Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Dore and Totley ward.
Five candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Joe Otten and Coun Colin Ross. Coun Keith Hill is not seeking re-election
The candidates are:
DAVID CROSBY, of Furniss Avenue, Dore – Labour
ALEX DALE, of Queens View, Park Grange Road, Norfolk Park – Conservative Party
Lincolnshire-born farmers’ son Alex Dale works as a constituency assistant for a Yorkshire MP, which, he says, provides him with the skills and experience to tackle local issues head on.
He said: “While Labour and the Lib Dems bicker in the Town Hall, the south western communities are being neglected. I have a positive vision for the community and I’m seeking a fairer deal for the area that pays more in Council Tax than any other in the City. I’m fighting for: repairs to local roads now and not two years down the line; fairer funding for local schools and places in them for all local children; and an end to the unfair green bin charges and shorter tip opening hours. I’m working hard for a safe greenbelt and a secure future for Totley Library. I hope residents will vote to bring about some much-needed common sense Conservative representation for the area.”
MARTIN SMITH, of Ashfurlong Road, Dore – Liberal Democrat
The project manager said: “I’ve worked alongside the Save Totley Library campaign and I’ve seen our local community at its best. As a local resident I’ve been proud of the strong message we’ve sent to the council of the importance of our local library. The council has failed to collect almost £30 million in unpaid Council Tax – if the Council was willing to cut down on just a small fraction of this debt we would have sufficient funds to keep the library open. Whether it’s closing libraries or trying to destroy local green-belt land, it’s clear the Labour council simply doesn’t have the right priorities for the city. Only the Liberal Democrats can stop Labour’s plan, so I really hope people will back our local team and our campaign to keep Totley Library open.”+
JASON SULLIVAN, of Totley Grange Road, Totley – UKIP
RITA WILCOCK, of Nicholson Road, Heeley – Green Party
The 58-year-old mother-of-two works in community health to support people to make lifestyle changes to prevent ill health and promote wellbeing.
She said: “Totley library is under real threat after Labour councillors voted to make it volunteer run from this autumn without professional staff or adequate support and council funding. It’s a massive ask for the Save Totley Library group – they and 16 independent libraries across the city must be given more time and support by the council. The green belt is a real asset for quality of life and attracting people who want to live and work in Sheffield. We must work hard to identify brownfield land for new housing and preserve the existing green belt around the city.”