Candidate for Water Orton
I was born and brought up in Water Orton. I went to the village primary school and my family and I live here. I’m a university graduate and I now work as a team leader at a local supermarket. I strongly oppose government plans for HS2 and I care deeply about this area.
I am standing in the Borough Council elections in May because I am concerned about the voting record of the current Councillors. Being a Councillor isn’t just about coming across as a ‘nice’ person. Councillors are elected to vote on our behalf and I think Water Orton residents have been let down. Here’s why:
- Elderly people are now being charged over £200 per year for Borough Care that was free under the last Labour Council.
- Our streetlights have been switched off at night. The darkness risks increased accidents and gives cover to car thieves. The streetlights should go back on. Crime is rising and all our current Councillors do is say ‘the reporting of crime has changed.’ I say put more Police on our streets.
- Funding for Water Orton Library has been cut. First the full-time staff went and the Library had to be run by volunteers. Then the county council funding to keep it open with volunteers ended. We have too few services in our area. I will fight to keep this library kept open. I want to bring Council services to our village.
- Water Orton railway station building is at risk. The company is talking about demolishing the station building and leaving an open platform, which people will have to access by way of a bridge. The village once had a nice railway station. Our Councillors could have got funding to help improve it but over 20 years the station has been neglected. I want a better railway station.