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Thursday, April 9, 2020

15,000 new Nottingham jobs, clean air and lower crime in new City Council manifesto


Following the result of the local elections two weeks ago which saw Labour win 50 out of 55 seats, the first Full Council meeting has seen Nottingham City Council adopt Labour’s 2019 manifesto as the basis of council policies over the next four years.

The decision came in a report brought forward by the newly elected Leader of Nottingham City Council, Cllr David Mellen, who has said that he wants to run a council who do what
they say they will do.

“At a time of great cynicism towards politicians Nottingham Labour must stand out as a group of people who do what they say they will do. Setting out our plans and reporting back on the progress of these policies is essential to being accountable to the people we are here to serve”, said Cllr Mellen.

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The top 5 commitments in the document are:

1. Build or buy 1000 Council or social homes for rent.
2. Create 15,000 new jobs for Nottingham people.
3. Build a new Central Library, making it the best children’s library in the UK.
4. Cut crime, and reduce anti-social behaviour by a quarter.
5. Ensure Nottingham is the cleanest big city in England and keep neighbourhoods as clean as the city centre.

Speaking on the document Cllr Mellen said, “The vision for Nottingham in this document is one guided by our ambition for the city and our clear values. We want to help build a safer, cleaner city, that is ambitious for its residents and that we can all be proud of. Nottingham City Council has lost more than £100 million in government Revenue Support Grant since 2013 which makes things difficult. Nottingham needs a plan that will make our city better though and this document rises to the challenges facing our city.”

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