Frances is married with four daughters and grandchildren. She campaigns on rural issues; fairer funding for our communities, farming, rural businesses. She leads on initiatives to safeguard the borough’s environment; on heritage. She is actively working to drive up architectural design standards.
She has been privileged to represent the ward for eight years; and as Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Planning for six years. She leads on rural issues, with experience gained from a life working for agriculture and rural businesses; and has lived in the borough throughout her married life. Passionate about building communities not homes and the importance of good design and quality landscaping, Frances secured the appointment of the council’s first ever Planning Design specialist.
Frances chairs the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for Defra, tasked to defend the fragile interests of this unique place. She also represents the interests of the county on Defra’s national LEPs Rural Sounding Board, representing our Local Enterprise Partnership.
A trustee of the unique William Salt Library and an English Heritage Ambassador, Frances is a practical defender of our local cultural heritage. She is closely involved in the exciting plans for a new History Centre in Stafford.
If elected Frances will work for:
- More public engagement and participation in decisions affecting our communities.
- Facilities for the aged and best help for dementia sufferers and their carers.
- Rural people pay more, get less, so fairer allocation of government funding to address the increased cost of rural services.
- Significant inward investment,including robotics and digital, whilst ensuring that the Borough remains a great place to live and work.
- Job creation and economic growth through nurturing our existing and incoming businesses of all sizes.
- Better chances for school leavers to find jobs locally; that our graduates stay and make their lives here.
- Continued and increased promotion of our cultural heritage and a flowering of our arts and media industries.
- Much higher architectural design standards, not least to address ‘lifetime’ housing and our town centres.
- Solutions to our traffic and parking demands.
- Maintaining pressure on government to dispel uncertainty for home owners over HS2; continue our opposition to the scheme and its impacts on local residents and businesses.
- Sharing as a community in our local landscape: the places where we live and work; a beautiful place to go for a walk: keeping up our ‘responsible dog owner’ campaign; and the visiting skip service for residents to dispose of large items and garden waste.