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: Richard Cox
Party: Conservatives
Ward: Armitage with Handsacre
Occupation: Procurement manager

What has made you decide to stand for election?
I have been a District Councillor since 2003 and in that time I have helped deliver the Bowling Green and new play equipment in the village. With my Conservative colleagues we have secured a Police presence in the village by the negotiating with the Police and the Village Hall to use part of the hall as a police post.  We have introduced twice weekly litter picks in co-operation with the District and Parish Councils.

I decided to stand again because I would like the opportunity to continue to work on behalf of the residents of Armitage with Handsacre to ensure they live in safe and clean environment. I would also work hard to bring further play equipment in particular for the under fives and refurbish existing play equipment. I will work with my colleagues to provide more litter bins in accessible locations which will include more dog bins. It is our intention to put in place and replace old bus shelters throughout the village.

What are the key issues for you in your ward?
A key issue in Armitage with Handsacre is our identity as a village and I will continue to ensure our village does not lose this status and become a suburb of Rugeley.

Traffic speed continues to be an issue throughout the village and as part of the Speed Watch team, I will continue to support this action whether elected or not. With my colleagues we will tackle all the traffic issues that are apparent and we will deliver a pedestrian crossing at The Plum Pudding.

The condition of our park footpaths will be attended to and we will resurface the footpaths in the walks on the Tuppenhurst Lane housing estate. We will work to find a solution to the on street car parking problems along Harvey Road.

I will continue work with the Conservative County Council with their proposal to provide under 20’s with special £1 per journey rate to travel anywhere in Staffordshire together with the continuation of the senior citizen bus passes.

I will continue to oppose the principal of HS2 (high speed trains in the UK) and ensure our village is protected from further rail interruption throughout the village. I will continue to ensure our Green Belt is protected.

If you are elected how do you plan to keep your constituents informed of what you are doing to represent them?
I will ensure through a newsletter that my constituents are informed of what I am doing on their behalf and will continue to attend Parish Council reporting any issues relating to the village from the District Council.

How do you feel you will be able to make a difference to your constituents?
As a member of the Controlling Conservative Group at the District Council I hope to continue to work hard to attract investment in the village and ensure our Youth services are maintained in particular the Armitage Youth Centre and St John’s Youth Project. I would also work hard to encourage employment opportunities in the rural areas of the district.

Anything else you would like to add?
I consider attracting grants for projects as a prudent measure which does not bare a burden to the Council Tax payer. The Parish Council has a commitment to ensure our open spaces are maintained to a standard that we can all appreciate as we all live here and spending our precept wisely will be important for the future of the village without unnecessary expenditure forced upon us.

I also believe a Conservative controlled Parish Council along with the Conservative controlled District and County Councils can work together to ensure all essential services are protected.

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

    Armitage with Handsacre

    • Jill Hyden (Labour)
    • Steve Hyden (Labour)
    • Thomas Marshall (Conservatives)
    • Elaine Moore (Labour)
    • Martyn Tittley (Conservatives)

      Ross

      Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.