An election candidate has said the future direction of Lichfield District Council needs to include the whole area.

Darren Ennis

Darren Ennis is standing for Labour in the Chasetown ward in Thursday’s vote.

He said he is keen to see the council represent the entire district rather than just the city of Lichfield.

“It’s clear that the outgoing council has not fulfilled its obligations to areas like Burntwood and Hammerwich,” he said.

“While millions of pounds have been poured into their failed Friarsgate project, Burntwood has seen extra house-building but minimal extra funding for the infrastructure and services we need.”

Mr Ennis has already been re-elected to Burntwood Town Council in an uncontested seat – a move which he said proved the Conservatives had abandoned the town by not fielding candidates.

Outgoing Lichfield District Council Labour group leader Sue Woodward has already called for additional funding to be given to areas outside of the city, although her motion to amend the budget was ultimately defeated – with one Conservative councillor branding it a “back of a fag packet” plan.

But Mr Ennis said it was unacceptable that Conservative councillors in Burntwood did not support the proposal, despite backing continued funding for the failed Friarsgate redevelopment in Lichfield.

He said: “Burntwood residents keep telling me how angry they are that Lichfield District Council keeps on ignoring Burntwood – so am I.

“They need to open their eyes and look beyond the pile of rubble in the city.

“We need investment here and I and my colleagues will fight every inch to get it.”

Full list of candidates standing for Lichfield District Council in the Chasetown ward:
Darren Ennis (Lab)
Carolyn Gittings (Lab)
Samuel Tapper (Cons)

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