The seat is vacant due to an absentee Conservative councillor. The Haslemere Herald reported on this. More here.
The Lib Dems and Greens locally have agreed not to contest this Haslemere seat.
“Rather than put forward our own candidate, we have decided to stand aside and give Independent Nikki Barton a free run in the hope that she can win again. Before doing so, we asked Nikki to confirm that, as County Councillor, she would fight any cuts to Haslemere Library and she was happy to do so. So, with that assurance, we’re backing Nikki and are confident she will again be an excellent representative for Haslemere on Surrey County Council”. John Leston, Haslemere Liberal Democrats.
“With the forthcoming Surrey County Council By Election in Haslemere on 2nd May, we have decided not to stand a candidate but rather support Nikki Barton in becoming a councillor. Nikki has a proven track record as an outstanding Independent county councillor, she fully supports the principles of sustainable development and has for example taken the initiative to set up projects that promote more sustainable transport. Furthermore, in backing Nikki the aim is to avoid splitting the vote. You can find out more about her campaign via http://www.haslemerefirst.com/ and we urge all local residents to vote for her”. Dr Susan Ryland, Guildford and Waverley Green Party.
Haslemere Town Council, Haslemere South ward
Salmon pink ballot paper for all town council seats.
You have four votes to choose four Haslemere Town Council councillors for Haslemere South.
You do not need to use all four votes.
Since the 2015 Haslemere Town Council election, two Conservative councillors quit mid-term and one had a poor attendance record in the Haslemere South ward
Please ensure you use one of your Haslemere South votes to re-elect Nikki Barton to represent you.
Waverley Borough Council
White ballot paper.
There are no Independent candidates.
A list of all candidates will appear in The Haslemere Herald today.
the spirit of cooperation, here are links showing which Lib Dem and Green
candidates are standing in different wards for the town council and borough
When I was Haslemere’s Surrey County Councillor (2013-2017), I did not only fall back on the online reporting system and wait for potholes to be repaired. Rather, I worked with the highways team to negotiate funds for proper road repairs especially where the potholes were potholes on potholes. I also did regular cycle tours of the town to report potholes.
Here are a few examples of how my intervention helped
directly with road repairs:
Funding from Waverley Local Area Committee was found to repair
the following roads (ii)
Sturt Road – £22,900 (including drainage repairs under the railway bridge)
Lower Street at the junction with Sandrock – £23,367
Kings Road near the entrance to The Herons leisure centre – £19,730; and
High Lane – £14,217.
I arranged a full repair of a potholed section of College Hill (iii)
I arranged a full repair of the road outside St Bartholomew’s School. This road was unadopted but I felt it was important to repair the road – it was in a state of poor repair and it fronted a local authority school. I had discovered that the then Leader of the Surrey County Council had enabled a road repair in his constituency outside a state school and I used this as a precedent in my negotiation.
Following extensive discussions with SCC highways Wey Hill was fully resurfaced. It was surprising to discover that Wey Hill was not included in the major Project Horizon road repair program. I worked with the Surrey County Council Highways team who agreed that the extremely poor condition of the road warranted a full repair. (iv)
The Haslemere Herald this week has a summary of all the candidates for the Haslemere Town Council election on 2nd May.
As well as standing as an Independent candidate for the Surrey County Council (Haslemere ward ) by-election, I am also standing for re-election as an Independent councillor for the Haslemere South ward of Haslemere Town Council.
Here is my statement printed in this week’s Haslemere Herald with my campaign photo.
Nikki Barton – Independent
Nikki Barton has been an Independent councillor for Haslemere South for the last two years and will be standing again in May. She lives in the ward with her husband and three teenage daughters.
As well as leading a successful campaign to stop parking meters in the town, Nikki is a founder member of the Haslemere South Residents’ Association. She has also brought together many community organisations in her role as Chair of the Haslemere Community Rail Partnership. Nikki will fight inappropriate development of our precious countryside. She advocates sustainable transport.
As a councillor and community volunteer, Nikki has consistently delivered results for the town without the constraints of party politics.
Surrey County Council is responsible for so much that affects our daily lives – social care, health, highways, schools & learning, libraries, waste and recycling. Budgets are being slashed. Key services are under threat. Haslemere needs a councillor to show up and champion our town.
When I was County Councillor (2013 – 2017), I threw myself into the role with energy, and a deep commitment to serve the community with passion, transparency and engagement. I worked hard, listened and built trust.
· Haslemere will regain an independent voice at county level – community before politics · I will promote openness and transparency – I believe in the power of accountability · I will fight for Haslemere’s fair share of those scarce resources
By submitting your postcode, you can view biographies of all candidates for this by-election.
Maria Mateo will be standing as an independent candidate for the Haslemere South ward in the upcoming Haslemere Town Council by-election on 8th June.
More about Maria Mateo here …
My name is Maria Mateo and I moved to Haslemere in 2007 with my young family. I have 3 boys. Before I moved to Haslemere, I worked in The City as a solicitor.
I started volunteering for Citizens Advice in Haslemere in 2009. I’ve also been a driver for the Orchard Club and I’ve been involved with the charity, Haslemere First Respondents. I’ve also been involved with a number of the sports clubs through my children – rugby, football, cricket. I was very actively in the campaign against the parking metres in Haslemere.
I think it is important to listen to the residents and express their views in the town council because some residents don’t feel they’re listened to. I think it is also important to report to the residents and be open and transparent about everything that is going on in the town council.