Candidates were announced on Monday afternoon and I guess we’re off, election fever is upon us! We’ve actually been out and about ahead of all the other parties for weeks here in Honiton, with our first ward newsletter out in January and the second one being delivered to all 3,300 homes in Honiton St Michael’s this week. We’ve also been on the doorsteps with our surveys asking the people who live here what they like and dislike about Honiton and getting some very interesting answers.
We found out yesterday that we have two GREEN parish councillors – both becoming councillors as not enough people stood in their areas, and there was no election. They are Emily McIvor – now Councillor McIvor in Axmouth and myself – Sharon Pavey. I’m now a councillor on Honiton Town Council.
Honiton Green Candidate Sharon Pavey is demanding that the town makes it’s roads safer for children and other pedestrians.
The East Devon Green Party recently surveyed 200 people in Honiton and 70% said they think cars drive too fast in Honiton. A substantial 67% of Honitonians were in favour of introducing some 20 mph zones in town. The Greens think that 20 mph zones should be in place outside our schools and parks including the Brand Meadow park on Battishorne Way.
Currently families are unable to cross Battishorne Way safely to get the new Brand Meadow nature reserve and play park. Sharon uses the park regularly with her two children aged nine and five and also crosses there to walk her dog on Roundball Hill.
Sharon says “It’s such a wonderful children’s park but such a shame you have to cross a dangerous road to get to it. I believe a crossing has been looked into for the past couple of years and that now recent cuts mean a delay in getting anything done about it. Surely safe access should have been in place when the park was opened!”
“Drivers regularly speed along Battishorne Way at much more than the 30mph speed limit and with so many people crossing at Honiton Bottom Road to use the park, the nature reserve or Roundball Hill, there may well be an accident there sooner or later. It would be sensible to have a crossing there or speed cameras and traffic calming measures”
Results of the resident’s surveys also highlighted the need for a safe crossing on New Street, and a 20mph zone outside Littletown and Millwater Schools. Residents also commented that the Exeter Road roundabout near Sidmouth Road was a dangerous place to cross as cars exceeded the 30mph speed limit on the Exeter Road.
The Honiton Greens are happy to take up these issues at council level if elected in May. Sharon adds “With 42 children killed or injured on our UK roads every single day, road safety is a top priority for the Honiton Greens.”
ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) 42 children are killed or injured on the road every day in Britain http://bit.ly/ePEKrT
Photo above – Sharon Pavey. Photo at the top is Natasha and Aleck Pavey waiting to cross a very busy Battishorne Road next to the park
Honiton Greens say let’s stop fighting each other and start to really work together as a community. Prospective town & district councillor, and co-ordinator of the East Devon Green Party, Sharon Pavey has been out on the doorsteps of Honiton for the past few weeks listening to people’s concerns and is worried that clashes over certain issues in the town could stop Honiton developing and reaching its full potential.
38 year old mum of two Sharon is particularly concerned about allotment provision and the proposed community centre.
Sharon would like to see people in Honiton being given the chance to grow their own food on allotments. However, the site which the town council had earmarked has now been granted village green status and it’s not clear whether allotments could still go ahead there. Sharon is welcoming proposed talks at east Devon District Council to try and satisfy everyone, possibly sharing the site between dog walkers and allotment users.
“I live round the corner from this area and walk my dog there. It is a huge space, certainly big enough for allotments AND recreation. Dog owners can also use the nature reserve across the road, the lane up to St Michael’s Church, Roundball Hill and the fields surrounding it”
“As for the community centre, I’ve been talking to people on the doorsteps and grilling the town council on the 25 year history of this venture. I think it’s unfortunate that the town council were not allowed to advertise the recent poll and that a core group of objectors turned out to vote against it. But speaking to people across the town, I know a lot of people want a community centre and would use it. I certainly would with my young family and urge anyone else who thinks this way to make their views known via the ballot box.
“The town is being offered nearly half the money needed and the rest is a long term loan which won’t hike up our council tax. Yes, it will cost money, but with a town which has grown as fast as Honiton has and has so many young families, we need to invest in everyone’s future and have a fantastic focal point for the town.”
Sharon adds “If you don’t vote on May 5th then you may well be lumbered with local councillors who are not serving your interests. We especially need the younger generation to vote for local councillors who want the community centre, who want to support our youth services and who will fight against cuts to other services in our town.”
