Local Elections 2012

Phil Folly Green Party candidate for Waterside by-election 15 Nov 2012

Thank you to Chesham Green Party voters!

Thank you very much to all who voted for Phil Folly in the recent Waterside by-election on 15th Novmber 2012. Your support is appreciated, and it is an important building block to establish ourselves as a viable alternative and worthwhile vote. We are pleased to annunce that Phil came in in 3rd place. We hope to build more on support generally in the Chilterns, and for our target candidates Phil Folly and Jem Bailey (Parish Councillor for Flackwell Heath).
Phil Folly came third, and achieved 13.2% of the vote, ahead of Labour and UKIP.

Working hard for Chesham

Phil is out and about in so many places during an average week working for Chesham and working with Chesham people. His huge efforts and wide variety of activities with so many groups in the town deservedly earned him the Chesham People’s Award in 2010.
Phil's Chesham activities
Message from Phil Folly
“I took early retirement in 2004 after 42 years with the Post Office, including 30 years as Royal Mail manager. I immediately joined a number of community groups, for which I continue to play an active role. I attend Town Council full meetings in the public gallery and many other committee meetings and AGMs, and I am an avid reader of the minutes. I could say my main interest is Chesham!, and if I am elected to be a councillor it would be a great honour.

I am married to Kate and it will be our 30th anniversary this year. We are the founder members of the Chiltern Green Party, formed in 1983. We have lived in Chehsam for 30 years and many people talk to me about issues concerning them. Residents and shopkeepers alike are exasperated by the litter and anti-social behaviour, and reduction in police station opening hours for example.”

Some of Phil Folly’s roles and activities for Chesham:
COPAG (Chesham Older People’s Action Group) Vice-Chair. Helps with advice and talks for over 50s. Helps with transport.
Chesham Environmental Group Chair. Organises working parties.eg. clearing the River Chess of silt; and the ‘litterpick’ around Newtown and Nashleigh Hill in early April; and he works with the councils on environmental issues which arise and liaises regarding graffiti, fly-tipping.
Friends of Lowndes Park Treasurer. Phil attends the monthly working party, maintains the gardens, etc, planting of nature areas eg  ‘Spring into Action’ initiative. Phil is also installing a ‘nectar bar’ for the bees!
Friends of Chesham Cemetery Active member. Maintenance including older graves and railings; wild flower area.
Transition Town Chesham Treasurer, one of the organisers of the local produce market in conjunction with Chesham Town Council for which they collected a national award last year. Helps man the TTC stall at the monthly market. He organised the recent cycle ride through Chesham to promote the need for safe cycling routes.
Good Neighbour scheme Active member. Helps the elderly with shopping and transport to the doctor’s and hospital.
NAG (Neighbourhood Action Group) Attends group meetings held with a Community Support Officer and police officer.
Chesham Allotments Phil is famed for his Quizmaster role at social events, and he organises a treasure hunt for children at the annual open day.
Jubilee celebrations Phil is organising a street party for his fellow residents in Essex Road.
Walkers are Welcome Phil was responsible for bringing this national initiative to encourage walking visitors to Chesham.
Litter-picking Tidies up litter several times a week in Chesham parks, The Moor, and the litter he has found accumulating behind the new medical centre.

My aims and objectives
•We live day-to-day with the parking problems in the area. We need permits; more support for those who  have mobility issues; easier access to public transport.
•Introduce neighbourhood litter-picking schemes (and support those already existing) to encourage all ages to look after their environment
•Crack down on anti-social behaviour including vandalism and litter-dropping
•Campaigning to keep the Green Belt
•Campaigning against HS2
•Establish more safe routes to school
•Longer opening hours for police station; more Police Community Support Officers
•Encourage people to shop locally and maintain our healthy community

Phil Folly

24th May 2012, Phil Folly stood for the vacant position for Town Councillor in the by-election for Townsend Ward, Chesham, on 24th May, 2012.