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: Thomas Loughbrough
Party: Conservatives
Ward: Chase Terrace
Occupation: Student

What has made you decide to stand for election?
To make a difference to Burntwood. With the cuts from National Government, I feel  Chase Terrace needs reasonable fair people at the local level to make sure when the tough decisions are made, that there is someone there to argue passionately for Chase Terrace. If elected I am a people’s politician. What I mean by that is that I will help. I’m not the sort of person to let the people be ignored. If you want my help I shall provide it, whenever, wherever you need it.

I want to keep Burntwood fair.  My grandfather used to tell me “Never accept a B”. It’s something I’ve driven for all my life. If you’re sitting there thinking you can’t let me tell you this right now – you can.

I also believe that as a young person I should be doing my bit for the community. So I’m taking on the challenge of standing for election to represent the people of Chase Terrace and give them a voice at the local level in the decisions that affect us all.

What are the key local issues for you in your ward?
Facilities for the voters – we must keep them. With Chasetown Police Station saved and the health centre secure, I shall campaign to keep our bus services and the local library, at all costs. And I’ll do everything reasonably possible to ensure the services you need to go about your lives without problems stay. I will not stand by and watch Burntwood be unfairly treated. I’m a outspoken person and a supporter of the underdog.

Keeping crime down is another major priority. I would do this by working with the police service to keep crime where it belongs – down.

Public transport – This is an issue I would take personally and persue. By working with Arriva I shall make sure that the services you need to get to where you want to are kept.

Facilities for young people – I shall look at any proposal with interest. I will also do my best to make sure what we have already stays.

The shopping centre – I know that Chase Terrace and Burntwood needs a shopping centre. I will work with the country council, land owners and local developers to see what can be done.  By working together results can be achieved.

If you are elected how do you plan to keep your constituents informed of what you are doing to represent them?
I will hold surgeries every month and when an issue of importance, I will put together leaflets. If I am elected my constituents have my word that communication will be an important part of my term.

How do you feel you will be able to make a difference to your constituents?
Firstly, I’ll work with the youth services to improve the quality of life of our young people. Secondly, I will make sure that Burntwood is not ruined by Labour’s plans. We need intelligent leadership in these finically difficult times. Thirdly, I shall put in every effort to keep what we already have. Changes must be made but by working with those in the Cabinet savings can be made that actually improves services.

Finally, with Council Tax frozen and only the number of houses needed being built, I shall work to try and get businesses into our area where possible.

Anything else you would like to add?
No response given.

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

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.