Comment posted Council Elections: The count by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll.
Alison Hay not being returned was a pretty safe bet but still good to hear.
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- 3,285 votes. 44.53% turn out so you are looking at an electorate of 7,377.
- I have just seen the figures for the Lomond North ward and it is abundantly clear that the school closure issue was a massive issue in the mind of the voters.
George Freeman, who supported our schools from start to finish, who was third in 2007 has jumped to first with a 38% increase in the number of first preferences he got.
Danny Kelly who blindly voted for closure despite pledging himself to supporting them (he always claimed to have a wise strategy which nobody ever actually agreed with) saw his vote collapse by a remarkable 68% going from 2nd in 2007 (only marginally behind Billy Petrie) to 2nd last out of seven (this despite 4 candidates standing for the first time in Lomond North).
My personal thanks to the people of Lomond North for showing their support for the candidate who publicly backed us and stuck to his word.
- Hard to say just now as there are a small number of candidates who it isn’t clear what side of the fence they will fall on.
My speculation is that, at the moment we have:
17 of what I would say are the ‘Good Guys’ (i.e. not favouring Duck Walsh’s Alliance),
14 ‘Bad Guys’
2 I am genuinely have no idea which way they will fall
and we also have three seats left to be determined by the Dunoon election
In my counts of 17 and 14 there is one in each who I have think will fall into those particular groups.
- Trail has knocked Nisbet out in Helensburgh South
- Ward 9 has a shock.
Freeman in 9 rightly so.
Kelly out (rightly so)
Corry and MacIntyre in – I must admit I didn’t expect that.
Recent comments by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll
- Russell writes to councillors on Castle Toward decision tomorrow as some are denied a vote
It is maybe worth highlighting that the sale of the asset and the money received (whether it be £750k, £1.75m or something in between) has no impact on the revenue budget as has been suggested on here. Councils are restricted in the way they spend receipts from the sale of assets.
Predominantly they are only allowed to use capital receipts on further capital expenditure and not for routine revenue expenditure – the revenue and capital budgets are very distinct (albeit with some overlap due to the need for the revenue budget to take account of incurred interest costs and ongoing maintenance of capital assets).
So the £1m ‘discount’ will not impact on the revenue budget of any area. What does impact the revenue budget right now is the ongoing maintenance costs which have been mentioned many times.
Whether it is a paper transaction or not is debatable. I am assuming the valuation of £1.75m is based on open market value however that might not be the case. If it was available for sale on the open market would it realistically fetch £1.75m and would there be potential buyers? If the answer to either of those questions is ‘no’ then it isn’t really a £1m discount.
Someone else suggested a risk that a buyer could get future planning permission on the land and turn round a tidy profit. As far as I know there would be nothing preventing the council putting a clawback clause into the sale contract which would protect them against such an event. Some sort of sliding clawback (i.e. if the buyer resells the asset for a profit within 3 years then 70% of any profit goes back to the council, between 3 and 6 years, 40%, 10 years 20% etc etc). Such a clawback has been used by Scottish Ministers in the past so I assume it would be an option open to the council.
- Outright win for John Armour and SNP in South Kintyre
The low turnout doesn’t surprise me. I think the referendum has exhausted people of politics temporarily and whilst I do think there will be a short term increase in the support for SNP candidates in local elections as a show of support this is slightly tempered in A&B because, quite frankly, the local SNP in A&B have been something of a shambles.
- Labour go for Murphy and Dugdale – now for the political Himalayas
Did he really say that? Surprising if he did as Harvie is, the vast majority of times, a mature and level headed politician who doesn’t resort to the childish remarks we see too often from other politicians.
- Castle Toward: Councillor Breslin asks straight questions of Council Leader Walsh
Unless they restrict the paper under the LG Scotland Act (which A&BC do more than most councils) than the chamber is open to the public and therefore it is not ‘hidden.
If the Council have classified a paper as private under the Act the they will use the same argument to prevent it being released under FOI however this can be challenged via the Information Commissioner.
- An unexpected pairing to email in Day 8′s Save Castle Toward Advent Calendar
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