POLITICS: Thanks from candidates

Coun James Avery
Coun James Avery
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South Holland District Council Elections 2015

After being elected as one of three district councillors for Pinchbeck and Surfleet at the local elections I would like to take this opportunity to thank those that helped Liz Sneath, Sally Slade and myself during our successful campaign. I would also like to congratulate all successful candidates, irrespective of their allegiance.

Approximately 2,000 residents of Pinchbeck, Pinchbeck West and Surfleet voted for us. To you all, I am exceptionally grateful for your confidence in us and we will do our best to fulfil our promises during the next four years.

To those that proposed, seconded and signed my nomination form – thank you.

To those that helped design and print our literature, and especially those that walked many miles with us to deliver leaflets and speak to our voters, a sincere and genuine thank you.

Thank you to the team conducting the ballot verification and vote counting. A difficult and time consuming job.

Geoff Garner – you conducted a diligent and positive campaign, and I know you worked hard and covered a lot of ground.

Douglas Dickens, you conducted a ‘stealthlike’ campaign, but it was by no means negative.

It goes without saying that if I did not have the support of my family it would be difficult to find the time to be involved in campaigning, let alone be a councillor.

Liz and Sally, I have enjoyed the last four years. Thank you for your support and sense of humour and I look forward to the next four years.

Finally, to the candidates that worked hard but were unsuccessful. Be positive and please do not let the result put you off having another go in 2019.

PS: I would like to thank David Turp for his tireless and determined promotion of the Pinchbeck Chimes, and hope this publication now goes on to achieve even greater success as a community magazine. Very well done.

Coun James Avery

Pinchbeck and Surfleet

I would like to thank everybody in Gedney that voted for me and helped me in the district council elections.

Despite polling of 33 per cent of the vote this was insufficient as Jo Reynolds (Conservative) succeeded with 47 per cent.

Jo and I both fought a fair and honourable campaign and I am sure that the residents of Gedney will be served well.

Like many candidates from all parties I have heard the comment that “we are all the same”. This is true and this is why:

Every single candidate in this election, whatever the hue, believes in democracy. Friday, May 8 was the 70th anniversary of VE day. As everybody bowed their heads for the silence in the room at Springfields during the district election count there was not one of us that did not give silent thanks for the sacrifices made by so many that enabled us to stand in that room and exercise the democratic rights which have been passed down to us all. Everybody is entitled to their own opinions. The right to express those opinions at the ballot box is a precious and hard fought for thing which we should all treasure.

Andrew Parks


The excitement of the parliamentary and local elections seems to be over now. It is not so for me. This year I stood for the first time as a candidate for the district council on behalf of the Labour Party for Moulton, Weston and Cowbit Ward.

As it was the first time, I had not high expectations, but I was resolved to put up a good fight and I have clocked many miles canvassing and leafleting. As the results were declared I was pleasantly surprised and delighted to learn that as many as 486 people had voted for me. This is truly humbling and encouraging.

I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all of you who voted for me. I am also grateful to all those who supported my nomination and encouraged me throughout the campaign.

I would also like to express my appreciation of and, indeed, thanks to all candidates standing for other parties for their civility and kindness towards me.

It was a great experience, which leaves me with even greater appreciation of the British democracy and the civility and quality of our local politics. I will stand again.

Voyteck S. Kowalewski

A sincere thank you message to the residents of Pinchbeck, West Pinchbeck and Surfleet who voted last week to re-elect me as one of their councillors on South Holland District Council.

It will be my honour and privilege to continue to serve you all fairly, honestly and equally for the next four years.

I am also really grateful to all of the family, friends and volunteers who helped in the campaign by displaying posters or by delivering leaflets to the villages, roads and droves in the ward.

Coun Elizabeth J Sneath

Pinchbeck East,

West Pinchbeck and Surfleet

I write to express my thanks to all those who have renewed their confidence in me to represent you at local government level as your district councillor.

I confirm that I will continue to work to the best of my ability to represent the interests of all of the residents of Whaplode and Holbeach St John’s Ward and for the wider interests of South Holland.

During the run-up to the elections, I talked with many residents who have confirmed my belief that there are a number of recurring concerns around the setting of speed limits in residential roads, speeding of vehicles, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour of many kinds.

Over the coming months and years I will work with my colleagues at district, parish levels and with the other agencies to bring pride in the community as a high priority in our community.

Again my thanks for the confidence you have placed in me and my pledge to ensure that it shall be fully justified.

Coun Malcolm Chandler

Whaplode and Holbeach St John’s Ward

No words can describe the overwhelming honour of being elected in your good faith to represent you and your family on our district council.

These past nine months have been a privilege beyond any I can compare. The confidence that you have demonstrated will soon see itself a new face, tackling local issues and fighting local causes. As I have said before – not only a week ago – your time will as always remain ours, but this time I can tell you, your vote has extended its grasp to generations past and generations yet to come.

Coun Jack McLean

Spalding St John’s

I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in the district council election.

Your continued support is doubly appreciated in the unusual circumstances of local elections occurring at the same time as a general election.

Whether you voted for me or not at all I will do my utmost to represent you whilst working for the good of the district and particularly for the ward I represent.

Bryan Alcock

Crowland and Deeping St Nicholas