Sharon will be available to talk to at the Honiton Issues Coffee Morning & Green Market on Saturday 23rd April from 10am – 12 midday at the Mackarness Hall.
Come and meet Green candidate for Honiton St Michael’s Sharon Pavey. Sharon is standing for both town and district councils this year and would like to hear from local residents about any issues affecting them.
PLUS GREEN MARKET including plants, veggies, jams, books, cakes, adult & kids clothes, gifts and more!
Having a really productive time at the moment on the doorsteps in Honiton. We have a fabulous local team out most days now, knocking on doors and meeting the residents in St Michael’s. We’re hearing about the local issues which matter in town and are ready to tackle those issues if elected on May 5th. Anyway, just dropped in to say a HUGE than you to all the people helping with the VOTE PAVEY campaign. I’m off out again now to knock on some more doors in my local area and ask my neighbours to VOTE PAVEY on May 5th.
I have not been feeling well this week so a bit grumpy about not being able to get to any of the local events celebrating the 100th International Women’s Day TODAY! Seeing this in today’s paper has cheered me up though and made me feel that maybe I’ve done my bit today. If you want to read the whole article – click here and go to page 5 http://bit.ly/fJScVg
I’m running for both the town council here in Honiton, Devon in May and the East Devon District Council.
We’ll be out all weekend in the St Michael’s ward in Honiton posting newsletters, please do say hello if you see us in your street, we’d love to hear your views on Honiton and how you would like to see the town move forward in the future.
I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all the people who helped with the GREEN PARTY General Election campaign in East Devon. There were lots of dedicated passionate souls beavering away behind the scenes and my thanks to everyone involved. You are all superstars, thank you so very much.
We were over the moon to receive 1.5% of the votes last Thursday. This means that 815 people in East Devon voted GREEN and I would like to personally thank each and every person for voting for the GREEN option on election day, a GREEN option which has long been missing off the ballot papers here in East Devon.
We’d love to hear from as many of the 815 as possible. Please add your comments below.
We only set up the new East Devon Green Party group in January 2010 and have some wonderful dedicated people (members & non-members) in the group across the areas of Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Honiton, Seaton and Axminster. Our next meeting is on Saturday 12th June 2pm to 4pm at Twyford House in Sidmouth, all welcome. We’re a very friendly bunch, and would love to meet you and welcome you to our group.
Photos: That’s me at the top with my four year old Aleck outside our polling station in Membury and Aleck doing the honours with my ballot paper below.
Well, after weeks and weeks of hard slog – election day is almost upon us. I’ll be at The Knowle in Sidmouth with my husband Dan, the wonderful Sharon Howe and our fabulous election agent Geoff Sharples at the count, all through Thursday night into Friday morning waiting to hear how many votes we’ve achieved for the Green Party here in the Conservative heartland of East Devon !
I have been receiving good luck messages by email, Facebook and twitter so I thought I’d start off this thread so you can all add your comments below. Let’s bring together all this positive GREEN energy in one place.
Can I just take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has played a part in this election campaign – from designing the election literature, to handing out leaflets, staffing stalls, walking round in the rain (and sun!), putting posters up and putting postcards though doors. Thank you to the people who helped me prepare for the public debates, came to support them and then ferried me home afterwards! Thank you for the help writing newspaper articles, press releases and taking photos, making videos etc. Thanks for all the work involved in preparing and running our public meetings and thank you to everyone who has kindly donated money to fund our campaign. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make our fundraising curry night (below) such an amazing success and thank you to everyone who came along, enjoyed the food, company and helped us raise £160!
Thank you to the East Devon Green Party TEAM, you are all superstars! – Bee, Diana, Lesley, Ana, Michael, Mark, Paul, Cathy, Cherry, Kerry, Emily, Miriam, Mike, Anya, John, Roger, Ruth, Andy and Michele. Special thanks to Geoff, who had to deal with all the reams of election paperwork and press and Sharon H for being the most wonderful support all along the way from that first coffee and chat in Honiton last Christmas! We did it!
Thank you to my wonderful husband Daniel and my two children Natasha and Aleck for putting up with mummy dashing off here, there and everywhere over the past few weeks. Thank you also to my lovely mother in law Sue (aka Mum 2) for helping with the children and ferrying me about.
Thanks everyone – please add your vote to http://www.exmouthpeople.co.uk too if you have a minute.
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