There’s a by-election on Atherstone Town Council following the resignation of Labour Councillor, Chris Clark, who has moved away from the area due to work. The by-election will take place on Thursday 26th July and it’s now been confirmed that it will be a straight fight between Labour and the Conservatives.
Labour’s candidate is Brian Henney, a local businessman and Atherstone resident who for over 20 years has also been a foster carer in the local community. Brian is a Borough Councillor and now is seeking election to the Town Council as well. He’s manifesto is very clear – it’s time for change on Atherstone Town Council. You can view Brian’s latest leaflet at the bottom of this page.
Over many years, Atherstone Town Council has had a bit of a reputation for being a ‘do nothing’ Council. It’s one of those parishes where they meet monthly, where Councillors spend hours debating things that really aren’t that important and where very little is done to make the town even better.
The Town Council’s office is in the ‘Old Mortuary’ which pretty much sums up the Town Council under the Tories. They’re a talking shop, not in touch with the real world and when you look at Atherstone, you despair of the Town Council because it’s a great little town with so many opportunities, but with this Town Council, the town is being let down.
The Tory candidate in this election is the Mayor of North Warwickshire. The role of Mayor is supposed to be a non-political one. Whilst the Councillor who holds the position will likely be from a political party, during their year in office, politics is put to one side. I’m surprised that the current Mayor has allowed themselves to be put into a position where they will be fighting a political campaign part way through her Mayoral year.