UKIP councillor reflects on first six months serving Aveley (and beyond)
Date posted: 08-10-2012
FOR MANY, Aveley and Uplands councillor, Robert Ray has been a revelation. Until the night of the local elections last May, he was just another name on a ballot paper. Many expected him to get two hundred votes at the most.
But Robert had been putting in the hard yards for nearly a year, knocking on doors around the ward, listening to concerns and pledging to address them.
Since May, Robert and his wife have been seen, not only out and about in the ward, but at the back of many meetings, learning his craft and understanding what the needs are of his community, both in Aveley and in Thurrock.
You get the feeling that if UKIP can organise themselves, so that they use Aveley as their prototype and then organically spread their message across to neighbouring ward, then they could have something here.