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Mark Tomes for Church Hill

Mark Tomes

Introducing Mark

Hi and thanks for viewing my page. My name is Mark Tomes and I am your Liberal Democrat Candidate for Church Hill,

I've lived in Church Hill South since I was 8 years old, moving here from Oldbury when my dad started a new job in the Kingfisher Centre. I attended Moons Moat First School and Church Hill Middle before moving up to Abbey High school (now Trinity).

In more recent past I've been involved in Church Big Local and also Vice Chair of Church Hill PACT for several years.

Along with my wife (Maria), we currently run an elderly and vulnerable adults support group at St Andrews Church every Friday afternoon and a community bingo group on Wednesday afternoons at Willow Trees.

Whilst Church Hill is very pleasant and friendly place to live, I'm aware that there are still issues that need looking in to and resolving.

My vision is to make Church Hill the best it can be, for it residents and visitors, and I'm always here to listen to your concerns and issues and try to help so do get in touch.

You can contact me via:

email me at Mark.Tomes@Redditchlibdems.org.uk

phone: 07782 965908

Please sign up to my mailing list so I can keep you updated with the work i'm doing here in Church Hill by clicking here.


  • Article: Apr 17, 2021

    Mark tomes: Lives in Church Hill, Volunteers in Church Hill, Passionate about Church Hill

    This election you have a real choice: stick with the same old politics where your Labour and Conservative Councillors take your vote for granted or vote for Church Hill resident and Liberal Democreat, Mark Tomes, who works hard for you all year round.

  • Mark Tomes at Ipsley
    Article: Mar 3, 2021
    By Redditch Liberal Democrats
    In the two weeks since Liberal Democrats in Redditch spoke to local media outlets, including the Redditch Advertiser and BBC Hereford and Worcester, calling for the council to abandon their plans to turn Ipsley Meadow into a cemetery, Labour and Conservative Councillors and candidates have been forced to publicly state their opposition to the plans.

    Liberal Democrat campaigner, Andy Thompson said "It's been crazy to watch a whole cabal of previously ambivalent political candidates from the two main parties jump on the 'Save Ipsley Meadow' campaign train after Mark Tomes got the press to run the story. With elections just round the corner, Mark's work has made Ipsley Meadow a political hot potato and forced candidates of all hues to publicly back the campaign to save the meadow".

    The publicity generated by Mark has had an almost instant impact. The Council announced on Monday (1st March) that the breaks had been applied and committed to a full review of all options. The leader of Redditch Conservatives, Cllr Dormer is now on record as saying he 'shares the concerns' of local residents and deputy leader, Cllr Rouse, is now backing the proposed review of the plans for cemetery provision in Redditch. Labour candidates, having being very quiet on this issue are suddenly pledging their support for the campaign to save the meadow.

    Unlike the two main parties, who have only embraced the issue when there is an election looming, Redditch Liberal Democrats have been campaigning on this issue since they lodged an objection back in September 2020. Since then Mark has listened to the concerns of local residents and worked with those in Ipsley Meadow Preservation Society who accepted his offer of help. He has been working hard to raise awareness of the issue and drum up objections from local people and has launched online campaign, inviting local people to add their name and join in the fight to save the meadow.
  • Mark Tomes at Ipsley
    Article: Mar 1, 2021

    Today's news that the Council have paused plans to turn Ipsley Meadow into a cemetery and complete a full review of options has been cautiously welcomed by Arrow Valley East candidate Mark Tomes. Speaking of the decision Mark said "I have been working with local campaigners on this issue for many months and the Liberal Democrats here in Redditch launched our campaign to stop the proposals back in December 2020. We have been encouraging local residents to lodge objections as well as asking local media outlets to cover the story. Just last week, BBC Hereford and Worcester ran the story as part of their breakfast show.

  • Mark Tomes, Speed hump
    Article: Feb 24, 2021
    By Redditch Liberal Democrats

    The roads in Church Hill are not fit for purpose and that's why i've launched my 'Fix our Roads' campaign calling on the County Council to repair the roads in and around Church
    Hill. If you agree that the roads are not up to scratch, please add your name by clicking here.

    My team and I are on a mission to report as many potholes as possible so that we can all drive along the streets of Church Hill without risking damaging our cars. If you know of a pothole that needs repairing, please let me know by clicking here.

  • Page: Feb 13, 2021

    The Roads in Church Hill Are Not Fit For Purpose

    The roads in and around Church Hill are simply not fit for purpose. 60% of respondents to my summer survey told me that the condition of our roads is a significant issue and now the cold weather is back, the condition is deteriorating once more. Roads that were repaired just twelve months ago are breaking once more - temporary or quick repairs like this are a complete waste of taxpayer money.

  • Mark Tomes looking at plans for housing development on Moons Moat Drive
    Article: Nov 21, 2020

    After plans were revealed for the development of 23 two and three bed houses on the land between Moons Moat Drive and the Coventry Highway, Mark has launched a petition calling on Redditch Council's Planning Committee to reject the plans.

    Mark said "Having heard of the plans I went to look at the site. While there is no doubt that there is need for new affordable and social housing in Redditch, it is clear that the proposed site off Moons Moat Drive is not suitable for development."

  • Pop up food bank collection
    Article: Oct 31, 2020
    By Redditch Lib Dems

    After the Conservative Government voted against extending free school meals to the holiday period, Mark decided to do his bit to help make sure that no family in Church Hill and across Redditch went hungry by holding two pop up Food Bank collection points in Church Hill Centre.

    The people of Church Hill were amazing - over 20 bags of food and sanitary products were donated across the two mornings, all of which were handed over to the Redditch Food bank.

  • Ballot box
    Article: Sep 5, 2020
    By Redditch Lib Dems

    Redditch and Inkberrow Liberal Democrats have today called for the ruling Conservative Party to guarantee that the proposed changes to the structure of local government will not be used as an excuse to cancel elections in 2021.

    Local campaigner for Church Hill, Mark Tomes said "after the Conservative government chose to avoid scrutiny in 2020 by pushing them back to 2021 because they feared a backlash from their poor handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, we cannot allow the proposed changes to the Council structure to be used to deprive Redditch residents their right to cast judgement on our town's Councillors for a second time".

  • August Focus Front
    Article: Aug 20, 2020

    Mark and his team have been busy delivering the first Focus newsletter of the year. Almost all housholds should have now recieved it but if you haven't, you can download a copy by clicking on the picture below.

  • Mark Tomes
    Page: Aug 2, 2020

    During lockdown for safety reasons and to comply with the law, I can't deliver my Focus newsletters to you. So in order to keep up with the work I am doing to make Church Hill the best it can be for all those who live and work here, please sign up to receive updates from me.

    To join my mailing list, simply complete the short form below.