Councillor George Barton plans to continue serving in York despite moving 266 miles away to Worthing

Coun George Barton

Coun George Barton

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A YORK councillor says he intends to see out his term of office after moving to Worthing for the benefit of his infirm wife.

Cllr George Barton, deputy Conservative group leader and councillor for Wheldrake, revealed that his wife Vee, 70, suffered two crushed vertebrae and head injuries when they both accidentally fell eight feet off a parapet onto concrete in York last December.

He suffered minor injuries but his wife had since had to undergo two operations on her skull and one on an eye, and she might still need spinal surgery later this year. He had therefore agreed to a request from their son and daughter to move down to the south coast to be near them, so they could help look after Vee.

To his amazement, his house sold within two weeks of putting it on the market and so had made the move much more quickly than expected.

Cllr Barton, 70, told The Press he had considered resigning his seat on City of York Council but, encouraged by his wife to stay on, decided to remain a councillor until the elections next May, when he would stand down.

He said he would continue to work for a minimum of 30 hours a week on council business, attending all the required committee, group and council meetings.

"I am travelling up and down at my own expense and staying in digs," he said.

He said he was heavily involved in local residents' efforts to resist proposals in the council's draft Local Plan, for example in Elvington, and he wanted to stay with them until the election.

"To be honest, I also wanted to stay on to ensure a decent candidate was secured who could stand in my place for the party at the next election."

Tory group leader Cllr Chris Steward said he was satisfied Cllr Barton would continue to work as hard as a councillor as anyone else, and would carry out all his duties as a councillor.

He said there was no question of the Conservative Party wanting to avoid a by-election in Wheldrake, where Cllr Barton had achieved a healthy majority at the last election.

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9:08am Sat 28 Jun 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Good luck to Mrs Barton and good luck to Cllr Barton - that's an awful lot of travelling!
Good luck to Mrs Barton and good luck to Cllr Barton - that's an awful lot of travelling! AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 38

9:40am Sat 28 Jun 14

courier46 says...

Good for him,and hope his wife makes a good recovery.
Anyone who stands against this councils disastrous house building within the local plan is ok by me.
Good for him,and hope his wife makes a good recovery. Anyone who stands against this councils disastrous house building within the local plan is ok by me. courier46
  • Score: 23

12:41pm Sat 28 Jun 14

eeoodares says...

Art Baker wrote:
More appropriate headline would be:

'Absent Fat Pig Manages To Keep Snout In Trough'
What a deeply unpleasant person you really are. Your parents must look at you and wonder where they went wrong!
[quote][p][bold]Art Baker[/bold] wrote: More appropriate headline would be: 'Absent Fat Pig Manages To Keep Snout In Trough'[/p][/quote]What a deeply unpleasant person you really are. Your parents must look at you and wonder where they went wrong! eeoodares
  • Score: 25

4:59pm Sat 28 Jun 14

HoofHearteds says...

My fullest sympathy for him and his wifes health issues but, you are now unable to maintain the expected roll and you should step down and allow someone who can act as democratic elected person.

Hope you both get well and maybe you could try applying to be a councilor in worthing.
My fullest sympathy for him and his wifes health issues but, you are now unable to maintain the expected roll and you should step down and allow someone who can act as democratic elected person. Hope you both get well and maybe you could try applying to be a councilor in worthing. HoofHearteds
  • Score: -10

5:33pm Sat 28 Jun 14

inthesticks says...

HoofHearteds wrote:
My fullest sympathy for him and his wifes health issues but, you are now unable to maintain the expected roll and you should step down and allow someone who can act as democratic elected person.

