On Saturday I spent the lovely and warm sunny day traveling around the beautiful towns, villages and hamlets that surround Swindon, talking to local residents about their issues and on ways in which we can improve their lives and safeguard their communities.
From Blunsdon to Chiseldon, from Highworth to Wroughton, one message seems to run as a thread through the tapestry of village life in our Borough: we are not listened to on the Council.
Despite most councillors in our rural areas supporting the Conservative-run administration, the needs of their constituents seem to be repeatedly ignored. From housing developments to bus routes, from local services to post offices rural voters are being taken for granted and rural voices fall on deaf ears.
That is why I am proud to have people like as Fiona McAnespie on our team. In Ridgeway ward she has been campaigning tirelessly for a bypass to be built around Wanborough to cater for the traffic from over two thousand houses due to be built at Redlands Airfield. She has called the Council to task on the planned £200,000 axe to local bus route funding and above all else she listens to the needs of residents and their families; not just at election time but every day of the year.
That is why we need people like Fiona standing up for rural residents. That is why we need a new alternative to the town-centric Conservative and Labour parties. That is why we need new champions voicing your issues, your concerns, your needs on Swindon Borough Council.
That is why we need Swindon Liberal Democrats.
The only way your voice will be heard is by voting for the Liberal Democrats on 5th May, so help us make sure every Borough resident is heard.