Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Giles McNeill vs Alf Frith

The Lincolnshire Echo is today reporting that a young Conservative hopeful is looking to end the 26-year tenure of a Lincolnshire council stalwart in an electoral battleground near Lincoln.

Cllr. Alf Frith, Liberal Democrat (Nettleham Ward) and Conservative challenger Giles McNeill, are contesting the Nettleham Ward in the West Lindsey District Council election to be held on Thursday, 6th May 2010. The paper declares that with both men at opposite ends of their political careers, the choice is an intriguing one for the nearly four thousand residents of Grange-de-Lings, Greetwell, Nettleham, North Greetwell and Riseholme.

The paper reports that Cllr. Frith has lived in Nettleham since the age of two, spent the last forty-six years as a Parish Councilllor and represented the area at district council level since 1984. The paper reports Cllr. Frith as saying:
"Planning is the biggest issue for the area.

"A lot of residents feel now we have reached a point where, with traffic problems in the village, we have got to capacity.

"Giles has been putting himself around a lot and the campaign is hotting up a bit I'm hoping I will be re-elected, but who can tell?"
At the West Lindsey District Council Civic Dinner, held on Friday 16th April 2010 sources close to senior councillors have said there was considerable rumour and speculation that that Cllr. Frith may not serve the full four year term if elected, and retire after a year.

The paper describe Conservative Candidate and recently re-elected Nettleham Parish Councillor, Giles McNeill, as a long-term Nettleham resident - having lived in the village for two decades. He said:
"I feel I can make a positive difference to Nettleham in four years.

"Cllrs. Leaning and Alf are less Nettleham men at West Lindsey and more West Lindsey's men at Nettleham."

"It's time Nettleham started getting fair funding and has a stronger voice in West Lindsey. You can't vote for change in Nettleham by voting Lib Dem as they are the establishment."
Commenting separately on the rumour regarding Cllr. Frith not serving a full term of office Cllr. McNeill said:
"I think it is a matter for Cllr. Frith to answer. I plan to work hard as the Councillor for Grange-de-Lings, Greetwell, Nettleham, North Greetwell and Riseholme, for the full term I am elected for."

1 comment:

Hotdog66 said...

I thought Alf was 86 and retiring befor this election! Guess there's still some life in the old war horse yet. But, surly he'll not see his 90th birthday in office, i bet he resigns before his turm is through.