Support pours in for new independent councillors

Support pours in for new independent councillors

Support pours in for new independent councillors

First published in News

A PAIR of councillors who quit the Liberal Democrats last week said they have been inundated with messages of support from continuants and politicians.

Cllr Matt Knight and Cllr Julia Wassell handed back their Lib Dem registrations after becoming disillusioned with the way the party was being run locally.

It followed Cllr Wassell’s suspension from the party pending an investigation.

Cllr Knight told the BFP this week that residents and local politicians from across the different political parties had been in touch to wish them well.

He said: “A lot of people who voted for us say they are behind us and can see we have the best interests of the community at heart. We’ve had hundreds of messages – including from members of the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems.

“We’ve invited all the people that are supporting us to join in with events and activities we have planned for the community.”

He added a number of former Wycombe Lib Dem officers had joined the duo’s political grouping – dubbed the Independents of East Wycombe.

The political pair met with Wycombe District Council’s solicitor this week for early discussions about whether IEW would become a fully-fledged political party, with a logo and agenda, or remain as an independent grouping.

Cllr Wassell has also retained the support of the Liberal Democrat Group on Buckinghamshire County Council – which is now made up of four Lib Dems, one Labour and an independent councillor – despite leaving the party.

The Lib Dem group leader Cllr Avril Davies said: “'The Bucks County Council Liberal Democrat group regret that Julia Wassell has felt it necessary to resign from the Liberal Democrats over local party issues, not national policy.

“Julia has our full support and, although now independent, she will remain a respected member of our group.”

Cllrs Knight and Wassell have been out cleaning graffiti off the walls of the Micklefield tunnel and cutting the over-grown grass in areas of east Wycombe.

They planned to deliver bags of the trimmed grass to BCC’s High Wycombe offices to show county officials they ‘were not doing a good enough job’.

Cllr Knight said: “The grass cutting situation is unacceptable. When it gets to the point where cyclists and drivers are visually impaired by over grown grass, and elderly residents cannot see out of their own windows, it’s gone too far.”

BCC Leader Cllr Martin Tett said the authority had to save £15m this year, with a reduction in grass cutting one of a number of ‘difficult decisions’ it has made.

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9:05am Tue 1 Jul 14

Bodger1966 says...

Glad they are getting lots of support I think their decision resonates with how a lot of people are feeling about politics.

Interesting the county group seem happy enough with Julia. Clearly the problem was with the Wycombe lot.
Glad they are getting lots of support I think their decision resonates with how a lot of people are feeling about politics. Interesting the county group seem happy enough with Julia. Clearly the problem was with the Wycombe lot. Bodger1966
  • Score: -25

9:20am Tue 1 Jul 14

shelly14382 says...

Glad to see Matt and Julia getting the support they deserve
Glad to see Matt and Julia getting the support they deserve shelly14382
  • Score: -7

9:30am Tue 1 Jul 14

Helen J says...

I'm impressed they've been out cutting grass especially where visibility for traffic has been bad. That's exactly the sort of pro active attitude we need in East Wycombe, thanks.
I'm impressed they've been out cutting grass especially where visibility for traffic has been bad. That's exactly the sort of pro active attitude we need in East Wycombe, thanks. Helen J
  • Score: -4

10:36am Tue 1 Jul 14

MarkSenior says...

Why do these councillors feel the need to destroy all the wild flowers , butterflies , bees and other wildlife living in the grass verges of their roads ?
Why do these councillors feel the need to destroy all the wild flowers , butterflies , bees and other wildlife living in the grass verges of their roads ? MarkSenior
  • Score: 23

10:44am Tue 1 Jul 14

geoffW says...

Is Darren Hayday ill? He is usually the first to comment on stories such as this.
Is Darren Hayday ill? He is usually the first to comment on stories such as this. geoffW
  • Score: 8

11:43am Tue 1 Jul 14

Darren Hayday says...

geoffW wrote:
Is Darren Hayday ill? He is usually the first to comment on stories such as this.
Ner not ill. Good luck to them both. There is one thing that we all share in common = political parties only operate for the party rather than the people that they are supposedly representing. I'm all for Cllrs and MP's that want to throw away their shackles of party membership. OK so Julia and I do not see eye to eye but I must be in a good mood today. End off.
[quote][p][bold]geoffW[/bold] wrote: Is Darren Hayday ill? He is usually the first to comment on stories such as this.[/p][/quote]Ner not ill. Good luck to them both. There is one thing that we all share in common = political parties only operate for the party rather than the people that they are supposedly representing. I'm all for Cllrs and MP's that want to throw away their shackles of party membership. OK so Julia and I do not see eye to eye but I must be in a good mood today. End off. Darren Hayday
  • Score: -13

2:10pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

I wish I could grow grass so tall it blocked the view out of windows and the vision of people on the roads and footpaths.

(No element of exaggeration here is there?)
I wish I could grow grass so tall it blocked the view out of windows and the vision of people on the roads and footpaths. (No element of exaggeration here is there?) Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 10

2:14pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

MarkSenior wrote:
Why do these councillors feel the need to destroy all the wild flowers , butterflies , bees and other wildlife living in the grass verges of their roads ?
This had minus 6 earlier - what is the point in disagreeing with it? Long grass is not the safety hazard some people make it out to be unless you are about 18 inches (381mm) in height. It can also be attrcactive and is nice for other creatures to live in as well.
[quote][p][bold]MarkSenior[/bold] wrote: Why do these councillors feel the need to destroy all the wild flowers , butterflies , bees and other wildlife living in the grass verges of their roads ?[/p][/quote]This had minus 6 earlier - what is the point in disagreeing with it? Long grass is not the safety hazard some people make it out to be unless you are about 18 inches (381mm) in height. It can also be attrcactive and is nice for other creatures to live in as well. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 18

2:17pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

I see no one has spotted my deliberate mistake in saying that 18 inches is equivalent to 381mm, when in fact it is equivalent to 457.2 mm.
I see no one has spotted my deliberate mistake in saying that 18 inches is equivalent to 381mm, when in fact it is equivalent to 457.2 mm. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 0

8:20am Wed 2 Jul 14

Littleskyfall says...

Good luck to both councillors they are the only ones we see on our streets working and supporting all local residents, it's a shame our other councillors don't take a leaf out of their book
Good luck to both councillors they are the only ones we see on our streets working and supporting all local residents, it's a shame our other councillors don't take a leaf out of their book Littleskyfall
  • Score: 14

4:05pm Thu 3 Jul 14

J B Blackett says...

Undercover Euro Yob wrote:
I see no one has spotted my deliberate mistake in saying that 18 inches is equivalent to 381mm, when in fact it is equivalent to 457.2 mm.
Equivalencing might be the harbinger of the impending doom of our society. That and also uncontrolled ever increasing entropy.
[quote][p][bold]Undercover Euro Yob[/bold] wrote: I see no one has spotted my deliberate mistake in saying that 18 inches is equivalent to 381mm, when in fact it is equivalent to 457.2 mm.[/p][/quote]Equivalencing might be the harbinger of the impending doom of our society. That and also uncontrolled ever increasing entropy. J B Blackett
  • Score: 3

12:54am Sun 20 Jul 14

DawesJack says...

Good luck to them, may they win every seat in 2015
Good luck to them, may they win every seat in 2015 DawesJack
  • Score: 4

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