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.
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.
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.
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…
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
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
Over June and July a small but dedicated Green-led steering group has been working on reinstating Glastonbury’s Fairtrade Town status.
An application was submitted to the Fairtrade Foundation by Glastonbury Town Council at the end of July, and on 21st August, Glastonbury became a Fairtrade Town once more!
A new Fairtrade group is being convened to keep campaigning and supporting trade justice, and ensure that Glastonbury never loses this status again.
If you’re interested in taking an active part in Glastonbury’s Fairtrade Town campaign, please contact Glastonbury’s Town Clerk, and leave your details.
Town Clerk Jane Czornij (pronounced Chorney), Town Hall, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9EL.
Telephone: 01458 831769 (10 am to 12 noon Monday to Friday).