Shake up as Bewdley elects town councillors

Shake up as Bewdley elects town councillors

Shake up as Bewdley elects town councillors

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BEWDLEY residents have chosen their representatives on Bewdley Town Council.

Voters went to the polls on Thursday and the council has received a shake up, with Conservative Julian Philips and veteran Independent Louise Edginton both choosing not to stand for re-election.

Two-time former mayor, Paul Gittins, of Labour, who has been a councillor for 20 years, failed to win re-election as did his wife Carol Gittins.

Elected in Bewdley West were Stephen Clee (Con),Roger Coleman (Con), Calne Edginton-White (ICHC) and Derek Killingworth (ICHC).

In Bewdley East, John Beeson (ICHC), Anna Coleman (Con), Philip Edmundson (ICHC) and Margaret Fishwick (Con) were elected.

Voted on to the council in Bewdley Wribbenhall were Maurice Alton (UKIP), Linda Candlin (ICHC), Liz Davies (ICHC), Anne Mace (ICHC) and Gordon Yarranton (Con).

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11:46am Sat 24 May 14

BewdleyBruce says...

Ding, dong, the useless Git(tin)s are gone!

Good luck to the new boys and girls in Bewdley East - you've got a lot of work to do and I hope you are up to the job. We needed a change, and now we have got it. Don't let us down.
Ding, dong, the useless Git(tin)s are gone! Good luck to the new boys and girls in Bewdley East - you've got a lot of work to do and I hope you are up to the job. We needed a change, and now we have got it. Don't let us down. BewdleyBruce
  • Score: 5

5:25pm Sat 24 May 14

BewdleyCrusader says...

It's a shame to see Paul and Carol have been voted off, they work tirelessly all year round for our town. No issue is ever too big for them to tackle. They are an inspiration and it's a shame more people in our town don't share their passion, it would be a nicer place to live.
It's a shame to see Paul and Carol have been voted off, they work tirelessly all year round for our town. No issue is ever too big for them to tackle. They are an inspiration and it's a shame more people in our town don't share their passion, it would be a nicer place to live. BewdleyCrusader
  • Score: 0

7:43am Sun 25 May 14

kunuty says...

Bewdley is a rubbish village
Bewdley is a rubbish village kunuty
  • Score: -18

12:41pm Sun 25 May 14

the batshake says...

It's back then. Just been released knuty?
It's back then. Just been released knuty? the batshake
  • Score: 8

3:51pm Sun 25 May 14

BewdleyBruce says...

Knuty, just for a minute, do one. And by Royal Charter, it's a town...

Bewdley Crusader; glad that your Gittins experiences are positive, mine have not been and the icing in the cake was when Paul got a reg plate with MBE on and drove constantly at 7mph through the town. Way too big for his boots and a self serving, self centred man.
Knuty, just for a minute, do one. And by Royal Charter, it's a town... Bewdley Crusader; glad that your Gittins experiences are positive, mine have not been and the icing in the cake was when Paul got a reg plate with MBE on and drove constantly at 7mph through the town. Way too big for his boots and a self serving, self centred man. BewdleyBruce
  • Score: -5

3:57pm Sun 25 May 14

PJEdmundson says...

I succeeded where the Gittins did not at Town elections and I find Bruce's comments quite combative for my liking. Paul and Carol have served the town in a variety of functions over the years and that needs some respect, in my mind. Elections are determined by the electorate and that has to be the height of criticism and endorsement. Just being rude is hardly the act of a gentleman, regardless of personal experiences.

Paul and Carol leave behind a legacy I hope that I can live up to over the next four years.

Philip Edmundson
Bewdley East
I succeeded where the Gittins did not at Town elections and I find Bruce's comments quite combative for my liking. Paul and Carol have served the town in a variety of functions over the years and that needs some respect, in my mind. Elections are determined by the electorate and that has to be the height of criticism and endorsement. Just being rude is hardly the act of a gentleman, regardless of personal experiences. Paul and Carol leave behind a legacy I hope that I can live up to over the next four years. Philip Edmundson Bewdley East PJEdmundson
  • Score: 28

10:04am Mon 26 May 14

kunuty says...

