In the run up to the local elections on May 2nd I will be publishing brief interviews with each of the candidates - standing for seats on both the Town Council and Cheshire East Council - that respond to my request, in the order in which they respond.
To read interviews with other candidates you will be able to click on the tags at the bottom of the article. For example, pieces on the other candidates for the Wilmslow Town Council election will all be tagged 'Wilmslow Town Council 2019 Election'. Candidates representing the same party or group will also be connected via the tags, candidates competing in the same ward will be connected by tags as well and all articles will be tagged '2019 Local Elections'.
Christopher Dodson is a Conservative party candidate for the Wilmslow West ward on Wilmslow Town Council.
Christopher is a retired solicitor who has lived in Wilmslow West for 46 years. He is married to Jill and they have two sons and four grandchildren
His main interests are his family, Wilmslow, architecture and planning, music, golf and bridge.
Christopher is member of Wilmslow Dean Rotary Club, Wilmslow Civic Trust, Wilmslow Clean Team, Friends of the Carrs, Wilmslow Show and Wilmslow Green Room. He is also a governor of Styal Primary School.
He has been a member of Wilmslow Town Council since it was formed in 2011 and has decided to stand for re-election to continue to try to make improvements to Wilmslow.
What do you think have been your biggest achievements as a councillor in the past 4 years?
Building the toilets and kiosk near the playground in the Carrs and engaging a handyman one day per week to keep the public parts of the town clean, tidy and in good repair
Continuing to provide access to Citizens Advice in Wilmslow and facilitating the preparation by a group of volunteers of a neighbourhood plan for Wilmslow until 2030 (currently with a planning inspector for approval)
What have been your biggest disappointments as a councillor in the past 4 years?
The time taken to get the toilets and kiosk built and the time still being taken to get allotments in the town transferred to the control of the Town Council.
What do you consider to be the important issues facing Wilmslow?
Parking and too many empty shops.
What do you hope to achieve and how in the next 4 years?
In the next 4 years I hope
- to facilitate – by, for example, discussion with the relevant landowners – implementation of as many of its proposals as possible eg redevelopment of the Tesco building on Alderley Road
- to cajole Cheshire East into building at least a second storey on the Broadway Meadow car park and the landowner into building at least a second storey on the car park at the back of the station
- to get much better publicity for what the Town Council has done and is doing
What experience and personal qualities will you bring to the role?
I believe the experience and personal qualities I bring to the role are 8 years experience on the Town Council and earlier experience as a solicitor. Enthusiasm to work with others of all political persuasions or none to try to make Wilmslow an even better place to live than it already is.
Why should Wilmslow residents vote for you?
The achievements mentioned above are not mine alone, although I hope I have helped to stimulate them. For the most part the Town Council works as a team. We are all residents of Wilmslow.
I believe each candidate should be judged on his or her merits.