Today, there is a council by-election in the ward of Aldridge Central & South, brought about by the sad passing of longstanding councillor Tom Ansell. This election will be interesting in a number of ways – although usually a safe Tory seat, it will be intriguing to see how the other parties fair – particularly UKIP and Labour.
From what I can see, the major parties have been campaigning quite hard; after all, control of the council does rest on a single seat.
The election takes place against the background of the shambles caused by the botched closure and sale of Aldridge Manor Youth Centre and the subsequent car crash of public meetings and consultation.
Resident of the ward in question, and campaigner for Aldridge Manor and Walsall Youth Services in general, Linda Mason, has written a balanced, eloquent an fair appraisal of the candidates positions on the issue and surges readers to think carefully before casting their vote.
It’s a cracking post – please pop over to Linda’s blog and read it.