Erewash Labour: Borough Council manifesto 2019
19 April 2019
The Borough Council elections are almost upon us, and Erewash Labour are presenting a strong manifesto, aimed to support local people and improve the lives of residents living within our Borough.
Our communities in Ilkeston, and Long Eaton and the surrounding areas have seen huge cuts as part of the ideological Conservative austerity programme. These cuts have caused homelessness and food bank use to skyrocket. We believe this is wrong, on every level. During their 16 years in power, the Tory Council have failed time and time again, asking us to pay more while they slowly push themselves towards bankruptcy and reduce our vital services. All the while, we’ve seen the streets getting dirtier, crime and anti-social behaviour increasing and the immense threat of the HS2 project ripping our town in two growing. It’s time for change.
We promise to do things differently. We believe that our key pledges will be of the benefit of everyone in the Borough, not a select few. If we take control, a Labour council will:
- Clean up the streets, allowing us to take pride in our towns.
- Take action to ensure that local roads are fit for purpose in the 21st century.
- Fight to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour by campaigning for more police community support officers.
- Absolutely oppose HS2.
- Build sustainable, affordable housing.
Beyond our five key pledges, a Labour council will also:
- Introduce a funded scheme of community partnerships to empower local campaigns.
- Ensure our high streets are fit for the 21st century, providing suitable sites for future job creation.
- Commit to create at least 150 new jobs, including apprenticeships, each year.
- Put Erewash businesses first, by creating a £50,000 Erewash investment fund to provide low cost loans for local businesses and entrepreneurs.
- Create a ‘Warriors into Work’ programme, to help current and ex-service personnel back into work.
- Work with the armed forces community and service charities to create a veterans’ and armed forces hub, to support and care for our service personnel and their families.
- Establish a veterans’ officer, responsible for supporting our armed forces community.
- Continue to offer an hour’s free parking in town centre car parks, to support traders and reward local shoppers.
- Use council powers to force rogue landlords to clean up their acts.
- Improve access to our nature reserves and protect them for the future.
- Upgrade every play park that needs it.
- Provide grants for our local sports clubs, to encourage greater participation in all kinds of sports, especially by our younger children.
- Protect frontline council staff.
- Ensure you have your say on major decisions that affect your services, through open public consultation.
- Ensure a seven-day council service that works for you.
- Publish the results of our manifesto commitments each year, to provide openness and transparency.
Our diverse team of 47 candidates have a wide range of experiences, from railway workers to scientists, and all call Erewash their home. Our candidates are ready to serve as your representatives in local government, ready to listen and to act on your behalf, and ready to work for you.
Erewash desperately needs change. On the 2nd May, give your votes to your local Labour candidates, and support the many, not the few.