Ballot box. Pic: Anthony Karanja
Ballot box. Pic: Anthony Karanja

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: Ian Jackson
Party: Liberal Democrats
Ward: Leomansley
Occupation: Accountant

What has made you decide to stand for election?
The opportunity to play an active role in the community.

What are the key local issues for you in your ward?
Protection of the Recreation Zones to the north and west of Lichfield and traffic – particularly on Walsall Road and Beacon Street/Stafford Road.

If you are elected how do you plan to keep your constituents informed of what you are doing to represent them?
Regular Focus leaflets and constituency surgeries, as well as being available at all times to handle individual problems.

How do you feel you will be able to make a difference to your constituents?
I have now represented Leomansley Ward for eight years and have both got to know the area and the people and issues well, but also learnt how to influence decisions through our councils for the benefit of local residents.

Anything else you would like to add?
Liberal Democrats have now represented Leomansley Ward continuously for 16 years and have established a reputation for working hard on behalf of their constituents and keeping then regularly updated through our Focus leaflets.

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

  • Bob Awty (Conservatives)
  • Trevor Cook (UKIP)
  • Iain Eadle (Conservatives)
  • Derek Love (Lib Dem)
  • Andrew Smith (Conservatives)
  • John Smith (Lib Dem)
  • Mark Taylor (Labour)


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