Friday, May 04, 2007

Thank You Westgate!

Just in case your'e wondering, the people of Westgate returned me as a councillor today and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me for their support. The results weren't called until after 3pm and I have been fielding telephone calls and emails since I arrived home.

Ten candidates ran in Westgate and the principal results were:

- Simon Moores (Cons) - 754
- Tom King (Independent) - 696
- Brian Goodwin (Cons)- 687
- Ingrid Spencer (Cons) 673

Congratulations to Cllr Brian Goodwin who was returned and Tom King who squeezed Cllr Spencer out and commiserations to the hard-working Cllr Spencer who has achieved a great deal for local people during her time in the Cabinet. Thanet's local government will feel her loss.

The full Thanet local election results can be found here. Overall it was Conservatives, 33 - Labour,19 - Independent,3 - Ramsgate First, 1

Now you know where to find me, I will be doing my best to make the village a better place for us all but give me a little time to settle in and discover how we can best make improvements.

54 comments:

derick97 said...

Possibly the end of westgate then?

Anonymous said...

Well as from 3pm today anything bad that happens in Westgate is obviously your fault.
Congratulations and commiserations, you are in for a hard few years.
Its a shame that James Maskell didn't make it in Salmestone, I live in that ward and the two Labour candidates went out on the streets day after day.
They knocked at my door 3 times and left leaflets before they caught me in at home and gave me the verbal.
I give them full marks for persistence, it seems to have worked.
I see they got 562 votes each, do you know how many James netted?

Michael Child said...

Congratulations Simon, you can’t do better than getting the most votes in your ward. The main thing that worries me about the overall result is Ramsgate’s lack of cabinet representation.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Ed?, Doc?, no, congratulations Councillor!

First issue Cllr Moores is why have the green tubs on the dual-carriageway barrier on the Canterbury not had daffodils this Spring and nothing planted so far? If they are not to house flowers could I suggest they be removed as empty containers look neglected and give the wrong impression to visitors driving in.
Second issue: Could we have a return to real flowers in hanging baskets around Westgate and the removal of the faded garish plastic that have swung around all winter?

DrMoores said...

I'm collecting comments and suggestion but best thing is to email me and I'll create a separate folder for them to review.
Thanks
Simon Moores

Anonymous said...

First, congratulations Cllr Moores, and good luck.

In reply to 4.31's queries, the hanging rags were removed from Lymington Road last week, and the contractors told residents that they will soon be replaced by real baskets, and looked after this year! A good start.

As regards the Canterbury road buckets, I was led to belive they were placed there last year by the St. Augustine Developers, in an attempt to make the area look nice for potential viewers / buyers, and that they were not the responsibility of the Council??

Chaz Jones

James Maskell said...

I dont know the full numbers for Salmestone as I wasnt there for the declaration. The number of votes is pretty irrelevant really. Ultimately its just down to the one, two or three names in each ward that matters. One thing that needs to be said though is that its good to see that turnout in Salmestone was much higher than before.

Congratulations to Ela Lodge-Pritchard and Harry Scobie. I hope they will truly represent the ward as they have said they would.

Norah Batty said...

Well done Councillor ! Told you you could do it !

Anonymous said...

Bugger

DrMoores said...

Thank you Norah Batty and everyone else who provided such wonderful support.

Anonymous said...

I suppose 8:13 is representative of your opposition. Very enlightened!
No wonder you won by a mile!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Time for Chris Wells and yourself to think about a new leader of TDC Tories?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Simon on your election, What a great idea a new Leader for the council a gentleman who cannot be accused of "conflicts of interest". You have my support for what it is worth, and many others, I guess. the appointment of a leader with real values and standards, and no local business interests just the welfare of Thanet and all residents.

Anonymous said...

Well done Simon and Tom King, great to have an Independant councillor in Westgate, we can expect great things for Westgate now. Out with the old and in with the new. New broom and all that.

Ann Finch

Tony Beachcomber said...

Looking at some of the results there are indications that some of the returning councillors have been returned with good majorities because they have worked hard for their wards. For example the Margate Central and Garlinge results, resulted in the sitting councillors being reelected with a large slice of the vote.
The election of Tom King is a sign that people are prepared to forgoe party allegances and vote for the person and not the personality. But perhaps the electorate in some areas of Thanet are judging councillors by the work they put, which is a good thing for local democracy.

Tony Beachcomber said...

7:59 I meant the party where I wrote personality,

you tell why I wasn't elected, cna't spel.

Anonymous said...

Well done on topping the poll in Westgate. I also like the new lable at the top of Thanetlife;"One Councillor's Guide to Thanet". My only concern, as a reader of Thanet's best blog, is that you are now going to attract petty comments and sniping from the wings on political grounds rather than sensible and balanced discussion of issues. I also suspect that your own editorial freedom may be curtailed and your ability to comment personally on issues may be effected as a result of changes the Government have made in respect of 'councillor's rules and guidelines'; particularly in regard to discuusion in Council and voting on issues that you have already publicly commented on.

