For those of you who have missed out on the election news in Watford, it was good news for Farm Terrace.
The Conservative MP Richard Harrington (who supports deregulation of the Allotments) won the seat but it is still good news for Farm Terrace, let me explain why –
Our elected Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill who has been the driving force behind the 3 submissions to deregulate the allotments only achieved third place in the election despite stating that she was the only person who could beat Richard Harrington. Matt Turmaine from Labour who supports the retention of the Allotments came a reasonable second with 14,606 votes with Richard Harrington achieving 24,400+ votes. I know myself that many people used their votes tactically as many people were scared that Dorothy would get in so voted for Richard to stop her becoming MP.
Also at the same time a number of local council seats were up for election with the Lib Dems (Dorothy’s party) losing a number of seats to both Labour and the Conservatives. This left the council more evenly balanced politically than it has been for many years (Lib Dems 19 seats – including the elected Mayor), Labour 13 & Conservatives 5).
Next year there are more local council elections (as the town’s boundary’s are changing) and there will be another round of local elections meaning that the Lib Dem seats which were ‘safe’ may not be any more…
Taking into account that even if we lose this 3rd attempt at deregulation (now that the new Conservative government has been formed) we potentially still have at least 2 more growing seasons taking us to Autumn 2016 and by this point the whole of Watford Council could look different by then, which brings me on to my next point…
Do we really need an ‘elected mayor’ in Watford? Please see the following thread from the comments section of the Watford Observer’s story (http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/12939065.Richard_Harrington_storms_to_Watford_victory/?ref=mr&lp=13 ) and take particular note of the way ‘Wacko Jacko’ responds (he is well known to be Councillor Iain Sharpe, the partner of Dorothy Thornhill!)
‘Relieved that Dorothy did SO badly. There was a lot of tactical voting going on to keep her out because of the Farm Terrace Case and many other fiascos. We now have to look at how to get her out of her Mayoral role…’
‘Sorry I’ve been out of communication over the past few weeks, I’ve had an election to fight.
Sarah, what you are forgetting is that Harrington is in complete agreement with Dorothy on the subject of the Health Campus, only he is in a much more powerful position than DT to deliver it.
The huge vote in his favour should be interpreted as a vote in support of the Health Campus and a mandate to get on and deliver it. Also please note that Dorothy has three more years to run as Mayor, by which time the project will be in full delivery mode and your allotments will have been turned into much needed homes.
I like to quote figures, so here is a new one to ponder, Watford now has over 200 families registered as homeless and in temporary accommodation at great cost to us the taxpayers, whereas the allotment land which could go a long way to solving that problem benefits only around 20 families who could easily move to one of Watford’s allotment sites with vacant plots,
As I’ve said before your dog in the manger campaign, supported by Labour, is a disgrace, a waste of our money and is against the interests of the many poor families who deserve a proper home in Watford. In a word it is simply selfish.’
‘Oh Mr Sharpe/ Mr Dorothy Thornhill, I imagine you have been VERY busy picking up the pieces left after the people of Watford voted massively against your wife! Perhaps now it is time you both faced the truth that no one in Watford trusts her anymore and they would even vote for a ‘Conservative’ who lives in North Watford – just to make completely sure that she doesn’t enter into Westminster and muck even more things up! Now as you like facts so much..
Your wife gets paid (in these economically difficult times) £65,000 +Pension, +allowance, + add ons and she thought so little of this role that
- A) She went for MP, B) She thought it was perfectly acceptable to do both and be a part time Mayor (for the full wage obviously) and also take the wage and responsibilities of a full time MP (Had she won).
Now I for one believe that the role of elected Mayor in Watford, has been proven by your wife, to be completely unnecessary and complete and utter waste of Tax payers money who paid £220,000 for the Mayor’s office – last year!!
What a shameful waste of money. This has to stop! Nobody else has an ‘elected mayor’- why should we? Particularly one who no one has any confidence in?’
So the question I have for all you Watford residents is who agrees with me? Is it time for a change?
Does Watford need an elected Mayor?