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Meet the candidates: Ranjit Dhillon

Wednesfield South candidate Ranjit Dhillon answers WV11’s questions.

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 candidates 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 was Wednesfield South Conservative candidate Ranjit Dhillon, here are her responses to our questionnaire…

 WV11 local candidate questionnaire

Name: Ranjit Dhillon

Party: Conservatives

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, bringing up my family in the Ward – I am dedicated to Wednesfield South. I have been interested in local politics for a few years and feel I am now ready to take on 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 the Police meetings in our Ward for a long time, and this issue is repeatedly raised. There are new developments on the horizon (Jennie Lee development) and we must protect the environment and keep our green spaces available for all. Graffiti and litter hotspots remain an issue. Lack of job opportunities for people in Wednesfield South is another key issue. I am already taking action to bring Wednesfield businesses together with local schools and we need to integrate these actions with the Council. Wednesfield village centre needs signage investment to increase footfall and help the retailers and market traders.

If you are elected how do you plan to keep your constituents informed of what 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 voice any problems they may have and will feedback via letter or telephone. I will send out information through leaflets and letters telling people about issues or planned changes that might affect them before they happen. Living fairly central in the ward I am easy to find for any residents should they need me. I already attend a lot of local association, police and community meetings and will continue to attend those 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 relate to their frustrations with the Council. Raising my family locally and working with children in our schools gives me an insight into the problems that hardworking 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.

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