Thanks for stopping by. Have a look around and get to know me and my opinions and see why i am standing for Middleton Park Ward Councillor (Middleton & Belle Isle) in May 2018 when all Leeds Councillors will be up for re-election due to the boundary changes and electoral reform. In May 2018, you will be choosing the three councillors for your area, hopefully i will be one of those..
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Who am I?
My name is Wayne Dixon. I’m a 35 year old family man, married to Sarah, father of two young boys. I have always lived in Middleton and Belle Isle and i still do, I love the area and i am passionate about improving it.
I’ve been a member of Belle Isle WMC since I was 18. I am a volunteer, founder and now Secretary & Treasurer of Middleton Park FC where i coach several age groups from 18 months to 6 year old. I sit on the League council of the West Yorkshire Association League (Welfare Officer), Leeds & District FA (Council member), as well as a South Leeds Life board member and Middleton Elderley Aid Trustee - all in my spare time.
I work as an Engagement Support Worker for a Charity in East Leeds which helps people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and i have done so since 2012. I help them to move into education, training or employment, my role is based in South Leeds. I was a Youth Worker in Leeds for 8 years prior to my current job, working in the community, Cockburn College of Arts and South Leeds Academy Schools (Cockburn John Charles as it is now). I have also worked in other sectors, including Warehousing and Retail, and have an understanding of the different issues, such as financial pressures, childcare costs, etc, that can be experienced by families in similar circumstances.
Why stand as a Councillor?
In 2004, I started a football club (Middleton Park FC) for the kids on the estate and I have continued to do this ever since. I have decided to stand as a councillor because I have first-hand experience of how many of the local decisions are made, and I feel that the interests of the community are not always at the heart of them. For example, our club proposed using Middleton Golf Club as a community space and they agreed this would help us be more sustainable too. However, a petition for a cycling trial track was raised by a cycling business from Rothwell. Our Councillors backed this but wouldn’t explain why both ideas couldn’t be integrated together, despite our offer of using the space for all sports - including cycling! We asked local people to support our ideas and many did through the council’s consultation. This was never publicly released and I feel the local people were ignored.
Since standing in the 2016 local elections i have realised that my voice isn't the only one not getting listened to and that many issues go unanswered or simply ignored. I struggled as independent to get myself noticed and soon realised i needed to join a party to have any chance of success against Labour, so i have joined a Party called the Social Democrat Party (SDP), you can check our their website at www.sdp.org.uk to know more.
Labour has run Middleton as far as records go back, is it time for something new? In my i will be standing to be counted; Growing up in Thorpe Square, Middleton in the 80's/90's i have heard people complaining about the same things that people still complain about today, so ask yourself, is a Labour Council really changing things for the better in Middleton & Belle Isle? Do we need three Councillors working hard for us instead of just the one we have now?
I would like to solve the issues in our community and for our community to realise that the Labour Council has failed us for many years. I was brought up on the Thorpe's in Middleton in the 1980's, we often complained about Dog fouling in our streets, damp in our houses and anti-social behaviour across our estates, has this changed at all whilst we have had Labour Councillors? NO, so together we can unite and show our councillors this isn't good enough and the only way to do that is at the poling stations.
If you don't vote, vote and help make a change as not using your vote is as good as voting to keep the Council we have; Brexit has shown that voting makes a difference, it has shown that our voices can be heard, but we need to do it as a group, as a community.
In 2016, 25.3% of our Community turned out to vote, with 48.9% of those votes going to Paul Truswell (Labour), to put it in context, around 12% of voters elected Paul Truswell (Labour) who would represent us, if we ALL stand forward and vote, we can have Councillors that care more about where we live and stand up for us at Council meetings.
I feel our local Labour Council continually make bad decisions.
Thats around £17.6m+ that could have been used better! This money could be used to fund more Police on our streets to target some of the problems we have continuously brought up year after year.
I would rather my local Concil prioritised vital services over spending money on the arts or other non-essential activiies or services. I also believe that our Council looks at cutting jobs from the lowest paid of their staff before management, surely it would be better to cut several managers and have more bodies on the ground do the work we need doing.
The central Government cuts are on the Revenue Support Grant and therefore our Council should be investing money to make us a more profitable City and not handing £m's to West Yorkshire playhouse, Yorkshire Cricket club etc with no return of the funds, a loan with interest would be of better interest to the City and help us to become more financially viable as a City.
It is a concern we spend money entering competitions such as the European Capital of culture without
reading the entry requirements first, surely this is a demonstration fo their incompetence?
Please support me to make change and read my ideas on the Local Policies page.
Promoted by Wayne Dixon, 39 Shelldrake Drive, Middleton, Leeds, LS10 3NB.