Who am I? Why Stand for Election?

 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, 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 of Middleton Park FC where I also coach several junior football teams.I sit on the following boards and Trustee boards - all in my spare time.

I work as an Employment & Engagement Support Worker for a Leeds Charity and have done since 2013. We help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and my role is helping people in South Lees to move into education, training or employment. I was previously a Youth Worker in South Leeds for 8 years at Health For All (Cupboard Project), working in our 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, Retail and Sales. My history has given me a good understanding of different issues, such as financial pressures, childcare costs, etc, that can be experienced by families in similar circumstances is lived understanding.

In late 2003, early 2004, I started a football club (Middleton Park FC) for the kids on the local estates 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. I feel that the interests of the community are not always at the heart of these decisions.

 

For example, Middleton Park FC 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. This was 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 simply 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 Democratic Party (SDP) and from there I went on to double my vote share.

 

Labour has run Middleton as far as records go back, is it time for something new? In May i will be again 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?

  • Dog Fouling - A problem in the 80's/90's and still a problem now!
  • Anti-social behaviour - A problem in the 80's/90's and still a problem now!
  • Poor Council Housing standards - A problem in the 80's/90's and still a problem now!
  • Poor play facilities - A problem in the 80's/90's and still a problem now!
  • Poor public transport system - A problem in the 80's/90's and still a problem now!
  • Speeding Cars - A problem in the 80's/90's and still a problem now!
  • I could probably go on and on!! #timeforchange #votesdp.

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 where residents often complained about Dog fouling on 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.

 

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.

  • July 2015 - £4.9m West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • September 2016 - agreed to close 3 care homes!
  • December 2016 - 4% Council Tax rise announced, 800 jobs still to go. Later announced as 5% rise in Council tax.
  • December 2016 - 4 councillors dont pay their council tax and the council uses tax payers money to try and keep their identity secret. Estimated cost of around £5,000.
  • February 2017, £4.5m spent on compensation for 850 damp homes! 
  • February 2017, Council start consultation on charging people to recycle. 
  • March 2017, £3.9m committed to redevelopment of West Yorkshire playhouse. 
  • May 2017, £20 charge introduced for Waste collections.
  • September 2017, Leeds City Council confirmed that a £4.8m loan made to an abandoned City Centre Hotel project was to be written off!

Thats around £13.6m+ 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'm not disputing Government cuts, but this can't be an excuse for poor priorities.

 

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Promoted by: Wayne Dixon, 39 Shelldrake Drive, Middleton, Leeds, LS10 3NB

i will work with Highways to look at how future developments will impact on a already busy Belle Isle Road and look at developing a dedicated lane for the M621 to reduce conjestion.

I would develop and support youth provision in the area to develop their facilities further, including all local sports clubs.

I will improve playgrounds for OUR children and work to develop more safe play areas.

I will campaign about the potential for Middleton to have its own railway station. We are surrounded by railway lines and a station would benefit OUR area and other surrounding areas.

I will work with developers to ensure that all new developments take into consideration the knock on effects on our roads, schools, health services and other public services in our area.

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