Cllr Christine Martin
District Council candidate for Hagley
“I live in Hagley Ward and understand the needs of residents because I have taken the time to knock on every door in the ward and talk to the people I represent. I will always fight for Hagley residents, whether it’s negotiating for bus routes to be re-instated to the Pear Tree, getting new green council and affordable housing on the old Aelfgar site, or getting funding to replace the Boardwalk.“
Christine was born in Tipton and moved to Rugeley with her family when she was 21. She and her husband Andy have lived on the Pear Tree Estate since 1981 and have just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They have 2 children, 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She is now retired after 50 years working as an accountant.
Christine is a Rugeley Town Councillor and was Chair of Governors at Flaxley School for many years & served on the governing body of Chase View School. She sits on the boards of several local charitable bodies and was also Chair of the Trustees of Rugeley Citizens Advice Bureau and Chase Citizens Advise Bureau. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic she helped with the lunches at the Church of the Good Shepherd and during the pandemic volunteered with Brereton Million Covid Support Group.
Christine represented Hagley Ward from 1988 until 2000 & more recently since 2016. She set up the Pear Tree Residents Association in the 1990s and achieved a great deal for the estate, most notably, helping residents with the red ash problems under the foundations. Because she lives in the community she has the same concerns as the other residents and can relate to them. For example, she recently negotiated with the local bus company to reinstate the buses running to the Pear Tree from Town and has spoken on behalf of residents on local planning issues on many occasions. Christine will never give up trying to get improvements to the junction of Hednesford Road/Queensway.
Christine is delighted to be part of a Labour-controlled Council that has recently approved the building of over 40 brand new, carbon-neutral houses on the Aelfgar site, half of which will be council houses for rent to local residents.
If she is re-elected on 6th May, she would like the play parks in the ward to receive some TLC and when money permits, to add to them. In addition to setting aside £346,000 to replace and renew the Boardwalk and bridges throughout the District, the Labour council has decided to spend an additional £50,000 each year to improve parks, play areas and open spaces in the district and Christine will ensure that some of this money in spent in Rugeley. She would also like somewhere for children & teenagers to go, as since the youth clubs were closed by the Tory County Council there has been nowhere. The same applies to the elderly residents. We desperately need day care centres to replace those closed by the Tories
Please vote for Christine Martin on 6th May, so that she can continue to fight on your behalf.