Lack of candidates means no Porthleven council election

There will be no election in Porthleven this May after not enough candidates put themselves forward. It means that those nominated will automatically fill the vacant positions.

These are existing councillors Benjamin (Mark) Berryman (current mayor), Susan Johns, Barbara Powell, Andrew Wallis and Danny Williams. They will be joined by new faces Liz Lane and Brian Michael. There are still two seats to be filled.

Elsewhere, on the Lizard Peninsula, standing for St Keverne Parish Council, in the Coverack ward, are: Robert Beadle, Roger Combe, William (Bill) Frisken and Sarah Lyne. Standing for the St Keverne ward are: Michael Anselmi, Alice Basher, Dominic Brandreth, Tony Carey, Russell Hocking, Derek Kevern, David Lambrick, Russell Peters (current chairman), Anthony Richards and Roger Richards.

Candidates standing for St Martin Parish Council are: Johnny Alston, Andrew Bray (current chairman), William Bryant, James Coupar, William (Brindley) Hosken, Philip Jenkin and Mike West.

In Mawgan the parish council candidates are: Vivian Benney, Colin Chapman, John Hatton, Lindsay Hockley, Shaun Lock, Pearl Merton, Christopher Roberts, Kevin Roberts and Dot Spragg.

In Manaccan: Daniel Flunder, Raymond Knight, Peter Norton, Virginia Richardson, JC Skewes, Angela Wood and Lionel Wood.

Out at The Lizard, standing for Landewednack Parish Council are: Jeremy Allerton, Barry Browning, Zena Browning, Velvyn Burt, Colin Hendy, Thora Hill and Anthony Muller.

In Mullion, standing for the parish council are: Dave German, Alec Gilbert, Ian Harvey, Shirley Ireland, John Lang (current chairman), Sue Ormond, Carolyn Rule, Peter Wilkins, Roger Willey and David Williams.

Candidates for Cury Parish Council are: Adrian Boaden, Reuben Curnow, Aidan Murray, Priscilla Oates and Robert Wright.

Grade Ruan Parish Council candidates are: Michael Alford, Paul Collins, Carol Cooper, Michael Fleetwood, Peter Freeman, Nigel Green, Jeb Preston and John Trewin.

On the other side of Helston, candidates for Breage Parish Council are: Tony Ackland, Jan Anthony, Tony Best, Tanis Board, Howard Bradford, Simon Caddick, Philippa Darby, Carole Rashleigh and Rose Wyvern.

In Sithney Parish Council, standing in the Lowertown ward is Ian Paterson, who is unopposed. Standing in the Sithney ward are: Peter Bickford-Smit, Brian Deacon, Phil Martiin, Michael Morgans, Ann Pascoe and Elizabeth Williams.

Standing for Wendron Parish Council in the Trewennack ward are Diane Mitchell and Nick Van Den Berg. For the Wendron ward are: Peter Davidson, Sharon Hook, Ronald Mitchell, Sheila Moyle, Marie Nute and Marion Warren.

In Gweek candidates are: Kevin Allon, Judith Brickhill, Diane Cash, Tristan Mackie, Paddy Sanders and Peter Williams.

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3:03pm Wed 10 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I can't see that it will make much difference really, Porthleven Town Council are in my view more efficient and more effective than some other Town councils that currently have all seats filled.
I can't see that it will make much difference really, Porthleven Town Council are in my view more efficient and more effective than some other Town councils that currently have all seats filled. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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3:44pm Wed 10 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

Ideally not how democracy in the UK should work.I believe that at an Election,then there should be a vote.Strange concept I know,but good luck to the newcomers.

I cannot believe that there are so many apathetic full-time residents in Porthleven.
Ideally not how democracy in the UK should work.I believe that at an Election,then there should be a vote.Strange concept I know,but good luck to the newcomers. I cannot believe that there are so many apathetic full-time residents in Porthleven. telstar1962
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4:57pm Wed 10 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

If I was a full time Porthleven resident I would stand for the town council, I don't think any of the current town Councillors would be very happy at that Prospect though.

In Mullion there are always far more willing candidates than seats, and I think it helps if you belong to the golf club or you are rich lol
Perhaps I should vote for Sue Ormand because I think she made the Parish council more interesting last time she was in.

