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Call for regime change at Arun District Council


Arun District Residents’ Association (ADRA) has this week launched a campaign for regime change at Arun District Council.

Arun District Council has been under the control of the Conservative Party since its first election in 1973. That’s more than 40 years! ADRA is concerned that Arun is now one of the worst performing councils in the South East and that it is dominated by a small political leadership group with no engagement with or concern for the residents of the District.  ADRA believes that the council must now be held to account for its record.

ADRA explains its strategy as:

First, we will help independently minded people to stand as Independent candidates for Arun District Council in the May 2015 local elections. The Association will exercise no political control over candidates, the only overriding principle being that value for taxpayers money must always be sought, and elected councillors must be guided by and respond to the wishes of their constituents.

Second, we will seek to persuade Liberal Democrat, Labour and UKIP candidates to work together, and with us, to ensure that, whenever possible, there is only one candidate standing against the Conservative candidate – in order to avoid the risk of vote splitting.

Third, we will publicise the council’s record to ensure that voters are fully aware of it when casting their vote in May 2015.

ADRA has launched a new web site to outline its strategy and to publicise the council’s poor record. ADRA wants to let members of the public know how they can reclaim control through the ballot box.

See http://regimechangeatarundistrictcouncil.wordpress.com/

Tony Dixon of ADRA says:

“According to Nomis the average gross weekly wage for those working in Arun in 2010 was £399 – the lowest of the seven councils in West Sussex. This compares to a West Sussex average of £479 (20 per cent higher) and a South East average of £523 (31 per cent higher). The national average is £500 (25 per cent higher). Arun ranks 66 out of 67 local authorities in South East England when it comes to the ratio of jobs to population aged 16-64. Low wage levels create an unacceptably high level of outbound commuting. Currently around 37 per cent of the working population leave the district each day to work.

“In February 2012, the council confirmed that there were around 4,900 households on Arun’s Housing Needs Register, individuals and families unable to get a foot on the housing ladder, often trapped by hereditary deprivation and more than 1,000 of these households are in priority housing need. In the five years to 2009 Arun had the fastest growing Housing Needs Register in the entire South East Region.

It is a poor record.”

Hugh Coster of ADRA says:

“Voters often vote locally according to their party preference at national level, paying little attention to their council’s actual record. As a result, underperforming councils and their councillors are rarely held to account for their performance. Councillors can be voted in time after time, simply because of the colour of the rosette they wear. It can work like a “get out of jail free” card for badly performing councils.

“Why, for instance, would Arun’s Conservative Group feel any need to listen to the public or to improve their record, if they feel confident that they will be re-elected regardless of their performance?

“ADRA does not oppose the Conservative Party but we do oppose the style of Conservatism being practiced in the Arun district. All that we ask of Conservative voters is that they please scrutinise the council’s record carefully before voting in May 2015 and then vote as their conscience dictates.

We want to offer voters a real practical alternative.  There is no reason why voters cannot vote Conservative nationally and vote differently at local level.”

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  1. November 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Nice to see Tyndall jones commenting about get a grip arun in la gazette today of course did a Facebook comment lets hope for change

  2. October 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Definetly think it is time for change and feel this could work there are some councillors I feel who do work hard and care for the people they represent last week a problem presented to me to which I knew the answer a week on not resolved fully it was something I had been involved with in past safe to say adc acted and it has been partially sorted be it members of the public had made numerous phone calls as it involved elderly people it was a clear concern and as a certain councillor would have known about this and been told I would have expected on the day to at the very least made enquiry for immediate assistance from adc by the qualified personnel who would have been able to assist this didn’t happen and whilst the councillor involved wasn’t high end and only receives a small renumeration this is still monies wasted out of the public purse please don’t quote me but I believe a little over £300 pounds is also paid for telephone and broadband so therefore at best an email could have been sent to adc for their assistance and this is just a case of how can civic act if they aren’t told I also feel there must be clear communication between the authority and councillors and not this as it is if people can’t work together pull together it is very much a no win and nothing gets done there was a case last year comments made for the sake of a comment that left me thinking oh ok you earnt your money this month and this person I believe on a social network site stated oh hope I won’t be kicked out er yes to keep making comments once in a while isn’t proactive doesn’t instill confidence in electorate who voted you in yes it is time for a change might be good some young councillors who could be shadowed and helped as I don’t believe same old is any good talk to any who run a small business apart from cash flow being a problem next is complacency so it would be great if some of good councillors involved but please get rid of the dead wood that exists

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