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Crown Ward by-election - June 7th 2018

Michael Pettingale

Michael Pettingale

Michael lives locally to Crown ward and at the moment volunteers with Citizens Advice and works shifts at Uttoxeter racecourse while training to be a lawyer.

"If elected I would be focused on supporting residents who have problem with Borough Council services.

I will also speak up on wider issues that affect local residents such as maitaining access to health services, working to keep the local area safe and finding ways to protect the environment. The Borough works in partnership with the County Council and Statutory organisations and as your local councillor I would seek to make these work for you.

A Safe Community

  • Chronic under investment in Staffordshire's roads has left many of them dangerous, not least the A515.
    Flood protection in Marchington has to keep pace with any future development.

Access to Healthcare

  • The merger of Burton and Derby hospitals will go through this summer. Assurances about continuing services must be kept to.
    With parking at Burton hospital as expensive as it is, good public transport links are important.
  • Lib Dems have a particular focus on mental healthcare. Access to services has been identified as being key for rural areas like Crown ward. In recent years, lack of funding has been an obstacle to getting people the help they need.

A Healthy Environment

  • Marchington Woodlands, the River Dove and the National Forest are all part of Crown ward. This rich natural environment should be celebrated.
  • In the last five years the amount of waste sent to be recycled has been dropping steadily, and it is now less than half. More can, and should, be done to promote recycling.

Contact Michael Pettingale at mpettingale@gmail.com

promoted and published by H. Warner for Michael Pettingale and Liberal Democrats at 312 Uxbridge Street, Burton upon Trent DE14 3JS

  • manifesto housing
    Article: Dec 11, 2018
    By Lee Cadwallader-Allan

    After pressure from Liberal Democrat Peers, the Government have announced major concessions on the Tenant Fees Bill.
    The amendment would significantly limit the fees that could be charged to a tenant by their landlord or lettings agent, require a greater amount of transparency when deciding not to refund a holding deposit, and limit the maximum security deposit a landlord can require to five weeks rent.

    Responding to the Government amendments, Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson John Shipley said "It is good to see the Government have listened to the concerns we raised during the progress of the Bill. These amendments will make a huge difference for tenants, who will save hundreds of pounds every year. We also want to congratulate Shelter, Citizens Advice and Generation Rent who have worked so hard to get this Bill in the right place."

    Many of the provisions in the Tenant Fees Bill were proposed in the previous session of Parliament by Lib Dem Peer Olly Grender, in her Renters' Rights Private Members' Bill.

    Commenting on the changes to the Bill, Liberal Democrat local campaigner Lee Cadwallader-Allan said "It is the vulnerable in our society who are most affected by the extortionate fees imposed by landlords and lettings agencies. The inability to pay these fees upfront can often lead to homelessness. While I welcomed the Government bringing forward this Bill, there were a number of outstanding issues that could have had severe consequences for low income tenants or tenants on benefits in the private rented sector. There is still more work to be done to get tenants a fairer deal, but I am delighted that the Government have listened to our suggestions and others to improve this Bill. The task now is to get this change for tenants through as quickly as possible."

  • School Crossing Patrol
    Article: Nov 24, 2018

    Cash-starved (£35m shortfall) and Conservative dominated Staffordshire County Council proposes "defunding" school crossing patrols ("lollipop men and women") and passing the running costs on to "community funding" (public working together with schools) - stealth tax?
    A public consultation by Staffordshire County Council (web-link: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/schoolsandcolleges/SchoolCrossing/SchoolCrossingPatrols.aspx is open until the end of this year, with the final decision to be taken in early 2019.
    Liberal Democrats believe we need urgent action to prevent the deterioration and decay of essential public services: NHS, Social Care, Schools, roads, police and all the rest which make this country good for ordinary folk to live in.
    Lib Dems stand for serious increases in investment in these services acknowledging that higher earners will likely pay more in tax.
    Only recently the Conservatives nationally announced an 'end to austerity'. Do YOU think austerity is over?

  • EU Migrant Rules
    Article: Nov 22, 2018
    By Gary Fuller in Folkestone Herald - Talking Points

    Skills-based migration sounds like a great thing on the face of it. You make sure that anyone coming to your country contributes to the bits of your economy that the Government knows needs workers. You also make sure that those workers are highly skilled workers and that they won't be a drain on our safety net. We end up with enough bankers, engineers, and doctors without flooding the country with so-called cheap labour.

  • Brexit demonstration in London
    Article: Nov 8, 2018
    By Cllr Paul Ray

    Brexit continues to threaten us with national catastrophe. The Prime Minister's Chequers plan (which must now be dead in the water) would leave us complying with EU rules, but without our current ability to influence them. Extremism within her own party is a growing problem; polls show that a majority of pro-Brexit Tory voters in England would prefer to break-up the UK and jeopardise peace in Northern Ireland than stay in the EU.

  • Paul Ray - 2015 Election
    Article: Nov 6, 2018

    As a local party we are strong supporters of new housing and especially affordable housing in Lichfield district. On this subject Lichfield Tories have failed to deliver. The Conservative led Council's target for 2017/18 was planning permission for 1300 homes. In fact, permission was granted for only 416 homes, and only 120 affordable homes were built. We simply must do better.

  • Miles Trent
    Article: Jul 28, 2018
    By Miles Trent


    What's YOUR take? What are YOUR ideas for Friarsgate? We'd love to hear from you.

    Please use survey in following link friarsgate-survey

    With the original plans for the Lichfield Friarsgate development now in ruins, Miles Trent has spoken on behalf of the Lichfield Liberal Democrats on the subject, and presented some ideas for the future.