Mullion is like Groundhog Day.
If I was a full time Porthleven resident I would stand for the town council, I don't think any of the current town Councillors would be very happy at that Prospect though. In Mullion there are always far more willing candidates than seats, and I think it helps if you belong to the golf club or you are rich lol Perhaps I should vote for Sue Ormand because I think she made the Parish council more interesting last time she was in. Mullion is like Groundhog Day. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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7:38pm Wed 10 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Incidentally I am glad that Porthleven will have no election, that way Porthleven gets to retain all the good Councillors that it already has.
Incidentally I am glad that Porthleven will have no election, that way Porthleven gets to retain all the good Councillors that it already has. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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10:11pm Wed 10 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

Sorry to disagree with Gillian.

In a democracy, there should be voting for local representation,no matter how good the Council or Councillors are perceived to be.

Cannot imagine what the UK would be like if these rules also applied to MP's.
Sorry to disagree with Gillian. In a democracy, there should be voting for local representation,no matter how good the Council or Councillors are perceived to be. Cannot imagine what the UK would be like if these rules also applied to MP's. telstar1962
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11:19pm Wed 10 Apr 13

ronedgcumbe says...

Sorry to disagree as well Gill. The lack of properly elected councilors in Helston has been a problem in recent years.
Mrs Geers wonderfull effort to to get people to stand for election seems to have payed of and I believe the new council will be better for it.
Sorry to disagree as well Gill. The lack of properly elected councilors in Helston has been a problem in recent years. Mrs Geers wonderfull effort to to get people to stand for election seems to have payed of and I believe the new council will be better for it. ronedgcumbe
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4:43am Thu 11 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

If not enough people stand for election then it is democratic that those Councillors already in place remain, it is not their fault that they have no opposition, what is the alternative, no Councillors? if people do not like the Councillors in place then it is up to them to do something about it by either standing themselves or finding others to stand. Even if Councillors are voted in, each councillor may not be someone's choice of an ideal councillor so in my view it makes no difference. Current Councillors or co opted in Councillors are no less likely to be fully committed to the role and make very good Councillors than those that are voted in.
In Porthleven they have some very good Councillors that have achieved a lot for the village, The fact that not all the seats are filled tells me that people are happy with the situation.
It is unfortunate in my view that each village/town has a three mile rule in place even when seats are not taken by those within the three miles but as that is the case then if people do not wish to fill those seats from within the village why should existing Councillors not carry on as they are. If they had a vote and no one bothered to vote then they could end up with no Councillors or all the same Councillors. They cannot feasibly have no Councillors.

Ron why exactly has it been a problem in Helston because not all Councillors were elected?
If not enough people stand for election then it is democratic that those Councillors already in place remain, it is not their fault that they have no opposition, what is the alternative, no Councillors? if people do not like the Councillors in place then it is up to them to do something about it by either standing themselves or finding others to stand. Even if Councillors are voted in, each councillor may not be someone's choice of an ideal councillor so in my view it makes no difference. Current Councillors or co opted in Councillors are no less likely to be fully committed to the role and make very good Councillors than those that are voted in. In Porthleven they have some very good Councillors that have achieved a lot for the village, The fact that not all the seats are filled tells me that people are happy with the situation. It is unfortunate in my view that each village/town has a three mile rule in place even when seats are not taken by those within the three miles but as that is the case then if people do not wish to fill those seats from within the village why should existing Councillors not carry on as they are. If they had a vote and no one bothered to vote then they could end up with no Councillors or all the same Councillors. They cannot feasibly have no Councillors. Ron why exactly has it been a problem in Helston because not all Councillors were elected? Gillian Zella Martin 09
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9:23am Thu 11 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

Gill says 'The fact that not all the seats are filled tells me that people are happy with the situation.'