BewdleyBruce wrote:
Knuty, just for a minute, do one. And by Royal Charter, it's a town...

Bewdley Crusader; glad that your Gittins experiences are positive, mine have not been and the icing in the cake was when Paul got a reg plate with MBE on and drove constantly at 7mph through the town. Way too big for his boots and a self serving, self centred man.
Very very small town where country yokels live
[quote][p][bold]BewdleyBruce[/bold] wrote: Knuty, just for a minute, do one. And by Royal Charter, it's a town... Bewdley Crusader; glad that your Gittins experiences are positive, mine have not been and the icing in the cake was when Paul got a reg plate with MBE on and drove constantly at 7mph through the town. Way too big for his boots and a self serving, self centred man.[/p][/quote]Very very small town where country yokels live kunuty
  • Score: -10

10:05am Mon 26 May 14

kunuty says...

the batshake wrote:
It's back then. Just been released knuty?
See you missed me baty
[quote][p][bold]the batshake[/bold] wrote: It's back then. Just been released knuty?[/p][/quote]See you missed me baty kunuty
  • Score: -7

1:03pm Mon 26 May 14

the batshake says...

kunuty wrote:
the batshake wrote:
It's back then. Just been released knuty?
See you missed me baty
I won't miss next time if you stand still.
[quote][p][bold]kunuty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the batshake[/bold] wrote: It's back then. Just been released knuty?[/p][/quote]See you missed me baty[/p][/quote]I won't miss next time if you stand still. the batshake
  • Score: 4

2:45pm Tue 27 May 14

thatshowitis says...

Bewdley Bruce or whatever your real name is why not tell us what your bad experiences were?
Perhaps kunuty thinks Bewdley is a village because you act like a village idiot
Bewdley Bruce or whatever your real name is why not tell us what your bad experiences were? Perhaps kunuty thinks Bewdley is a village because you act like a village idiot thatshowitis
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Wed 28 May 14

Sealwatcher says...

Mr Gittins is remembered by me for raising a petition to stop a Skateboard Park on Tudor Rd Play Area, that was to be funded by WFCH, poor kids denied an amenity they would have loved.
I doubt if he will be missed.
Mr Gittins is remembered by me for raising a petition to stop a Skateboard Park on Tudor Rd Play Area, that was to be funded by WFCH, poor kids denied an amenity they would have loved. I doubt if he will be missed. Sealwatcher
  • Score: 0

11:04am Thu 29 May 14

BewdleyBruce says...

Right then, Cllr Edmunson, what are you going to do now your on Town Council about the High St road problems? Remember this???

http://www.kiddermin
stershuttle.co.uk/ne
ws/10684658.Dad_s_ca
ll_for_one_way_switc
h_after_near_miss/
Right then, Cllr Edmunson, what are you going to do now your on Town Council about the High St road problems? Remember this??? http://www.kiddermin stershuttle.co.uk/ne ws/10684658.Dad_s_ca ll_for_one_way_switc h_after_near_miss/ BewdleyBruce
  • Score: 0

11:16am Thu 29 May 14

Sealwatcher says...

Mr Edmundson,
With regards to Bark Hill, perhaps you might succeed where former Councillors have failed !! None of the inhabitants of my Street have met you yet. I am sure you mean to work for your Ward.......
Time will tell.
Mr Edmundson, With regards to Bark Hill, perhaps you might succeed where former Councillors have failed !! None of the inhabitants of my Street have met you yet. I am sure you mean to work for your Ward....... Time will tell. Sealwatcher
  • Score: 2

11:51am Thu 29 May 14

PJEdmundson says...

Bruce, I wondered when you would bring up High Street. I have spoken to a number of residents about it since the election and I have made contact with county about looking at what a realistic and effective solution could be.

