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?
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.
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?