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 fifth and final candidate to respond wasÂ Wednesfield SouthÂ Liberal Democrat candidate Oliver Williams, here are his responses to our questionnaire…
Name: Oliver Williams
Party: Liberal Democrats
Ward: Wednesfield South
Occupation: Student and Volunteer at Wolverhampton City Radio(101.8Â WCRFM)
What made you decide to stand for election?
The need for change at local level in Politics is at boiling point.Â The same people have been running this City for 30 years or more and haveÂ created nothing but a mess.
Although Liberal Democrat, I aim to be Independent and stand up for theÂ people of Wednesfield South and the City and not just tow the party line!
What do you believe are the key issues to be dealt with in your ward?
Resurfacing of footpaths, Improvement of bus shelters, Re-connecting with localÂ people at issues that can be changed at local level and Parking charges at NewÂ Cross Hospital being reduced.
If you are elected how do you plan to keep your constituents informed of whatÂ you are doing to represent them?
I plan to be as 21st century as one can be.Â The use of Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and Youtube will be critical in electionsÂ ahead.
Although there will not be the death of leaflets and knocking on doors theÂ future lies in attracting younger people to vote by using the methods they areÂ familiar with. I currently have a Twitter account and Youtube account for thisÂ election.
How do you feel you will be able to make a difference to your constituents?
By Listening to them. By offering and promising sensible solutions to localÂ matters and recognising when a matter is for National Government and notÂ Local Government.
Anything else you would like to add?
This election and its candidates should be judged on effort and accountability,Â but should also be judged on the need for change!
This Council is currently â€˜Old Men, Old Thoughtsâ€™.
I believe in the City I call home and believe that change is on its way.
I can successfully bring a younger perspective to decisions.
With a City firmly in decline I cannot stand back and do nothing and say â€˜well, I’mÂ Wednesfield South why should I care about Wolverhamptonâ€™
That’s been the attitude amongst Councillors from all parties for years and itÂ just hasnâ€™t worked!