyone who come along to Glastonbury Town Hall on Thursday, February 11th 2016, and voted for Paul Lund – the Green Party candidate in the by-election. #VOTEPAUL2016

The result for the Glastonbury St. Mary’s By-election is as follows:
BROWNE, Laiqa (LibDem) 147
LUND, Paul (Green) 201
NAPPER, Terry (Con) 253 [E]
RATCLIFFE, Jane (Lab) 50

We will all be disappointed that Paul was not elected; however, Green supporters can take some consolation in the fact that we came second in the poll – easily beating both the Liberal Democrats and Labour.

The result means that the Green Party remain in minority-control of Glastonbury Council, with the number of Councillors elected from each party as follows:
GREENS = 7
CONS = 5
LIBDEMS = 3
INDEPENDENT = 1

The Glastonbury GREEN – By-election Special !

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#VOTEPAUL2016

#VOTEPAUL2016 – St. Mary’s By-election update

The Glastonbury St. Mary’s By-election will take place on Thursday, 11th February.  The Polling Station is at Glastonbury Town Hall; it will be open from 7 am to 10 pm.

Your Green Candidate is Paul Lund; the prospective eighth Glastonbury Green Town Councillor – his election giving the Greens a working majority; ensuring that we can continue to improve the way Glastonbury is governed; to make Glastonbury a strong participatory democracy, with more community involvement and engagement.

Paul Lund and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Photo by Jason Bryant

Paul Lund and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Photo by Jason Bryant

Green canvassing is well underway, with local party members drumming up support across the ward. Door knocking is a key part of the process, as we are keen to listen to resident’s concerns, ideas, and thoughts about the future.

One of the things that residents have been telling our canvassers is how they’re particularly impressed that Paul is the only local standing for election – living as he does in the St. Mary’s Ward, on Glastonbury’s Redlands Estate – and, as a result, they know Paul is familiar with many of the important issues that they feel strongly about.

Local Green Party members canvassing in St. Mary’s for the by-election on the 11th February. Left to Right: Tor Webster, Chris Walford, Oliver Dowding, Cllr Emma George, Green Candidate Paul Lund, Penny Collins, and Cllr Alyson Black

Local Green Party members canvassing in St. Mary’s for the by-election on the 11th February. Left to Right: Tor Webster, Chris Walford, Oliver Dowding, Cllr Emma George, Green Candidate Paul Lund, Penny Collins, and Cllr Alyson Black

Paul’s background is as a social entrepreneur and environmentalist; he is the founding director of The Sustainable Environment Company CIC. He is also a seasoned radio producer, and the director of the Glastonbury Festival Sound Archive.

A green activist and campaigner, Paul is an energetic member of our community, and – over the years – he has been involved as a volunteer in many of the Town Council’s projects.

Paul shows Natalie Bennett Glastonbury’s Environmental Charter in Glastonbury Town Hall. Photo by Ewan Jones

Paul shows Natalie Bennett Glastonbury’s Environmental Charter in Glastonbury Town Hall. Photo by Ewan Jones

In 2012, Paul was responsible for the creation of the Council’s pioneering ‘Charter for the Environment’.

In 2015, he played a major role in the successful campaign to revive Glastonbury’s Fairtrade Town status.

He is a key member of the Council’s Promoting Glastonbury Committee, and earlier this year made history by becoming the first non-councillor to hold the office of Deputy-chair for a Town Council Committee.

And if that wasn’t enough, Paul is currently developing Glastonbury’s new Tourism Strategy…

Paul with Green MEP Molly Scott Cato and Natalie Bennett

Paul with Green MEP Molly Scott Cato and Natalie Bennett

All these things he does in a voluntary capacity; for the love of Glastonbury – no wonder our South West MEP Molly Scott Cato said: “Paul is just what Glastonbury needs!

That is why we have chosen Paul Lund as the Green candidate for this crucial by-election.

Glastonbury is of national interest; and the Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett came to our town to officially announce Paul’s selection – saying, “I have great pleasure in introducing Paul Lund; we have a fantastic Green councillor group here in Glastonbury – let’s strengthen it”.

With your support, we can; let’s Vote For Real Change! #VOTEPAUL2016

Vote For Real Change

Some important information concerning Polling Day, 11th February 2016

On Polling Day, the last time a re-issue of spoilt or lost postal vote can happen is at 5 pm;
The deadline for emergency proxy applications is at 5 pm;
Last time to alter the Register of Electors (the ‘Electoral Roll’), due to clerical error or court appeal is at 9 pm.

