As part of our 2018 Local Election coverage, we have contacted each candidate standing in 16 wards across South West Birmingham, asking them to contribute to this election’s ’500 Words’ series.
Each candidate has been invited to describe themselves and their campaigns in their own words. Their submissions will be published – without editing – in the order that they are received. Should they be longer than 500 words, they will be cropped.
With the formation of new wards across the city, this is an all-out election, with every seat up for grabs. Some wards have one seat and some have two. Learn more about the ward changes and your candidates.
Our latest submission comes from Labour candidate for Rubery Rednal ward, where one seat is being decided: Carole Griffiths.
Hello my Name is Carole Griffiths and I’ve been a Councillor in Longbridge for the past two years. Previously I was a Registered Nurse and also a community worker.
I have worked closely with communities and organisations in Rubery Rednal and if re-elected would continue to do so.
During the two years I have identified several issues which affect Rubery Rednal and helped the residents via case work and held advice desks 4 times a month so that I’m am available to the public.
Anti Social Behaviour
Along with Longbridge Police a public meeting was called and 150 residents attended. This resulted in a consultation and at the end a Public Space Protection Order went live on 12th February which will assist the police in dealing with anti social behaviour more effectively.
Many residents have complained about road safety especially around schools. I collected and presented petitions and handed them into Full Council for the attention of the Cabinet member for Transport and I informed the District Engineer. There is a lack of signage and traffic calming measures are needed.
These have resulted in front line police been reduced drastically. If elected I will be working very closely with Police, community and the Fire Service to help make Rubery Rednal a safer place.
Children are being affected by the cuts in Birmingham by the Tory Government. We need to make a stand against the Tories because child poverty is rising and needs to be addressed.
If you want a caring Councillor who understands and acts on local issues please vote for me in Rubery Rednal on Thursday 3rd May.
Your concerns are my concerns