Published on April 30th, 2012 | by James Clarke1
Meet the candidates: Ranjit Dhillon
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 third candidate to respond wasÂ Wednesfield SouthÂ Conservative candidate Ranjit Dhillon, here are her responses to our questionnaire…
Â WV11 local candidate questionnaire
Name: Ranjit Dhillon
Ward: Wednesfield South
Occupation: Breakfast Club Manager
What made you decide to stand for election?
I’m a local girl. Wednesfield born and bred, educated in the ward, live in the Ward,Â bringing up my family in the Ward â€“ I am dedicated to Wednesfield South. I haveÂ been interested in local politics for a few years and feel I am now ready to take onÂ the responsibilities of representing my fellow residents.
What do you believe are the key issues to be dealt with in your ward?
Anti-social behaviour in the area still needs to be addressed. I have attended theÂ Police meetings in our Ward for a long time, and this issue is repeatedly raised.Â There are new developments on the horizon (Jennie Lee development) and weÂ must protect the environment and keep our green spaces available for all.Â Graffiti and litter hotspots remain an issue.Â Lack of job opportunities for people in Wednesfield South is another key issue. I amÂ already taking action to bring Wednesfield businesses together with local schoolsÂ and we need to integrate these actions with the Council.Â Wednesfield village centre needs signage investment to increase footfall and helpÂ the retailers and market traders.
If you are elected how do you plan to keep your constituents informed of whatÂ you are doing to represent them?
I would like to use social media websites such as WV11 which reaches out to Wednesfield residents. I will hold surgeries every two weeks, for residents to voiceÂ any problems they may have and will feedback via letter or telephone. I will sendÂ out information through leaflets and letters telling people about issues or plannedÂ changes that might affect them before they happen. Living fairly central in the wardÂ I am easy to find for any residents should they need me. I already attend a lot ofÂ local association, police and community meetings and will continue to attend thoseÂ where I can feedback important issues for residents.
How do you feel you will be able to make a difference to your constituents?
Living in the ward, I understand the concerns of my neighbours and can relateÂ to their frustrations with the Council. Raising my family locally and working withÂ children in our schools gives me an insight into the problems that hardworkingÂ families experience in Wednesfield, and I will be relentless in my efforts to help them.
Anything else you would like to add?
I have always lived in Wednesfield, and will do my absolute best for Wednesfield.