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Labour councillor questions Conservative ambitions at Burntwood Town Council after shed success claim

A councillor has claimed the building of a shed is one of the few highlights of the Conservatives’ time in charge of Burntwood Town Council.


Cllr Eric Drinkwater with the new shed at the Old Mining College Centre

Cllr Eric Drinkwater with the new shed at the Old Mining College Centre

Labour’s Eric Drinkwater accused the Tories of piggy-backing on ideas started by his own party during their time in control.

He said the ruling group had only created two new initiatives since May.

“It is now eight and a half months since the Tories, under Cllr Richard Mosson’s leadership, took control,” said Cllr Drinkwater.

“Only two of the so-called new initiatives he mentioned in answer to my recent question about what new initiatives had been started were in fact new.

“The first one was Play in the Parks, which I agree was very successful and popular, but only happened because Labour had previously taken steps not to focus all of the Wakes budget on one single weekend.

“The only other new thing was the installation of a shed at the Old Mining College Centre.

“It’s a nice shed, but is this really the way forward for Burntwood?”

Cllr Drinkwater submitted his written question after a recent row over calls for a new town deal.

He said the ruling Conservative group’s shed success showed a lack of vision.

“The town deal would see resources devolved to Burntwood from both Lichfield District Council and Staffordshire County Council,” said Cllr Drinkwater.

“I was pleased to learn last week that the leadership at Lichfield District Council is still committed to the town deal, as well as the leadership at Staffordshire County Council. Collectively, we have far bigger ambitions for Burntwood than a new piece of garden furniture.”

Cllr Richard Mosson

Cllr Richard Mosson

But Cllr Mosson insisted local voters would be able to judge the success of his ruling Conservative group in the long term.

He said: “I don’t wish to comment or shed any light on Cllr Drinkwater’s opinions – I would rather the electorate of Burntwood judge us not only on our achievements in the last six months, but the next three and a half years.

“Cllr Drinkwater is free to comment on our future good news stories, of which there will be plenty.”

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