by Ruth Rollin on 12 April, 2017
At garden gates and front doors across the New Forest I met many people as we delivered our Residents’ Survey and even more people took the opportunity to return it and have their say. I believe that local councillors should listen to the people they represent and take timely action – that’s why I carried out this survey. Local politics is about local people and local issues and local communities.
The Brockenhurst Division includes the communities of Ashurst and Colbury, Beaulieu, Bransgore, Bashley, Brockenhurst, Sway, Burley, East Boldre, Denny Lodge, Exbury and Lepe. It has been represented at Hampshire County Council by a long-standing Conservative Councillor for many years. Now he’s taking a well-deserved retirement, so it’s time for a change.
Residents have told us of their concerns and of their dissatisfaction with the services we receive, and pay for, from this Conservative-led County Council. Out of every £1 you pay to NFDC in council tax 71p goes to Hampshire County Council to pay for services such as, social care, roads, schools, waste and recycling, highway flooding prevention, libraries, business and community support. I am not currently a councillor but because I agree with these concerns I am standing as a candidate in the Hampshire County Council election for the Brockenhurst Division. Hampshire deserves better. The Conservative-led County Council has cost you more and delivered less.
Of course, we all know that there are limits to spending imposed by continued central government cuts. So I will make your concerns my priorities. My focus will be to ensure that spending at County Council is targeted fairly according to your needs and priorities.
Vote for me as your County Councillor on Thursday 4 May and I will make your priorities my priorities for action. I will listen to you and speak up for a fair deal for you, your family, our communities and our environment – the very special New Forest in which we all live.
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