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Our candidate in Worthing Pier on May the 4th, Jim Deen, welcomes the U-turn on tip charges but argues that 7 day opening should be restored.

Labour is delighted that the County Council has seen sense and agreed to withdraw the charges for DIY waste taken to the Council’s waste and recycling centres. The Tory Council leaders could have avoided this humiliating U-turn if they had listened to the Labour group when the charges were first proposed six months ago.

We told them the charges were likely to be illegal and that they would inevitably result in less recyclable materials being brought to the centres and being fly-tipped around the county.

And we were absolutely right. The amount of DIY waste being taken to centres dropped by around 60%, and there was a very noticeable increase in fly-tipping around Worthing and across the County. The most extreme example was the huge pile left in the prominent Teville Gate site. This was largely composed of DIY waste.

Teville Gate

The tragic thing is, we gave the Tory administration the opportunity to back down on these ill-considered charges at a Council meeting in March. Despite the overwhelming evidence that the charges were a disaster, they voted to keep them. Every Worthing Tory County Councillor present – Michael Cloake, Paul High, Roger Oakley, Bryan Turner and Steve Waight – voted to keep the charges.

Labour is now calling on the County Council to also reverse the cuts in opening hours of the waste and recycling centres. This was another ill-considered decision which has created chaos around the tips on the days when they are open, with huge queues of cars trying to access the sites, long delays in unloading, and full containers having to be closed down causing even more delays. This must also be having an effect on the amount of fly-tipping.

Labour feels it’s the obligation of the County Council to maximise the amount of waste being recycled by eliminating the barriers to using the waste centres. This means restoring 7-day opening and getting rid of all charges.

Read more of Jim's blog here.

Welcome U-turn on tip charges, but now we need 7-day opening restored

Our candidate in Worthing Pier on May the 4th, Jim Deen, welcomes the U-turn on tip charges but argues that 7 day opening should be restored.

Jim Deen, our candidate for Worthing Pier in the West Sussex County Council Elections on May the 4th, examines some of the statistics used by the Green Party in their election literature.

When it comes to election time, we’re all used to some pretty dodgy statistics being bandied about to confuse the unwary voter. But using figures from an election four years ago, as the Greens are doing in their election literature, and suggesting this reflects current support for the various parties contesting the Worthing Pier division in this year’s County Council elections, is wilfully misleading.

 

In the absence of a current local opinion poll, which we obviously don’t have, results from last year’s local elections in same area have got to be a much more reliable indicator of the current standing of the parties.

 

The larger Worthing Pier division used in the County Council election is made up of most of the two Worthing Borough Council wards Central and Heene. In both wards Labour were just pipped at the post by the Tories – by 34 votes in Central and 70 votes in Heene. The Greens were a poor fourth across the two wards on just 13% of the vote.

 

This is the actual share of the vote for each party last year (2016) in the Worthing Pier area:

 

Conservative 32%

 

Labour 30%

 

UKIP 17%

 

Green 13%

 

Lib Dem 8%

 

So the suggestion made by the Greens in their election leaflet that they are in second place is just absurd.

 

And if we look at the trend in local elections in the Pier area over the last four years, it’s even clearer that the story is all about a Labour surge with support for all the other parties falling away. None, including the Greens, are now even close to being contenders to win in this area.

Share of the vote in the Worthing Pier area in the last four year’s local electionsGraph

Our results from doorstep conversations with voters across the Pier Division this year are confirming just what the graph shows. Labour is neck and neck with the Tories … and the Greens, Lib Dems and UKIP are just not in the picture.

 

In this County Council election, Worthing Pier is definitely a two-horse race which Labour is well placed to win.

Read Jim's blog here.

Lies, damned lies and election statistics

Jim Deen, our candidate for Worthing Pier in the West Sussex County Council Elections on May the 4th, examines some of the statistics used by the Green Party in their...

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