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There are two by-elections taking place on 27th March for Maltby Town Council. Maltby Town Council By-Elections Statement of persons nominated for East Ward of Maltby Town Council Statement of persons nominated for South Ward of Maltby Town Council Best … Continue reading →
The RMBC website is carrying this information on the two by-elections taking place on 27th March. Maltby Town Council By-Elections Elections are to be held on 27 March 2014 for one Parish Councillor for the East Ward and one Parish … Continue reading →
It’s the final weekend before the election to the North ward of Maltby Town Council, and TUSC are making a last big push before polling day on Thursday. A new leaflet is being distributed to residents through the week and another stall was done today (Saturday) on the High Street, which, as with previous stalls, was popular with the general public.
In the new leaflet there is a Q&A in response to questions received on the campaign, addressing questions about TUSC’s stance, agenda and Joe Robinson, their candidate. A new addition has been added to the ‘local issues’ section, about the state of Maltby’s High Street. To quote: “I propose that MTC seeks additional funding for a second street cleaner/community warden… as well as look into measures to stimulate local shops rather than more take-aways/throw-aways!”
MALTBY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING – FRIDAY 22ND FEBRUARY
During a Town Council meeting last Friday the council discussed issues such as the proposed play area on the New Estate. Whilst having a large unused budget councillors offered to fund a measly 10% towards the project. Councillor Christine Beaumont mentioned the sale of the former Tarran estate (Newland Avenue) for private development, despite the fact it was meant to be replaced with social housing – a TUSC campaigner plus a member of the public backed up this, while Beaumont insisted “there is not enough money for full social housing,” and “a mix of private and social housing is better”.
When a member of the public brought up issues to the town council, such as corruption, unspent money and failure to maintain notice boards, they were quickly shouted down and looked at with contempt. When discussing the failure to maintain and update many notice boards in Maltby, Cllr Beaumont’s response was – “they are the responsibility of Rotherham borough, not Maltby Town council” (despite being Maltby’s responsibility). For asking a few simple questions in a polite manner, a rude response filled with false information was given back; in true MTC style.
ROBINSON 303 Votes Elected
3 Willow Road, Maltby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 8DT
Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
A huge thank you to both candidates, for giving democracy some valuable exercise. Our congratulations go to the winner Joe Robinson, a record breaker in Rotherham and we believe the first win for a TUSC candidate, anywhere!
On Sunday the campaign began for TUSC in Maltby, where Joe Robinson is standing in the North ward for Maltby Town Council. The ward was leafleted on Sunday, outlining who Joe is, his policies and some information about TUSC in Rotherham.
On Monday a stall was set up in the morning near Tesco, where leaflets were handed out to voters about the election, and also a petition on NHS cuts in Rotherham which was quite well received, pictured below.
After the stall a larger portion of the ward was leafleted – many households in the ward should now have received a leaflet, with further campaigning planned at the weekend. Policies outlined include the saving of the bowling greens and tennis courts in Maltby and improving the conditions of parks and greenspaces in the town. Joe has given support to a community group aimed at a new play area for children around the New Estate. Greater transparency and accountability between MTC and the residents of Maltby is also called for and pledged in the leaflet.
The public seem to be quite pleased, being part of the campaign myself I’ve spoke to a few people who like what Joe is standing for and are glad there is a Labour alternative standing in Maltby. No sign of the other candidate, Jeanette Mallinder, yet – whether she’ll be campaigning or not is unknown, for now.
Word is that Will Blair is standing down and a Mr Rounds is ready to take his place.
Waiting for news from Labour Party on who is hoping to stand for them (or who is being told to stand for them …)
At present we have 14 Labour Councillors out of 18 on Maltby Town Council,- 4 from the same family.
One of the 14, is currently RMBC cllr … for Hellaby Our new RMBC cllr is conspicuous in her absence from MTC meetings this year, so maybe she is pulled out with work for the borough. Cllr Amy Rushforth will I am sure, be backed wholeheartedly by the Labour Party whilst she draws breath. (That might be ‘whilst her Father draws breath’ Rothpol)
So, who will be running for the other seat?
Chairman of MTC, Cllr J Carratt has been turned down as a candidate by the Labour Party for the second year running.
Now, what if Ms Godfrey, Labour Group leader for Maltby and Hellaby Ward (who lives in Hellaby) were to be elected or Cllr L Astbury (newly elected and very inexperienced but of the Stringer family using her grandfather’s email address!)
Did I hear something about Labour wanting/needing more women as councillors … or am I being cynical or sexist or both?
The Rotherham Advertiser has been named as the regions best newspaper and awarded the Weekly Newspaper of the Year title at the O2 media awards for Yorkshire and Humber 2011.
Judges from regional and national newspapers, television and radio described the Advertiser as an excellent local paper and it has beaten the Yorkshire Evening Post (which won the title of Daily Newspaper of the Year) in winning the overall best newspaper in Yorkshire and the Humber. The judges selection was based on all round appeal and for excellence in news, sport and features. They also praised the way the paper interacted with readers and for providing a superb package at a value for money price.
Congratulations everyone at The Advertiser. I do agree that the paper is good value for money – there’s not a lot you can get for 60p after all. It has a variety of news, stories and features that appeal to a range of people and tastes.
Just the “interaction with readers” bit sticks in my throat somewhat.
If what is meant by this is competitions, talking with local people and reporting community events, then The Advertiser does that. But how the “Letters to the Editor” are chosen to be printed appears to becoming more politically motivated as each week goes by. No doubt it will be classed by some as ‘sour grapes’ on my part as it’s a while since a letter of mine was printed – though I continue to write faithfully on a number of issues.
But it rankles to continually see published letters from Alice Rodgers who’s ethics and motives I have questioned on many occasions. Clarification requested RP.
Michael Conlon who failed to be elected as an independent councillor at the last election now writes about hoping the electorate will vote for the Socialist Worker Party.
It is not surprising that Maltby people could be confused and concerned about what is happening to their town when these two attempt to have the monopoly on Maltby’s published opinion verified by The Advertiser.
So, the Public Consultation for Rotherham’s Local Development Framework has begun. Well officially anyway.
I am desperately trying to keep my cynicism away and approach this “new” consultation process with an open mind and not dwell on past experiences. I was doing ok with this until I ‘dropped in’ at the ‘drop-in’ at Maltby last Thursday.
All the suggested sites were there on the plans and maps ready for the public’s opinion on what to do and where to go next. I asked lots of questions and got lots of replies. It’s just that I can’t understand how it can be said that a certain place is ideal for 55 houses when in the same breath they say that they don’t know what type of houses, private or RMBC owned or even who the land currently belongs to.
Neil Rainsworth from Forward Planning agreed to send me the documents so that I can look at them at my leisure.
Documents attached – awaiting perusal and opinions!