Tories opt for ‘new approach’ in Benton

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SCOTT Benton is the Conservative candidate for the Brighouse ward in May’s Calderdale Council election.

The 23-year-old from Rastrick says he is standing for council because he is passionate about the town and wants to ensure that it continues to move forward in the right direction.

The former Rastrick High School student who graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first class honours degree in Theology, is training to be a teacher and believes the change in status at Brighouse High School into an academy would give parents a choice. “We are very fortunate to have great schools in this area and this decision will ensure that parents are able to chose the school which best fits the particular needs of their child,” he said.

In terms of economic development and attracting new businesses and families to the area, he believes that the council is not doing enough to exploit the great potential of the town.

“I would seek to look at new and innovative ways of regenerating Brighouse,” he said. “Having attended Brighouse ward forum, I am also dismayed by the lack of communication between the council and residents and would seek to improve the ways in which the council engages with people, making it easier for them to forward their views and concerns.

“While I believe that Councillor Joyce Cawthra has worked hard for the town, the people that I speak to feel that the town needs someone with a new and energetic approach who can address the concerns of residents and ensure that Brighouse gets a fair deal from Calderdale.”

Scott is also encouraging people to get involved in the local development framework consultation and ensure that their voices are heard in the process. “This development framework provides local people with a unique opportunity to shape our community for many years to come. It is incredibly important that we seize this opportunity and work together to create a shared vision for our town’s future,” he said.

People have until March 25 before the end of the consultation.