POLLING IN PENARTH GETS OFF TO A SLOW – 7 AM – START

Early voters arrive just after 7:00 am this morning at the polling station set up for Plymouth Ward at the Lower Penarth Community Centre

Polling stations opened across Penarth and Cogan this morning for today’s local council elections  in which  local residents will be electing an all-new Vale of Glamorgan Council  and all-new Penarth Town Council.

Both the Vale and Penarth Council have been controlled for the last 5 years by the Labour Party.:-

  • Labour was the largest party in the Vale of Glamorgan but didn’t have an absolute majority and has been propped up since 2012 by the  Llantwit First Independents in a coalition deal.
  • In Penarth Town Council, Labour had held power with an absolute  majority. Of the 16 councillors, all were Labour except for 4 Conservative members . There were no  representatives of any other party and no independents until a Conservative member Cllr Clive Williams (Plymouth Ward) quit the party and remained on the council as an Independent . Cllr Williams now leads the Penarth First Independents (also called “Putting Penarth First”) .

This time there 37 candidates standing for election to the Vale of Glamorgan Council and 39 candidates standing for Penarth Town Council .

Making their first appearance on the local council scene is a new group – the Penarth First Independents – also called “Putting Penarth First” . There are  also other Independent candidates. Other parties offering themselves for election include Conservatives, Labour, Plaid Cymru,  Liberal Democrats and Greens.

CANDIDATES STANDING FOR THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL 

CORNERSWELL WARD (VALE)

  • Rhiannon Mary BIRCH (Welsh Labour)RBirch@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
  • Tom BLENKINSOP (Wales Green Party)
  • Martyn David DRANFIELD (Welsh Liberal Democrats)
  • Lewis GREENAWAY (Plaid Cymru)
  • Peter Graham KING (Welsh Labour) pking@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
  • Ken LLOYD (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • Dorothy Marianne TURNER (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • David Rhys WILTON (Plaid Cymru)

PLYMOUTH WARD (VALE)

  • Gareth CLUBB (Plaid Cymru)
  • Tony COOKE (Wales Green Party)
  • Anthony ERNEST (Independent) amernest@cardiffweb.com
  • Ben GRAY (Welsh Conservative Party) ben4csp@gmail.com
  • Victoria HUMPHRIES (Independent) vhumphriespfi@gmail.com
  • Geraint Wyn JONES (Welsh Liberal Democrats)
  • Kathryn Frances McCAFFER (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • Roger Waymouth PINKHAM (Welsh Liberal Democrats)
  • Angela THOMAS (Welsh Labour)
  • Clive WILLIAMS (Independent) clivewilliamsmbe@hotmail.com

ST AUGUSTINE’S WARD (VALE)

  • Paul CHURCH (Independent) paulchurch7@gmail.com
  • Anne GREAGSBY (Plaid Cymru) womensvoice@gmail.com
  • Graham HUMPHRIES (Independent) GHumphriesPFI@gmail.com
  • Robin LYNN (Welsh Liberal Democrats)
  • Heath John MARSHALL (Welsh Liberal Democrats)
  • Ruba SIVAGNANAM (Welsh Labour)
  • Anthony SLAUGHTER (Wales Green Party) anthonyslaughter@walesgreenparty.com
  • Gareth SNAITH (Wales Green Party)
  • Aled THOMAS Plaid Cymru aledthomas888@hotmail.com
  • Neil Christopher THOMAS (Welsh Labour) Neilthomas66@hotmail.com
  • Martin James TURNER ( Welsh Conservative Party) martinturner100@btinternet.com
  • Wendy Elaine VAN DEN BROM (Welsh Conservative Party )

STANWELL WARD (VALE)

  • Paul BESWICK (Wales Green Party)
  • Lis BURNETT (Welsh Labour) lburnett@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
  • Sandy CLUBB (Plaid Cymru)
  • Ben DRISCOLL (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • Anthony John HARRIS (Independent)
  • Natalie WILLIAMS (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • Mark Robert WILSON (Welsh Labour)

Easily Penarth’s most picturesque polling station is the one set up at All Saints Church Hall which seemed busy from early doors.

CANDIDATES STANDING FOR ELECTION TO PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL

This is the list of all the candidates standing for election to Penarth Town Council in alphabetical order in the four Penarth electoral Wards.

In this listing the Penarth First Independents are listed as “Putting Penarth First”.

