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Message from Graham Draper – UKIP candidate for Fontwell Division

My name is Graham Draper and I am standing as the UKIP candidate for the Barnham area.

I am not in any way a career politician but merely a local resident with a passion for the community. I have lived in the area for over 20 years and am appalled at what has been allowed to happen to our once peaceful and beautiful part of West Sussex. I am also horrified at future plans dictated by the coalition government, which will no doubt be “waived through” by our local Conservative council.

Local people are the best judge of what should be happening in their towns and villages, not faraway politicians or even councillors who live outside the area. My aim is to give local people a voice and ensure that their opinions are listened to when planning decisions are taken, which are often the complete opposite of what the constituents want and know is best for their area.

I have been involved in various battles against the destruction of our heritage and lifestyle, the most recent being the horrific proposal of a new “garden city” comprising 2,200 dwellings on rolling green field countryside. It is hard to comprehend the reason for this plan when our local housing need can be counted in single figures.

I am also involved in the hopeful closure of the Lidsey landfill site which not only presents a health hazard to local residents but is also causing problems for publicans, as the dreadful stench emitted from the tip prevents people sitting in their own gardens.

However, to be more effective in my fight to preserve our heritage, our countryside and the lifestyle of the community, I need a seat on WSCC. There you may be sure I will listen to the concerns of my constituents, act in their best interests and respect their wishes at all times.

You have my support.

  1. May 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Great to read your words Graham and I too agree that this area is now completely full which is a word developers just don’t understand. For every house built there will be at least two cars – just where are they going to fit??

  2. Duncan Fulton
    April 25, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Ukip tax policy:-
    To make everything fair for everybody, do away with income tax completely and increase VAT to level that meets the countries income from the population. Therefore, if someone on benefits wants Sky TV, they pay for that privilege , as well as a higher paying tax person that may have multiple properties where Sky TV is wished to be viewed will pay more.
    I place this comment, as it seems that there is no clear policy from Ukip on a tax policy. To win, you need to be different. Your other policies on Europe are sound and viable. Yes, 40% of our exports go to Europe, but when Ukip get into power, the other European
    countries would deffiently would wish to to sell their products to us. Therefore, we can negotiate our terms rather than be told what to do.
    Bottom line, come up with a tax policy that makes everyone equal.
    If you wish to explore my views further, please contact me on duncan.@btinternet.com
    Duncan Fulton
    Eastergate Parish

  3. Vincent Freedman
    April 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Dear Mr Draper, As a newcomer to the question of the proposed development just off Westergate Street I am finding it difficult to form an opinion as there seems to be a proposal that the development will pay for a bypass to the Woodgate level crossing which is an enormous problem. It seems there is huge resistance to this latter suggestion. However the proposed bypass is also hard to track down. Can you direct me to where I can find details of the bypass proposal?

    Needless to say the development mentioned above would be totally unacceptable without dealing with the enormous traffic problems at Woodgate crossing.

  4. April 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Well spoken my man, you will get my support.

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