The by-election was called following the death of Chipping Norton’s Labour District Councillor, Rob Evans.
Candidates seeking your vote are as follows:
Matt Clayton – Green
Matt Clayton has been a West Oxfordshire resident since the age of five. He is currently studying English Literature at Cambridge. Matt said: ‘I joined the Green Party because it’s the only party I’ve seen rejecting the political ideas that have been the most damaging to our society, democracy and environment in the past decade’.
Andy Crick – Liberal Democrat
Andy is a researcher into social care who is active in the local community. He is married with two children who attend local state schools. He has served as a Parish Councillor and helped to run a successful community shop. He sells poppies for the Royal British Legion and helps deliver his local church newsletter. Andy was a Parliamentary candidate in Oxfordshire in 2010. ‘I want to work for local development for Chipping Norton, including the further dualling of the Cotswold Line, a more regular train service and the return of a local recycling site for our area – policies which Lib Dems have successfully championed locally. West Oxfordshire also badly needs more scrutiny of the Conservative administration in Witney.’
Joe Johnson – Conservative
Local Businessman Joe Johnson has been selected to stand as the Conservative Party Candidate in the West Oxfordshire District Council by-election in Chipping Norton Ward to be held on Thursday 7November. Born in Chipping Norton, Joe went to primary and senior schools in the town. He is married to Cindy and they have two daughters, Sophie and Celine. As well as running his business based in the town Joe takes an active interest in and supports numerous local organisations and charities such as the Chipping Norton Lido and as part of the bell-ringing team at St Mary’s Parish Church. Joe has a lifelong commitment to Chipping Norton and is asking for residents’ support at this election.
Geoff Saul – Labour
Geoff lives and works in the heart of Chipping Norton running a law firm providing services to the local community. Geoff acts for many people struggling to get a foot on the local housing ladder and believes that Chipping Norton must remain a thriving market town with local affordable housing, jobs and recreational facilities. During May’s County Council election and this by-election Geoff has met many of you on the doorstep, hearing many concerns such as the need for a new local tip, a weight limit for heavy vehicles in town and the protection of local services for children and young people. If elected, Geoff will continue the good work of Rob Evans in arguing Chipping Norton’s case on these issues.
West Oxfordshire District Council is responsible for matters such as housing, planning, environment and recycling, leisure and tourism, business support, licensing, and collecting council tax.
Chipping Norton has three District seats, for which there are elections every four years in rotation.
Voting will take place tomorrow between 7am and 10pm at the Town Hall.