Independent councillors in The Village area have been delighted with the response to their appeal for candidates and helpers in the local elections on May 2.
The number of prospective candidates intending to stand has now reached double figures, and includes people from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds.
Kate Van der Plank, who represents Alvechurch Village Ward at Bromsgrove District Council, told The Village: “These are people who already have a track record for getting involved and making a difference in their local communities.
“From the feedback we have been getting, it’s clear that voters are looking for community minded councillors who will focus on getting the job done.”
Urging villagers to vote for the person, not the party, she added: “National party politics is really not relevant at this level – our priority is always to the people we represent.”
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* Liberal Democrat candidates have outlined their vision for the area and pledged to put local residents first by working with other moderate councillors. Local branch chair Janet King, candidate for Lickey Hills Ward, said a key priority was protecting the Green Belt from overdevelopment:
“New homes need to be planned carefully. We need the right homes in the right places with the right infrastructure”.
Rob Hunter, standing in his home ward of Lickey End and Norton, said: “The Conservatives have completely failed to address the chronic traffic congestion in our area. We need better public transport and the time has come to have a proper debate about a western by-pass.”