ON THURSDAY, May 4 thousands of voters across the Vale will be heading to the polls in elections which will decide the make-up of Worcestershire County Council for the next four years.
Every division, 52 in total, will be up for election with candidates vying for your votes.
Our reporter Joshua Godfrey has spoken to the candidates in the Broadway division about their campaign promises and why you should put a cross in the box next to their name.
Liz Eyre – Conservatives
“My husband and I have lived in Broadway for 21 years.
“I have been pleased to represent the nine villages in my Division for 16 years.
“I know the area and the issues, but importantly listen and respond and fight to have the views of my residents heard. Being a scientist with added financial training gives me a head start. Having a passion to protect our beautiful area also helps.
“Improving connectivity whether mobile, infrastructure, buses, via neighbourhood plans is high on my agenda.”
Martin Vernall – Labour Party
“I work in the local area as a mobile hourly carer and over the last few years I’ve seen the changes that have happened to social care provisions.
“I can’t understand how locally Wychavon was voted one of the top areas in the country to live, yet transport and highways, children’s services, and health and social care are so poor.
“These are the responsibility of the County Council so it seems to me it’s the County at fault and in need of change.
“If elected I will do everything I can to improve local services. I will also hold regular surgeries for local people to put their problems to me.”
Diana Brown – Liberal Democrats
“I work part time in the nursery business run by my family, and I have also been involved with many local projects including the Fladbury walkabout, the Woodward Community Orchard, Fladbury Neighbourhood Plan and village hall committee.
“My special interests are young people, housing, the environment and sustainability.
“As a former teacher and education administrator, I am committed to supporting local schools.
“If elected I will do my best to represent you on the Council and I will keep you in touch with what is going on.”
Matthew Collins – Green Party
The party hadn’t responded to our requests for information as the Observer went to press.