Cllr Andrew James, who was elected to serve the Mercian Ward in May 2011, said, “Tamworth today is not just a different town, but also a far better town to live in than it was when I was born here in 1965.
“John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, the Staffordshire Hoard, free gym equipment in Wigginton Park, the Castle Grounds and Dosthill Park and the brand new TIC.
“Plus regular coach loads visiting the town for the shopping and the attractions. They obviously like what they are seeing or they wouldn’t keep coming here.
“What did the Labour Party give Tamworth? Year on year council tax increases, 24 hr a day / 7 day a week car parking charges and free food for councillors and what was it the Deputy Leader of the Labour controlled council said in 1999. Oh yes I remember, “The Borough Council will not spend money on a few fireworks.” well, Mr Mayor, I am looking forward to next week’s FREE firework display in the Castle Grounds.
“Both this Borough Council and the current County Council have carried out a lot of improvements across Tamworth; the first major road resurfacing of the town since, I can’t remember when, council tax frozen this year, something that never happened under Labour, and the announcement that the County Council have frozen the tax for next year too. Along with the Safe School traffic scheme now in place in Mercian ward and across the town.
“Praise also goes to the current Borough Council for it’s work in helping the students of Rawlett step up and run the Friends of Wigginton Park and for finally bringing up to standard 11 Bloomfield Way – its only taken 15 years to do this.
“Despite what some have said tonight, Tamworth is now a great place to live, work, shop and play and I am proud of Tamworth today and proud to call myself a Tamworthian.”