Vote for your Police Crime Commissioner NOW

Published: 14 Nov 2012 12:002 comments

THE decision on who will be the first Thames Valley Police Crime Commissioner is in your hands, as residents take to the polling stations today.

The person elected to the £85,000-a-year post will be responsible for setting the force's budget of about £400m, outlining its priorities and hiring and firing the chief constable.

More than 50 polling stations across Bracknell Forest and 76 in Wokingham borough will be open from 7am-10pm today (Thursday, November 15).

Bracknell Forest Council leader Cllr Paul Bettison said: "This is an important role, it's going to be a role that influences policing and potentially impacts upon our daily lives. After all, most people when I knock on their doors say they care about local crime figures.

"There's no point in saying that's of interest if you don't go out and vote!"

Residents living in the Town Centre ward of Bracknell will also be able to cast their vote for a new town councillor, following the resignation of Neil Ellis, landlord of The Bull pub in High Street, last month.

Polling for the by-election will take place at K2, the Kerith Centre, in Church Road, between 7am-10pm today (Thursday).

A total of 69 polling stations across Royal Borough will be open from 7am-10pm.

In Ascot people can go to All Saints Church Hall, in London Road to cast their vote, as well as Ascot Library in High Street and Cheapside Village Hall.

In Sunningdale there are also polling stations at Sunningdale Village Hall, Church Road, at a mobile unit in Waitrose car park, London Road.

South Ascot Church Hall in Church Road is also a polling station, as is Ascot District Day Centre in Sunninghill

For a full list of the six PCC candidates look here: http://www.bracknellnews.co.uk/news/roundup/articles/2012/10/31/63976-pcc-candidates-go-under-the-microscope/

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  • Shellcase
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    Nov 14, 14:15
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    The article did not say anything about the worthies who are standing for election. How many candidates are there? What are their names? Where do they live? Locally or in other counties? What is their background history? Are they relatives of councillors or Police? Are they retired councillors or Police? How were the candidates selected? By boards of councillors or Police? What electioneering expenses are they entitled to? Paid against receipts or by an honour system er, like MPs? Will the successful candidate be able to boost his £85,000 per year by being co-opted onto various committees e.g. redecoration of Police stations, location of Belisha beacons, parking areas for official cars? Above all, does each candidate have to place a worthwhile deposit against failure at the election? By any yardstick the total budget for this piece of bureaurocracy seems formidable and it has yet to be rolled out across the country. Unfortunately, the scheme is destined to be played out until someone asks what do these 'commissioners' do, aside from drive around with automobile association-style badges on their cars.

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  • BracknellNews
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    Nov 14, 15:02
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    Hi Shellcase,

    Thanks for your comment.

    We have covered the build-up to the election extensively in the Bracknell News and in our sister paper the Reading Chronicle.

    The link below should give you some information about the candidates.

    http://www.bracknellnews.co.uk/news/roundup/articles/2012/10/31/63976-pcc-candidates-go-under-the-microscope/

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