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Dothill ward candidates

By Alex Moore | Telford | Local Elections 2019 | Published:

Statements by the candidates for Dothill ward in the 2019 Telford & Wrekin Council local election.

Four candidates, one seat available.

Lisa Jinks, Conservative

Lisa Jinks

I live in Dothill and was educated in Dothill, as were both of my children. Living here means that I see the issues we residents face on a daily basis, particularly during the school run or the commute to work. Many of these issues will be made worse by the “Local Plan” voted through by Labour and LibDem councillors last year. I’ve spoken at two planning meetings to oppose the plans for development off St Pauls Drive but, despite my opposition, and that of many residents, Labour and Independent councillors voted for it.

Residents are also concerned at the lack of progress at the site of the old Charlton School and the totally inappropriate plans to build opposite the Dothill Primary School entrance.

Only the Conservatives are pledged to immediately review the “plan” and all proposed developments. It’s time to stop and think again before the whole area is built on. It’s time for action – idle chat is not enough! It’s not enough to only turn up to half the meetings discussing our community (like the current councillor has) – you deserve 100% commitment and that is what I will give. A vote for me means your voice will be heard and together we can shape the future of Dothill for the benefit of us all.

John Latter, Labour

John Latter

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John Latter is campaigning to be elected as your borough councillor for the Dothill ward.

John lives in Wellington with his partner, Julie, and is passionate about local environmental issues and will campaign against any encroachment on the Dothill Nature Reserve.

Appalled at the reduction of government support for local services and investment in our local community, John will be working with Labour colleagues to find innovative ways to extend and improve the local services we rely upon every day.

John will continue to campaign hard to reverse the proposed closure of our 24/7 A&E and the Women’s and Children’s Centre at the PRH and save this vitally important part of the National Health Service in our community.

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An enthusiastic campaigner – you can guarantee John will work for all the residents in Dothill.

If elected, John will work hard on your behalf.

Karen Tomlinson, Liberal Democrat (incumbent)

Karen Tomlinson

It’s been a privilege being the borough councillor of Dothill for the last 19 years and a Wellington Town Councillor for 16 years. I believe a councillor must always engage with residents, and I have done this by producing regular newsletters and engaging on social media.

My Key Priorities:

  • I have alerted residents to a number of planning applications; I have requested the council to revoke the planning permission for a public house opposite Dothill Primary School.
  • I will continue to secure further improvements to our local infrastructure, particularly our roads.
  • Speeding: some areas need addressing – vehicle activated speed signs could be positioned wherever appropriate.
  • Policing: none of the new officers promised will be stationed in Telford and Wrekin, in spite of our council tax rising to pay for them. I will fight for more visible police in our area to keep crime in Dothill continually low.
  • I am campaigning to retain full services at the PRH.

I work closely with the friends of Dothill Local Nature Reserve and am thankful to all those residents who volunteer to improve the quality of life for their community. If re-elected, I will continue to work hard for the residents of Dothill.

Anthony Wood, UKIP

Anthony Wood

I came to the decision to stand for UKIP in the local elections as I, along with many others, have become disillusioned with British politics.

Witnessing the betrayal of 17.4 million people makes it more important, now more than ever, to have a party that is passionate about our country and willing to put the people first.

I am also founder of a local group Telford NAGAH (National Anti-Grooming Alliance and Helpline) and we aim to tackle all forms of child abuse and ensure victims and survivors alike get the support that they need.

The local authorities have failed to safeguard children, mirroring failures in many other towns and cities across the UK.

The safeguarding of children is crucial and more needs to be done and those responsible for these failings need to be brought to account.

It is an honour to stand as a candidate in the Dothill ward as I attended all three schools within the ward and have spent most of my adult life in the area.

I am passionate about saving our NHS and hospice, preserving the Dothill Nature Reserve, reducing congestion and to build on the wonderful community spirit.

On May 2, 2019, vote UKIP.

Alex Moore

By Alex Moore
@TelfordLDR

Local Democracy Reporter covering Telford.

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