Anonymous said...

label?

sue said...

Congratulations! I know you will do your best for Westgate. Even though you are a Conservative. :D

Anonymous said...

I would like to add my congratulations on your recent success and am also delighted that Tom King was successful - it would be wonderful if all the elected Councillors could now work together for the good of the people they represent rather than trying to score points of each other - the problem with having a majority party governing is that any area where the vote went against them seems to be victimised. I would reiterate one of the suggestions made "How about considering taking on the Leadership?"
One thing that did amaze me was thatTed Ruffell had been elected as a Tory Councillor - I always thought that any intended candidate was vetted before being
selected - he was thrown out of the Labour Party some years ago as being unsuitable doesn't say much for the Tory party that he was "fit for the purpose" for them does it?
When a new Planning Committee is formed it would be nice if they could all be made aware of the rules - recently we were advised at a Residents' meeting that a local developer had been granted planning permission for Lockwoods Yard - a few days later the permission was withdrawn on the grounds that this had been given before the expiry date - a point that was made by Mick Dermott - should not the Planning Committee have been aware of this?
It was nice to meet your wife at the polling booth on Thursday.
Eileen Cunnew

Anonymous said...

I will be following your electorial promises with interest, can only get better I suppose! The constant sight of vast amounts of litter along Westgate shopping parade is a disgrace and I hope this will be one of the matters at the top of your list together with cracking down on the hoodies who have appeared and spend their day sniffing glue and smoking behind Somerfield when they should be in school

DrMoores said...

My first action, later this week, wil be to call a meeting between the three westgate councillors to explore the best way forward. I will also be visiting all of the shops in Westgate to introduce myself and to ask for their support and suggestions so that we can all (the three local councillors) can find a course of action in the future which gives local traders the support they need within the rather limited remit of local government powers and budgets.

Perhaps the most important thing is that I'm more accessible than most and so where problems occur that I can help with, you know where to find me. Normally walking the dog on the beach at St Mildred's at around 0800 any weekday too!

Tom King said...

Sincere thanks to all of the 696 people of Westgate who put their trust in me as their independent choice especially all those who walked the streets to deliver my leaflets - i'll do my best for you all and Thanet in general

Tony Carpenter. said...

Congratulations - whatever the persuasion, public office requires a huge amount of work and effort.

For your 'list of things to do' could you please add - could the flagpole at the Nayland Rock please have a clean flag, a repaired flag, a crown that is not 'wonky' and most of all a flag that is the correctly sized flag for the height of the flagpole - there is a distinct formula for this at:

http://www.flagpolecompany.co.uk

Then it will at least look as if the image matches the ideals.

Good Luck!

PS Also the Leisure Force Van should have legal lights - not dysfunctional ones.

James Maskell said...

So what if Ted was a member of the Labour Party in the past? Changing your political allegiance should not be a barrier to public office.

Tony Beachcomber said...

James, were any of your relatives Kamikaze pilots by any chance.

James Maskell said...

Obviously no.

Anonymous said...

I think you will find that stringent checks were made before Ted Watt-Ruffell was offered the opportunity to stand. You will be pleasantly surprised I am sure. How can anyone complain that he moved from Labour to Conservative ? We are all allowed one mistake aren't we ? He came to his senses obviously ! If he is wrong to change allegiance then what of the councillors that 'cross the floor' after being elected ? What of the 'Independants' ? Judge him by his deeds and give him a chance.

Tony Beachcomber said...

James, I just wondered where you get these political suicide tendancies from, as you have opened up a debate on one of your own. Anyway I like Ted, regardless of what he might or might not of done.

James Maskell said...

There is no debate.

Anonymous said...

Ted Ruffell did not change his allegiance until after he was "disowned" by the Labour Party - I always thought that candidates were vetted to ensure they had a "trouble free" background making them suitable for acceptance as candidates - my point was that if he wasn't suitable as a Labour Councillor what makes him suitable as a Tory Councillor? Any one has the right to change sides if they so wish but not because they have been "disowned".
Eileen Cunnew

Anonymous said...

Doesn't it depend on what he was disowned for? If he was going around saying that Tony Blair is a power-crazed megalomaniac who will leave this country in ruins while he sneaks off to the U.S.A. lecture circuit for $11 million a year like all good socialists! Or that Gordon Brown has the scariest smile on the planet and is going to find a way of taxing the air we breathe then I think most of the British public would be disowned by the Labour party.
Silly me, they already have been!

Tony Beachcomber said...