Sealwatcher - hello! I'd be really happy to come up and meet you and other Bark Hill residents - I do have some time this coming saturday. Would you drop me a line via email - pjedmundson@gmail.co
m and we can arrange something. I sincerely intend to work for the Town and my ward, so please, put me to work!

Best,

Philip
Bruce, I wondered when you would bring up High Street. I have spoken to a number of residents about it since the election and I have made contact with county about looking at what a realistic and effective solution could be. Sealwatcher - hello! I'd be really happy to come up and meet you and other Bark Hill residents - I do have some time this coming saturday. Would you drop me a line via email - pjedmundson@gmail.co m and we can arrange something. I sincerely intend to work for the Town and my ward, so please, put me to work! Best, Philip PJEdmundson
  • Score: 13

4:29pm Thu 29 May 14

Jerome K says...

I'd like to commend Bewdley for not reelecting Mr Gittins if he was that bad, on the other hand you reelected Stephen Clee. Would any of you care to tell us why? Or just apologise.
I'd like to commend Bewdley for not reelecting Mr Gittins if he was that bad, on the other hand you reelected Stephen Clee. Would any of you care to tell us why? Or just apologise. Jerome K
  • Score: 11

6:05pm Thu 29 May 14

emjaypee says...

Looks Like ex Cllr Gittins might need to take the advice he gave the young lady who owns the cake shop.
Looks Like ex Cllr Gittins might need to take the advice he gave the young lady who owns the cake shop. emjaypee
  • Score: 0

9:14pm Thu 29 May 14

Jerome K says...

Hmmmm, that sounds like an embarassed silence to me.
Hmmmm, that sounds like an embarassed silence to me. Jerome K
  • Score: 0

9:23pm Thu 29 May 14

BewdleyCrusader says...

emjaypee wrote:
Looks Like ex Cllr Gittins might need to take the advice he gave the young lady who owns the cake shop.
So that's one mistake that he apologised for, what about all the good he did and still does, he is a credit to the Ambulance Service , he was a credit to the Fire Service and represented our town commendably when he twice served as mayor.

Mr Gittins earned the MBE and he is proud if it, why not show it off? Of course though we must only remember the bad.... We have lost a hard working councillor and ambassador of our town, perhaps over the next four years you will come to realise this.
[quote][p][bold]emjaypee[/bold] wrote: Looks Like ex Cllr Gittins might need to take the advice he gave the young lady who owns the cake shop.[/p][/quote]So that's one mistake that he apologised for, what about all the good he did and still does, he is a credit to the Ambulance Service , he was a credit to the Fire Service and represented our town commendably when he twice served as mayor. Mr Gittins earned the MBE and he is proud if it, why not show it off? Of course though we must only remember the bad.... We have lost a hard working councillor and ambassador of our town, perhaps over the next four years you will come to realise this. BewdleyCrusader
  • Score: 6

10:24pm Thu 29 May 14

Jerome K says...

Wow. Just googled Stephen Clee. The Bewdley people certainly are selective in who they direct their ire at. Here's one for starters:

http://www.worcester
news.co.uk/news/1026
2723.Tory_turmoil___
__members_vote_to_ex
pel_chairman/?ref=rs
s
Wow. Just googled Stephen Clee. The Bewdley people certainly are selective in who they direct their ire at. Here's one for starters: http://www.worcester news.co.uk/news/1026 2723.Tory_turmoil___ __members_vote_to_ex pel_chairman/?ref=rs s Jerome K
  • Score: 7

10:24am Sat 31 May 14

emjaypee says...

PJEdmundson wrote:
I succeeded where the Gittins did not at Town elections and I find Bruce's comments quite combative for my liking. Paul and Carol have served the town in a variety of functions over the years and that needs some respect, in my mind. Elections are determined by the electorate and that has to be the height of criticism and endorsement. Just being rude is hardly the act of a gentleman, regardless of personal experiences.

Paul and Carol leave behind a legacy I hope that I can live up to over the next four years.

