Following the long-overdue resignation of Suffolk’s most shameless county councillor -the non-resident Brian Riley – Suffolk Lib Dems are campaigning to give back to Hadleigh residents the quality representation they enjoyed with their previous County Councillor, Lib Dem David Grutchfield.
So what exactly has Brian Riley cost us, the people of Suffolk?
“Well, since he moved to America eighteen months ago, he’s continued to claim his County Councillor’s allowance . Then there’s the cost of this by-election forced on the county by him failing to attend even one council meeting every six months and so being obliged to stand down. That’s about £25,000, and for what? To represent his residents? To represent the great town of Hadleigh? It doesn’t looks like it! And in addition he has helped keep this service-cutting Tory county council in power,” says David Busby, County Councillor of neighbouring Belstead division.
“You just have to compare Mr Riley’s lackadaisical performance with that of the previous incumbent – David Grutchfield, ‘Mr Hadleigh,’ – who gave 24 years of his life to help the people and town of Hadleigh. It’s clear that Lib Dem councillors step up to the plate, take their responsibilities to their constituents seriously, and are not obsessed by the power drug.”
The LibDem candidate for this by-election is Trevor Sheldrick , who has already shown a long track-record of dedication and service to Hadleigh and its residents. Trevor has been 10 years on the town council and is currently the Mayor of Hadleigh. As well as a community speedwatch volunteer, he’s a First Responder- one of that band of amazing volunteer paramedics who arrive before the ambulance to keep you alive.
Its time to get back to having a ‘real’ councillor representing Hadleigh – you deserve it!
Dave Busby Caroline Page
Published and promoted by D Busby on behalf of T Sheldrick (Liberal Democrats) both at 16 Two Acres, Capel St. Mary, Ipswich IP9 2XP
Twenty six years after it first proposed a store in Hadleigh, Tesco has at last admitted defeat and has withdrawn its application to build a supermarket there.
The supermarket giant has finally conceded that they cannot get past spirited public defence of Hadleigh High Street – which on this final occasion was led by Lib Dem David Busby and the Babergh Planning Committee. District councillors voted seven to six to reject the plans. They decided they would be gambling on the future of the whole town’s economy if they the 2,500 square metre store to go ahead.
“Tesco would do more harm than good,” said Cllr Busby.“If we get the decision wrong and the high street goes down, we will never get it back.”
However he warns that the future of the town doesn’t end here. ”This can only be seen as the start of the survival of the High Street, it doesn’t guarantee it,” says Cllr Busby. ” A sustainable future can only be ensured by constant attention.It is now down to the people of Hadleigh, the retailers and the town councillors to make it happen!
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