James, you dropped this one at 8:58 like a hot coal, this is unlike you, as you normaly go in both feet first. Is there something you are not telling us bloggers.

Anonymous said...

this man was deselected by the labour party in 2003 because some members of the labour party in north thanet did not like his life style and because of a marrige breakdown he then went on to get remarried then he took stock of his life looked at where he could help local people in 2006
when he had his interview for the local elections this year
he was was upfront with his past
and even brought his standard disclosure form the criminal records bureau going back over the last ten years nothing found
hope this is the end of the
matter let ted get on with his life
and now as a elected member of tdc and the ward of dane valley

James Maskell said...

Tony, stop stirring. As Anonymous 8:12 rightly says, Ted has nothing which should stop him from being a Councillor.

Is it possible that people like Eileen Cunnew just dont like Conservatives of any kind and will do anything to undermine then, however ridiculous the assertions they make? Perhaps its time for those people to just move on?

Anonymous said...

reply to anonymous 4.22pm 09.05.07 No one would have blamed him for crossing over on those grounds least of all me !! That was not the reason he "crossed over". It would seem I know a little more of his past history than you do.
I am not trying to blacken his present character in any way I'm just surprised that someone with a "background" isn't vetted before being considered as a candidate - there must have been good reasons why the Labour Party "disowned" him not just crossing over because he was disillusioned with Tony Blair and his mob - let's face it
a very large number of us have joined that club.
Eileen Cunnew

Anonymous said...

re previous comments perhaps I have a little more knowledge of Ted's past history - maybe not recorded in the criminal lists - nothing to do with marriage breakdown his personal life style or change of allegiance-as far as I am concerned any candidate of any colour gets my vote if I know I can trust them - I am not doubting Ted's present status in the community but the Labour party must have had a good reason for "disowning" him.
Hopefully Ted will be able to prove to his supporters in Dane
Park that he has put the past behind him but I'm naive enough to think that all Councillors should
have a "clean slate" to prove their integrity and honesty.
Eileen Cunnew

Anonymous said...

Labour and honesty, now that's an interesting one. There was me thinking the Westgate & Westbrook Resident's Association was an a-political organisation not to be run by a political party of ANY persuasion. Imagine my surprise when I realised that it is in fact a Labour Party organisation without the courage or honesty to wear their colours as the present Goverment is so unpopular. They sound off about stopping development in Westgate and say they are "Independent" but the party they covertly support is the very party that passed all the laws forcing local councils into accepting the destruction of their areas (as long as there's parking provided!) and as the law IS the law, court cases against the developers CANNOT be won. They simply refer to Mr Prescotts grand (and legal) plan to bury Southern England under an ocean of concrete and collect their cheque!
P.S. Regarding knowing about people and their pasts. Simply implying that there is something suspicious is so convenient as you don't have to be specific and the person cannot defend themselves. I think it is a very cowardly and low tactic.
Let he/she who is without sin, cast the first stone.

Anonymous said...

Eileen Cunnew, that is a dreadful thing to imply. If you have something to say about someone's integrity, then be brave enough to say exactly what your gripe is instead of skirting around the issue. You are not even resident in Dane Valley so Ted Watt-Ruffell's failings or victories will not affect you, you seem to me to be hinting at something sinister, I would ask, therefore, who's integrity is in question.
Is it not possible that perhaps Councillor Watt-Ruffell has changed his mind over his politics, as we all do throughout our lives, and maybe, just maybe, he will be a great activist for the people of Dane Valley ? Is no-one allowed to change their minds at all then ? What about Jack Cohen, he stood as an Independant yet has been a Liberal, Conservative and an Independant in Dover and a Conservative and Independant in Birchington ? With Ted, you get what you see, which, in my opinion is far better than someone crossing the floor once elected. Say what is on your mind or leave the man to do what the people of Dane Valley elected him to do - speak for them.

Anonymous said...

That's a point.....what exactly is going on with Tom King and his Residents Association ? Is he prepared to do the honourable thing and step down as Chairman ? Remember, you residents of Westgate, you voted for him, if he's a closet Labour supporter, as I suspect he is, then you might well live to regret supporting him.
Problem is, you are stuck with him for 4 years.
Come on Tom, I know you read this blog, speak up or resign from the Residents Association. Be what you claim to be, Independant......or did you mis-lead the voters ?

James Maskell said...

Regarding Ted, I am satisfied that there was nothing in his past to stop him from being a candidate. All the time Ive known him hes always been of good character and done nothing to indicate he could be trouble. Hes never hidden from any direct questions about his past. These witch hunts do tire you know...I wonder, who's next?

Regarding Tom King, would I be right in saying that as long as he steps down as Chair of Westgate Residents Association before he takes the oath, there shouldnt be any problem?

