Independent candidate for Beer & Branscombe ward

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JOHN HEATH is standing for EDDC as an Independent in Beer & Branscombe ward. This is his message to voters:

Hi Everyone in Beer, Branscombe and West Seaton, I am delighted to announce my candidacy to be your East Devon District Councillor. I am a resident in Beer and live in the centre of the village. I am a member of Beer Parish Council and am running as an independent so I will not be influenced by party politics.

I think we all know in Beer that the Jubilee Gardens are a disgrace and EDDC needs to get a grip and restore the gardens to its former glory. Rest assured this will one of my first responsibilities as your district councillor. The children’s playground in Beer also needs restoration and management by EDDC and this can also be rectified as a priority by EDDC. The older children currently have no youth club outlet, and it became clear to me when some of the boys took the initiative to build a den in a more remote part of the Jubilee Gardens which was an amazing initiative that they lack a suitable facility so this will be raised with EDDC.

I will be meeting fellow villagers in Beer and Branscombe throughout my campaign and I will ensure I represent both villages equally by spending time meeting parishioners. 

I will be talking to residents in West Seaton and am well aware of their concerns about inappropriate development, for example in the field at the top of Beer Road as well as in the Green Wedge. I’m disappointed that the government has again turned down EDDC’s Levelling Up bid to fund the Seaton Seafront Enhancement Scheme and I will work with other Seaton councillors to try to move this forward. 

I will hold monthly surgeries but also because I am newly retired from front line key working public service I can and will devote my time to ensuring you are represented when I raise issues at council meetings. My role will be to ensure Beer, Branscombe and West Seaton has a voice at EDDC. I will advocate on your behalf for positive outcomes, and I want to ensure transparency and communications in relaying back to you decisions made by EDDC through a blog page but also through Beer Information Page, Beer Memories and West Seaton page. I hope you can consider me for your vote on 4 May. I would be privileged to serve my community.

Best wishes, John

The other candidates are Maria Hall, Conservative, from Axminster, and the disgraced former town mayor of Seaton, Peter Burrows, standing as a Liberal Democrat. John Heath is the only candidate who lives in the ward.

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    […] Martin Shaw, Chair of the East Devon Alliance, who played a significant part in helping Independent Councillors become the pivot in the formation of the coalition, gives an insight in the sort of reasoning one might apply to the candidates in the wards in his neighbourhood: Seaton and Colyton; and Beer and Branscombe. […]


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