Conservative candidates in the Lichfield District Council local elections have challenged their rivals to a hustings debate.
Cllr Iain Eadie laid down the gauntlet to fellow prospective councillors in the Leomansley ward after the list of candidates was published.
The vote will see representatives from the Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and the Green Party seeking election.
He said Conservative hopefuls “would welcome” the chance for voters to hear first hand from all candidates.
“We could then answer residents’ questions”
Cllr Eadie said: “We could then answer residents’ questions over the additional funding from central Government that has allowed Staffordshire County Council to spend more money on potholes as well as not having to divert money from school crossings to pay for the increasing costs of adult social care..
“We could answer questions on how candidates would propose to bridge the gap between the council tax Lichfield District Council gets of approximately £7million per annum and its planned spending of approximately £10million per annum on services, when monies from central Government is reducing year on year.
“We could debate the decisions taken by Lichfield District Council to reduce its expenditure, such as reducing the funding to the likes of the Garrick Trust and the consequences this has had on amateur dramatic groups’ ability to access the theatre to put on shows.
“We could debate why it became necessary to charge for brown bins when Staffordshire County Council needed to reduce the recycling credits it pays to district and borough councils, if other services were not to be affected.
“We could also debate the failure to deliver Friarsgate and why Leomansley Conservative councillors stood down to protest this, as well as what action we took within Lichfield Conservatives as a consequence, and why the new council – regardless of what party councillors are from – will be different.”
He has invited rival candidates to contact the Conservative hopefuls if they wanted to go ahead.
Cllr Eadie added: “A hustings would be an opportunity for all parties to answer residents questions on the issues affecting where we live, what candidates would propose to do about them if elected, and to encourage a genuine debate on what is really happening.”
Full list of candidates standing in the Leomansley ward:
- Lee Cadwallader-Allan (Lib Dem)
- Jamie Checkland (Cons)
- Jamie Christie (Lib Dem)
- Iain Eadie (Cons)
- Paul Ecclestone-Brown (Greens)
- Paul Golder (Lab)
- Ian Jackson (Lib Dem)
- Rajesh Kulkarni (Lab)
- Kim Rochelle (Lab)
- Andy Smith (Cons)