The deadline for election nomination passed last Thursday and Claines resident Melanie Allcott was confirmed as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the ward.
Below is a Q and A about why she got involved with her local Liberal Democrat party and why wants to make a difference in her area.
1. When and why did you become a Lib Dem?
A supporter of the Liberal Democrat Party for some time I became a member in 2010. I joined to participate in a fair, sensible and well balanced party, offering a real alternative to the extremes of the right and left. Unable to trust the Labour Party with the economy or the Conservative party with Health or Education, I knew the Liberal Democrat Party was the right for me.
2. Which Lib Dem policy is most important to you?
The most important policy to me is A Stronger Economy in a Fairer Society. A sustainable and balanced economy is key to the success of the United Kingdom; we need to create job opportunities for all, within both the Public and Private sector. The 2010 Liberal Democrat policy of increasing the Personal Tax allowance, has been a real success, delivering an actual tax cut, for millions. The Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to further build on this, increasing the allowance from £10,600 to £12,500, by the end of the next parliament.
3. What do you like about the Claines Ward?
Claines is a delightful ward to live in. Both urban and rural, it has a unique feel, benefitting from a range of public and private facilities and important green spaces. There is a real sense of community here. Residents are kind, thoughtful and always prepared to help each other out. I love the way I can look out of my front window and see either someone I know walk by, a car drive by or a couple of horses and their riders trot by!
4. What will you do if you are elected?
I want to keep Claines the delightful unique, pleasant and safe area that it is, for current and future generations.
I will work hard to preserve both the Green Belt and the green open spaces. The Green Belt to the North of Worcester is in place, to maintain the rural environment around the edge of city, preventing urban sprawl with other nearby towns and cities. Green spaces include areas such as The Lodge on Northwick Road.
I will object to speculative development where existing infrastructure and services are not in place, to meet the increased demand. It is important that development follows a structured, realistic plan, to meet the needs of new and existing residents. The South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) is the relevant planning document to Claines Ward, covering all areas of Worcester City Council, Wychavon District Council and Malvern Hill District Council.
Thinking about sport and recreation, I will support both the provision of a new swimming pool plus a move back home, for Worcester City Football Club. Gheluvelt Park has been much improved over the years and is a real asset to the area, enjoyed by many, I will support the continued good upkeep plus further enhancements to the park.
In terms of employment and infrastructure I will support local apprenticeships and employment opportunities within the area, also looking to improve and maintain the condition of footpaths and roads as necessary.
A genuine, local resident, I will be on hand, to help residents as required.
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