The ex-teacher who won’t be ‘whipped’

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Welton district councillor Diana Rodgers hopes to carry on her fight against “excessive” development in Dunholme and Welton.

Her bid for re-election to the newly-merged ward of Dunholme and Welton comes as both villages face coming closer together physically from major housing plans.

Coun Rodgers has been on West Lindsey District Council since 2008, initially as a Conservative, but was re-elected as an Independent on 2011 as she didn’t like having to follow a party line.

“I don’t agree with having parties at a local level. I feel I’m elected to make representations on behalf of all the public,” she said.

Grimsby-born, Coun Rodgers trained as a teacher, then worked in London and overseas before returning to Lincolnshire 17 years ago with husband Phil, a retired RAF officer.

“I have come home. Welton is fabulous, but its being spoilt by these plans. I’m 66. I put myself in somebody else’s shoes. How would I feel about such and such? That’s how I represent my ward,” she said.

Coun Rodgers takes pride in attending local parish council meetings, plus serving on the West Lindsey and Lincoln Citizens Advice Bureau, the West Lindsey Volunteer Bureau and as a director of West Lindsey Women’s Aid. Through the Councillor Initiative Fund, she has donated £4,000 to a new community centre at Toft Newton, £2,500 to a heritage centre at William Farr School and £2,500 to the CAB in Lincoln and West Lindsey.

But housing is her biggest concern, with her demanding a halt to further development until the health, education and road infrastructure is built to support it.

“It’s quite stimulating to be an independent. I don’t have to be whipped into making decisions. I don’t have anybody pulling my strings,” she added.