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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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When Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett visited Glastonbury on 26th January, not only did she meet with the Last Bank Standing Campaign, but she also wanted to learn more about ‘Lighten the Load A361’; to hear from residents about the impact of heavy traffic on their lives, and to witness the situation first-hand.
As a result of Green Councillors’ involvement with Lighten the Load – and the creation of the Town Council’s A361 Committee – Natalie was familiar with the petition to remove Glastonbury from the Freight Network; to stop HGVs from travelling through the town.
From reading reports by Glastonbury's Green Cllr Lindsay MacDougall, Natalie already understood something of the problems facing local residents who live along the A361. However, she welcomed the opportunity to experience the situation in person – and was visibly shocked at the close proximity of the traffic to pedestrians, the lack of safe crossing places, and the narrow width of the road as it squeezes through Chilkwell Street by Chalice Well.
Natalie listened in amazement to hear that Somerset County Council will not fund traffic surveys, decibel, pollution, and vibration testing for Glastonbury! She was also surprised to hear that the County's Highway department have repeatedly failed to meet with Glastonbury Town Council to discuss the issues!
She was deeply concerned to meet a family with young children whose front door opened directly onto the road’s edge – the danger being obvious.
Paul Lund, Glastonbury’s Green Candidate for the forthcoming St. Mary’s By-election, told Natalie that the A361 campaign was a priority issue for the ward. “Young families who live on the A361 – like those we’ve met at Cottle Close – deserve better from the County Council, who appear to consider the needs of HGVs above those of local people! The Glastonbury Greens fully support Lighten the Load; and we’ll try every opportunity open to us to make this road safe for those who live on it!”
Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett visited Glastonbury on 26th January to meet with the Last Bank Standing Campaign.
Natalie’s visit certainly caused a stir, with a collection of photographers, press, and microphones following her in a walk around town, to meet with shop keepers, traders, and businesses; to hear directly how they will be affected by the threatened closure of Glastonbury’s two remaining banks.
A Green Man welcomed the Green leader, as Natalie was formally met at Glastonbury Town Hall by the Worshipful Denise Michell, Green Mayor of Glastonbury, her Deputy Cllr Jon Cousins, and key members of the Last Bank Standing Campaign.
During the visit, Natalie discussed how being denied access to a bank had social and economic impacts on a community. She was delighted that Glastonbury’s Green Councillors had taken an active role in the campaign and creative action, saying, “Listening to the High Street’s businesses and traders; talking with people about the situation, Glastonbury clearly needs a bank.”
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.