The fact is that people are just as likely to be 'not bothered to get involved' than 'happy'

It is so nice to know that at least Porthleven Council runs like clockwork,doesn't need a full complement and everything in their garden is rosy, lol
Gill says 'The fact that not all the seats are filled tells me that people are happy with the situation.' The fact is that people are just as likely to be 'not bothered to get involved' than 'happy' It is so nice to know that at least Porthleven Council runs like clockwork,doesn't need a full complement and everything in their garden is rosy, lol telstar1962
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9:58am Thu 11 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Lol, well what do you expect at 04:43 in the morning.
I am 'happy' with the way Porthleven is run, and I spend more time in Porthleven than I do where I live, and a lot of things that are done/happen in Porthleven do or could affect me. I want to see the best for Porthleven and I regularly patronize a good percentage of the shops/cafes/pubs/tak
e-aways there.
If as you say telstar, that people are just not bothered rather than happy, well then there is still very little the Councillors can do to get more people to stand for election,and I expect the people are happy sometimes.

Regarding everything in the garden being rosy, I would prefer the lady in Elliston Gardens not to feed the seagulls (yes I have witnessed it and have photographic evidence) but apart from that I think most things are good in Porthleven and people can rest assured that if there is anything to be sorted out, then at least Porthleven Town Council will at least try their best to sort things out and get things done, and one can visibly see where money has been spent and where effort has been made to resolve issues.
Lol, well what do you expect at 04:43 in the morning. I am 'happy' with the way Porthleven is run, and I spend more time in Porthleven than I do where I live, and a lot of things that are done/happen in Porthleven do or could affect me. I want to see the best for Porthleven and I regularly patronize a good percentage of the shops/cafes/pubs/tak e-aways there. If as you say telstar, that people are just not bothered rather than happy, well then there is still very little the Councillors can do to get more people to stand for election,and I expect the people are happy sometimes. Regarding everything in the garden being rosy, I would prefer the lady in Elliston Gardens not to feed the seagulls (yes I have witnessed it and have photographic evidence) but apart from that I think most things are good in Porthleven and people can rest assured that if there is anything to be sorted out, then at least Porthleven Town Council will at least try their best to sort things out and get things done, and one can visibly see where money has been spent and where effort has been made to resolve issues. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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11:33am Thu 11 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

I must admit that Porthleven looks lovely at night when the lights are on,and it appears to be a lovely place to live.

It is of course dominated by a huge amount of cottages/homes which are let out for visitors,but its main problem is affordable homes.Seems a big pity that ordinary residents who would like their sons and daughters to stay living in the area cannot get involved on the Council and have some input in the discussions at Council level. They probably feel a bit intimidated or shy,and do not put themselves forward.
I must admit that Porthleven looks lovely at night when the lights are on,and it appears to be a lovely place to live. It is of course dominated by a huge amount of cottages/homes which are let out for visitors,but its main problem is affordable homes.Seems a big pity that ordinary residents who would like their sons and daughters to stay living in the area cannot get involved on the Council and have some input in the discussions at Council level. They probably feel a bit intimidated or shy,and do not put themselves forward. telstar1962
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11:55am Thu 11 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I strongly believe that the proposed affordable homes for Porthleven should go ahead by the developer and be granted planning permission by Cornwall Council, In the mid 1960s farm land (a small holding) was subjected to a compulsory purchase by the 'then' council as it suited them, in order for homes to be built.
Generations of my family lived in Porthleven and unfortunately I cannot afford to live there, however I would now like to see others in Porthleven have that chance of an affordable home that would enable them to live in the village. Although holiday lets do play an important part of Porthlevens economy, they need to be balanced with permanent residents.
In a village that always has more candidates than seats for election I can understand the unwillingness of some people not trying for election as sometimes the results often appear to have been a foregone conclusion, but in Porthleven that has vacant seats, it does appear a shame that there are not those willing to stand.
I strongly believe that the proposed affordable homes for Porthleven should go ahead by the developer and be granted planning permission by Cornwall Council, In the mid 1960s farm land (a small holding) was subjected to a compulsory purchase by the 'then' council as it suited them, in order for homes to be built. Generations of my family lived in Porthleven and unfortunately I cannot afford to live there, however I would now like to see others in Porthleven have that chance of an affordable home that would enable them to live in the village. Although holiday lets do play an important part of Porthlevens economy, they need to be balanced with permanent residents. In a village that always has more candidates than seats for election I can understand the unwillingness of some people not trying for election as sometimes the results often appear to have been a foregone conclusion, but in Porthleven that has vacant seats, it does appear a shame that there are not those willing to stand. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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12:02pm Thu 11 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

In fact, if they took bets on who would get in for Cornwall Council and the Parish Council in Mullion, I think I could win a lot of money.
In fact, if they took bets on who would get in for Cornwall Council and the Parish Council in Mullion, I think I could win a lot of money. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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6:54pm Thu 11 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

I admit that the existing Town Councillors in Porthleven do a fine job.

