“Watch out Colnbrook” urges former parish chair as Elum-Smith hits out at “lies”. It’s voting day … finally!
Voting day has finally arrived in the hotly disputed by-election for Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council.
As campaigning has neared its conclusion in recent weeks rivalries have spilled over into the pages of the local newspapers, social media and even posts here on Colnbrook Views.
Three vacant seats are up for grabs, and eight candidates are standing: three Conservatives, three from the Labour party and two independent candidates.
Former parish chair Mr Peter Hood has hit out again at councillors who “wield control” but do not live in the parish, citing mediocre councillors and attacking Labour’s record on delivering for Colnbrook.
Has it occurred to everyone that Parish Councillors living outside the Parish don’t pay the precept that residents do and yet they wield some control as to how that money is spent?
Serving councillor Eddy Elum-Smith has defended his own record and similarly blasted “lies” from colleagues and an alleged smear campaign aimed at “Labour party candidate bashing”.
While local groups have promoted local candidates, all eight candidates have provided personal statements setting out their connections with the parish and what they stand for should they be elected.
A hustings organised by the Colnbrook Residents’ Association was reportedly well attended, but social media interest in the election has been lukewarm.
With a lamentable 14.67% of those eligible voting in the last by-election in August 2015, those interested in the future of the parish council will be hopeful of a better turnout this time around. The election then saw Cllrs Raymond Jackson and Paul Brooks elected with just 233 and 221 votes each.
Tomorrow’s by-election will be the first truly party political election for the parish council – both Labour and the Conservatives are fielding candidates.
Those voting should not leave it too late. Yesterday’s yellow weather alert, issued by the Met Office for high winds across Slough and much of the South East, should make way for a generally fine day from 7am – but there will be chances of light rain in the morning and heavy rain in the evening. (Bad weather generally means a lower turnout, and that is normally considered good for the Tories and bad for Labour).
Voting takes places today, Thursday 23 rd November, between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm.