Let’s demolish plans to knock-down Doncaster’s great buildings, says Chris Whitwood
Doncaster Council candidate Chris Whitwood wants a shake-up in planning guidelines to help to preserve the town’s great buildings.
Chris, who is the Yorkshire Party candidate in next week’s Town Ward by-election, has been a passionate crusader for Doncaster’s heritage.
The primary school teacher was heavily involved in the campaign to save the old Girls Grammar School on Chequer Road from demolition.
The youngest party deputy leader in the country wants the council to take the lead in safeguarding the town’s valuable past, ensuring developers revitalise rather than demolish historic buildings.
“Our town’s heritage is all around us, but buildings that symbolise our shared identity are all too often being left to crumble. People are being left behind too,” said Chris.
Chris is also leading efforts to ensure residents’ voices are heard – whether it be concerns about speeding, potholes, pavements or illegal parking.
And he is vociferous on the need to tackle local homelessness. He was involved in working with the Tent City organisers in Doncaster last year to ensure the vulnerable in the community found homes.
“I find it appalling that in such a wealthy country, homelessness is rising. Much of the blame lies with Tory government cuts, but Labour has been the largest party on Doncaster Council since 1973. They should have done more.”
“I will work with social/emergency services and voluntary groups to deliver a co-ordinated approach to tackling homelessness.”
His plea to electors voting in the two-horse-race by-election on June 14: “Please vote wisely – don’t allow Labour neglect to continue.”
Chris came close to snatching a seat in the ward from Labour at last year’s local elections. He got 1,195 votes, just a few hundred behind the third-elected labour candidate and comfortably beating his Conservative rival.