Your Stourport-on-Severn Labour Candidates
I am basing my appeal for your vote on what I can contribute to Stourport in 2018-19.
I do hope to be one of several new Labour councillors gaining a seat and, therefore, adding to the number of Labour councillors in Wyre Forest. However, our hopes of forming a majority will have to wait until the all-out elections in 2019. So, although, I will be a keen contributor to debate in council, I see my main role for the next year as being a community advocate.
I believe I have a good record in speaking up for Stourport. Recently, I have been actively involved in Labour’s campaign for the construction of new public toilets in the town centre. We lost the vote to the Conservatives on this occasion, but will continue our campaign.
In terms of “getting things done”, I already work for Stourport residents in my capacity as a town councillor. For example, the street light which went out in Mart Lane was found not to be the responsibility of the county council, and I was able to find out that the Canal & River Trust was the responsible body, so a repair is now underway. Also, after several interventions by myself, County Highways will hold a site meeting at the traffic lights in Mitton Street, to establish whether anything can be done to improve the flow from Severn Road into Mitton Street.
There are many other local issues in my caseload. I would expect there to be even more as your Mitton district councillor. With your support, I look forward to that challenge.
I seek re-election as district councillor for Areley Kings & Riverside.
During my recent period of office, much of my time in the council chamber and committee room was spent on the subjects of Housing, Planning and Finance. Despite the hostility of Central Government towards Local Government and despite Conservative control of the district council, I believe I was able to have a positive impact on debate and, occasionally, even on policy.
Within the ward, my caseload of local issues remained at around thirty at any one time. Some involved more than an individual complainant and required me to be an advocate for the local community. For example, long-running planning issues required me to organise and chair public meetings, meet lobby groups, obtain detailed expert advice for concerned parties, offer my own advice about how best to make representations to official bodies and speak in support of local opinion.
I did not hold surgeries, preferring, in the majority of cases, to meet residents in their own homes. To make myself available to everyone, I was part of a team which produces a quarterly newsletter, delivered to every home in Areley Kings and Riverside, which always featured my contact details.
If re-elected, I intend to serve the local community with the same level of commitment as is hopefully exemplified above.