Postal Votes Pack were distributed by 1st class post on 19th April. So many if not all of the Postal Voters will have received their voting papers and can now submit their votes.
The Deganwy Electoral has over 680 postal voters around 20% of the Electorate.
In 2008 79% of the Postal votes issued were returned..
The total turnout in 2008 was 44% of the electorate in Deganwy.
These figure tend to show that the Postal Voters will account for over 30% of the votes cast, and these voters can now cast their vote, in fact I know of some who already have.
I have attempted to deliver my election material to all the electorate in Deganwy. But if anyone is reading this and has not received a copy then please let me know and I will ensure you receive one. My post 'Vote for Jason Weyman" is a copy of my election flyer.
I spoke with one postal voter yesterday and they said that not only does it take away the need to get to the polling station on 3rd May it also gives them more time to consider the ballot paper and if necessary do some extra research into the candidates on the lists.
There are 4 candidates on the Deganwy Division's County Council Ballot paper, with 2 vacancies. This means you can cast up to 2 votes on the ballot paper.
I would really appreciate your support and your vote on the ballot paper. Through my literature and this blog site I hope it will give everyone the chance to look into my activities and achievements over the last 4 years.
One of the main things I have learnt over the last 4 years as a County Councillor, is that it is isn't possible to make any firm promises. We can promise to aim to achieve things or campaign to do something, but with 59 councillors in Conwy all representing there own views, values and communities some times it may not be possible to achieve what you may want to achieve.
At a county level, the difficultly that will exist over the next few years and is to how to maintain services with diminishing budgets.The challenge is to make sure we deliver value for money services and make sure we can maintain the level of service, if not improve them.
It may mean that over the next couple of years we may need to make some cuts to services, but we need to investigate all possible options before hitting these services. None of the residents in Deganwy or Conwy will receive all the services provided by the Council, but it is true to say that each of the services provided is important for those receiving them.
My knowledge gained over the last 4 years and my more detailed work on the budgets is important and will mean I have the chance to contribute to these debates from Day 1 and if elected I will help bring new councillors up to speed with the very steep learning curve they will be facing.
Locally, well my blog and literature details some of the things that I have managed to achieve over the last 4 years. But I'm still committed to improving the local area. I want to continue to promote Deganwy. Deganwy is now referred to in tourism documentation and I will want to make sure that this continues. It is important for the local business in Deganwy that we make sure that footfall is brought into the village. There is only so much that the Council can do to promote the village, it will still need that work of individual businesses to promote themselves and help promote a positive image for the village.
Things like the annual Deganwy Prom Day and the River Taxi have helped put Deganwy on the map. I hope the proposed Development of the Deganwy Castle Hotel will help to improve this area and will bring in more business and visitors. If elected I will keep a close eye on this project and build on the relationships I have established with the owner and Planning Consultants.
I have done some work with the playgrounds and playing areas in Deganwy and Llanrhos, and I want to continue this work. Not all of this work will be possible with the Council's limited funds, so the challenge will be to apply for and attract sponsorship from other sources.
The most common problems in the village and across the county are Highways and Dog Fouling. It is promising to hear that extra funding has now been secured from the Welsh Government that will mean that we will be able to invest over £7million of the next 3 years n the highway network across the county, we need to make sure that this money is spent on the most needed areas.
Dog Fouling still remains the topic that I receive most complaints about. Certain items have improved over the last few years, but there is still a challenge to stop the limited number of Dog Owners who do not take responsibility for clearing up after their dogs. The recent Dog Control orders have been established to give protection for certain areas, such as playing fields and play grounds. We now need to catch more of the people at fault. Over the last couple of months I have been in discussion with the Cabinet Member for the Environment on how this can be achieved, and there are some interesting ideas that I will be keen to see progress in the new term.
It is not always possible to please everyone all of the time, there are situations when within the ward there will be opposing views.
I promise to do my best, I will do what I can to protect and improve services for residents of Deganwy and Llanrhos.
A couple of people who have indicated they will be voting have asked me for advice on who else to vote for. There are few things I will say, but at the end of the day, it has to come down to you as the voter and what they have done to give you the confidence to give your vote:
- You do not have to make 2 votes, If you are unsure on making 2 votes it is valid to only put 1 X on the ballot paper
- Saying that you will then be reliant upon others to make the decision, based upon their votes.
- I know both of the 2 conservative candidates. Sam Cotton through the Residents Association/ Prom Day etc, and Julie Fallon as a neighbour. I'm not going to say who I think would make the best County Councillor, but I will say that if I am elected as a Councillor then I know I could work very well with either Sam or Julie.
- Terry James, the Liberal Democrat candidate is someone I haven't met or know much about. All I know is the same as you and that is from his election flyer.
As postal voters I can not offer you any assistance with the process of voting, but if you would like me to discuss anything else then please let me know.
If you are able to give me your support and mark a X next to my name, I would be very appreciative and will return your trust in me, with hard work and determination over the next 5 years.
3 Lon Pedr, Llanrhos, LL30 1SS