Thanks to everyone who took part in my Facebook Q&A this evening. Click on the graphic below to read the questions and answers:
I will be hosting a Facebook Q&A on my Facebook page tomorrow evening between 8pm and 9pm.
I could not have chosen a more blustery day to have pop up campaign street stalls but, it was great to have so many positive conversations.
The elections are being held on 2nd May 2019. Please vote for Nikki Barton, a voice for Haslemere.
Some pictures from Wey Hill this morning:
And, in the High Street this afternoon. The wind really got up so the table was abandoned but, the conversation was good with a positive response for an Independent candidate for Haslemere.
Come along tomorrow to meet Nikki Barton, your Independent candidate for Haslemere (Surrey County Council and Haslemere Town Council elections).
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.
She will continue to put Haslemere first.
I’ve spent the day planning campaign content (themes for blog posts and story boards for video) for the next four weeks and I remembered this from two years ago. When I stood in the by-election for Haslemere Town Council in May 2017, a friend had helped me put together this short video:
My name is Nikki Barton and I moved to Haslemere South just over ten years ago with my young family, my three lovely daughters, and I quickly realised what a very special community it was.
I’ve been very involved in the community over the years.
I started a walking bus for St Bart’s schoolchildren to help them get to school more safely.
I became a governor of St Bart’s School and then I discovered that Surrey County Council were planning to put parking meters throughout the High Street and along the other principle roads in his town. I led a successful challenge against that introduction of meters.
I’ve also been involved with setting up the Haslemere Vision, the neighbourhood plan and I’ve also served for four years as the independent County Council for Haslemere.
As Surrey County Councillor, I initiated quite a few projects around the town a key one was the Haslemere Community Rail Partnership which is set up at the station to try and promote the town and all the wonderful things that happen in the town and the countryside around.
If I was elected to represent Haslemere South in the town council I would continue to champion Haslemere as I have done through my four years as an independent County Councillor.
I’ve never been afraid to speak up for the town and pursue the principles of openness and transparency and community engagement.
Another key concern for me is the scrutiny for finance at the Town Council level and also that we look at what we value in the town.
There are several key issues that are of key concern at the moment for example traffic speeds and road safety in the town and that’s something very dear to my heart.
We’re also facing some severe challenges with the loss of potentially both of our post offices, the closure of the Marjorie Gray dementia day care centre and the cuts really to some essential services. We lost our youth worker for example and I really feel that the Town Council could have a huge role to play in looking at some of those key issues.
Looking again at that video, it’s a good moment to reflect on three proud successes for the community to celebrate. All were mentioned in that video two years ago. The dementia day care centre was saved and is now The Hunter Centre, still located on the Grayswood Road and the community post office that used to be located in The Coop was saved by the community and relocated to Haslewey. The Haslemere Community Rail Partnership has gained more recognition and is going to extend with the team’s help to other stations along the Portsmouth line.
I’ve enjoyed being a councillor for the past 6 years. This is what key people have said about my involvement in the community:
Nikki Barton was a strong supporter of the local community and to me personally here in Haslemere in January 2017 when the Alzheimer’s Society decided to close the Dementia Day Care Centre where my husband and many others suffering from Dementia attended. Nikki recognised our local vision for the need to help keep this valuable service for Clients and Carers. She voiced our concerns at meetings at both local and County levels and stood beside those of us who were determined to keep this service operational. Without her unwavering encouragement, support and negotiating expertise, we would not have had the voice to bring about the opening of a new thriving Community Charity for dementia care in Haslemere, The Hunter Centre. I am proud to support and recommend Nikki as an Independent Candidate for SCC. Margaret Barlow, Trustee – The Hunter Centre
With no party line to follow and, as someone living within the ward she is hoping to represent, Nikki has a proven track record of not only listening to the views of the community but, where necessary, taking appropriate action. A true community player with no hidden agenda, who I know will truly and honestly represent the issues and concerns of the people of Haslemere. Ken Griffiths, AKA Community Ken
Please click on this link to read more testimonials. There are no constraints to being an Independent councillor. As long as you put Haslemere first, you can achieve great successes.
I am planning to produce more videos for my 2019 campaign for the Surrey County Council and Haslemere Town Council elections.
Would you like join my campaign? As an Independent, I have no party machine to fund or manage my campaign. Read here to see how you can help.
Recently, the Haslemere Herald reported the Waverley Borough Council has voted to close the toilets in the High Street car park. Mayor in battle to save loos
Haslemere Town Council is very concerned that Waverley Borough Council is intending to close the public toilets in the High St Car Park to make way for more parking spaces.
We are currently making representations to WBC to try and keep this well used facility open on behalf of local residents but we need your help. Although we know they are well used and vital to many residents, by signing this petition you give further weight to our argument.
This is totally unacceptable that a town the size of Haslemere should lose its public toilets. It is a vital amenity.
Here is the petition: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-haslemeres-public-toilets
Maria and Nikki here. We enjoyed campaigning in the High Street this morning with supporters.
We had a mixed range of comments about being independent candidates and standing for the town council.
I’ll be supporting those independents – it’s just not healthy to have all that party politics in a town council.
I like the sound of those two – pity I didn’t register to vote, I will for next time.
I have voted already by post. You both got my vote.
I’m crossing my fingers to hope they do get elected. We need them on the town council.
I’m in Shottermill but I would vote for those independents if I could.
I live in Courts Hill Road and I love the new lighting in Sandrock that I read about in your leaflet. So my wife and I voted for you.
There should not be party politics at local level.
We’ll be out campaigning again tomorrow and we look forward to meeting more voters.
On 8th June
you have TWO VOTES
TWO INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES
Haslemere South Ward in the town council election.
#VoteMateo #VoteBarton #VoteIndy
Nikki Barton 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 Nikki Barton here …
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.