325 votes, 356% increase. Thank you Waltham Abbey!

In the County Council elections 325 Waltham Abbey residents,  most of whom have never met me, voted for the Green Party and I to represent them on Essex  County Council. That’s a 356% increase on the 89 votes we won in 2013 and shows that there is space for green policies in Waltham Abbey.

We didn’t win but I thank each and every one of you for your support.

As promised in my flyer I will continue to campaign for the issues which you’ve told me matter to Waltham Abbey – better public transport, appropriate housing and support for local businesses.

Over the next few months local Greens will be around with our quick surveys. Please take the time to fill them in if you can.

Credit where its due

I congratulate Cllr Ricki Gadsby on holding the Waltham Abbey seat on the County Council. Although we’re on different sides of the political spectrum we do have some common ground, particularly around public transport and safer streets.

I know that Cllr Gadsby  has made good progress on a pedestrian crossing on Honey Lane near the Woodbine pub, working closely with Jane Trite and other local campaigners, and there are proposals to introduce a community bus scheme to replace the 505.

These are both things which I wholeheartedly support.

Low turnout

Unfortunately the turnout was very low – just 3833 (23%) of Waltham Abbey’s 16,839 electorate voted. There were only 2106 votes between Cllr Gadsby and Timothy Vaughan, who stood for the Liberal Democrats, in last place. A few of the remaining 13,006 votes could have made all the difference, though there’s no way of knowing which way they would have gone.

I genuinely believe that one way to improve turnout is to make more people aware that there is a viable alternative to the Conservative hegemony.

Can you help us spread that message?

In this election campaign we had great support from volunteers who got involved for the first time, helping to deliver 5,000 leaflets across Waltham Abbey, the majority going to homes which had never had any Green Party literature through their door before.

We’re the only political party which regularly distributes newsletters about Waltham Abbey issues but we’ve been limited to focusing on Waltham Abbey South West ward. Can you help spread the message further? It’s not just Green Party propaganda – it’s a genuine attempt to keep people informed about local issues and hopefully get more people involved in local campaigns.

We also run Saturday street stalls on Sun Street.

If you can help out with either, or in any other way, please let us know by filling in this form: http://efgp.org.uk/wagpvolunteer.

Of course, you could join the Green Party too! We’re the party that joins the dots between environmental protection, social equality and localism. If you agree with us that campaigining for one involves campaigning for the others why not join?

http://efgp.org.uk/join

Thanks again for your support. It means a lot to me both personally and as a Green Party activist.

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