Promoted by Jon Cousins, West Mendip Green Party on behalf of Paul Lund both at 3 Hood Close, Redlands, Glastonbury, Somerset. BA6 8ES

Natalie’s visit to Glastonbury [part three]

Natalie Bennett’s visit to Glastonbury on 26th January, saw the Green Party leader meeting with members of the Last Bank Standing Campaign; listening to residents on Chilkwell Street and Cottle Close – to learn more about ‘Lighten the Load A361’; she also found time to meet some of Glastonbury’s Green Town Councillors, and to visit West Mendip Green Party members and supporters with Paul Lund – the Green Party Candidate in the Glastonbury St. Mary’s By-election (on 11th February).

At Glastonbury Town Hall, Natalie was delighted to meet with Glastonbury’s Green Mayor, Cllr Denise Michell, and Green Deputy Mayor, Cllr Jon Cousins in the historic Council Chamber.

Green Mayor, Green Deputy Mayor, and Green Party Leader by Ewan Jones

Green Mayor, Green Deputy Mayor, and Green Party Leader in Glastonbury’s Council Chamber. Photo by Ewan Jones

With the Greens holding minority-control of the Council, Natalie was very interested in the potential of Paul Lund’s election as an eighth Green Councillor (which would give the Greens a working majority), and she talked with Paul about the work he currently does as Deputy Chair of the Council’s Promoting Glastonbury Committee (Paul is the first non-councillor to hold such a position in the Council).

Natalie was also keen to hear about Paul’s pioneering work as the author of the town’s ‘Charter for the Environment’, which was adopted in 2012.

Paul Lund shows Natalie Bennett Glastonbury’s ‘Charter for the Environment’. Photo by Gabriel Avalon

Paul Lund shows Natalie Bennett Glastonbury’s ‘Charter for the Environment’ in Glastonbury Town Hall. Photo by Gabriel Avalon

In the afternoon Natalie and Paul visited Green Party members and supporters on the Redlands Estate, listening to their concerns and thoughts about the future of Glastonbury the A361 petition, the Green’s success at banning the use of the toxic herbicide glyphosate; protecting the town’s green spaces, the renewing of Glastonbury’s Fairtrade Town status, the new Green-led Neighbourhood Plan, and of course the loss of the banks.

Photos by Laura Zaky and Gabriel Avalon.

Photos by Laura Zaky and Gabriel Avalon.

Paul Lund, Green Candidate in the St. Mary’s By-election with Natalie in front of the Draper’s Factory mural. Photo by Gabriel Avalon.

Paul Lund, Green Candidate in the St. Mary’s By-election with Natalie in front of the Draper’s Factory mural. Photo by Gabriel Avalon.

Reflecting on her visit, Natalie said that the threatened closure of the town’s last two banks gave “One more example of our financial sector failing to meet the needs of communities; threatening businesses through lack of access to cash and lost custom.”

To support the Last Bank Standing Campaign, please click HERE.

Natalie’s visit to Glastonbury [part one]

Natalie’s visit to Glastonbury [part two]

Casual Vacancies on Street Parish Council

There will be a by-election for a seat in Street Parish Council, caused by the resignation of Councillor Melanie Reynolds.

The vacancy is in Street South Ward; the poll will take place on Tuesday, 23rd February 2016.  Please note that the Green Party are not standing a candidate in this by-election.

However, two other Street Councillors, Joyce Smith and Bob Smith, have also stepped down from the council.  Their resignation could mean that Street may see another by-election this Spring!

Any West Mendip Green Party members who would like to find out more about how to nominate or be nominated as a candidate for any by-elections that may take place as a result of the resignation of Cllrs Smith, should contact West Mendip Green Party’s Local Party Contact:  Hazel Pegg
info@westmendipgreenparty.org.uk
01458 831686

Read more about the resignations in the Central Somerset Gazette HERE

For more information about the Street by-election, please click HERE

Green Party Leader announces Glastonbury by-election candidate

Left to Right: Molly Scott Cato MEP, Paul Lund Green Candidate for the St. Mary's by-election, and Natalie Bennett Green Party leader.

Left to Right: Molly Scott Cato MEP, Paul Lund, Green Candidate for the St. Mary’s by-election, and Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader.

Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader, stopped off in Glastonbury before Christmas, on her way to the Paris climate talks, to formally announce Paul Lund as the Green candidate for Glastonbury St Mary’s by-election on February 11th 2016. 

Natalie said “I have great pleasure in introducing Paul Lund; we have a fantastic Green councillor group here in Glastonbury – let’s strengthen it”.

Dr Molly Scott Cato, South West Green MEP, who was visiting Glastonbury with Natalie, also heralded Paul’s selection saying “Paul is just what Glastonbury needs”.

The Greens have been gathering pace in this area over the last few years and are keen to consolidate their position on Glastonbury town council.

#VOTEPAUL2016