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: David Leytham
Party: Conservatives
Ward: Curborough
Occupation: Self-employed

What has made you decide to stand for election?
I have always been involved in the communities I have lived or worked in and decided that I should try to step up into the decision making area. I have lived in Lichfield for nine years and enjoy living here.  I hope to be able to do something to keep the ward, the city and the district good places to live in.

What are the key issues for you in your ward?
It depends where you look.  I am a magistrate and see some of the problems brought about by drugs and minor crime in the Dimbles area but I must emphasise that these issues are very localised and restricted to a small minority of the people who live there.  Unemployment  presents itself as a problem and there should be better facilities for young people in the area.  Some of our roads and verges are in need of attention, as are some of the footpaths linking roads on the estates in the north of the ward.

If you are elected how do you plan to keep your constituents informed of what you are doing to represent them?
More newsletters, press releases, meetings when needed, regular surgeries.

How do you feel you will be able to make a difference to your constituents?
I will be available most of the time so I will be able to deal with issues as they arise.  I will keep in contact with people when they seek my assistance and do all I can to ensure problems are resolved.

Anything else you would like to add?
As far as I am concerned north Lichfield is a good place to live. I would love to be rid of the ‘socially deprived’ label that some sections of the press give to the whole of our area. If elected I will work to maintain and, where necessary, improve the quality of life for people across the ward.

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

  • Brian Bacon (Conservative)
  • Norma Bacon (Conservative)
  • Colin Ball (Labour)
  • John Brooks (Labour)
  • Eileen Cope (UKIP)
  • Mark Ellis (Lib Dem)
  • Kieren Parkes (Lib Dem)
  • Lorraine Parkes (Lib Dem)
  • John Walker (Ind)
  • Tony Wilkins (Labour)


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