I would be interested to know the views of residents of Porthleven who may read this,and the reason why they think nobody else cares about representing such a good place.

A place where only about 7 out of 8 houses are lived in all year round !
I admit that the existing Town Councillors in Porthleven do a fine job. I would be interested to know the views of residents of Porthleven who may read this,and the reason why they think nobody else cares about representing such a good place. A place where only about 7 out of 8 houses are lived in all year round ! telstar1962
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7:29pm Thu 11 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

As far as I know Porthleven has 232 holiday lets and second homes and 1753 household spaces. So I would imagine there is quite a bit of scope for available people to stand for election.
As far as I know Porthleven has 232 holiday lets and second homes and 1753 household spaces. So I would imagine there is quite a bit of scope for available people to stand for election. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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8:26pm Thu 11 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Having spoken to some different people regarding town council elections, a few reasons given for lack of interest in becoming a councillor were: other commitments and the lack of spare time when working, not wanting to turn out in the evenings for meetings, lack of child minders, clash of personalities with others, and lack of payment for it.

My view on those answers is that anyone that wants to be paid would be doing it for the wrong reasons, I think one should want to give something to the community, to help others without reward and to improve ones local area.
As for clash of personalities!!! I believe tolerance goes a long way and if one tried hard enough surely they could compromise. As for the other reasons given, I don't really have any answers to them.
Having spoken to some different people regarding town council elections, a few reasons given for lack of interest in becoming a councillor were: other commitments and the lack of spare time when working, not wanting to turn out in the evenings for meetings, lack of child minders, clash of personalities with others, and lack of payment for it. My view on those answers is that anyone that wants to be paid would be doing it for the wrong reasons, I think one should want to give something to the community, to help others without reward and to improve ones local area. As for clash of personalities!!! I believe tolerance goes a long way and if one tried hard enough surely they could compromise. As for the other reasons given, I don't really have any answers to them. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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10:56pm Thu 11 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

Reading between the lines,'clash of personalities' could mean that the existing Councillors are very strong minded,and other potential willing candidates will not stand because they do not need the hassle.

If that's the case,that's sad.
Reading between the lines,'clash of personalities' could mean that the existing Councillors are very strong minded,and other potential willing candidates will not stand because they do not need the hassle. If that's the case,that's sad. telstar1962
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8:00am Fri 12 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I am not a councillor so it dosn't matter but I am very strong minded in some things, I do though always try to see things from others points of view and accept everyone has their own opinion, and very often I come round to their way of thinking, I will always admit if I am wrong, however, I will not back down if I believe someone is being treated unfairly or victimised, in that respect I will always stand by what I believe is right.

Surely if someone can state "clash of personalities" as a reason for not even trying something, then it is they that have the negative attitude. How do they know there would be a clash of personalities if they don't try something.
I am not a councillor so it dosn't matter but I am very strong minded in some things, I do though always try to see things from others points of view and accept everyone has their own opinion, and very often I come round to their way of thinking, I will always admit if I am wrong, however, I will not back down if I believe someone is being treated unfairly or victimised, in that respect I will always stand by what I believe is right. Surely if someone can state "clash of personalities" as a reason for not even trying something, then it is they that have the negative attitude. How do they know there would be a clash of personalities if they don't try something. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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4:08pm Sat 13 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

May be Gillian, that potential Councillors have suffered problems with existing members in the past,and feel that they just do not need the aggravation, when all they may want to do is serve the community.
May be Gillian, that potential Councillors have suffered problems with existing members in the past,and feel that they just do not need the aggravation, when all they may want to do is serve the community. telstar1962
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5:47pm Sat 13 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Possibly telstar I suppose, but I can't imagine Councillor Mark Berryman causing any problems and I would put money on it that Councillor Andrew Wallis wouldn't. As far as I remember they are the only long term Councillors.
Possibly telstar I suppose, but I can't imagine Councillor Mark Berryman causing any problems and I would put money on it that Councillor Andrew Wallis wouldn't. As far as I remember they are the only long term Councillors. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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