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Below you will find my top my top 5 latest news stories relating to the Liberal Democrats, Shropshire, West Felton Parish Council and Whittington Division

A better patch repair has been done but still leaves the junction in need of a full repair

Queens Head roadworks & closure in October

In some welcome news, there are going to be some more substantial roadworks at the Queens Head / Rednal Mile junction in October. Welcome because this junction has been shocking for ages and was particularly dangerous earlier in the year. I have been pressing for a more permanent fix than the usual patching and surface …

David Walker outside Oswetry Maternity Unit

Oswestry Maternity Unit closed for the foreseeable future

SaTH announced on the 19th of June that the Oswestry Maternity Unit along with the Bridgnorth and Ludlow units were going to remain closed for the foreseeable future. Previously SaTH were seeking people’s views on the temporary suspensions, and whether rotating 4 week suspensions of inpatient services is a ‘Good’ solution to the staff shortages problem. …

Conservative's Right to Buy unsustainable

Right to Buy not sustainable shock… not

A new Study by the LGA (Local Government Association) has warned that Right to Buy is at risk of being unsustainable.  For many, this won’t be a shock at all, and I would argue this policy hasn’t been sustainable from day 1. This flawed policy has largely been responsible for the current crisis in the supply …

Increasingly, large retail stores are downsize as they adapt to changing consumer shopping habits and increasing cost pressures

House of Fraser to close half of stores

House of Fraser has announced that they are closing half of their stores, axing 6,000 jobs. Amongst the stores to close are the Flagship Oxford Street Store as well as their stores in Shrewsbury and Telford. Another store in a growing list contacting floor space in the face of increasing cost pressures. A trend that …

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Broken Shirehall: Budget blackhole, Chief gets pay rise of nearly 50% & money wasted on white elephants

Shropshire Council Chief pay rise of almost 50%

Like many who saw the headline in the Shropshire Star last Thursday, I was shocked and appalled. Shocked by the scale of the percentage pay rise of nearly 50% and appalled by the amount in cash terms of £47,000. Posted by David Walker on Thursday, 10 May 2018 In cash terms, the £47,000 pay rise is …


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Liberal Democrats believe in grafting for our communities. We get out there and we get stuck in. We don’t get lost in committees. So we actively campaign on the issues that matter to you. When you elect us to do a job, we unsurprisingly, do a job. This means we work for you and feed issues into our councils rather than just feed you what comes the other way. In short, we work as your champion and as your advocate with our local authorities.

You will find information on these campaigns in the news section and organised by category/topic summarised below.

My latest issues are listed below:


Newsletters & Leaflets

Newsletters & Leaflets are an important part of how Liberal Democrats keep in touch with residents. They are delivered for free by volunteers. Liberal Democrats work all year round. When we say that we actually do it. Other parties rarely contact you between elections.

I will be regularly delivering these around West Felton and Whittington to make sure residents are kept informed about issues in our area. If you would like to help me by delivering some or have any issues that you think should be covered then please get in touch.

Here are some of my most recent Focus leaflets:

Contact Me

For most of us, for most of the time, things go smoothly on a daily basis. However, who do you turn to if you need help and advice? Often this is readily apparent and easily remedied. Councillors at all levels are there or should be there to help at the times when it isn’t. If you have a problem and don’t know where to turn then ask your Councillor is good general advice.

If you need help or advice on Planning matters, potholes, road safety, speed limits, litter, public transport, tourism and economic development or another public/council service then feel free to contact me. I am happy to advise or act as an advocate on your behalf where I can.  I have a wealth of knowledge and experience both as a Councillor (Town/Parish, District and County levels), an IT Manager and as a Civil Engineering Surveyor/Land Surveyor.

For example., over the years I have helped people with:

  • Secure funding for enhancement projects for local amenities
  • Adding or removing housing adaptations
  • Acted as an advocate on planning matters, both for and against planning applications
  • Emergency flooding situations
  • Noise Nuisance and environmental problems
  • re-housing in a crisis

If you have an issue or a concern in West Felton Parish or the wider Whittington Division, then please do get in touch and I will try and help where I can. Whilst I may not be able to help directly in some cases I can lobby or apply pressure through a campaign on your behalf.

Need help and advice with an issue in West Felton or Whittington?
Then please contact me:

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Useful numbers and links:

Shropshire Council: Report a problem >> call 0345 678 9000
Police non-emergency >> call 101
NHS non-emergency >> call 111
Citizens Advice >>  03444 111 444
Samaritans >> 116 123
Shelter >>  0808 800 4444

Shropdoc >> 0333 222 66 55
NOTE: Shropdoc telephone service is stopping on the 3rd of July 2018.
From this date, you will need to call 111 to speak to a fully trained NHS adviser.