Journal's vocal contributors had chance to run for council

AS a long time Salisbury resident I recently decided that I was not happy at the direction the city was heading and that I should try to do something about it.

I concluded the best way to have my say was to become involved, so I put my head above the parapet, ran in the May elections and won a seat on the city council.

On January 9 there is, courtesy of a byelection, a city council seat up for grabs in my ward, St Martin's and Cathedral. Thus there existed an opportunity for some of the most vocal contributors to this paper to step up to the plate, engage with the process, put their ideas and views to the public, get elected and try and help move the city forward.

If their views are widely held by the general public they would obviously be a shoo-in. So with some anticipation, I reviewed the list of candidates last week and I have to say that I was very disappointed that none of those who express themselves so passionately and emotively are standing.

I know there are issues to be dealt with, and that it will never be possible to please all the people all the time.

However, continually running down Salisbury and carping on from the sidelines about whatever happens to be the topic of the day may well make headlines but it does absolutely nothing to promote the good bits of our city, and there are quite a lot of them.

For those that have so much to say, here was a chance to get involved which could have been taken, but wasn't. Now I'll just check the list of candidates’ names again to make sure I didn't miss anyone. Where did I put my glasses?

SVEN HOCKING, Salisbury City Councillor St Martin’s and Cathedral

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8:23pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Schoolmum999 says...

I feel that your condescending tone is rather beneath that of a councillor. Not everyone who gives an opinion on Salisbury matters, is in a position to give the appropriate amount of time and focus to such a position.
I feel that your condescending tone is rather beneath that of a councillor. Not everyone who gives an opinion on Salisbury matters, is in a position to give the appropriate amount of time and focus to such a position. Schoolmum999

6:25am Wed 8 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

Schoolmum999 wrote:
I feel that your condescending tone is rather beneath that of a councillor. Not everyone who gives an opinion on Salisbury matters, is in a position to give the appropriate amount of time and focus to such a position.
Especially when they are inundated with working with the increasing number homeless and starving of the UK. Getting out onto the front line to defend people does take a lot of time and effort, without any allowances or pay rises I might add!
[quote][p][bold]Schoolmum999[/bold] wrote: I feel that your condescending tone is rather beneath that of a councillor. Not everyone who gives an opinion on Salisbury matters, is in a position to give the appropriate amount of time and focus to such a position.[/p][/quote]Especially when they are inundated with working with the increasing number homeless and starving of the UK. Getting out onto the front line to defend people does take a lot of time and effort, without any allowances or pay rises I might add! karlmarx

3:53pm Wed 8 Jan 14

gingin says...

How arrogant and self satisfied Sven Hocking sounds. Anyone can have an opinion whether good or bad regarding Salisbury and they don't need to become a councillor to hold it!

The best councillors are those who represent their residents wishes and don't blow their own trumpet or speak down to people. This man is speaking down to the people and has too high opinion of himself. I suggest he climbs down from his high horse and is much more respectful.
How arrogant and self satisfied Sven Hocking sounds. Anyone can have an opinion whether good or bad regarding Salisbury and they don't need to become a councillor to hold it! The best councillors are those who represent their residents wishes and don't blow their own trumpet or speak down to people. This man is speaking down to the people and has too high opinion of himself. I suggest he climbs down from his high horse and is much more respectful. gingin

11:22am Fri 10 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

I'm sure Cllr Hocking will join everyone in welcoming Salisburys newest councillor aboard...


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Friday 10th January 2014

Congratulations to our newest City Councillor Patricia Fagan! Fantastic news and a great start to 2014! Salisbury Labour Candidate Patricia Fagan.

Well done Patricia, it's nice to see yet another lady councillor, congratulations!

Note: they also serve, those who do the legwork, research, door knocking, canvassing and generally spread the good word.
I'm sure Cllr Hocking will join everyone in welcoming Salisburys newest councillor aboard... Latest news Friday 10th January 2014 Congratulations to our newest City Councillor Patricia Fagan! Fantastic news and a great start to 2014! Salisbury Labour Candidate Patricia Fagan. Well done Patricia, it's nice to see yet another lady councillor, congratulations! Note: they also serve, those who do the legwork, research, door knocking, canvassing and generally spread the good word. karlmarx

4:11am Mon 13 Jan 14

IanMcL says...

Congratulations to Patricia Fagan on her success. Labour is clearly the second party in Salisbury, by a distance and have almost as many seats as the Conservatives.

Well done the electorate, in spotting Patricia's contribution to community life, even before her election as a city parish councillor.
Congratulations to Patricia Fagan on her success. Labour is clearly the second party in Salisbury, by a distance and have almost as many seats as the Conservatives. Well done the electorate, in spotting Patricia's contribution to community life, even before her election as a city parish councillor. IanMcL

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