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Pirate Party Councillor - Road Safety "A Must"

Cllr David A Elston in The Barry GEM supporting parents and showing discontent at the higher Vale council.

Thursday, 29 September, 2016 - 08:00

Money for Parks but not for Water

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If you missed it, I got to hold this really big cheque for £2000 for our charity* in St Athan which has been set up to help improve the areas of play.

 

Newydd's contribution here was very generious and it'd be great to see more of their very welcoming staff that met us at the new Old Station estate throughout the company.

Pirate Party Councillor Fund Raising Success

Charity Trustees; Pirate Party Councillor David A Elston, Chairperson, Lisa Austin, Sally Gardiner and Charlotte Jennings' Charity now raised £3500 towards improving the areas of play in St Athan.

Lindsey Gordon, at Newydd's new estate "...The charity is great for all the kids and the work the charity does is fantastic for the community."

Rachel Honey-Jones, Community Regeneration Manager at Newydd, said "It’s a great pleasure to support St Athan’s SAINTS in order to help them develop play areas locally..."

Thursday, 25 August, 2016 - 13:00

Saints – St Athan Parks Trust

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I recently helped set up and became a Trustee of a local charity in St Athan. It is the brain child of Chairperson & Trustee Lisa Austin, who has worked tirelessly to see it become a success, along with two other Trustees; Charlotte Jennings and Sally Gardiner. Since it's creation we have received over 3500. Over 1,500 pounds has been raised as a result of the Family Fun Day in St Athan for the Saints – Parks Trust. It was a huge success. The car park and side streets were packed with cars, the field and community centre was rammed full and everyone was providing really great feedback. Stall holders, volunteers and not just residents but people from as far as Bridgend and Barry turned up to take advantage of the fun in the sun.

Snooper for PM

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Despite the zombie IP Bill (Snooper's Charter) being knocked back to the depths from whence it came repeatedly, Teresa May's dark magic managed to revive the bill time and time again. Sadly the lack of opposition from Labour helped facilitate this bill and now it's creator is set to be our next Prime Minister.


Her coronation to PM is a sad day for privacy advocates. While our ISPs will be keeping hordes of data on us, Teresa May will get to decide as she leads the country into paranoia and a lack of privacy what to use that data for.

An Independent UK - What that means for wales

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Wales has a very difficult time ahead. Naturally all EU funding possibilities for St Athan I have since abandoned or put on hold until new funding opportunities present themselves. Wales used to get more money out of the EU than it put in, even when you completely discount trade, as Wales is counted as either the first or second poorest area in the UK, depending on which measure is used, sometimes second to Cornwall.

The Welsh Government will have to negotiate hard over the formula with central government to ensure Wales continues to make this net gain in terms of payment; replacing the EU with England.

Many of our civil liberties and rights were inherited from the EU and we'll need strong Unions and people ready to fight to protect these when Parliament divorces from the EU. There is no guarantee these will be retained, even the EU laws which are enshrined in our own laws will be subject to review.

 

What a difference a Dave makes

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While our single Pirate MEP delivers huge reform across Europe, I'm making my own little humble contribution down here in South Wales.

Before I write any further, I think it's important to answer the question of expenses. I have travelled quite a bit over South Wales, especially recently and that does beg the question on if I am claiming for this travel, especially as a community councillor is an unpaid government role.

I want to say on the record, that I have never claimed any expenses while being a member of the Pirate Party UK. I have not claimed any from the public purse through my community council, none from the party itself and when offered expenses from institutions such as the University of Bath after a recent talk there, I kindly declined. Politicians have a bad reputation over expenses and I did not want to contribute to that, regardless of how legitimate a claim may be.

Anyway, enough bureaucracy and more on what's been happening!

Happy Councillor new Year

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Last night was the council's AGM (and my first one), which took place between 19:15 and 19:30. Cllr David Crompton stood down as Chairperson and Deputy Cllr Ann Barnaby was elected unanimously as the new Chairperson.


I was also elected to be the Deputy Vale of Glamorgan Community Liaison, taking over from Cllr Steve Haines.


Following that our usual meeting took place from 19:30.


We briefly discussed the brown site development of the Old Boys Village which has become a popular Urbex site. I say briefly because everyone who spoke on the matter was simply in support of the site's development, save concerns over the lane giving access to the housing. The site is to be mostly dismantled apart from the iconic Church and Caretaker's hut to allow new homes to be built. I am very delighted this application was made and wholly support it. Some details-for-joy are:

A Pirate and Two Police Candidates, Walk into a Church

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Crime is a big area of concern in my St Athan ward of Flemingston and Eglwys Brewis, particually on the East Camp development. However the Pirate Party has elected not to stand candidates in the PCC elections. From both a Pirate perspective it's important we still be involved in the political debate and as a Cllr I must represent the views and concerns of my ward.

To this end I hosted a Police and Crime Commssioner hustings event at The Gathering Place on East Camp. There were questions on hot-topics, questions from the press and questions from the audience.

 

Invited Candidates were:

Mike Baker; Independent

Judith Woodman; Liberal Democrat

Linet Purcell; Plaid Cymru (Cancelled - Apologised)

Timothy Davies; Conservative (No Reply)

Alun Michael; Labour Incumbent (No Reply)

 

 

A Pirate's First Month in Government

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It is surprising how much you can learn in a month.

Most notably, last night in my first prepped council meeting, I seconded a motion for the northern access road into St Athan to have to abide by EIA Regulations, in which event it would be necessary for the application to be accompanied by an Environmental Statement (ES). The road is for the St Athan Enterprise Zone. The statement from Welsh Ministers gave the opinion an Environmental Statement was not required and it did not have to abide by EIA Regulations, despite the road running 1.8km through Green Belt fields and multiple hedgeways.

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