Profiles of Beaconsfield by-election candidates

South ward candidate - Frank Armstrong (Independent)

South ward candidate - Paul Dreelan (UKIP)

South ward candidate - Roy Foster (Conservative)

West ward candidate - Joanne Smalley (Independent)

West ward candidate - Graham Smith (UKIP)

West ward candidate - Patrick Hogan (Conservative)

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

FOLLOWING the resignations of two Beaconsfield Town Councillors, voters will go to the polls next week to decide who should fill vacant seats in the South and West ward.

Below we take a look at the nominated candidates for both areas.

     South ward by-election candidates:

Frank Armstrong (Independent)

A FORMER Beaconsfield Town Councillor, Mr Armstrong has lived in the Old Town for more than 30 years.

He was elected to the council in 2007 but because of ill health he decided not to stand for a second term in 2011, although he says he is now well enough to serve the town again.

He has been involved in many Beaconsfield groups including, the Royal British Legion, Beaconsfield Lions, Community Association and the Old Town Residents Association.

Paul Dreelan (UKIP)

A YOUTH leader for more than 20 years and a Bucks resident for his whole life, Mr Dreelan is aiming to put the interests of his constituents first.

He says he will work tirelessly for the community and will not be afraid to act in residents interests.

Amongst other aims he said he will fight for money for local services and will lobby district and county councils to act in your interests.

Roy Foster (Conservative)

A TOWN resident for almost three decades, Mr Foster says he would like the town council to pay a greater role in the future of Beaconsfield.

This Conservative candidate still works on his own small business but has always had an interest in local government.

He says he wants to preserve the best aspects of the Old Town and is especially keen to ensure there is adequate parking for residents.

     West ward by-election candidates:

Joanne Smalley (Independent)

THE daughter of a former Beaconsfield Mayor, Ms Smalley is the by-elections only nominated female candidate.

She says national party politics has no relevance at this level and decisions should be made by people who put Beaconsfield issues first.

The Beaconsfield resident says she is concerned that the town council have been detached from genuine issues which are important to residents.

The Holtspur Nature Reserve and Beaconsfield Society are initiatives Ms Smalley would support.

Graham Smith (UKIP)

A MAYOR of Beaconsfield in 2002/ 03, Mr Smith is vowing to speak ‘up for all sectors of the community’.

Having lived in Beaconsfield for more than 20 years he says he cares about the town and south Bucks and says he is not afraid to make waves within the council.

In particular he says he will oppose HS2 and will focus on the community and not a political career.

Patrick Hogan (Conservative)

A RETIRED Chartered Architect Mr Hogan is keen to work alongside the council for the benefit of people in Beaconsfield.

He says he was pleased to see the addition of new road humps in Holtspur Top Lane and wants to work to help transform Holtspur Park.

The town resident is a former chairman of Hampden Hill Society, which seeks to preserve the uniquely designed homes in that area and the green.

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9:01am Mon 11 Aug 14

Darren Hayday says...

There should not be political party candidates in Town or Parish Councils.
There should not be political party candidates in Town or Parish Councils. Darren Hayday
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9:35am Mon 11 Aug 14

tigger the campaigner says...

Totally agree Darren, and it seems we have a Town Council with its current makeup that serves itself rather than the community and appears to be lead by those with egos that disengage the local community from any interest in the local council. It would be better if councillors at the Town and Parish level were non-political and were voted in on the basis of what they do rather than what colour rosette they happen to wear. Voting for a “party” rather than the “person” at this level of government is ridiculous.

Even the local Conservative agent agreed with me last week that “Party Politics are irrelevant”, but then goes off at a tangent on the party line to contradict this by citing things the party machine stands for. I do not believe “Low regulation, pro Grammar schools, pro Green Belt etc” are matters that are dealt with by the Town Council as they have little powers to exercise in these areas; so odd that one should be presented with a candidate who stands for matters that are not dealt with by the Council he or she wishes to stand for!

Tax on the other hand is very relevant because Town & Parish Councils are the only Local Authorities free to set their own precept without the controls of Central Government. However this is Beaconsfield where most people are fairly sensible and have an understanding that things cost money and this can only come from the local community. This is therefore unlikely to be a problem given the type of person who would stand for the Town Council, be they Conservative or not.

For a change I do find myself in agreement with Council’s leadership in that these local elections are a complete waste of money. But then hypercritically Conservative candidates are allowed to throw their hat in to the ring and stand for the Town Council…. Why? What difference is it going to make in a council dominate by the Conservative Party? I would have just had a Gentlemen’s agreement with everyone interested in standing for the Town Council to see if two could be chosen from which ever persuasion they come from simply because next year we are going to have more elections. If there was no party politics in the local Town Council, we would not be having the election, and yes I know it is people’s right for democracy.

Party politics has no role to play in Beaconsfield Town Council affairs and as a result, we have a Town Council dominated by one party whose members are told what to do by its leadership that sadly stifles any individual voices that might not agree….
Totally agree Darren, and it seems we have a Town Council with its current makeup that serves itself rather than the community and appears to be lead by those with egos that disengage the local community from any interest in the local council. It would be better if councillors at the Town and Parish level were non-political and were voted in on the basis of what they do rather than what colour rosette they happen to wear. Voting for a “party” rather than the “person” at this level of government is ridiculous. Even the local Conservative agent agreed with me last week that “Party Politics are irrelevant”, but then goes off at a tangent on the party line to contradict this by citing things the party machine stands for. I do not believe “Low regulation, pro Grammar schools, pro Green Belt etc” are matters that are dealt with by the Town Council as they have little powers to exercise in these areas; so odd that one should be presented with a candidate who stands for matters that are not dealt with by the Council he or she wishes to stand for! Tax on the other hand is very relevant because Town & Parish Councils are the only Local Authorities free to set their own precept without the controls of Central Government. However this is Beaconsfield where most people are fairly sensible and have an understanding that things cost money and this can only come from the local community. This is therefore unlikely to be a problem given the type of person who would stand for the Town Council, be they Conservative or not. For a change I do find myself in agreement with Council’s leadership in that these local elections are a complete waste of money. But then hypercritically Conservative candidates are allowed to throw their hat in to the ring and stand for the Town Council…. Why? What difference is it going to make in a council dominate by the Conservative Party? I would have just had a Gentlemen’s agreement with everyone interested in standing for the Town Council to see if two could be chosen from which ever persuasion they come from simply because next year we are going to have more elections. If there was no party politics in the local Town Council, we would not be having the election, and yes I know it is people’s right for democracy. Party politics has no role to play in Beaconsfield Town Council affairs and as a result, we have a Town Council dominated by one party whose members are told what to do by its leadership that sadly stifles any individual voices that might not agree…. tigger the campaigner
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9:49am Mon 11 Aug 14

Darren Hayday says...

It's all to do with Power and Control. There should have been a gentleman’s agreement but you can bet your bottom dollar that either UKIP or the Conservatives (or both) jumped up and down and demanded a by-election.
A waste of time and money for the people of Beaconsfield - which ironically they will be having the pleasure of paying for!
You just can’t make this up – but there you have it.
It's all to do with Power and Control. There should have been a gentleman’s agreement but you can bet your bottom dollar that either UKIP or the Conservatives (or both) jumped up and down and demanded a by-election. A waste of time and money for the people of Beaconsfield - which ironically they will be having the pleasure of paying for! You just can’t make this up – but there you have it. Darren Hayday
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