Yes I will. I think it is important to exercise one's democratic right; some people around the world don't get the chance. Not too sure where my four 'x's will go as I haven't seen all the candidates literature. Unlikely to go to all one party.
A question; why bother to vote. What is the point of the Town Council?
First answer. Yes, I was going to stand. On an Independent ticket. A swan song if you like. The only chance anyone gets to say what they want without a party machine telling them that if they don't do as they are told the whip will be removed. Sixteen Shades of Grey
. However owing to family reasons I have neither the passion, the will or the inclination to fight an election. And it is not something I will discuss on an open forum. People who know me understand what is happening at the moment.
In my wilder moments I cannot see the point of a three tier political system. East Herts has five major towns: Hertford, Ware, Buntingford, Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth. Taking Hertford as an example we have 16 councillors who are elected to represent the town. I believe that those 16 people are better placed, representing as they do their constituents who are residents of the town, to know what is best for the town than those who do not a) live here b) work here or c) represent the rurals. Let County take care of the rest of the countryside and collection of rates etc.
At present the Town council has control over closed churchyards, allotments, some signage, the TIC, entertainment in the town centre and is part of the consultation but not decision making on planning issues (may have missed some). I am sure that matters of alcohol, betting and taxi licensing, planning application and approvals, infratstructure, litter, signage, public conveniences and all the other small matters of town life are better understood and therefore better governed by those who live in, work in or represent the town.
I think the Town Council is a much better medium to run things but I fear that this will not happen in my lifetime.