Paul Sellers , Labour’s candidate for the Neroche Ward of South Somerset District Council, has made five pledges for his first 30 days in office. The by-election will be held on Thursday 3 March.
If elected, he pledges to:
1) Hold a face-to-face surgery to help local people with their problems. Further surgeries will be held on a monthly basis. He will also meet the four parish councils in the ward – Ashill, Broadway, Donyatt and Horton.
2) Campaign to reduce the impact of dualling the A358 on the villages., particularly Ashill, where it is feared that it will become a “rat-run”. He would lobby Highways England for an improved plan and press the County Council to limit the impact on the minor roads.
3) Launch a campaign for better bus services. Most of the villages in the ward have only one bus a day and there is no service at the weekend.
4) Deal with problems with recycling collections, as some homes are still regularly missed, pressing Somerset Wate Partnership to remedy this failure.
5) Launch a campaign for better broadband, as internet speeds fall far short of modern
About Paul Sellars
Paul Sellers is a former national policy officer, leading on local government. He was involved in setting up seven unitary authorities in 2007.An experienced negotiator, he has a track record of standing up for people, including a spell as an Ilminster Town councillor. His past career includes both manual and management jobs. After gaining an MA in Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour, he represented the TUC at National Level in negotiations with government and business confederations.
He says, “There is now a real danger that the voices of the villages will get drowned out. The district council will wind up in May 2023, when its functions are dud to be transferred to the new Somerset -wide unitary authority. The danger is that the district coucniul will become even more focused n Yeovi as they manage the process of change, leaving little time for hard- pressed people in the rural parts of the district. A strong councillor is urgently needed. I promise that I will hit the ground running when it comes to sticking up for Neroche people.”
Yeovil Constituency Labour Party Press Officer
Landline – 01460 57982