Only 25% in town voted

I stood for the Green Party in Kursaal (the first Green candidate ever fielded).

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who turned out and cast their vote, especially the 126 people who voted Green. However, I was hugely disappointed by the 25 per cent turnout across Southend.

On the doorstep I got a sense people wanted change, but felt their vote didn’t make a difference.

This is not true and the only way anyone will ever see change is by voting.

There is a view if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain and you get the council you deserve.

I hope the votes we gained for the Greens will encourage people to vote for alternatives in the future.

Simon Cross
Woodgrange Drive
Southend

...What a fantastic result from the local elections across Southend, with the Liberal Democrats holding on to the seats they were defending and a possible change in the Council.

The Conservatives have led a derelict council which needs to change.

Now the hard work begins for a new administration.

Robert Brown
Northumberland Avenue
Southend

...To use a vote wisely, you have to know what you are voting for.

Personally, I would like the chance to speak to candidates, but at the very least, I would like the chance to read their ideas and opinions, beyond headline matters.

This is particularly important to me since I have recently moved to a new area.

Not one person knocked at my door.

On Wednesday I came home to a pile of badly produced leaflets, all pretty much saying the same thing and all finding as much space to take a pop at their opponents as pat themselves on the back for things they, or their party, had done.

Not good enough I’m afraid.

No wonder there is such a poor turn-out for local elections.

D Roseby
Seaview Avenue
Vange

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7:23am Wed 9 May 12

Simon Cross says...

I take on board the comments about parties not contacting people face to face but I intend to keep people in Kursaal informed using all means necessary. These include the new Facebook entry 'Kursaal Green' leaflets between elections and just seeing people face to face. I will be a very visible candidate.

Simon Cross
'Kursaal Green'
Woodgrange Drive
Kursaal
Southend on Sea
I take on board the comments about parties not contacting people face to face but I intend to keep people in Kursaal informed using all means necessary. These include the new Facebook entry 'Kursaal Green' leaflets between elections and just seeing people face to face. I will be a very visible candidate. Simon Cross 'Kursaal Green' Woodgrange Drive Kursaal Southend on Sea Simon Cross

9:50pm Tue 15 May 12

BASILBRUSH says...

D Roseby makes a very good point about the lack of decent info from prospective candidates.
When I was handed the ballot paper, I had only heard of 50% of the candidates! How do the other 50% expect any support based on that?
Even the ones I had heard of, the leaflets (in some cases) only addressed National issues.. It was a local election!

"There is a view if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain and you get the council you deserve."
I believe this view to be absolutely correct.

Doe's that also demonstrate that people largely agree with what the previous and now current administration has and will do? ;) After all, if they were so against them, we may have seen turn outs such as France in recent weeks.
D Roseby makes a very good point about the lack of decent info from prospective candidates. When I was handed the ballot paper, I had only heard of 50% of the candidates! How do the other 50% expect any support based on that? Even the ones I had heard of, the leaflets (in some cases) only addressed National issues.. It was a local election! "There is a view if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain and you get the council you deserve." I believe this view to be absolutely correct. Doe's that also demonstrate that people largely agree with what the previous and now current administration has and will do? ;) After all, if they were so against them, we may have seen turn outs such as France in recent weeks. BASILBRUSH

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