A LONGSTANDING county councillor is hoping to make it six wins in a row at the local elections in May.

John Stone, who is 71, has been representing north Herefordshire residents on the county council since 2000.

The veteran Conservative Party candidate for Leominster North and Rural ward says he has seen Herefordshire Council undergo many changes since he was first elected.

Councillor Stone says his main priority has always been to work for his constituents.

He says he has worked hard over the years to raise awareness of the dangers on the A49 and has lobbied hard for traffic calming measures to reduce the number of deaths on the road.

“Safety on that road in particular is a concern of many councillors along the stretch of it within the county," he said.

“I’ve worked hard with local parish councils to get Highways England to put traffic calming measures in place on the A49."

He wants to keep villages alive by helping village halls, pubs and protecting rural buses which are a vital link for many isolated communities.

He also lamented the impact budget cuts have had on local government spending.