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Summers wins Treviglas election

By Warren Wilkins 20th July 2016

Summers wins Treviglas election
Paul Summers

AN outspoken former town councillor was elected to represent the Treviglas ward at Cornwall Council on Thursday.

Liberal Democrat Paul Summers (above) received 486 votes, which was more than double his nearest rival, Conservative Carl Leadbetter, who gained 210 votes. Labour representative Julian Grover got 87 votes and Independent George Edwards received 58 votes. The turnout was 28.39%.

Mr Summers, who was a teacher for 36 years, mostly at Tretherras, believes he was elected to represent Treviglas, St Columb Minor and Porth because he has been critical of the town council increasing its precept by 87.9% and its purchase of the former Young People’s Centre on Mount Wise “without a business plan”.

He said: “I am absolutely choked and stoked with emotion to be elected as Cornwall councillor for Porth, Minor and Treviglas. I’m absolutely thrilled and grateful. I feel I got elected because our area has been denied a strong voice for years and I think many people genuinely knew me and I was fortunate to receive a large personal vote and for me to be that voice.

“We all vote for different reasons but it came over very clearly on the doorstep and in the ballot box that whilst we want our town to have toilets we don’t want gold-plated urinals with soft leather upholstered seats with offices on top at a cost of £500,000, nor do we want our town council buying up derelict buildings with no business plan. The town council need to listen to this vote and to take notice!”

Mr Summers, a former chairman of Newquay Sports Centre and Newquay Golf Club committee member, already has his eye on a number of targets to tackle after becoming elected as Treviglas Cornwall councillor.

He said: “I need to crack on and start working with people to deliver improvements for our area. Working together we will have a much-improved mega investment in our parks. That will happen. It won’t happen overnight but that is definitely going to happen. The one in Minor is a disgrace and it needs sorting big style.

“I have already contacted local schools to see if we can have a chat before their summer holidays as traffic, parking and road safety are mighty concerns for parents, kids, residents and obviously the schools themselves. Porth is so very special and our coastline so spectacular that we need to seriously rein in and stop completely inappropriate developments and we need to make sure that we get our fair share of monies already paid by developers in Section 106 agreements.

“I would absolutely love residents to get in touch with me about any issues they have, including traffic, bins, dogs, planning, parks, recreation, indeed anything.

“We are in this together! This is where we live. I haven’t got all the answers and indeed I have probably got few of them, but I have got a wealth of time, experience and motivation and let’s be absolutely clear that if I have not made a difference by May 2017 then I expect and fully deserve to be voted out.

“If we haven’t got things moving by May kick me in the ballot box!”

Anyone who would like to get hold of Paul Summers should telephone 01637  877775 or email paulsummers

By Warren Wilkins 20th July 2016

John Hodson 25th July 2016 14:35
Nice to see a genuine man being elected. I wish him well.
jane 22nd August 2017 13:01
where are people suppose to park in penhallow road as they propose to stop parking along the whole length of the road which is narrow enough with out people parking taking up residents space plus you have bin lorries recycle lorries Sainsbury bus delivery vans the pavements were to be taken back as they moved the lamp posts but nothing happened about 15 years ago then they were going to tarmac the pavements and they did only top so you can park half on half off pavements they gas water main run under the path so people tend to park on the pavement as there isn´t enough space top end as we haven´t got parking spaces only front gardens plenty of space if you take back pavements as they proposed and people use our road as rat run to porth beach instead of waiting henver road and going round round about people park top of our road instead of town and catch a bus into town
neighbours lived for nearly 40 years why change now??????????????
north cornwall

st coloumb porth
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