Cllr Diane Todd
District Council candidate for Heath Hayes East and Wimblebury & County Council candidate for Cannock Villages
“My voluntary roles at Heath Hayes library and with various resident and befriending groups mean that I understand my community and I’ve been proud to use my time as a Councillor to win funding to improve the area we live in. Staffordshire County Council is currently run by a Tory administration and local people need a voice, particularly over Tory plans to charge for parking on the Chase whilst decimating the Ranger Services budget.”
Diane has lived in Heath Hayes for over 30 years and has been married to Bob for 15 years. She has two daughters and a step-daughter and has previously worked in retail and office work. Always a people person, Diane now devotes many hours of voluntary time to the local community including volunteering at Heath Hayes Library, setting up and chairing Heath Hayes and Area Senior Residents Support Group and setting up and co-ordinating the Place of Welcome for people to come together. She also set up and co-ordinates SpeedWatch.
During the pandemic Diane was a local coordinator for the largest Covid mutual aid group in Cannock Chase and has continued this work by keeping in regular contact with people who are lonely, carers and people with dementia, offering befriending and support in these difficult times.
If Diane is elected to represent Cannock Villages on Staffordshire County Council, she will ensure that the issue of charging for car parking on the Chase stays at the top of the agenda. She believes that a properly funded Ranger Service, both to maintain the eco-system and to educate visitors and future generations is the way forward rather than closing car parks.
Diane enjoys ‘casework’ – helping residents when they come to her with problems. She arranged for more litter bins to be installed throughout Heath Hayes and Wimblebury to try and encourage people not to drop litter and for dog owners to keep the streets clean. She is extremely proud to have been the member who asked for a budget for our town centres and to instigate all the improvements such as our underpasses, street furniture, outdoor markets, planting of flowers within our towns and on the islands, and new bus shelters including the one in Heath Hayes. Despite huge reductions in income for local councils because of the pandemic and Tory Government cuts, the Labour-controlled District council has found money to repair boardwalks and paths in our area, maintain our leisure facilities, improve local parks and open spaces and keep Council Tax increases below those of our neighbours. Diane is determined to continue this work.
In her role as County Councillor, Diane lobbied to have roads resurfaced such as John Street in Wimblebury, Five Ways island and the Brownhills Road/ Norton East Road island.
Diane is standing to represent your views at both District and County level on 6th May. Please vote for her.