I am standing as the Labour Party candidate for election to Mansfield District Council for the Oakham ward at the elections on May 2nd 2019.
I’ve lived in Oakham with Lyn since moving to the town 26 years ago. Our two children attended High Oakham and Brunts schools. I am a solicitor with over thirty years in the profession. Seventeen years ago I established my law business in the centre of the town. I now want to bring the experience I have gained from my legal career to serve the voters of Oakham. My work requires me to be able to listen to people and learn from what they are telling me, to focus on what needs to be done to put together the best possible case to win a debate. I think these are vital skills if I am to represent Oakham residents on the District Council.
The Council has been under the control of the Independents for 16 years. Even before the Conservative Government at Westminster embarked upon its savage cuts to public spending, Mansfield Independents were already undermining the services that this Council could and should be providing. Their legacy will be the degraded town centre with its decimated market, empty shops, rising homelessness, ill thought out housing developments across the District, lack of infrastructure; the list goes on. This neglect affects us all as it dents the pride we have for our local area. I believe our ward and the town deserve better and I want to play my part in bringing about change.
I oppose the proposed development of the old Gregory Quarry which will ruin the Quarry Lane conservation area and riverside walk. I oppose the building of a large scale housing development on the green field site at Bleak Hills. I will fight for improvements to the road system at the NottinghamRoad/Baums Lane crossroads where poor planning decisions by the Independents have resulted in chaos at busy times.
I believe only Labour can deliver the change required. Labour will stop the Independent’s policy of spending scarce resources out of the district and invest in our town. We will give council contracts to our local businesses to keep our money in our district.
Over the next few weeks and months I am hoping to meet you. I want to know your concerns, and what we could do together to work for improvement in this ward and our town if I am elected to serve you. You can contact me either by telephone, post or email and you will be assured of a personal reply.