Hope you both get well and maybe you could try applying to be a councilor in worthing.
Role: the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation.
Roll: to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel.
Maybe you should step down and allow someone with the education required for the `role`.
[quote][p][bold]HoofHearteds[/bold] wrote: My fullest sympathy for him and his wifes health issues but, you are now unable to maintain the expected roll and you should step down and allow someone who can act as democratic elected person. Hope you both get well and maybe you could try applying to be a councilor in worthing.[/p][/quote]Role: the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation. Roll: to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel. Maybe you should step down and allow someone with the education required for the `role`. inthesticks
  • Score: 12

7:14pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Miles Davis says...

eeoodares wrote:
Art Baker wrote:
More appropriate headline would be:

'Absent Fat Pig Manages To Keep Snout In Trough'
What a deeply unpleasant person you really are. Your parents must look at you and wonder where they went wrong!
Master Baker seems a rather appropriate title for this Art Baker. What a most objectionable person and opinion.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Art Baker[/bold] wrote: More appropriate headline would be: 'Absent Fat Pig Manages To Keep Snout In Trough'[/p][/quote]What a deeply unpleasant person you really are. Your parents must look at you and wonder where they went wrong![/p][/quote]Master Baker seems a rather appropriate title for this Art Baker. What a most objectionable person and opinion. Miles Davis
  • Score: 15

7:18pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Miles Davis says...

inthesticks wrote:
HoofHearteds wrote:
My fullest sympathy for him and his wifes health issues but, you are now unable to maintain the expected roll and you should step down and allow someone who can act as democratic elected person.

Hope you both get well and maybe you could try applying to be a councilor in worthing.
Role: the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation.
Roll: to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel.
Maybe you should step down and allow someone with the education required for the `role`.
Perhaps you should just let a very minor typo to pass and let the spirit of the comment to be allowed 'inthesticks'?
[quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HoofHearteds[/bold] wrote: My fullest sympathy for him and his wifes health issues but, you are now unable to maintain the expected roll and you should step down and allow someone who can act as democratic elected person. Hope you both get well and maybe you could try applying to be a councilor in worthing.[/p][/quote]Role: the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation. Roll: to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel. Maybe you should step down and allow someone with the education required for the `role`.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should just let a very minor typo to pass and let the spirit of the comment to be allowed 'inthesticks'? Miles Davis
  • Score: -8

9:25pm Sat 28 Jun 14

inthesticks says...

Miles Davis wrote:
inthesticks wrote:
HoofHearteds wrote:
My fullest sympathy for him and his wifes health issues but, you are now unable to maintain the expected roll and you should step down and allow someone who can act as democratic elected person.

Hope you both get well and maybe you could try applying to be a councilor in worthing.
Role: the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation.
Roll: to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel.
Maybe you should step down and allow someone with the education required for the `role`.
Perhaps you should just let a very minor typo to pass and let the spirit of the comment to be allowed 'inthesticks'?
Normally I would but you obviously don`t know who the poster really is.
[quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HoofHearteds[/bold] wrote: My fullest sympathy for him and his wifes health issues but, you are now unable to maintain the expected roll and you should step down and allow someone who can act as democratic elected person. Hope you both get well and maybe you could try applying to be a councilor in worthing.[/p][/quote]Role: the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation. Roll: to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel. Maybe you should step down and allow someone with the education required for the `role`.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should just let a very minor typo to pass and let the spirit of the comment to be allowed 'inthesticks'?[/p][/quote]Normally I would but you obviously don`t know who the poster really is. inthesticks
  • Score: 2

11:41pm Sat 28 Jun 14

oi oi savaloy says...

inthesticks wrote:
Miles Davis wrote:
inthesticks wrote:
HoofHearteds wrote:
My fullest sympathy for him and his wifes health issues but, you are now unable to maintain the expected roll and you should step down and allow someone who can act as democratic elected person.