Anonymous said...

unlike anonymous 11.27am I'm not afraid to add my name to any comment I make - you talk about "labour and honesty" that really is tongue in cheek there hasn't been much honesty going on in the Government over the recent years and where on earth you get the idea that the WWRA is a Labour organisation I just don't know. Perhaps you should try asking the 1200 members if they agree with you as well as the residents who voted for Tom King.Have you any evidence to prove the "covert support" you talk about - come along to one of the meetings and find out what the Association really stands for. No one in their right mind would support a party that has caused so much devastation via Mr Prescott and his development plans. I can go on quoting reasons for not supporting the Labour Party immigration, education, the legal system it's endless so please do not accuse Tom King or the Association of having any affiliation with the Labour Party. As the
Constitution states they are non political which is why Tom stood as an Independent. I myself have always voted for the person and not a party in local elections.
Regarding the comments about implications and not being brave enough to say exactly what they are I'm not stupid enough to make these public knowledge. The fact that I put my name to the comments must at least say that I stand by them if anyone cares to ask me in Ted's presence what they are I will be happy to tell them.
As you say I do not live in Dane Valley and maybe Ted will prove a a great asset to the Conservative Party.
Regarding Tom King's resignation from the Chair of the Association
that will be his choice unless of course there is some ruling which does not allow him to continue now that he has been elected as a Councillor. As far as the Association is concerned the majority of members respect and admire him and will be quite happy for him to carry on.
I seemed to have stirred up more than I bargained for in making the comments about Ted but I really found it hard to understand how being dismissed from one party makes you eligible for any other party willing to accept you. Call me naive but that's how it was.
Those people that know Ted as he is today will not be affected by my comments and the people that proposed him as a candidate will certainly not be bothered by them and if they have upset Ted I apologise all I wanted was an answer.
Eileen Cunnew

Anonymous said...

In reply to 8:12am annon, I find it unbelievable that a Conservative candidate had to produce a disclosure from the criminal records bureau to secure a nomination. There is something suspect in all of this.

Anonymous said...

re my comment 10.45pm 10.05.07 one important amendment "non political" should have read "non party political" after all we are all political animals in some way aren't we?
Eileen Cunnew

Anonymous said...

Eileen, if all you wanted was an answer, why didn't you simply talk directly to Ted as you appear to claim some kind of "friendship" with him (isn't he the lucky one!)
Or did you think a subtle public trashing would be more effective as you couldn't find his phone number!!

James Maskell said...

Unfortunately with the dual role of Residents Association Chair and District Councillor for the same area, he would find himself suffering from a severe conflict of interest in any debate at TDC relating to Westgate.

The two roles really need to be separate and any politicisng of the role of Chair of the Residents Association really needs to be avoided, even with him being Independent.

James Maskell said...

Re. Ted, unless there is evidence of any wrongdoing by him, I think a line should be drawn under the subject.

Anonymous said...

re: Cllr. Tom King's connectiion with the WWRA. Correct me if I am wrong but aren't Cllr's. Ted Ruffles and Shirley Tomlinson also connected with another local Resident Assn? how come nobody is comdemning them? sauce for the goose etc.

Ann Finch

James Maskell said...

Is the Residents Association in the same area as the ward they represent at Councillor level?

Anonymous said...

And neither of them are Chairmen.
I, for one, am watching Tom King very closely. As for the residents Association, what a joke ! There might be 1500 members, but that is only because it costs a pittance to join. Have they actually ever done anything ? By all means, go along to one of their meetings, guaranteed that only 25 - 30 members bother turning up ! You can quote big numbers, but we all know that the majority are not particularly interested. Go on, go and have a look at their meetings, it's just a Labour platform.

Anonymous said...

You previously spoke about a planning application in St Mildredss Bay for conversion of a property into more flats which you said you had squashed, but it appears that the owner has now resubmitted it! Will the Councillor be exercising his new found influence to put this one to bed?

DrMoores said...

The revised application was submitted very quickly after the first challenge placed by Cllr Goodwin. This has I believe also been subject to intervention for the same reasons.. lack of parking being one. Rest assured that I am watching it

Anonymous said...

Councillor. Do you think that there are enough flats building projects in Westgate and do we really need anymore especially in veiw of car parking in and around Beach Road, Beach Rise and Old Boundary Road.

DrMoores said...

The density of flats in Westgate is a source of concern to many if not most residents and an issue I will be following closely.

I spoke with Cllr Goodwin this evening and he tells me that he is challenging the revised plans for Beach Rise. If necessary I will do the same - the parking is quite inadequate - and I am meeting with him on Wednesday to discuss this and other local matters we need to work on in concert.

What residents need to recognise is that the central government regulations on housing development make challenges very difficult unless there are sufficient grounds for an objection based on well-defined parameters. Parking being among them.