Philip Edmundson
Bewdley East
If you are so in awe of Mr & Mrs Gittins then why did you stand against Mr Gittins rather than voting for him?
[quote][p][bold]PJEdmundson[/bold] wrote: I succeeded where the Gittins did not at Town elections and I find Bruce's comments quite combative for my liking. Paul and Carol have served the town in a variety of functions over the years and that needs some respect, in my mind. Elections are determined by the electorate and that has to be the height of criticism and endorsement. Just being rude is hardly the act of a gentleman, regardless of personal experiences. Paul and Carol leave behind a legacy I hope that I can live up to over the next four years. Philip Edmundson Bewdley East[/p][/quote]If you are so in awe of Mr & Mrs Gittins then why did you stand against Mr Gittins rather than voting for him? emjaypee
  • Score: 1

2:34pm Sat 31 May 14

BewdleyCrusader says...

emjaypee wrote:
PJEdmundson wrote: I succeeded where the Gittins did not at Town elections and I find Bruce's comments quite combative for my liking. Paul and Carol have served the town in a variety of functions over the years and that needs some respect, in my mind. Elections are determined by the electorate and that has to be the height of criticism and endorsement. Just being rude is hardly the act of a gentleman, regardless of personal experiences. Paul and Carol leave behind a legacy I hope that I can live up to over the next four years. Philip Edmundson Bewdley East
If you are so in awe of Mr & Mrs Gittins then why did you stand against Mr Gittins rather than voting for him?
There are 4 seats in Bewdley east! Perhaps he was trying to work with them?
[quote][p][bold]emjaypee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PJEdmundson[/bold] wrote: I succeeded where the Gittins did not at Town elections and I find Bruce's comments quite combative for my liking. Paul and Carol have served the town in a variety of functions over the years and that needs some respect, in my mind. Elections are determined by the electorate and that has to be the height of criticism and endorsement. Just being rude is hardly the act of a gentleman, regardless of personal experiences. Paul and Carol leave behind a legacy I hope that I can live up to over the next four years. Philip Edmundson Bewdley East[/p][/quote]If you are so in awe of Mr & Mrs Gittins then why did you stand against Mr Gittins rather than voting for him?[/p][/quote]There are 4 seats in Bewdley east! Perhaps he was trying to work with them? BewdleyCrusader
  • Score: 3

4:37pm Sat 31 May 14

PJEdmundson says...

BewdleyCrusader wrote:
emjaypee wrote:
PJEdmundson wrote: I succeeded where the Gittins did not at Town elections and I find Bruce's comments quite combative for my liking. Paul and Carol have served the town in a variety of functions over the years and that needs some respect, in my mind. Elections are determined by the electorate and that has to be the height of criticism and endorsement. Just being rude is hardly the act of a gentleman, regardless of personal experiences. Paul and Carol leave behind a legacy I hope that I can live up to over the next four years. Philip Edmundson Bewdley East
If you are so in awe of Mr & Mrs Gittins then why did you stand against Mr Gittins rather than voting for him?
There are 4 seats in Bewdley east! Perhaps he was trying to work with them?
Bewdley Crusader is right, there are four seats for Bewdley East and I fully intend to work with my colleagues in East as well as all Town Councillors to support the development and needs of Bewdley. I would have been very happy to work with the Gittins, if they had been re elected.

As an ICHC Councillor, the ethos is about working collaboratively on policy when there is synergy and never attacking the individual. This is very much the ethos offered by Dr Taylor and permeates throughout the party.

Ten Candidates stood in East, only four were ever going to get elected.

People will have many opinions on all of their councillors, good, bad or indifferent. My comments about the Gittins have been about recognising their contribution over many years to the town of Bewdley. I stood because I believe I can make a difference.

Only time will tell.

