Voting today


Chivenor, Pegasus and Topcliffe Schools are all being used as polling stations for the local elections and the national referendum on voting reform.
Candidates standing for the post of Councillor in Tyburn ward are:
Gerald Brien – Conservative
Trevor Holtom – Lib Dem
Lee Moore – Green Party
Mike Sharpe – Labour

Polling stations are open from 7am till 10pm.

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12 responses to “Voting today

  1. jackie charters

    I have voted every years since I was 18 and am now 47. but recent comments in Vale mail from all of the local polictical parties has really made me disinlcined to vote this time. This is our newspaper not a forum for councillors to throw dirt and score points. I want to vote for an adult!

  2. election time is really the only time you hear from any councillor.
    i wouldnt bother wasting my time viting.

  3. There are only four candidates up for election in this ward, a much smaller number than usual. And from what I have read of their policies, they seem to all be in broad agreement with each other, so there seems little choice. The parties used to have such differing views from each other. For the first time in years, I shall not be voting, because I have lost faith in politics, and suspect everything MPs and councillors say, as being somewhat short of the truth. If only there was some conviction coming from the candidates, and if only I could believe in what any of them said, then I would be more inclined to vote. Years ago it was much simpler. The Conservatives were for the rich, Labour was for the working class, and the Liberals were – well liberal I suppose. The debate resulting from such heart-felt beliefs, created interest in the voting public, with many being members of one party or the other. Now, I don’t know anyone who is a member of a party, and many won’t bother to vote, because politics seems so remote from people today and seems to lack motivation. At least, that’s how it seems to me.

  4. voting is a waste of time all the candidates want to do is line their own pockets and to hell with anyone else just like the government they are a bunch of hypocrites promising this and that their promises dont mean anything just a bunch of prats

  5. i slightly agree with your statement they do try and make their promises work so i disagree there you are entitled to your comment theres no law against that

  6. fish face – councillors don’t get paid. They can claim for out-of-pocket expenses but they don’t get a salary. So, they don’t get anything to line their pockets with

  7. Michael Sloyan

    Councillors do get paid. The basic salary for a backbench councillor is £16,267 rising to the dizzy heights of ££72,000 for the likes of Councillor Mike Whitby (leader of the Council).

    As for the effectiveness of Councillors within Castle Vale, that may be something to do with the lack of interest shown by the local voters. Tyburn Ward had a turnout of just 27% and Castle Vale has often recorded turnouts under 15%. If as is the case, the Councillors are aware that the locals are not bothered one way or another they will devote thier attentions to those that do vote…. It is not rocket science!

    If they don’t vote they can’t complain about the outcome

  8. From Direct.gov.uk:

    “Councillors are not paid a salary or wages, but they are entitled to allowances and expenses to cover some of the costs of carrying out their public duties. They are not council employees. The elected councillors provide the policies, and then paid employees (council officers) put them into practice.”

  9. councillors definitely get paid one of my relatives is a councillor for perry barr

  10. yes thats right they wouldnt do it for nothing

  11. BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL
    LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND HOUSING ACT 1989
    THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 2000,THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES (MEMBERS’ ALLOWANCES) REGULATIONS 2003
    PAYMENTS MADE TO CITY COUNCILLORS / CO-OPTED MEMBERS IN FINANCIAL YEAR 2009/2010. RECORDS SHOW THAT PAYMENTS TO
    COUNCILLOR MICHAEL JOHN SHARPE = BASIC ALLOWANCE OF £16267.01 PLUS A SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY ALLOWANCE OF £4196.02 A TOTAL OF £20,453.03 THATS WITHOUT OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES IN THE YEAR 2009/2010. Not bad for a non-wage!

  12. Michael Sloyan

    All of the above being said, the Councillors are mere paupers when compared to Mr Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council who earns circa £180,000 per annum basic salary plus a “performance related bonus” which takes his take home pay to close on £233,000 a year….plus pension, plus car….. He is paid more than the Prime Minister???

    Salaries apart, perhaps the question should be asked “What does Castle Vale get from it’s Councillors?”. In the main the Councillors are all Erdington/Pype Hayes residents. Mrs Holtom rarely sets foot on the Vale, in fact you are more likely to spot a migrating Golden Eagle than a Holtom on B35. When did one of the Councillors last knock on a door in Castle Vale outside of the election run up and ask about the welfare of Castle Vale residents?

    The truth is that the Councillors are aware that upwards of 80% of Castle Vale residents don’t vote. They don’t make an effort for those who don’t give a fiddlers…