1. Mole Valley District Council Elections – Ashtead Village Ward

    This year the General (Parliamentary) Election and the Local District Elections coincide. However, only one of the seven Ashtead seats on Mole Valley Council is up for election. This is in Village Ward and the seat is currently held by a Conservative.

    We are delighted to welcome David Hawksworth as our candidate. David has lived in the ward for eight years. He is an active member of the Residents’ Association Committee and of Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum, and brings with him a wealth of experience on ecological issues which will be particularly valuable as the District’s Green Belt and open spaces come under increasing pressures from developers. He is also committed to health issues and chairs the St Stephen’s House Surgery Patient Participation Group.

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    Please note: There will be no Mole Valley Election in the Common Ward or Park Ward this year.

     

     


  2. Election in Ashtead Village Ward

    We are very pleased to announce that JOHN BUSBY will be standing as an Ashtead Independent for election to Mole Valley District Council on 5 May as one of the representatives for Ashtead Village Ward, joining Simon Ling.

    John moved to Ashtead in 2006 and has a young family. He is an active committee member of the Ashtead Residents’ Association and is committed to maintaining Ashtead’s village character, and has been concerned recently in the creation of a web-based hub for local issues to be discussed to drive improvements of services and opportunities in Ashtead.

    John and his canvassing team will be knocking on every door in Village Ward over the next few weeks until 5 May.  Look out for his election leaflet and don’t hesitate to question John or any member of the team on any issue relevant to Mole Valley District Council which is important to you.  If you would like to be sure of speaking to John personally please contact any one of us through this website. 

    John believes that more than ever Independent Councillors are needed to ensure that party politics do not triumph over local interests and common sense. National party politics have little relevance to local affairs which should be in the hands of local residents serving only local interests.

    The other candidates are Bob Cane (UKIP), Chris Hunt (the Conservative Party Candidate) and Clive George Scott (the Labour Party Candidate).


  3. The Alternative Vote Referendum

    Although the only election in Ashtead on 5 May this year is the one in Village Ward for Mole Valley District Council, residents throughout Ashtead will be going to the polls on that day because there is a nationwide referendum to decide whether our voting system for Parliamentary elections should be changed.  This decision will not affect local elections, and so although Ashtead Independents recognise the importance of the issue, and each of us has our own view on the matter, we are not expressing any group view on it.  We do encourage all residents to consider the question carefully, make up your own minds, and vote on 5 May.  A government leaflet is being circulated explaining how the proposed new system, known as the Alternative Vote (or AV), will work and how it differs from the present system known as “First Past the Post”.

    To help you, here are some of the arguments for and against the new system:

    FOR AV:

    1       Under our present system a candidate can win even though more than half of those voting have chosen somebody else.

    2       Fewer votes are wasted, because votes for losing candidates are discarded in favour of the second (and later) preferences of those voting for them.

    3       It may produce an overall result closer to the proportion of support for each major party.

    4       It may reduce the extent of tactical voting (that is voting for a candidate who is not your first choice in order to defeat another).

    AGAINST AV:

    1       It is more complicated, and will take longer to produce a result.

    2      It compromises the ideal of ONE PERSON ONE VOTE.

    3      Elections will be decided on the basis of the lowest preferences of those voting for the least successful candidates.

    4       It may lead to more frequent coalitions and less stable governments.

    If you would like to advance any other arguments either for or against AV – please let us know and we will post them here!