24 March 2010
A Babergh District Councillor has resigned from the Conservatives and joined the Green Party, criticising Tory attitudes to global environmental issues and inaction on local issues.
Councillor Dean Walton, a member of Babergh District and Sudbury Town Councils, was elected in 2007 to represent Sudbury East ward. At Babergh, Cllr Walton is currently a member of the Scrutiny Committee, will continue to represent his constituents as an independent, and has applied to join the Independent group on the Council, which has no party in overall control.
At Sudbury Town Council, Cllr Walton is a member of the Highways & Footpaths and Finance committees and is chair of the Leisure & Environment committee.
At Great Cornard Parish Council he is a member of the Recreation & Leisure committee and is vice-chair of the Policy & Finance committee. Dean also serves as a Governor of Great Cornard Middle School.
Brought up in Sudbury, Dean has always lived in Suffolk, returning to Cornard after some years in Stowmarket. Youngest member of Babergh District Council and father of three daughters, he has been an active volunteer in local conservation activities.
Particular local issues on which Cllr Walton has been active include opposing a mobile phone mast beside Great Cornard Middle School, poor air quality in the town centre and fighting against short stay car park ticket machines. He has also opposed the scale of housing development intended for the Sudbury area under regional and local plans, the Stansted flight paths and is concerned by the routing of new pylons through special landscape areas. Dean said :“I have long been attracted by Green Party policies on issues such as climate change, energy efficiency, animal welfare, social equality and our natural environment. I have learnt a lot over the last three years and feel it’s time to move to a party that truly represents the way I feel and has a greater willingness to listen to and work with all other councillors.”