Labour will now control the council having got the 15 seats needed but will they keep any of the promises made?.

The conservatives now have 14 seats and labour 15. The Lib-Dems lost the only seat they had on the council and  would have been the king-maker had they won. The Green Party did well pushing the LibDems in to third place in some wards . Paul Swansborough the independent candidate for Winyates also got a good vote.

But the council is now dominated by just two parties and that is bad for democracy and bad for Redditch.

Bill Hartnett was re-elected in Church Hill despite living in Bromsgrove, he was nominated by the former labour leader convicted fraudster Dave Cartwright who was given three years jail for stealing cash from a homeless charity he ran.

Bill Hartnett is now the new labour leader of the council .

It was a shock that a  lot of people couldn’t even place a cross in the box on the ballot paper.

It’s not rocket science but people seem to have found it difficult to place a cross in a box.

But apathy won again in every ward as between 67% and 77% of people didn’t bother voting. Greenlands saw the lowest turnout at just 23%.

The political parties should take the very low turnouts as the strongest warning yet that just maybe one day people will be fed up enough to go out and vote and give them all a kicking.

The political parties rely on apathy and low turnouts to help them win.

Every year that passes turnout gets lower that means the people fed up is getting larger and larger, the way elections are going turnout will be as low as 13% in a few years time and is awake up call for all the candidates.

Redditch election results ward by ward are below.

Redditch Labour Budget Proposal but will any of the promises made be kept?

I agree with most of Labours budget proposals, but i think it’s a bit  hypocritical of them to moan about £88,000 on consultants fees when they wasted £644,000 in just one year on a pop concert with z list acts.

Our Budget was about supporting as many people in Redditch as possible during these tough times.

  • When young people’s services are being cut by 55%,
  • When pensioners on fixed incomes feel the rise in fuel bills & VAT.
  • When disabled people are living in worse poverty than able-bodied people and having to now pay for parking at the Alex.

Pensioners, young people & disabled people are being hit hard by the Conservatives both locally and nationally.

This is why Labours Budget included bringing back free-swimming for the under 16s and the over 60s, to  make sure local people could enjoy the new Abbey Stadium & Kingsley Sports Centre, while benefiting from regular exercise, regardless of having less money in their pocket.

When the Tories at Borough & County Council decided to no longer fund bus travel for pre 9.30 for pensioners and disabled people, your Labour Councillors listened to the difficulties this caused these two groups. Pensioners reported problems getting to doctors and hospital appointments and disabled people had a number of issues trying to get to college or work.

Labour Councillors know the difference that getting out and about on the bus can make to people’s lives and have found funds to return free bus travel for pre – 9.30 for pensioners and disabled people.

When youth unemployment is over 1 million, your Labour Councillors want Redditch Borough Council to do more to help employ young people.

We have looked at services we contract out and can afford to create a job for an apprentice and which would save £22,000. This is just the start of how the Council can train local unemployed young people and give them a trade.  How we can afford this:

  • Withdraw the £88,600 for consultants that the Tories have budgeted for. In each of the next 3 years.
  • The Labour Party wasted £644,00 on an Air Festival in just one year when they  last controlled the council.

  • We would scrap the pay and display which cost the Conservative Council £2000 a year to collect the car parking fees!
  • We would not spend £17,000 a year to produce the Council magazine Redditch Matters. ( it cost £19,000 last year).

Our Budget balanced over 3 years and was checked and verified by the Redditch Borough Council Treasurer and spent less money than the Tories Budget.  The Labour Budget ensured Council Tax would not rise and Labour Councillors therefore voted to keep Council Tax at the same level as last year.  Unfortunately the Tories accused Labour of writing the budget on the back of a fag packet.

It’s a tragedy that the Tories do not understand they could make life easier for our young, old and disabled people if they supported our Budget to scrap wasting money on consultants and magazines.

But didn’t labour start the magazine in the first place my memory must be better than his

Bill Hartnett

Leader of Labour Group of Redditch Council but lives in Bromsgrove.

See results ward by ward below

Batchley & Brockhill

Candidate Party Votes
Tom Baker-Price ElectionsModule Party Logo Conservative 410
Loretta Griffin ElectionsModule Party Logo Green Party 108
Pattie Hill – Winner ElectionsModule Party Logo Labour 816
Peter Merricks ElectionsModule Party Logo Liberal Democrat 168

Central

Candidate Party Votes
Greg Chance ElectionsModule Party Logo Labour 763
Mohammed Khan ElectionsModule Party Logo Green Party 104
David Smith ElectionsModule Party Logo Conservative 351
Diane Thomas ElectionsModule Party Logo Liberal Democrat 79

Church Hill

Candidate Party Votes
Isabel Armstrong ElectionsModule Party Logo Independent 51
Richard Armstrong ElectionsModule Party Logo Independent 47
Kath Banks ElectionsModule Party Logo Conservative 430
Lee Bradley ElectionsModule Party Logo Green Party 90
David Gee ElectionsModule Party Logo Liberal Democrat 102
Bill Hartnett – Winner ElectionsModule Party Logo Labour 883
Kathy Haslam ElectionsModule Party Logo Conservative 466
Rosemary Kerry ElectionsModule Party Logo Green Party 71
Daniel Taylor ElectionsModule Party Logo Liberal Democrat 106
Agnes Wiecek ElectionsModule Party Logo Independent 41
Pat Witherspoon – Winner ElectionsModule Party Logo Labour 793

Greenlands

Candidate Party Votes
Joe Baker – Winner ElectionsModule Party Logo Labour 877
William Norton ElectionsModule Party Logo Conservative 391
Anthony Pitt ElectionsModule Party Logo Liberal Democrat 120
Rylma White ElectionsModule Party Logo Green Party 120

Headless Cross & Oakenshaw

Candidate Party Votes
Roger Bennett – Winner ElectionsModule Party Logo Conservative 910
Yassar Mahmood ElectionsModule Party Logo Labour 592
John Stanley ElectionsModule Party Logo Liberal Democrat 167
Alistair Waugh ElectionsModule Party Logo Green Party 235

Lodge Park

Candidate Party Votes
Orion Moon ElectionsModule Party Logo Independent 6
Pam Moon ElectionsModule Party Logo Independent 5
Mark Shurmer – Winner ElectionsModule Party Logo Labour 704
Jean Smith ElectionsModule Party Logo Conservative 258
Ian Webster ElectionsModule Party Logo Liberal Democrat 48
Kevin White ElectionsModule Party Logo Green Party 86

Matchborough

Candidate Party Votes
Emma Bradley ElectionsModule Party Logo Green Party 114
Anita Clayton ElectionsModule Party Logo Conservative 609
John Fisher – Winner ElectionsModule Party Logo Labour 699
Simon Oliver ElectionsModule Party Logo Liberal Democrat 78

West

Candidate Party Votes
Michael Braley ElectionsModule Party Logo Conservative 767
Louise Deveney ElectionsModule Party Logo Green Party 103
Rita Hindle ElectionsModule Party Logo Liberal Democrat 79
John Witherspoon ElectionsModule Party Logo Labour 396

Winyates

Candidate Party Votes
Malcolm Hall ElectionsModule Party Logo Liberal Democrat 524
Bev Minto ElectionsModule Party Logo Green Party 55
Michael Slevin ElectionsModule Party Logo Conservative 417
Yvonne Smith – Winner ElectionsModule Party Logo Labour 723
Paul Swansborough ElectionsModule Party Logo Independent 194
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