Councillor
Peter J. Martin
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Donaghadee - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Martin looks for a new kind of politics

Monday 25th April 2011

As a new candidate in North Down as I reflect on the race to the election I find myself disillusioned by some of the politics I have come across.

As a new candidate in North Down as I reflect on the race to the election I find myself disillusioned by some of the politics I have come across. As candidates scrabble for column length in the Spectator. 

At a Chamber of Commerce Hustings I attended last week representing our party I got the feeling that some of the standing councillors nearly felt that they had right to govern in North Down [because they always had] – I’m sorry if this is an incorrect perception but it was this feeling that clung onto me as I left the Hustings. This feeling had been reinforced by a disillusioned questioner who felt that current councillors were only interested in helping you if they could get their vote. If this is the case – it is appalling. No councillors should assume they have the right to get your vote – they need to engage with you, work with you and AT LEAST have met you or your representative on the doorstep. It is this type of complacency that we need to remove from North Down Borough Council. 

The two biggest issues I have encountered on the doorsteps in Ballyholme and Groomsport were Queens Parade redevelopment and Dog fouling [by the irresponsible owners – not dog owners]. At a regional level I am convinced that we need to continue to drive Northern Ireland forward in terms of economic regeneration and to sort out the mess that Education is in. If we get these two right we have a bright future for all.

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