The latest Coleshill Post Column from Councillor Adam Farrell:

Next May, you’ll get the chance to vote for new Borough Councillors. I will not be standing for re-election. I want to thank the voters of Coleshill North who have given me the privilege of representing them at the Town or Borough Council over the last almost 8 years. It’s a huge task trying to please everyone, to tackle the bureaucracy that local government officials put in your way and to get things done, even in opposition but I’ve enjoyed every minute.

Coleshill has changed and that is a good thing. Next May the choice will be; do we elect people who’ve supported that change or those who’ve opposed and worked against those positive differences over the last few years.

It’s important to remember that every single improvement the Town Council has made since 2011 has been opposed by the Conservative Party. The investment in the Memorial Park, new CCTV cameras, grants to local community groups and charities, the recruitment of new grounds staff to keep our town clean and tidy, the opening of the Coleshill Hub, the trial of a Coleshill Visitor Centre, the investment at the Community Centre Play Area, the proposal to renovate the area opposite the Green Man pub on the crossroads and much more. They even tried to oppose the building of the new Coleshill Leisure Centre.

At the same time, the Conservative Party have cut our library opening hours, closed our Police Station, turned off our street lights, introduced a charge for Borough Care, cut the number of Police Officers on our streets and overseen a decline in public services. They control the Borough and County Councils, yet they’ve done nothing to improve parking, nothing to tackle traffic, nothing to invest in our High Street, nothing to improve road safety around our schools, nothing to tackle the shortage of affordable housing and nothing to deal with the rising levels of crimes as a result of their cuts.

This is a pretty political column this month, but I think it’s important to remember that Councillors are from a political party and whilst elected by you, they have a set of values and principles that they share with their political group and in Coleshill, Conservative Councillors have effectively done us over and made cuts to our services whilst pretending

As I’ve said, next May I won’t be standing for re-election in Coleshill North, but Labour have selected four fantastic candidates for the Borough Council.

Jack Deakin and Jane Farrow for Coleshill North and Claire Breeze and Chelsea Collis for Coleshill South.

Jack Deakin lives in Coleshill, he went to Coleshill School and now studies at college as well as working in the hospitality industry. Jack also volunteers at a number of Coleshill events, most recently at the Coleshill Honesty Shop.

Jane Farrow is a Town Councillor and during the day works for a university as a Research Manager. She lives in Coleshill and cares deeply about the town and making sure we get our fair share of the pie from the Borough Council.

Chelsea Collis works in further education. She went to school here and lives in Burman Drive. As a young candidate, she brings a different perspective to life in Coleshill and as part of our strong team of candidates, would do a fantastic job as a Borough Councillor.

Claire Breeze is currently working at George Eliot hospital. She understands the need to improve health services locally as well as protecting our local hospitals and the services available at them all. She’s a Town Councillor and over the last three years has been a vocal supporter of voluntary groups in the town, sitting on the grants committee, awarding thousands to our local community groups.

This is a team of ordinary working people seeking to break the mould when it comes to politics. They aren’t politicians, they are people like you, people who want to represent their friends, neighbours and fellow residents.

As Dominic Ferro and I stand down next May, I know that Jack, Jane, Chelsea and Claire will be fantastic representatives for Coleshill. I’ll be around until May, here to help with any local issue. Please do get in touch via email or phone and I’ll do all I can to try and help.

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