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 the candidates in the Evesham South division about their campaign promises and why you should put a cross in the box next to their name.
Bob Banks – Conservative
“If elected I shall want to continue to press for a fair share of road and pavement improvements as well as continuing my involvement with developments on the important A46 trunk road.
“I shall also be involved in getting the school places we need with a view to everyone obtaining a first choice if possible.
“Although we are a low crime area we shall need to continue our strong liaison with the Police Commissioner.
“I shall continue to press for better care for the most vulnerable – young and old alike. However we need to be realistic in our expectations.”
Mary Campbell – Labour Party
“I have lived and worked in the Evesham area for the last 17 years and absolutely love it.
“I believe that all people should be treated fairly and that Health Services, Education, Social Care and Children’s Services should all be adequately provided for from the public purse.
“I would hope to be a loud voice in support of the things that matter to Evesham residents and always fight for your benefit.
“I would hope to actively champion key local and national concerns of all residents and provide a regular ‘surgery’ where all residents can voice their concerns.”
Julie Haines – Liberal Democrat
“I’m a former music teacher and now I work for a former Lib Dem MP as a lay advocate for parents’ rights.
“I offer support to all sections of the community, and would work to restore youth facilities in Evesham and improve support and care for the elderly.
“I believe that County Council should work more closely with the NHS to improve standards of healthcare.
“If elected I would aim to bring local people closer to the decision makers at County Hall by consulting them whenever possible on matters and decisions which affect their lives and keeping them informed on the outcomes.”
Fay Whitfield – Green Party
The party hadn’t responded to our requests for information as the Observer went to press.