Toxic town council claim played no part in my decision not to seek election says former Mayoress
A claim that one candidate standing for election to Marlborough town council has withdrawn her name because of critical comments about the council’s “toxic web of impenetrable intrigue” has been totally denied.
Patricia Cavill, who withdrew her name from the list of candidates standing in Marlborough’s East ward as a Liberal-Democrat, has revealed that she knew nothing of the allegations made by retiring independent councillor Val Compton.
“In any case, I am totally aware of how the town council operates,” 75-year-old Mrs Cavill told Marlborough News Online. “My late husband, Bill Cavill, was Mayor of Marlborough in 2003/4 and I was his Mayoress."
“I did enjoy that time then and met many people whose voluntary work in the community for Marlborough is so important. But I was fully aware of the difficult time my husband had with certain members of the council – and it appears that nothing has changed.”
Mrs Cavill’s husband, six years older than her, who also served two terms as a member of Kennet District Council before the unitary authority of Wiltshire Council was created, died in 2008.
She has withdrawn her name from the current list of town council candidates for purely personal reasons, among them her need to care for a sick relative.
“I have made a mature reflection on my position and decided that I cannot give the time the task of being a councillor really requires,” she said. “And I can do without the stress.”
In fact, there will be no need for Marlborough residents to vote for a new town council on May 2 as there have been only 14 nominations for the 16 council seats, which means that two more councillors will be needed to be co-opted.
Mrs Cavill fears that this is an indication of the apathy of the electorate due to the lack of trust in politicians, which is resulting in fewer people bothering to vote, as in last November’s elections for new Police and Crime Commissioners, which produced a 15.4 per cent poll in Wiltshire, women in particular ignoring the democratic process.
Plus the fact that those who do vote now tend to ignore the mainstream parties and vote in protest for UKIP and outsiders.
“I do tell women that the suffragettes died and were force fed in prison in their campaign for the vote,” said Mrs Cavill. “But they don’t seem to appreciate that.”
A full list of candidates will be published shortly.