Thanks anyway

PUBLISHED: 10:07 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 October 2009

SIR – I am just writing to thank the people of Welham Green for their warmth and support as Liberal Democrat candidate during the recent council by-election. Whilst it is a shame that I will be unable to represent the village in the way that I had hoped,

SIR - I am just writing to thank the people of Welham Green for their warmth and support as Liberal Democrat candidate during the recent council by-election. Whilst it is a shame that I will be unable to represent the village in the way that I had hoped, the experience of running for election was a very interesting one. In a very short time I learned an awful lot about the things that matter to people in their everyday lives at a local level. My campaign highlighted the fact that people need and want to be heard, and a bottom-up approach to local government would achieve this.

On May 1, Welwyn Hatfield will have an opportuniy to elect all 48 of its borough councillors on the same day and I hope that as many people as possible will make their voices heard in the ballot box. I also hope that the local councillors standing for re-election will take notice of the full Welham Green result as I beleive it highlighted that it is not just the big issues in each ward but also individual and street-level issues that really matter. On those small scale issues such as the parking problems on Holloways Lane and Nash Close, many people I spoke to didn't feel like they were being listened to by the present council.

Here's hoping that January 3 was a wake up call.

John Elvy, Willowmead, Hertford.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times