District Council candidate for Etching Hill & The Heath
“I was a District Councillor 2015 – 2019 so have a thorough understanding of what the role entails; the commitment needed and the skills and knowledge that are needed. If I’m elected on May 6th I would like to see resources put into the Springfields estate to improve facilities and the area visually; to give residents a voice and to increase community spirit.”
Darren has lived in Brereton & Rugeley all of his life and, as a qualified youth worker has spent more than 10 years supporting young people to get their voices heard and taken seriously by decision makers. His current job is working with looked after children and care leavers and involves finding out what issues and barriers they face, helping them to identify possible solutions to these, then presenting their ideas to the people who have the power to bring about change.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in March 2020 Darren became one of the founder members, and later a Trustee of the largest mutual aid support group in Cannock Chase. The group coordinated volunteers to provide over 5,000 grocery and pharmacy collections. Darren is also Governor of a local Primary School, a member of Brereton Million Partnership, volunteers with Brereton & Ravenhill Association for Community Events (BRACE) in planning and delivering the Brereton Carnival and supports the Brereton Santa Tour each year.
Darren has a proud record of work during his time as a Councillor. Amongst his many achievements he:
- Offered regular Councillor ‘drop-ins’ for residents to speak to him about issues concerning them;
- Used part of his Councillor allowance to support local good causes;
- Following concerns over anti-social behaviour he initiated the first ever ‘Community Trigger’ in the District, bringing all agencies together to create an action plan that effectively dealt with the problem;
- Held regular ‘Estate walks’ to identify issues and problems, which were then reported to the appropriate service;
- Initiated a Community Speedwatch in an area where speeding vehicles were concerning residents;
- Carried out an audit of grit bins in the ward to identify those in poor condition, missing or empty and reported the results;
- Shared all local planning applications on social media to raise awareness amongst the community, and encourage them to support or oppose the plans;
- Organised community litter picks to improve the area and increase pride in the area;
- Met with Amazon management to help address residents’ concerns.
If elected on 6th May, Darren looks forward to working with residents once again. Please vote for him, every vote counts!