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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Election Guide – What the parties say: Ashfield District Council

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Voters will soon be heading to the polls to decide who runs Ashfield District Council for the next four years.

The Ashfield Independents currently run the council, but without a majority of councillors, and not as the largest group.

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They are hoping to increase their control over the council and win an overall majority. Improving town centres and cracking down on fly tipping will be two of their priorities, they say.

Meanwhile Labour, who lost control of the council in April after a series of high-profile defections, will be hoping to regain control in a former Labour heartland.

They have promised to end the “vanity projects” of the Ashfield Independents, and say they will invest in more community protection officers.

The Conservatives, who go into the election with five councillors, aim to prioritise pot holes and protecting green spaces.

At the time of the election, Labour has 14 councillors, the Ashfield Independents have 12, the Conservatives have five, and there are four independent councillors.

The elections will be held between 7am and 10pm held on Thursday, May 2, and the counting will be done overnight. A result is expected in the early hours.

We’ve asked the parties to outline what their priorities are in the election, and what they think are the issues most important to people.

Labour
Ashfield Labour are the only party that will bring positive change to our towns of Sutton, Kirkby and Hucknall.

The people of Ashfield have suffered enough under the Ashfield Independents incompetent leadership of the council.

Residents have had to deal with increases in asbestos dumping and fly-tipping under the Ashfield Independents disastrous projects like the wasteful ‘Big Spring Clean’.

The Conservatives have been no better for the people of Ashfield. Locally, they prop up the Ashfield Independents’ vanity projects and disastrous policies. While nationally they have led our country into ruin – the botched introduction of Universal Credit and relentless austerity have been dreadful for working families across Ashfield.

It’s time for a change and we will make our streets cleaner and safer for residents if elected.

We will invest in bringing more community protection officers to help deal with anti-social behaviour our on our estates like Coxmoor and Carsic.

We will introduce a free-bulky waste collection scheme, so families can have stress-free help when clearing up their homes. We will also clamp down on mess creators by increasing fines for fly-tippers and by providing extra waste bins for responsible dog walkers.

Ashfield Independents
We are people like you. We care passionately about our district and are fighting to improve it.

Residents tell us our district is turning a corner since we took over last year.

When Labour spent £3 million shrinking bins, fly-tipping soared. So we introduced our successful spring cleans. It’s just part of our war on fly-tipping – which is down 15 percent this year.

Kirkby residents told us they wanted the Nag’s Head clock back. They also said they wanted a swimming pool – we’ve found the funding.

In Sutton, we put a £5m bid in for major improvements like a new cinema and a better shopping experience.

£1m will be be spent on a new visitor centre and a sky trail at King’s Mill Reservoir.

For too long, our rural areas were ignored by Labour. New play parks in Selston have been welcomed.

In Hucknall, we’re investing thousands in the leisure centre, sorting problems caused by Labour neglect. Phase two will see new changing rooms and a new gym.

We’ve only controlled our council for a year. In May, you face a clear choice: Ashfield Independents who deliver for residents or neglect and broken promises from Labour. In Ashfield, voting for the Conservatives or anyone else just helps Labour.

Major parties have never been so unpopular – the Ashfield Independents offer change you can see.

Conservatives
Your vote decides how our council services are run – and how much we pay for them.

By voting Conservative, we can make the changes we all want to see.

We agree with residents’ concerns about the state of our roads, the bins being too small and building on our green spaces.

We need a real alternative for Ashfield and we’ve put together our local plan to tackle these issues:

Filling in Ashfield’s potholes – we’ve secured £1.6 million to fix potholes, making sure our roads are safe for all who use them.
Bigger rubbish bins – so we never have overflowing bins again.
Protecting green spaces by stopping unwanted building and inappropriate developments. Building on derelict or unused land first.
More funding for the NHS – making sure people get the care they need when they need it
Tackling crime and drugs – by working with the police to create a special task force.
In the past, voting for Ashfield Independents might have been the only alternative to Labour. But times have changed. At this election, by voting for anyone other than the Conservatives, you run the risk of helping Labour take control again – risking higher council tax and poorer local services.

So let’s not risk the next four years. Back our plan to secure a real alternative, and together we’ll make the changes our community needs.

Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats have a different approach to local politics. Lib Dem councillors will be local champions. We want to see councils work in close co-operation with the other public services, the voluntary sector and the local community.

Local politics should not be about putting politicians in the centre of photographs. Liberal Democrats believe in empowering the community, putting local people at the heart of improvements to their area.

Housing is a top issue. More homes need to be built in Nottinghamshire, but it is essential that only appropriate sites are allocated for development. Infrastructure and public services must be put in place at the same time as new houses, not years later.

The environment is central to Lib Dem policies. We believe in thinking globally and acting locally. The international community must take urgent action to protect our planet. Here in Ashfield we must act to protect and enhance our local environment.

The economy is always a part of the political debate. Liberal Democrats have a vision for Ashfield with a prosperous modern economy and thriving town centres.

Liberal Democrats demand better for Ashfield. We’ll work for a greener, more prosperous district where quality public services are available for everyone.

Green Party
As we write this, young people across the UK are protesting for our government to act on climate change. A climate catastrophe can only be avoided if we take radical action before it’s too late and voting for the Green Party at all levels of government is one way we can stop this.

At a local level, we protect our environment and fight for our local services. In Ashfield, we shall push for more housing on brownfield land, preservation of our essential green spaces and more services for young people.

For this upcoming election, our main aim is to get the first ever Green Party councillor on Ashfield council.

One Green Party councillor can make a massive difference as we have seen in councils across the UK. Instead of voting for the same old parties who bring the same old ideas, vote for a radical voice of change, vote Green Party on Thursday, May 2.

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