Ilminster by-election candidates profiles

Ilminster by-election candidates profiles

Ilminster by-election candidates profiles

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PEOPLE in Ilminster will head to the polls later this month to vote for another member to join the town council.

The vacancy arose after Cllr Linda Vijeh stepped down. She continues to represent the town on Somerset County Council.

Rose Neave, of Townsend, Caroline Page, of Orchard Vale, Paul Sainsbury, of Heron Way, and Kim Turner, of Orchard Vale, will stand in the by-election, which is due to take place on Thursday, July 31.

The News contacted all the candidates to give them a chance to write 200 words on why they think you should vote for them.

Here are the replies from two of them – the News will run profiles on Caroline Page and Paul Sainsbury in next week’s paper if they wish to contact us.

 

This is The West Country: Cllr Kim Turner, chairman of South Somerset District Council's Area West committee

KIM TURNER

KIM is married with one son, and has lived in and around Ilminster all her life.

Currently she is a district councillor for Ilminster having previously been county councillor when she worked very hard to save Ilminster Library from closure.

Having also served on the town council for several years, she was instrumental in getting the skate park up and running for the youngsters.

She is currently involved with Isle Youth Club and Community Centre, South Somerset Disability Forum, and Partners and Communities Together.

If the opportunity arises for her to represent the residents on the town council, she promise to listen to their concerns and will endeavour to do her best to keep Ilminster a vibrant and special place for all.

This is The West Country:

ROSE NEAVE

ROSE said: “I am 28 and have lived in Ilminster my whole life – at least as long as I can remember – and anyone who knows me, probably knows that I am horse mad.

“My first ‘proper’ job was at the Crown pub before I headed off to university to study law.

“I am currently doing a part-time Masters in Rural Estate and Land Management – the first step in becoming a surveyor – something which I believe helps me have a better understanding of the consequences of our development and growth strategies in Ilminster.

“I will be a voice to those who feel that the town council doesn’t listen to them and perhaps a breath of fresh air from a younger generation.

“I am against the development in Shudrick Valley - because how can we build a ‘walking neighbourhood’ with a wider road for ‘heavy goods vehicles’? I am not convinced the two mix. Nor do I believe we want more traffic past the Recreation Ground, the doctors or all the way along Canal Way.

“Ilminster floods more than it used to - something that needs addressing.

“I stand for more provision for the disabled and less fortunate.”

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6:34pm Tue 15 Jul 14

QuillPen says...

I hope the other candidates will reply so we can hear about them as well. They can't expect people to vote for them unless they tell us about themselves. If they don't bother, then nor will the voters.

So far nothing has been received from any of them through the letter box.

I'm assuming we will hear from all candidates one way or another.
I hope the other candidates will reply so we can hear about them as well. They can't expect people to vote for them unless they tell us about themselves. If they don't bother, then nor will the voters. So far nothing has been received from any of them through the letter box. I'm assuming we will hear from all candidates one way or another. QuillPen
  • Score: 6

10:23am Wed 16 Jul 14

notaNIMBYEither says...

ROSE NEAVE:

"because how can we build a ‘walking neighbourhood’ with a wider road for ‘heavy goods vehicles’?"

Said the woman with the largest horse box in history.
ROSE NEAVE: "because how can we build a ‘walking neighbourhood’ with a wider road for ‘heavy goods vehicles’?" Said the woman with the largest horse box in history. notaNIMBYEither
  • Score: 5

6:24pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Bob Drayton says...

what???????
what??????? Bob Drayton
  • Score: 0

6:41pm Sun 20 Jul 14

notaWANNABEeither says...

Has this comment REALLY got anything to do with the issue, or just some bitter and twisted notaWANNABEeither? or, let's hope not, one of the other candidates? If you can't make sensible comments about the issues, what is the point of posting. Keep off!
Has this comment REALLY got anything to do with the issue, or just some bitter and twisted notaWANNABEeither? or, let's hope not, one of the other candidates? If you can't make sensible comments about the issues, what is the point of posting. Keep off! notaWANNABEeither
  • Score: -6

1:15pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Megmoonbeam says...

Yes QuillPen I quite agree. I have my postal vote ready but had no idea who the candidates were or what they stood for. Makes you wonder if they want us to vote.
Yes QuillPen I quite agree. I have my postal vote ready but had no idea who the candidates were or what they stood for. Makes you wonder if they want us to vote. Megmoonbeam
  • Score: 0

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