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Central and OldTown Candidates respond to Our questions.

November 26, 2014

1, What are your reasons for standing?

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, my reason for standing is to be a voice in the east riding council and to help the people that need helping .broken street lamp .pot holes etc

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: ERYC has been Conservative controlled for all of its 18years. Here in Bridlington out of 8 councillors ,6 are Conservative. One of these is the Old Towns only remaining E.R. councillor. My wife Thelma is now a BTC for Old Town ward, and is receiving a lot of calls for help. Besides being a BTC myself for the past four years, I was also a member of the EYBC for 5 years. It really is time for a change in our town , I hope to do just that.

Neil Tate, Independent; The following is my rational for standing for Ward Council. I have worked for this Council for many years prior to taking early retirement, and through-out those years, I have had first-hand experiences that have led me to question the Councils integrity, and the way it was being managed both by the management and the cabinet. I want justice, transparency and fairness for local people and I believe this latter statement may answers several of your other questions.

2, Do you use social media or have a blog site? ( please provide details and links so our members can follow you)

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, i use face book and twitter .personal account but if anyone wants to find me just type in Liam Dealtry on either site .

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: Just go to Malcolm Milns on facebook

Neil Tate, Independent; I do not use Blog’s and I am on Facebook, and have considered many times leaving it. I somehow think it’s not for me and not the way I wish to proceed. If elected I aim to create my own website.

3, Do you accept our invitation to engage with J4B?

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, yes i accept your invite to engage with yourselfs.

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: Certainly.

Neil Tate, Independent; I have limited knowledge of J4B, but having said that, an organisation that seeks justice for Bridlington must I feel be important and should not be ignored.

4, Do you share our members’ concern at the failure of the AAP?

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, yes .the aap was supposed to be the crown jewel that would have regenarated my home town.

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: Very much so, as a member of BTC I attended meetings with relevant officers of ERC and the Harbour Commissioners as well as being there for the Government Inspectors final report at the Spa

Neil Tate, Independent; With regard to the Area Action Plan ( AAP ), I too am concerned and not happy regarding the slow progress of the AAP, and what I believe you are calling failure.

5, Do you think the AAP can still be delivered or does it need to be amended or revised and why?

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, i believe the aap can still be delivered but dies need amending and making smaller and more realistic propasition.

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: Only ERC know for sure whether the AAP can, or will still be delivered.There are some good ideas there but also some that are way off target. I don’t think that paying consultants that do not know our local area too well is a good idea Change is definitely required

6, Do you agree that there should be a thorough, independent investigation into what went wrong?

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, if any wrong doing of any form has taken place this should be investigated from top to bottom.

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: YES – but not at the expense of local residents

Neil Tate, Independent; I would welcome any investigation that may bring about a positive result in improving the situation. If mistakes by Councillors, Officers and Consultants are proved, then they should be held accountable for their mistakes.

7, Do you agree that there can be little confidence in ERYC and it’s revised regeneration plans until any Cllrs, Officers, Consultants responsible are held to account?

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, as above .IF there is a individual or group that have messed up they do need to be held to account

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: YES

8, Would you sign the J4b pledge to ensure regeneration in Bridlington is properly and publicly scrutinised by the Council ?

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, YES

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: Yes , but should the ERYC be scrutinising itself?

9, Are you satisfied by the Council’s response to the failure of the AAP and do you feel this is adequate / appropriate to regenerate the town’s economy.

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, i believe that there may be many hidden agendas and some people should still come out and appolsgise to the town

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: 9What response, in the main we are just side -tracked

10, Do you agree that the Council should itself record and broadcast all it’s public meetings?

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, .I have no probs with any meeting been recorded .I would like to see a live web feed in ALL meetings.

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: Yes , the Town Council do

Neil Tate, Independent; We are now in the year 2014 where modern technology is all around us. People seem to want to record everything these days. Council meetings of any kind, should never be held behind closed doors and if some-one wishes to record meetings or ballots of any kind, I would have no objection to them being recorded and I do not see why any-one else should.

11, Do you agree scrutiny chairmen and members should be selected by secret ballot of ‘back bench’ Cllrs?

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, .i do not believe in any secret ballots back or front bench .

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: No , again I say the ERYC is Conservative controlled and of course the ” cabinet” is entirely conservative. Do we see the advantage.!

Neil Tate, Independent; Secret Ballots are for people that want to hide things. Any-one acting in the interest of the public, and on any public matters, should not be allowed to hide anything. Secret ballots are definitely not on my wish list.

12, Do you agree with tax payer funded allowances for Cllrs for political group roles?

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, .i have for the last 7 years held the position if bridlington town councillor including one year as mayor .All this is done free of charge because i see representing your town as a honour and if it was up to me ni councilor would be paid or receive large expenses .I believe claimed £637 or something like that for my term as deputy and mayor and that was for proved expensise with receipts.

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: . Definitely not

Neil Tate, Independent; I personally have not asked or had any allowance to assist me in putting my name forward for Council , so I do not see why any-one should ask for political allowances. It is my view that public monies is precious.

13, Do you prefer Cabinet / Director decision making or Executive Committee?

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, this one i am unsure how to answer but i beleive more heads making the decision id better than 3 or 4 ????

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: None really, certainly not Director, what is the difference between Cabinet and Executive committee! Neither one represents a free vote.

Neil Tate, Independent; Decision making should always be made democratically by genuine independent people who are allowed to apply their own vote and not be pressured by any outside influence

14, What do you intend to do to make a difference?

John Copsey , Conservative: NO RESPONSE

Liam Dealtry, Independent, .i am going to try my best for the area .I am not a quiet person and like to be heard .so i will be the voice of the people to the best of my ability.

Terry Dixon, Independent NO RESPONSE

Malcolm Milns, UKIP: .UKIP local councillors are able to make their own mind up and vote for the good of the local community. Having in the past , as a member of another party, being told at full council how to vote. I know what it’s like . I would not , and will not do it. I resigned from that party the same evening. I feel very strongly that a local councillor, is simply a local person with a job to do for the people he or she represents.

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