Is it Appropriate for the Chair of the Neighbourhood Forum to Run for Political Office and Remain Chair?

Councillor Richard MacRae observes:

Si Frost is the Chair of Stapleford Neighbourhood Plan. He is standing as a Liberal Democrat Candidate for the Toton, Chilwell and Attenborough Electoral Division of Notinghamshire County Council.

Tim Hallam is Vice Chair of Stapleford Neighbourhood. He is standing as a Liberal Democrat Candidate for thee Stapleford and Broxtowe Central Electoral Division of Nottinghamshire County Council and it seems will stand as a Liberal Democrat Candidate for the Broxtowe Constituency in the forthcoming General Election.

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4 Responses to Is it Appropriate for the Chair of the Neighbourhood Forum to Run for Political Office and Remain Chair?

  1. Chris cooke says:

    Richard, Stapleford is not Bramcote. I am not a voter in that division or resident there.

    I would encourage you, if you see fit, to follow the same source of action as me. However I see some differences. Si is running for a district that is not represented by the forum? And it is my understanding that Tim only got involved because there is a lack of social capital to keep the forum going. There is a plan already in place and there is less acrimony between parties and political actors in stapleford, as a collegiate politician yourself you are testament to this.

    The issue of the green belt is less charged than here in Bramcote as successive administrations here have promised no green belt building and it has happened under both Cons and Lib Dems. Can you see that actually it has to stop and the best way to achieve this is through the Forum.

    This is why in Bramcote the forum should remain non political. Also I notice Steve Austin has chosen to again label me as the membership secretary of the lib Dems, his is a position I stood down from earlier this year due to excessive demands on my time.

    I do however still have access to various canvass databases/electoral data but am not an executive officer.

    • Richard MacRae is standing in Stapleford & Broxtowe Central (part of whose area is within the area covered by the Bramcote Neighbourhood Forum).
      Paul Nathanail is standing in Bramcote & Beeston North (part of whose area is within the area covered by the Bramcote Neighbourhood Forum).

    • Councillor Richard MacRae says:

      It doesn’t matter to me who does what as long as it’s don’t right. We all working well here in Stapleford and the Stapleford Neighbourhood Plan is coming along just fine. I was asked the question yesterday who was chair/vice chair via an email question. I replied and it got published. But as I said we all working together just fine.

  2. Teresa says:

    Chris, am I missing something here? Our elected councilors are there to work in the interests of the people in their district they represent. The neighborhood forum is a group working in the interest of their local community. A conflict of interest only applies if party political policies are opposed to the wishes of the local community. As Paul is standing as an independent, I can see no such issue!

    Also, as a member of the Stapleford Neighborhood planning group, I can assure you that the issue of protecting the greenbelt is as charged here as everywhere else! I have found that the councilors and those standing for election contributing to the plan have supported the ideas and aspirations of residents and local business regardless of political party and their experience has helped greatly.

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