Cllr Dr Bob Buxton, who has been elected to represent Yorkshire First on Rawdon Parish Council, writes about how he aims to improve the local community.
I’m over the moon and honoured to be elected to Rawdon Parish Council for Larkfield Ward. Rather than just tell people my opinions, I knocked on every door in Larkfield Ward and asked people how they want the council to improve Rawdon. There was a broad consensus on protecting Greenland, stopping our roads being dangerous rat runs, improving road condition, introducing parking permits to prevent long term parking by non-residents and much more besides.
Now the real work begins; to achieve these objectives, I’ll work with all our parish and city councillors to achieve the best outcomes for Rawdon. Yorkshire First, and I, believe in localising decision-making – and working to increase the say of parish and towns councils. Despite many good people being elected as councillors, they have limited powers to act. We must work to improve that but I am optimistic that by pulling together the Parish can achieve much.
In Rawdon, we have many excellent community groups, such as the Rawdon Greenbelt and Rawdon Billing action groups, Rawdon in Bloom, Yeadon & Rawdon Neighbourhood Watch, the three PTAs, and I certainly hope to work with them to raise funds and achieve improvements directly wherever possible.
For every hour I campaigned, my fabulous wife Claire looked after the kids. Claire also got our printer to chug out 100s of leaflets – I couldn’t have done without her!
I must also thank my friends in Yorkshire First for their support, both as a candidate in Leeds North West &Headingley, and as one of the first 5 parish/town councillors to be elected for our new party. The others are Lee Walton in Hornsea, Wayne Chadburn in Penistone and Tony and Eddie Devoy on Brierley Town Council.
Thank you to everyone who voted for me! I promise to put Rawdon first.