As part of our coverage of 2014 local elections, we have invited each candidate from Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield and Weoley wards to send in 500 Words describing themselves and their campaign.
Conservative candidate for Kings Norton Simon Jevon has his say here:
As a resident of Kings Norton I’ve seen that under Labour our streets are getting dirtier. I’ve seen the eye-sores on our streets caused by the Garden Tax. I’ve seen and experienced first-hand how long it takes to get a problem sorted by the council. That’s why I’m standing up for Kings Norton.
Kings Norton is a great place to live and many, many people work hard to keep it that way.
Since I was chosen by local residents to stand for election (and before), I’ve organised and taken part in many volunteer clean-ups. That’s because I believe small actions can make a big difference to our quality of life. When an elderly woman tells you they dreaded going out of their front door because of the piles and piles of litter building up on her doorstep, you know something needs to be done.
My work on local clean-ups won’t stop, whatever the result is on Thursday but I hope as Kings Norton’s new councillor I can be a strong local voice fighting for a better, cleaner area.
Sadly, we’re not being helped by the council at the moment. They’ve:
- Removed Kings Norton’s bulky waste collections
- Charged Kings Norton residents £35 to collect garden waste
- Axed a further 20% from Kings Norton’s street cleaning budget
Politics and elections can often feel far away from our daily lives. But the local election on Thursday gives us the chance to vote for councillors who can make a positive impact on our street – to help fix the problem potholes, get the litter removed, campaign against inappropriate development.
That’s why, at this election I am asking the people of Kings Norton to put party politics aside and vote for the person that they feel will do the most for our area. If that’s me – thank you. If not, I respect your view.
If you vote me in as Kings Norton’s new local councillor I will be available to listen to your concerns and help fix your local problems. That means more than just holding an advice surgery that many busy and working people find hard to attend. Whenever possible, I will come to you, as I have already been doing as your candidate.
I’ll also represent all parts of our area. Kings Norton is a large area but many residents feel ignored at the moment. That will change if you elect me – no part of our area will be neglected.
I’m seeking your support for my positive vision for our community. For me, this election is not just about what I am against, but about what I am for and what I want to achieve.
I love where I live and I believe Kings Norton deserves the dedication and care from a Councillor who lives here and is passionate about making it even better.
Thanks for taking the time to read.