On Thursday, May 2, thousands of voters will head to the polls to decide who should run the council in Bassetlaw for the next four years.
Labour currently controls the council with a large majority, and they are hoping this will continue after Thursday, May 2.
They say despite large cuts from the Government, they have created more than 10,000 jobs.
The Conservatives, who go into the election as the opposition party, are also hopeful they can take control of the council.
They say they would freeze council tax and build 1,000 council houses.
The Liberal Democrats say they would improve recycling and help to improve lives of homeless people, while UKIP said people should vote for them to stop Bassetlaw ‘going down the pan’.
We’ve spoken to the parties about what they want to achieve if elected.
“Despite over £56m of funding cuts, Bassetlaw Labour have balanced the books, kept services running, and delivered on our promises, creating over 10,000 job opportunities and investing £3m in our parks with splash pools and new play equipment.
We have ambitious plans including building a soft play centre in Harworth, a new swimming pool for learners and people with disabilities, alongside big improvements for the Canch in Worksop. We are helping fund changing room facilities at sports grounds in Worksop and Retford enabling equal access for boys and girls.
We have built over 70 council houses, with 120 more in the pipeline, plus an extra care facility for the elderly. This is just the start and we will build council houses across the district wherever there is land and finances available.
Town centres have taken a battering. We are working to get the intervention funds we need to reverse the decline. Our high street bid includes plans for a university campus in the heart of the town centre with a focus on revitalising our canalside heritage to bring in the footfall that will trigger the step change needed to transform its future.”
“Like so many local residents, Conservatives in Bassetlaw think we are all paying enough council tax under the current Labour run district council.
In nearby Conservative-run Gainsborough, a family living in a Band D property pays £1747.25 in council tax, as opposed to £1950.17 under Labour in Bassetlaw.
We want to make our district a better place to live, work and raise a family and here’s how we’ll do that:
- Freeze council tax for the next two years along with cutting waste and bureaucracy at the council
- Scrap parking charges in town centres on Saturdays, and short stay parking charges altogether
- Invest £32m in our town centres through central Government funding
- Support local businesses by cutting the rates for local independent businesses that are struggling, and support entrepreneurs with business start-ups
- Build 1,000 council houses in urban areas over four years. These will be modular built and carbon-neutral with energy costs less than £200 a year
- Support local growth and protect green spaces by identifying derelict and unused land for development
- Protect fortnightly bin and recycling collections and freeze Labour’s tax on garden waste collections.
A Conservative-run council will be a new team, with councillors from diverse backgrounds and fresh ideas. You can help Bassetlaw become more prosperous by voting Conservative.”
“We feel so passionate about our Bassetlaw and don’t want to see it going further down the pan. We want to be part of the change.
We feel that the establishment has let us down disgracefully not only with Brexit, voting against the nation and its people, but Bassetlaw and especially Worksop which has been deteriorating for a long time with 12 shops in the town centre alone closing within the last year – higher than the national average.
Across Bassetlaw we want to see small and medium businesses thrive, not just survive, by giving local entrepreneurs a helping hand to get established and remain established.
Increased shop door sleeping – we need to find the root cause and work on getting these people back into society by employing a full-time liaison for Worksop and Retford.
By voting UKIP, our locals can be assured that we would inject extra energy and vitality that we feel is required to plan and execute a return of our historic town to its former glory.
Our UKIP candidates have received good canvassing feedback, people are telling us they have voted Labour for 52 years and are now voting UKIP because they see us as their only hope. Many others are just telling us that they have just had enough.
We look forward to working together with other fellow councillors to help build a thriving Bassetlaw.”
“The Liberal Democrats pledge to listen to residents and deliver on much-needed services. Crime is on the increase, with both Retford and Worksop town centres subject to vandalism on a regular basis. Some residents have reported that they feel unsafe. We believe a visible police presence is essential to help tackle crime.
The number of empty shops is rapidly increasing. We want to work with landlords to make rents more affordable for businesses, as well as examining alternative uses for these buildings, such as pop-up shops.
We share the concerns of many about the wellbeing of the homeless in Bassetlaw. We would like to provide access to amenities such as showers, and the availability of essential items such as razors and sanitary items. Accessibility to support services must be improved to enable people to get the help they need and off the streets.
Bassetlaw’s recycling rates are the lowest in Nottinghamshire; we call for a better distribution of recycling points and renegotiation of the county recycling contract to bring kerbside glass recycling to the borough, as is the case in other Nottinghamshire councils.
We are also calling for the introduction of live video recording of all public council meetings, which would help keep residents fully informed of developments and how decisions are made, while keeping councillors accountable.”