Councillor pleads with Conservative and Labour rivals to work together for good of Burntwood residents

A Conservative councillor has pleaded with both sides of the political divide to work together for the good of local residents.

The ruling Tory group at Burntwood Town Council has clashed with its Labour rivals over a number of issues, including a recent decision to raise council tax by more than a third and the make-up of the 2016/17 budget.

Cllr Doug Pullen

Cllr Doug Pullen

But Cllr Doug Pullen called for greater co-operation between the two warring parties.

“We are being aspirational and going for a gold standard in the Local Council Awards,” he said. “To achieve this we need to show excellence in engaging with communities and be innovative.

“All councillors were elected to to serve the residents of Burntwood, so we need to make sure we’re doing all we can to look for co-operation within this council and with partner authorities.

“We should be striving to be servants the residents of the area deserve.”

Cllr Pullen’s comments came after the controlling Conservative group opted to increase the council tax bill for local residents.

“I support what we as Conservatives are doing,” Cllr Pullen added. “But I do want us to make sure we foster a spirit of co-operation.”

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3 Comments

  1. Eric N Drinkwater

    12th February, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Wise words Councillor Pullen and may I say that is how it has been in all the years I have been on the council. Until now!!

  2. Simon

    12th February, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I do hope common sense and co-operation does break out, in Burntwood and Lichfield.

    The next few years are going to be very difficult, the whole party politics is very frustrating. We need our representatives to work for us and make the right decisions for us and the local area.

    Some wrong decisions can be reversed, but a lot, can never be reversed and it is the local residents, who are stuck with the issues for the rest of time.

    Please work for us and with us, rather than fighting against each other

  3. Sue woodward

    16th February, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Agree 100% with Simon. The Labour Group’s attempts to work with the Tories for the betterment of our town have pretty much been rebuffed so far, but I live in hope…..