Lichfield voters prepare for District Council by-election in Whittington

Ballot box. Pic: Anthony Karanja

Ballot box. Pic: Anthony Karanja

The two-horse race for the vacant Whittington seat on Lichfield District Council is nearing the finishing post.

With only two candidates, there will be only a Liberal Democrat and Conservative choice for voters on July 9.

Rob Strachan will be wearing the blue rosette and facing off against Penny Bennion for the seat vacated by Colin Ablitt.

Both candidates have been busy drumming up support across the ward in the last few weeks, with their respective literature outlining similarities and differences on what they will bring to the electorate.

Conservative candidate Rob has already thrown himself into the local political arena by holding meetings with his Tory colleages Councillors David Smith and Matthew Ellis.

And he has received backing from Lichfield District Council leader Cllr Smith who said:

“I am impressed with the energy and enthusiasm that Rob has already demonstrated. It is clear to me that Rob will make an excellent councillor representing the residents of Whittington, Fisherwick and Streethay.”

But despite his high profile backing, Mr Strachan’s opponent is prepared to overcome the odds.

Like her Conservative competition, Lib Dem candidate Penny has put the opposition to quarrying at Fisherwick high on her list of campaigning objectives.

She explained:

“Gravel extraction at Fisherwick would be a blot on the landscape for many years. We must continue the fight to keep this proposal out of the County Council Minerals Strategy.”

Penny has also put the Lib Dems’ green credentials firmly at the heart of her campaign.

And she believes that changes at local level can help achieve targets at a national level when it comes to the environment. She added:

“We must make sure that Lichfield District Council makes decisions that are both green and cost-effective. If elected, I will fight to achieve this.”

There was also a vow from the Lib Dem camp to “hold the Council to account on its reckless handling of the District’s finances”.

But the Conservative candidate is also keen to show he will offer value to the taxpayer. He said:

“I will lobby the leadership of the District Council to keep Council Tax as low as possible to help struggling families and pensioners.”

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on July 9.

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