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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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Wales Bill: Two Steps Forward One Step Back

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Today the Wales Bill passed in the Senedd with a vote of 38 to 17.

Perhaps the most exciting piece of this bill, is that it does make it possible for us to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in Welsh elections.

For me this is one of the big differences between Wales and England; how we treat our young people. At 16 you can drive a moped, join the armed forces, work full time, buy bonds, donate blood, have a passport, leave home, choose a GP and in Wales, as well as having control over your career, being able to leave school at 16, you may soon be able to vote on the very thing that controls all those other liberties.

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

Scrap the Severn Bridge Toll - and fix our roads!

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While the Secretary of State for Wales is content in the Severn Bridge tolls being struck in half, and others say slashed further again, I believe they should be scrapped completely and the profits they have been making while letting the debt be idle, used to fix our roads.

The Severn Bridge Toll has been a thorn in Wales' literal side no doubt having some impact both on job seekers and employees travelling accross the boarder but also to tourism.

In May 2013 the debt still stood at £88 million pounds but by 2015 this figure still hadn’t moved, despite them pocketing a £140 million windfall. In fact, over 2010 to 2014, net toll revenue was £411.6 million.

Originally the private bridges were due to fall into public ownership by 2018, when the debt would need to be paid off in full.

Smacking Ban Law

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This time two years ago the smacking ban law plan for Wales was dropped and we were left with the rather ambiguous decision that if you smacked a child, it was permitted by the state so long as you did not leave a mark - which is rather subjective as certain skin colours show different degrees of markings and some parts of the body can be dealt a large degree of pain without any obvious physical marks. The smacking ban has intermittently appeared in debates for years and the assembly always considers flexing what little legislative power it has to simply ban it.

A Year In Review

Tuesday, 10 January, 2017 (All day)

Ahoy Pirates,

As we start the New Year - we thought a Member's Update - looking at the Year past and the Year ahead was in order...

A Year in Review

So earlier in the Year we got our first Pirate representative in any level of government; 1st March 2016 (St David's Day) was when David Elston was co-opted onto the St Athan Community Council. He has been an effective advocate for Pirate policies on the council, in particular trying to increase the levels of transparency and openness to the local community.

The Alt-Left have learnt nothing

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While we see the Democrats in America failing to come to terms with what cost them the 2016 election. That calling your electorate deplorable is not a way to convince them you have the better argument, we’re now seeing the left wing recycle candidates at home, much like the USA did with Hilary Clinton.

Caroline Lucas was not so long ago, after standing down, re-stood and was re-elected as Leader of the Green Party in England and Wales and now Pippa Bartolli has been elected Green Party Wales’ Deputy Leader, having already served as Leader.

This particularly grinds my gears as there are many of us that generally speaking end up more on the left wing than the right in our policy making and the Greens territorialism tends to mean they claim the left wing argument rather a lot. There are so many people not just on the left spectrum but those who have been mislead to join the greens that have so much to offer to politics.

Boundary Review - Pirate Party Respond (WLS - SW)

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Have you hear of the Parliamentary Constituency changes? The Boundary Commission as of the 5th of December closed responses on their initial plans. We believe in openness and transparency at all levels of government so here is my response for the Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan regions in South Wales.

 


In this report I draw attention to many different aspects of why the proposed changes need a second look. Some of the areas covered are:

  • Commuting
  • Population Size
  • House Prices
  • Voting Records
  • Supply Lines
  • Existing Relationships
  • Local Groups

Vale of Glamorgan / Bridgend response can be viewed here.

 

Pirate Party Councillor Stands with Standing Rock

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Councillor David A Elston, the first Pirate to hold any seat in any level of government in the UK shows solidarity with the hundreds of primarily young Native Americans protesting against the potential contamination of water from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).


David A Elston, Spokesperson for Wales said:


"We have seen first hand in Wales when national policy overrules what locals are asking for it can cause devastating results. In Wales we remember the deliberate flooding of the Tryweryn Valley and still today in the UK we see places such as Lancashire being opened up to fracking despite the opposition of the local council.


Those in Standing Rock are no different to ourselves. In the simplest of terms, they have a local policy that is being ignored by their national government.


We, too, often forget that environmental issues such as these still have an impact on people and our planet in the long term. We should be looking to new, sustainable technologies and should not rely on fossil fuels; digging up and burning the past, to fuel the present at the cost of our future must stop."

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