Page added on March 11, 2013
A hairdresser has become the face of a campaign to encourage people to vote in the May 2nd county council elections.
Brodie Cowlam of Burbage, near Hinckley, is one of seven Leicestershire residents featured on new posters, encouraging people to take an interest in local issues and vote.
The county council is involved in people’s everyday lives, through a wide range of topical issues, including:
• caring for vulnerable children and adults
• maintaining and gritting roads
• testing meals for horsemeat
• offering support to local businesses
May’s elections will be crucial, as the newly-elected council will have to take decisions on major savings and the future of its services.
Brodie said: “A lot of people think elections are boring and they’re not interested in councils. But I’ve learnt that the county council has a major role in many of the things my customers are talking about – their kids’ education, the condition of the roads and tackling the horsemeat scandal.
“If you want to have your say on these and other issues, you should vote – rather than just talking about it, I’m going to be voting on May 2nd.”
Other residents backing the campaign include:
• Korin Clarke, Hugglescote
• Nick Harker, Wigston
• The Nathwani family, Glenfield
• Geordan Murphy, Kibworth
• Employees at a pie shop, Melton Mowbray�
• Steve Hill, Thurmaston
The campaign is also supported by Professor Colin Copus, director of De Montfort University’s local government research unit.
He said: “This is not a general election, so I’d encourage people to vote on what is happening locally.
“Voters should think about what is happening locally, listen to what the local candidates, parties and independents say about what they would do for your area, how they intend to run the council and how they would deliver local services.”
The county council’s head of democratic services, David Pitt, said: “We hope this campaign will make people realise that the council is involved in their daily lives and that this election gives them a quick and easy chance to have their say.