Last week we emailed all five candidates standing at local elections on 3rd May inviting them to ‘have their say’ in a questionnaire.
There are 3 candidatesÂ standing in Wednesfield South and 2 in Wednesfield North and we will publish any responses in the order we receive them.
Whilst WV11 does not back any political party, we are keen to see local politicians engaging with the community online as well as offline.
The fourth candidate to respond wasÂ Wednesfield NorthÂ Conservative candidate Hazel Keirle, here are her responses to our questionnaire…
Name:Â Hazel Keirle
Ward:Â Wednesfield North
What made you decide to stand for election?
I have been a Councillor for 4 years and donâ€™t feel Iâ€™ve achieved enough yet. Itâ€™s aÂ very different role to the one I thought it was before I was elected but having 4 yearsÂ experience under my belt could really help me achieve more in another term.
What do you believe are the key issues to be dealt with in your ward?
I have over the past two weeks carried out a cross section survey on the Ward toÂ make sure I am reporting here the most recent key issues.
Across the Ward we have ongoing issues with parking, speeding, overgrown trees,Â dilapidated fencing, not enough community policing, insufficient social housing, lackÂ of investment in green spaces and too few employment opportunities.
Although the Council has less money to spend â€“ one of a Councillorâ€™s many rolesÂ is to monitor that what it has, it spends wisely and fairly and to fight for WednesfieldÂ North residents needs and wants.
If you are elected how do you plan to keep your constituents informed of whatÂ you are doing to represent them?
Communicating with and feedback to residents is critical for inclusion. A one to oneÂ basis is far easier to manage than across a whole Ward of 8,500 voters. However,Â as social media increases, new opportunities arise for e-communication. So we canÂ use texts, email, face book, twitter, live streaming, media sites and everything theÂ web has to offer â€“ and still use telephone calls, letters and in-touch leaflets and weÂ can knock doors. I have always held weekly drop-in surgeries and am more than happyÂ to do home visits. So really, I have a whole host of communication resources to keepÂ me in touch with residents and I will use them.
How do you feel you will be able to make a difference to your constituents?
There are two aspects to this really. There are things that can be achieved thatÂ make a difference to everyone, and then there are the personal support andÂ advocacy tasks that you take on for individuals, which can make a real difference toÂ that person. Each is as important as the other.
I believe some of my best attributes, are being a keen listener, a persistentÂ advocate, a confidant, and always willing to learn. I donâ€™t mind taking on thoseÂ seemingly impossible tasks â€“ almost everything is achievable with hard work andÂ dedication.
Anything else you would like to add?
These are local elections and voting is important. Local candidates are very much inÂ touch with the issues that really affect local people. We are elected to represent ourÂ fellow residents, and that I have always done and will continue to do if re-elected.