CORNERSWELL WARD (PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL)

  • Rhiannon Mary BIRCH (Welsh Labour) RBirch@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
  • Richard Ian BUCKLEY (Welsh Labour)
  • Martyn David DRANFIELD (Welsh Liberal Democrats)
  • Lewis GREENAWAY (Plaid Cymru)
  • Ken LLOYD (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • Laura ROCHEFORT (Welsh Labour)
  • Neil Christopher THOMAS (Welsh Labour) Neilthomas66@hotmail.com
  • Dorothy Marianne TURNER (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • David Rhys WILTON (Plaid Cymru)

PLYMOUTH WARD (PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL )

  • Paul CHURCH (Putting Penarth First) paulchurch7@gmail.com
  • Ian James COURTNEY (Welsh Labour) ian@tmcommunications.net
  • Richard David Gregory COX  (Welsh Labour)
  • Anthony ERNEST (Independent-Putting Penarth First) amernest@cardiffweb.com
  • Ben GRAY (Welsh Conservative Party) ben4csp@gmail.com
  • Graham HUMPHRIES (Putting Penarth First) GHumphriesPFI@gmail.com
  • Victoria HUMPHRIES  (Putting Penarth First) vhumphriespfi@gmail.com
  • Kathryn Frances McCAFFER (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • Angela May THOMAS (Welsh Labour)
  • Martin James TURNER (Welsh Conservative Party) martinturner100@btinternet.com
  • Wendy Elaine VAN DEN BROM (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • Clive WILLIAMS (Putting Penarth First) clivewilliamsmbe@hotmail.com

ST AUGUSTINE’S WARD (PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL )

  • Gary John ALLMAN (Welsh Conservative Party Candidate)
  • Mike CUDDY (Welsh Labour)
  • Liz FAHY (Welsh Labour)
  • Anne GREAGSBY (Plaid Cymru) womensvoice@gmail.com
  • Nigel John Mark HUMPHREY (Welsh Labour)
  • Yvonne Clare MURPHY (Welsh Labour)
  • Gwyn Harvard ROBERTS (Welsh Labour)
  • Anthony SLAUGHTER (Wales Green Party) anthonyslaughter@walesgreenparty.com
  • Simon William STRANKS (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • Aled Robert THOMAS (Plaid Cymru) aledthomas888@hotmail.com

STANWELL WARD (PENARTH TOWN COUNCIL)

  • Michael John DALE (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • Ben DRISCOLL (Conservative Party)
  • Ellie EVANS (Welsh Labour)
  •  Anthony John HARRIS (Independent)
  • James JENKINS (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • Jon Kenneth LUXTON (Welsh Labour)
  • Natalie WILLIAMS (Welsh Conservative Party)
  • Mark Robert WILSON (Welsh Labour) MRWilson@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

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12 Responses to POLLING IN PENARTH GETS OFF TO A SLOW – 7 AM – START

  1. Peter Church says:

    Might be useful to remind people that these elections use single transferable vote. So no vote is wasted so long as you fill in the ballot paper correctly!

    The single transferable vote (STV) is a voting system designed to achieve proportional representation through ranked voting in multi-seat organizations or constituencies (voting districts).[1] Under STV, an elector (voter) has a single vote that is initially allocated to their most preferred candidate and, as the count proceeds and candidates are either elected or eliminated, is transferred to other candidates according to the voter’s stated preferences, in proportion to any surplus or discarded votes. The exact method of reapportioning votes can vary (see Counting methods).

    • Anne Greagsby says:

      Hello! What planet is Peter Church on?

      • DRT Andrews says:

        Same as you I think Ms Greagsby. Never mind, back to the day job tomorrow.

    • Peter Church says:

      My mistake I thought this was a proper transferable vote!
      Where you rank the candidates in order of preference.
      This instead is rubbish write an X in a box system.
      Only Two votes in the Vale election and Four in the Town Council election.
      So if you use them all for small parties they are completely wasted!!

  2. andrewsketty says:

    Good luck to the candidates standing in today’s local election. I sincerely hope that those who do get elected as our councillors here in Penarth both onto the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Town Council will be able to commit to opening up an urgent dialogue with local residents to get our publicly funded community cinema at the Pier Pavilion re-opened as soon as possible.

    We would hope that the new approach will be based on honesty, openness and inclusivity.

    • Anne Greagsby says:

      Too true. I couldn’t agree more. Too many decisions are taken behind closed doors. Let’s get our cinema reopened.

  3. Brian Selby says:

    I assume that R Birch and M Wilson existing Vale Councillors assume they are going to retain their seats by using their valeofglamorgan.gov.uk email addresses. You never know change may be afoot.

  4. Papa Lazarou says:

    Time for change…

  5. Helen Malby says:

    My polling station is at All Saints Church Hall which was about 10 minute walk from my house, whereas the next polling station is beside the Paget Rooms, less than 100yds from Church Hall one.
    Could they not space them out a little better or even combine them to save on staff and building costs.
    But then again this is Labour in the Vale we are talking about.

    • NewsNet says:

      There is a review of polling station locations held by the Vale of Glamorgan Council every few years. At the last review – despite representations about distances in Penarth – they decided to make no changes.

  6. Matthew says:

    Today is a real opportunity for change – fingers crossed it happens.

  7. Frank Evans says:

    Since it’s after 10 pm can I say I hope labour get a right good f***ing kicking?

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