Philip Edmundson
[quote][p][bold]BewdleyCrusader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emjaypee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PJEdmundson[/bold] wrote: I succeeded where the Gittins did not at Town elections and I find Bruce's comments quite combative for my liking. Paul and Carol have served the town in a variety of functions over the years and that needs some respect, in my mind. Elections are determined by the electorate and that has to be the height of criticism and endorsement. Just being rude is hardly the act of a gentleman, regardless of personal experiences. Paul and Carol leave behind a legacy I hope that I can live up to over the next four years. Philip Edmundson Bewdley East[/p][/quote]If you are so in awe of Mr & Mrs Gittins then why did you stand against Mr Gittins rather than voting for him?[/p][/quote]There are 4 seats in Bewdley east! Perhaps he was trying to work with them?[/p][/quote]Bewdley Crusader is right, there are four seats for Bewdley East and I fully intend to work with my colleagues in East as well as all Town Councillors to support the development and needs of Bewdley. I would have been very happy to work with the Gittins, if they had been re elected. As an ICHC Councillor, the ethos is about working collaboratively on policy when there is synergy and never attacking the individual. This is very much the ethos offered by Dr Taylor and permeates throughout the party. Ten Candidates stood in East, only four were ever going to get elected. People will have many opinions on all of their councillors, good, bad or indifferent. My comments about the Gittins have been about recognising their contribution over many years to the town of Bewdley. I stood because I believe I can make a difference. Only time will tell. Philip Edmundson PJEdmundson
  • Score: 7

9:02am Fri 6 Jun 14

thatshowitis says...

Sealwatcher says...

Mr Gittins is remembered by me for raising a petition to stop a Skateboard Park on Tudor Rd Play Area, that was to be funded by WFCH, poor kids denied an amenity they would have loved.
I doubt if he will be missed.
As I recall the installation of a skate board park on Bark Hill would have been the first to be built in Wyre Forest and the residents of Bark Hill, especially those in Baldwin road were concerned that people from the whole of Wyre Forest would come and use it as there had already been complaints about noise there. In fact, previously councillor Clee had threatened to close the park. That is why Paul Gittens was asked to raise a petition. However that was years ago, since then many of the residents in that area have passed away or moved.so now the younger families may welcome a skate park.
Bewdley Bruce, what was your bad experience?
Sealwatcher says... Mr Gittins is remembered by me for raising a petition to stop a Skateboard Park on Tudor Rd Play Area, that was to be funded by WFCH, poor kids denied an amenity they would have loved. I doubt if he will be missed. As I recall the installation of a skate board park on Bark Hill would have been the first to be built in Wyre Forest and the residents of Bark Hill, especially those in Baldwin road were concerned that people from the whole of Wyre Forest would come and use it as there had already been complaints about noise there. In fact, previously councillor Clee had threatened to close the park. That is why Paul Gittens was asked to raise a petition. However that was years ago, since then many of the residents in that area have passed away or moved.so now the younger families may welcome a skate park. Bewdley Bruce, what was your bad experience? thatshowitis
  • Score: 0

11:32am Fri 6 Jun 14

Sealwatcher says...

Thatshowitis is correct, it was many years ago, I saw that petition and very few names came from Baldwin Rd when I saw it. Now the situation is that Paul Gittins failed to be re-elected, in fact he had less votes than his Wife who also failed get re-elected. That is democracy, so let us give the New Ward Councillors a chance, two have actually been working on their Ward already.
A big "thank you" to Councillors Edmundson and Beeson for visiting their Ward and addressing issues that have been continually ignored by former Ward Councillors.
Thatshowitis is correct, it was many years ago, I saw that petition and very few names came from Baldwin Rd when I saw it. Now the situation is that Paul Gittins failed to be re-elected, in fact he had less votes than his Wife who also failed get re-elected. That is democracy, so let us give the New Ward Councillors a chance, two have actually been working on their Ward already. A big "thank you" to Councillors Edmundson and Beeson for visiting their Ward and addressing issues that have been continually ignored by former Ward Councillors. Sealwatcher
  • Score: 1

10:05am Wed 18 Jun 14

thatshowitis says...

What issues were these? Did you contact any of the ward councillors about them?
Still waiting for an answer from Bewdley Bruce.
What issues were these? Did you contact any of the ward councillors about them? Still waiting for an answer from Bewdley Bruce. thatshowitis
  • Score: 0

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