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St Athan Road Safety E-Mail Complaint

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Subject: St Athan Road Safety
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:18:22 +0100
From: David A Elston <d.elston@pirateparty.org.uk>
To: c1v@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

 

Dear Vale of Glamorgan Council

Last year you will no doubt be aware of the press hits in the local papers, the demonstrations with teachers and pupils of the local schools which included a police escort, the video footage published online and the information gathered from the survey from the Community Council. I believe a petition also took place, all in relation to road safety in St Athan.

Regrettably, despite the police calling the roads "not safe" and all the above, improvements to the roads were never made.

VoG - Community Mapping

One of David Elston's final pieces as a Community Councillor in St Athan @ 2:30 talking about the community mapping/crowdsourcing exercise that went towards forming his local policies in LE2017.

Monday, 12 June, 2017 - 14:00

Good Night St Athan

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Thank you.

I really think it’s important to start here, with thanks to everyone who came out on Thursday, 4th May and voted Pirate... and indeed for those who voted at all.

The last local elections in 2012 saw a turn out of just 754 people here, while this time 993 turned up to give themselves a voice at the ballot boxes.

Of those 993, a whopping 75 of them decided to #VotePirate which is a 7.6% vote share. For some perspective, in previous years the Liberal Democrats have only managed 7.2% and Plaid have scored 6.2% to 11.6% while an Independent once hit 6.7%.

Pirate Party UK Hits New Record at the Ballot Boxes

Saturday, 6 May, 2017 - 13:15

The Pirate Party UK stood three candidates across five elections in this week's local elections and the results were announced yesterday. The party hit a new all-time high, averaging 3.77% for higher councils and 9.65% for lower councils.

Pirate Party UK Acting Leader and Lead Candidate, David Elston, said:

No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks

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It’s often tempting to find a flaw in the opposition’s campaign and exploit it. When it comes to party policy, it’s our duty and job to certainly point out the problems and more importantly, offer an alternative.

...but sometimes without a particularly good reason, campaigns can turn sour and personal. I’m really glad we haven’t seen this here, in St Athan. I’ve been careful to run a positive campaign and my only criticisms about other parties were factual or empirical. The candidates themselves are all local campaigners and while we may not agree – there is simply nothing to gain by making things personal, getting nasty and over all a little respect can go a long way.

There’s nothing particularly easy about running a local election campaign. You may struggle between your own ideals and the evidence, it takes a lot of energy to make sure your message is received in the way it is intended and least of all your feet definitely get sore from all that walking.

Charity Trustee and "Pirate" runs for St Athan

An article in the Glamorgan GEM (see page 3) about David A Elston running as a Pirate candidate for the St Athan seat on Vale of Glamorgan Council

Friday, 28 April, 2017 - 12:00

Local Press Release: Local Charity Trustee and Pirate running for St Athan County Council seat

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David Elston, a trustee of SAINTS - St Athan Parks Charity and active campaigner for Road & Neighbourhood Safety has decided to throw his hat into the ring and stand for election to the St Athan ward on the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

David, who was co-opted onto St Athan's Community Council on St David's Day last year is also standing for election back on to the Community Council. "I really was honoured to be appointed to represent my Flemingston & Eglwys Brewis ward," said David, "...but I think it is crucially important to be endorsed by the electorate. I hope that people will recognise what I have been able to do for the local community in the 13 months I have been on the Community Council and will return me to continue the work we've all started.

"At the same time, I thought it would be a good opportunity to stand for the St Athan ward on the Vale of Glamorgan Council - in the place where I feel most welcomed into the community. I have the time and energy to commit to this role, and I think my record of serving the St Athan district shows that I care about results."

Sad news in St Athan

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Sadly, Councillor David Street died during the night of Saturday 15th April.

Around a year ago, David Street was one of the councillors who sat on the council during my co-option. While I'll never know which way he voted, he was good enough to explain a bit about how the St Athan Community Council worked. I was quite surprised how that which was often described to me as a very simple, low level form of government, could have its own complications, especially with how particular the arrangements of the St Athan ward are. If it was not for those like Councillor Street, I am sure the transition from local activist to local councillor would have been far more difficult.

David Street was a very respected member of the council and there is no doubt in my mind he will be missed. I regret I was not able to know him better, and I wish his family well.

I hope new councillors that have been elected to fill the vacant roles on the council will continue to respectfully represent the community and in turn, sitting councillors should welcome them in as David Street did I.

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Local Elections Leaders Update

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While we congratulate our Finnish friends of Piraattipuolue on successfully getting not one but two Pirates elected in the municipal elections, one in Helsinki and one in Jyväskylä we remain hopeful that our local communities here will vote for the new, open and trust-restoring politics that Pirates can offer.

In the last election cycle we were heavily focused on the disastrous IP Act and DE Bill that the Conservatives were pushing into law, helped by Labour. We saw Pirates campaign nationally to bring awareness to this injustice and publish information on how to protect ourselves from these invasive and disproportionate new powers.

Press Hit: Local Charity: Saints celebrates funding

Pirate Party Councillor, David A Elston and Saints Trustee said: “This is another huge step in the right direction. The team of trustees and volunteers that help and form Saints have worked incredibly hard and we are always grateful for all the support and well-wishing received...

Three Sources:

Barry & District
The Daily Vale
Cowbridge Today (The GEM)

Friday, 13 January, 2017 - 10:00

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