Hope you both get well and maybe you could try applying to be a councilor in worthing.
Role: the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation.
Roll: to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel.
Maybe you should step down and allow someone with the education required for the `role`.
Perhaps you should just let a very minor typo to pass and let the spirit of the comment to be allowed 'inthesticks'?
Normally I would but you obviously don`t know who the poster really is.
well, with the amount of spelling mistakes on simply-wrongs twitter account , is it her? or is it crisp?
[quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HoofHearteds[/bold] wrote: My fullest sympathy for him and his wifes health issues but, you are now unable to maintain the expected roll and you should step down and allow someone who can act as democratic elected person. Hope you both get well and maybe you could try applying to be a councilor in worthing.[/p][/quote]Role: the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation. Roll: to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel. Maybe you should step down and allow someone with the education required for the `role`.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should just let a very minor typo to pass and let the spirit of the comment to be allowed 'inthesticks'?[/p][/quote]Normally I would but you obviously don`t know who the poster really is.[/p][/quote]well, with the amount of spelling mistakes on simply-wrongs twitter account , is it her? or is it crisp? oi oi savaloy
  • Score: 4

12:07pm Sun 29 Jun 14

CaroleBaines says...

Don't share his politics, but certainly admire his professionalism. Good luck to him and his wife.
Don't share his politics, but certainly admire his professionalism. Good luck to him and his wife. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 9

6:37pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Y.I.P. says...

yea good luck fella, you have done your bit.
yea good luck fella, you have done your bit. Y.I.P.
  • Score: 1

6:54pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Young the Southbanker says...

Good luck Councillor, you & your poor wife need some after that nasty accident.
Let's hope you are successful in fighting the heavily flawed and overblown Local Plan disaster area.
Enjoy Worthing. I believe a comedian once said it was the perfect place to retire to, since the transition from life to death is barely noticeable!
Good luck Councillor, you & your poor wife need some after that nasty accident. Let's hope you are successful in fighting the heavily flawed and overblown Local Plan disaster area. Enjoy Worthing. I believe a comedian once said it was the perfect place to retire to, since the transition from life to death is barely noticeable! Young the Southbanker
  • Score: 2

10:18pm Sun 29 Jun 14

inthesticks says...

oi oi savaloy wrote:
inthesticks wrote:
Miles Davis wrote:
inthesticks wrote:
HoofHearteds wrote:
My fullest sympathy for him and his wifes health issues but, you are now unable to maintain the expected roll and you should step down and allow someone who can act as democratic elected person.

Hope you both get well and maybe you could try applying to be a councilor in worthing.
Role: the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation.
Roll: to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel.
Maybe you should step down and allow someone with the education required for the `role`.
Perhaps you should just let a very minor typo to pass and let the spirit of the comment to be allowed 'inthesticks'?
Normally I would but you obviously don`t know who the poster really is.
well, with the amount of spelling mistakes on simply-wrongs twitter account , is it her? or is it crisp?
With the barbed sarcasm in there, which one do you think?
One of them `Simply` isn`t capable of the thought process that it takes.
If this chap wants to carry on and pay his own transport costs then good for him, the easy option would have been to jack it in.
At least he`s going to turn up for meetings
http://www.yorkpress
.co.uk/news/10184915
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_Illuminating_York_m
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[quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miles Davis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HoofHearteds[/bold] wrote: My fullest sympathy for him and his wifes health issues but, you are now unable to maintain the expected roll and you should step down and allow someone who can act as democratic elected person. Hope you both get well and maybe you could try applying to be a councilor in worthing.[/p][/quote]Role: the function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation. Roll: to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel. Maybe you should step down and allow someone with the education required for the `role`.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should just let a very minor typo to pass and let the spirit of the comment to be allowed 'inthesticks'?[/p][/quote]Normally I would but you obviously don`t know who the poster really is.[/p][/quote]well, with the amount of spelling mistakes on simply-wrongs twitter account , is it her? or is it crisp?[/p][/quote]With the barbed sarcasm in there, which one do you think? One of them `Simply` isn`t capable of the thought process that it takes. If this chap wants to carry on and pay his own transport costs then good for him, the easy option would have been to jack it in. At least he`s going to turn up for meetings http://www.yorkpress .co.uk/news/10184915 .Councillor_criticis ed_for_not_attending _Illuminating_York_m eeting/ inthesticks
  • Score: 1

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