As Lichfield and Burntwood voters prepare to go to the ballot box for the local elections on May 5, The Lichfield Blog has offered each of the candidates the chance to have their say.

We’ve sent out questionnaires to all District Council candidates and will publish their responses on the site to help you decide where to put your cross on election day. If your local candidates haven’t responded yet, why not chase them?

Name: Vance Wasdell
Party: Independent
Ward: Hammerwich
Occupation: Retired

What has made you decide to stand for election?
While I have been on Hammerwich Parish Council, a number of residents have expressed support for me if I stood for Lichfield District Council.

What are the key issues for you in your ward?
Green belt development, a fear of cuts in public services, poor public transport, keeping footpaths open, local flooding incidents and fly-tipping.

If you are elected how do you plan to keep your constituents informed of what you are doing to represent them?
Through the press and I speak to many of my constituents regularly.

How do you feel you will be able to make a difference to your constituents?
Listen to them and do my best to address their concerns.

Anything else you would like to add?
A decade ago this Parish lost a vast swathe of its Green Belt to provide the M6 Toll road. Since then there have been other proposals in the Green Belt that threatened to merge us with surrounding conurbations and lose the identity of Hammerwich. Some of these proposals have been successful, despite causing concern to those immediately affected. I will do all I can to protect any further erosion of the Green Belt. The only development I will support is the re-instatement of the Lichfield canal which provide quiet access to the countryside without spoiling it.

Over the past 45 years we have seen a gradual decline in public services. This area has lost its railyway station, two hospitals and an elderly people’s care home. Shortly after last year’s General Election you will recall there was a proposal to close Burntwood Recycling Centre – this followed a threat to our Post Office. Both of these threats were only withdrawn after a public outcry. Despite the financial constraints facing the Council, I will oppose any further reductions in public services.

With the price of fuel ever increasing, it would make more sense to improve public transport, particularly to the West Midlands. This would be best addressed by re-opening the Walsall to Lichfield railway line and providing a good, new, secure park and ride station. We would gain direct services to Lichfield, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Supporters of Walsall and Aston Villa football clubs would also benefit with a service to stations close to the grounds of these clubs. I will support any effort to re-open this route and improve bus services.

Also standing in the Hammerwich ward (once they have responded, these will link to the response):

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

9 replies on “Local elections 2011: Vance Wasdell (Ind) – Hammerwich ward”

  1. I have known vance since 2004 he was elected parish councillor in 2007.I have supported his views on local issues such as greenbelt,local transport especially the reopening of the rail line.He has been a very active councillor and has always been on hand when I have needed help and advice.I am pleased he is an independent councillor so he never has to follow the party line. He therefore puts the needs of the local community first.

  2. Now is the time for our Parish to have a Hammerwich resident represent us on Lichfield Council. Fresh ideas, no party alliance, protection of what little green belt we have left – just what we need. I will certainly be voting for Mr Wasdell on 5 May!!

  3. Mr Wasdell has been a conscientious Vice Chairman of Hammerwich Parish Council. He has always shown a keen interest in all matters concerning the Parish, and is approachable and helpful. Hammerwich needs Mr Wasdell who has their best interests at heart to represent them at District level.

  4. I am sure Hammerwich would be much improved with Mr Wasdell’s influence. Local opinion clearly tallies with Mr Wasdell’s following the disapproval over the threat of closing the post office – clearly we need someone to fight vigorously for what we want. Mr Wasdell fits the bill!

  5. Hammerwich needs exactly what Mr Wasdell is offering. he has lived here for years anjd knows the problems. His proposals are genuine, sensible and are to the benefit of all Hammerwich residents, plus Lichfield in general. As an independent, he is totally without any ‘ follow the party line ‘ dogma, and is affiliated only to the local residents and their welfare. He is approachable, honest and without any ‘spin’. He’s got my vote.

  6. Vance has always understood the need to conserve wildlife in the Parish and supports most ideas to reduce carbon emissions, sustain the rural economy and mitigate global warming. That is a big step in the right direction.

  7. Vance has been a stalwart supporter of our campaign to protect green belt in our area and is anxious to consider issues that impact on local people and the services that they are fearful of losing. Decent, honest and passionate about the area he represents I wish Vance every success on May 5th, Paul Chapman – Chairman, Burntwood and Hammerwich Action Group

  8. I have nothing but respect for Vance. i know him to have the highest principles, very-strong commitment and exciting vision. Spin has no part in Vance’s approach to his work. I am totally-convinced that he will make an excellent District Councillor.

  9. May I thank all those residents of Hammerwich who supported me on May 5th for their kind comments,help with the leaflets and their votes.Coming third shows there is considerable support for our views.I have notified the Clerk that I wish to be considered for one of the vacancies on the Parish Council and shall continue to do my best for the community from there,Kind Regards to you all,Vance.

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