Tonight, Kings Health Residents Forum and Moseley Forum organised hustings for the local councillor election which takes place in May.
Tonight’s event, which took place in the hall at Kings Heath Primary School, was well attended, with a surprisingly few empty chairs. With six of the seven candidates in attendance (no sign of UKIP’s Rashpal Mondair), it was clear that there was an appetite for community involvement and after a brief three minute introduction by each of the candidates, the rest of the time was given over to questions.
Candidates in attendance
- Mike FRIEL – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
- Luke HOLLAND – Independent (on Twitter as @lukeeholland)
- Martin MULLANEY – Liberal Democrats (on Twitter as @mullaney3)
- Elly STANTON – Green Party
- Martin STRAKER-WELDS – Labour
- Owen WILLIAMS – Conservative (on Twitter as @vwozone)
Questions ranged from issues with cuts to the Library of Birmingham, problems with traffic on Kings Heath High St, green waste bins and council tax rises – oh and I even got in one about the much promised local train station.
Rather than write up an account of the hustings, I live-tweeted the whole thing instead. Here’s a link to a Storify, where I’ve pulled together and sorted the tweets to give you a better flavour of the evening: https://storify.com/lauracreaven/moseley-and-kings-heath-hustings-april-2015
Photo by Community Spaces Fund, used under creative commons.