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County Council By-election

2nd of November 2003

On 18 September a mad three weeks of campaigning culminated in Election Day. Over 3000 people (30% of the electorate) voted to choose a new County Councillor.
The result:
Richard Roberts 1881 Stephen Cox 615 Jerry Coulter 624
Janet Anderson, County Councillor for the past 6 years stood down through ill health and I was selected as one of three candidates who contested the election. My thanks to Stephen and Jerry for making it a worthwhile and hard fought contest. More than 150 people helped me during the election and to them I am extremely grateful but most importantly I would like to thank everyone who either filled out a postal ballot or trooped down to the polling station and took part in their local election. There is considerable apathy towards politics generally but I find it extremely encouraging that there is still strong support for local Councillors whether Parish, Borough or County.
The County ward of 13000 people is widespread and diverse covering Kings Langley, Chipperfield, Bovingdon, Flaunden, Felden and Bourne End. It covers parts of two parliamentary constituencies that of Hemel and SW Herts and within it are 4 Parish councils.

Priority issues raised before and during the campaign are all aspects of highway management (including hedges and verges), school funding and place allocation and policing.

Across the ward the loudest plea is for the County to get its act together, and sort out highways issues. This month we had a walk to school week. Encouraging walking can only work if parents feel safe on the pavements and at present this is not the case. Weeds are rampant, hedges are not kept in check and traffic and people are forced ever closer together on very busy roads. I am trying to do something about it. I remain your Borough Councillor and believe that by combining the two roles I can bring more weight where it matters. If an issue important to you comes up, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Once again many thanks for your support and I will try to keep you informed of progress. Cllr Richard Roberts

 
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