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John Robertshaw on said: Edit

Local Government Purdah (pre-election period) up to AGM 2014

For local elections, the activities of local authorities in the pre-election period are governed by the Code of recommended practice on local authority publicity, which is issued as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1986.:[1][5]
Elections, referendums and petitions 41. The period between the notice of an election and the election itself should preclude proactive publicity in all its forms of candidates and other politicians involved directly in the election

What’s going on ? here

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admin on said: Edit

John, it looks as though all those election leaflets that have been issued are not in accordance with the code, unless I am reading the above wrong. I know absolutely nothing about election procedure as I have no interest in it at all. I do not know when the notice of an election was given. If there is anything I am inadvertently doing which I should not be, as a private individual on my own web site, which I fund myself, I would like to know.

______________________________________________________________________________________________John Robertshaw on said: Edit

I understand this is in regards to the promotion of a sitting councillor up for election and purdah code of practice in relation to Council announcements or business in regards to an elected office (a far more astute legal mind will know chapter and verse) but it is a very thin line, and a number of stories posted during the call of this election do concern me. Election leaflets are for a candidate to address the electorate directly and are subject to election law.

Whilst there is no responsibility of the provider i.e. private person to allow balance (like the Mirror, or sun etc.) during an election, it would have been best practice to have shown Queensbury people they do have choices rather than an unintended unbalanced view which directly or indirectly has an impact by what many may seem ordinary Councillor business to the voter but it is unfair to the other candidates.

A missed opportunity is my view , it could have been an opportunity to have written history for Queensbury, I am a sucker for the old days of public meetings in dusty schools debating.
And I never promoted myself once.

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admin on said: Edit

John,

In my quest to be impartial to all, I can only publish what I receive. Any imbalance comes from the reluctance of people to send information for me to publish. This has happened for some time, this matter has been raised before and I have answered in the same vein.

My journalistic talents are somewhat limited, I do not go looking for input and rely upon local residents to supply what I publish, I do this in the public interest.

Our community deserve to be informed of all that is happening now and kept up to date with future planned developments, council policy etc.

As you can see I am impartial and have nothing to hide as I have published your comments, which are now in the public domain for all to read.

Below added after the last comment published.

At least I do not publish abusive, offensive and inappropriate material as I wish this site to be suitable to all members of our community regardless of age, sex, disability and any other reason.

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Comments on Queensbury Councillors

The below comments are extracts from emails I have received, permission has been obtained to publish them.

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Hi Paul,

Myself and my partner moved up to Queensbury from Derby and Stoke-on-Trent on to the New Harron Homes development site (Hazel Hurst Quarry).

I’m not normally a political person but from reading the newsletter I was surprised by how much you and your wife are involved in the community which is fantastic and a credit to you both.

Despite the local’s opposing the new development we have settled in well here and would like to get in touch with a local scouting group, could you provide me with a contact please?

Also, as the new development is new, Bradford Council will not provide grit bins. Is this something that can be looked into?

Many Thanks and keep up the great work.

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Hi,

Thank you for you kind words, Lynda and I are dedicated to serving the Queensbury Community.

We are glad you like living in Queensbury it is a nice place to live, I’m bound to say that as I was born here 61 years ago but seriously it is a fantastic place to live.

I have copied contacts for the Scout leaders in for you, Roger Hyde and Nick Tindal also leader of the scout band Oliver Richardson.

Kind regards Paul

 

Tour de France and Walking on Sunday 6 July 2014

You may be aware that the Tour de France is in our part of the world on Sunday 6 July 2014. It is passing through Haworth and Oxenhope, with timings shown below:

  Kilometres Schedules (Local time)
  from the finish from the start 41 km/h 39 km/h 37 km/h
Haworth 125.5 75.5 13h10 13h16 13h22
Oxenhope 119.5 81.5 13h19 13h25 13h32

I am proposing a walk from the Ogden area, to Oxenhope, possibly Penistone Hill Country Park to watch the cyclists climb the hill from Lower Laithe Reservoir near Stanbury. It will take just over 2 hours to walk there so a 9.30 am set off from Queensbury will be appropriate, this will give time to find a suitable watching position and have a picnic lunch before the cyclists pass.

The walk will be about 10.5 miles and involve 500 metres of climb.

Let me know if you are interested and I will do some more planning if enough are interested. I will need to know the road closures for the area, I may then be able to shorten the walk.