It is often the case that when a party has been in control for a number of years, people forget what has been achieved throughout that time. Clearly the Adur District is changing, especially with the drift of people from Brighton into the area, driven out by high housing prices and questionable council services.
As Brighton has had a large Labour and Green presence, there are clearly political views more prevalent in Adur than before, resulting in election of more Labour Councillors, mostly at the expense of the previous UKIP Councillors. Since their election, we have seen increasing numbers of ill-thought through proposals from the Labour group, where proper research and costings have been ignored for the sake of political expediency and public profile.
However, for the record, the Conservative administration in Adur is second to none, where council tax has been kept as low as possible, yet no services to this point have been reduced. Through proper dilligence, we have merged services with Worthing and saved a huge amount of money, have huge public satisfaction and lead the way on so many areas of service delivery at national and regional level, punching well above our weight. Our 'Social Prescribing' in respect of public health is one such area, where we were nominated for a national award for the excellence developed here in public health.
All of these things will be put at risk if the Corbynystas or more extreme Labour elements gain ground in Adur, so be careful what you wish for at the next election in 2021!
Councillor David Simmons
When considering 'Momentum' it is wise to remember that this is a reflection of the most left wing Labour opposition for many, many years. The last missive on general circulation in Adur contained the usual emotive language without giving people complete information.
For instance, take the recent decision to move from weekly rubbish in collections to bi-weekly. Much has been made of this and that fact that the Conservatives previously stated that they would retain weekly collections. What they didn't say was that the Conservative Council were then faced with a dilemma following national developments.
West Sussex County Council themselves are being pressed nationally to reduce landfill, as sites where rubbish can simply be buried are in short supply. So they took the following action:
This action meant that if Adur and Worthing were to continue with weekly collections, there would be a financial shortfall of around £1.4 million. Even when considering the split with Worthing, this would mean something like 8% to 10% increases in Council Tax for local residents. In considering this, Adur Conservatives decided that despite our earlier decision, we should try our best to keep Council Tax as low as possible, hence the latest decision. Labour have simply NOT informed people of the alternative and hidden the facts (if they ever considered them in the first place).
Adur Conservatives as always, have tried to make the right decision for local people and keep the financial pressures as low as possible and at the same time drive up our recycling rates as required nationally.
Now that the election is over, perhaps the mess that was Parliament can be swept away. However, there are clearly tensions both financially and perhaps socially which need to be worked through by caring and sensible politicians at both national and local level, who need to grasp this opportunity to reflect the needs of the country as a whole.
Whatever your political views, and whichever way you voted in either this election or BREXIT, as your elected local Councillors, Angus Dunn and myself will continue to commit ourselves to serving you, the whole community, in the best way that we can. Our record of service delivery and provisions of financial stability without cutting services across Adur is second to none in Sussex and beyond, and we will do our best to maintain that as we face future challenges and work with you, our community, to achieve the best possible outcomes for us all.
Councillors David Simmons and Angus Dunn
Councillor David Simmons
42 Greenways Crescent
Tel: 01273 464018 (home)
Mobile: 0772 505 4389
Executive Member for Finance and Deputy Leader at Adur District Council
Councillor Angus Dunn
86, Church Green
Tel.: 01273 870067
Mobile: 07760 486552