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Politicians and their Policies

On 15 Jul 2008 at 9:42am Arthur Broomhead wrote:
I'm compiling a list of questions to put to local candidates ahead of the next general election. I would really appreciate it if anyone can help me. What I'm looking for is questions - of no more than 20 words - about local and/or national issues - that the candidates will be asked to answer, again, in no more than 20 words. The completed spreadsheet of answers will then be published so that the people of Lewes can hopefully see the differences between the candidates. Please can you just supply the questions, without debating the issues on this thread?! If you want a debate - start a new thread. Thanks for your support.
On 15 Jul 2008 at 10:31am SHS wrote:
Q1. Would you provide a new bus station in a central Lewes location and if so what would be the timescale for completion?
Q2. Are you for or against a Lewes-Uckfield rail link and if for, what action would you take to stop the talking and make it a happen?
Q3. Is the high level of pollution in Lewes the responsibility of residents or the responsibility of councillors to provide alternative transport and restrict existing vehicles?
Q4. What would you like to see at the County Hall and St Anne's School site when it becomes vacant?
On 15 Jul 2008 at 2:26pm I dont live in lewes anymore wrote:
Futuristically what can be done to prevent a non-democratic knobhead like Clr Matthew Lock attaining any position of power?
On 15 Jul 2008 at 4:39pm Joe Kerr wrote:
Q1. Do you think the car parking scheme in the town is working well ? If not, what steps would you take to improve it ?
On 15 Jul 2008 at 5:21pm fireball wrote:
no its not working. why did we need a parking scheme
only so the L.D.C can make more money from us
and i bet the local council get free parking . more people
like mynself shop out of town . this is only a start on the scheme
On 15 Jul 2008 at 6:41pm Arthur Broomhead wrote:
That's great! Thank you everyone, keep them coming. Please refer to the first message on this thread "fireball".
On 15 Jul 2008 at 7:32pm BONYAK wrote:
1) If you were our MP would you bring out a pointless book, introduce a hated parking scheme and always ask pointless questions at PMQs?
2) Other candidates, if you can't win this seat there is something very wrong with this town.
On 15 Jul 2008 at 9:48pm Me wrote:
Whats your policy on housing and development? "affordable" (for want of a non newspeak term) and accesible for local people or profit driven for developers pockets.
On 15 Jul 2008 at 9:51pm SHS wrote:
Q5. When money is tight, ordinary folk reduce or cut out non-essential expenditure and prioritise other costs. How would you ensure that the council improves essential public services whilst reducing council tax?
On 15 Jul 2008 at 9:52pm MC wrote:
Do you think the Lewes parking scheme is successful?
On 15 Jul 2008 at 10:04pm MC wrote:
Whose effigy would you most like to see paraded at the next Lewes Bonfire?
On 16 Jul 2008 at 5:24pm I dont live in lewes anymore wrote:
No the parking scheme isn't working very well.
I'd take quick steps towards Clr Matthew Lock, fire him then celebrate.
On 16 Jul 2008 at 5:33pm rookman wrote:
What can you do to stop Rees Eliot destroying the town?
On 16 Jul 2008 at 6:37pm ExiledfromLewes wrote:
Q1, What made you decide to join Conservative,Labour, Lib Dem,Green,UKIP parties.
Q2, Is there a poitician (can be a former MP or current) of an opposition party that you admire.
Q3, What are your favourite political blogs.
Arthur how confident are you that you can get these questions to the candidates.
On 16 Jul 2008 at 7:41pm me wrote:
How would you react if the current h+s regime or police decided to eliminate local traditions such as bonfire.
On 17 Jul 2008 at 12:48pm Shanks Pony wrote:
If you are against the Lewes parking scheme, what detailed constructive alternative do you suggest bearing in mind the current level of car ownership, the hilly nature of the town, and the fact that it is an ancient town not designed for 21st century traffic levels?
On 17 Jul 2008 at 3:08pm Cliffebimbo wrote:
Shanks Pony, can you honestly say that there has been a reduction in the amount of traffic coming into the town (in fact I think the town is the most congested it has ever been). Have new parking spaces been created? The only alternative is to get rid of the scheme completely.
On 17 Jul 2008 at 3:17pm Taff wrote:
Oooooooooooh, not so sure about that Cliffebimbo. There are parts of the town that needed some kind of system, especially for the access of service vehicles. De Montfort Rd being just one example.
I do think the scheme the for town centre has badly affected trading though.
What puzzles me is why I have to pay to park in my home zone and be expected to pay again to park in another zone. In School Hill for instance. Why should residents have to pay twice. Its enough to discourage locals from shopping local! Visitors pay just the once. Maybe the whole thing is to encourage others to come in to shop, hence no traffic reduction expected at all.
On 17 Jul 2008 at 3:47pm X wrote:
Why is everyone so het up about congestion? If it's that busy then people will stop trying to drive here, if they carry on it's their own damn fault they are stuck in a jam.
It's 2008 not 1908, cars are everywhere and it ain't going to change - get over it.
Taff - completely agree on parking. Parking charges are just a way of trying to price people off the road.
On 23 Jul 2008 at 11:13pm Arthur Broomhead wrote:
Thanks everyone. I am super confident that I can get your questions to the candidates. If they refuse to take part then the survey will be published giving whatever poor excuse they offer. They'll answer or lose votes. Cheers.

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