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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Election Guide – What the parties say: Broxtowe Borough Council

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Voters will soon decide which party runs the council in Broxtowe for the next four years, as they head to the polls.

The Conservatives currently run the council with a handsome majority, and are hoping that will continue.

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If they win on Thursday, May 2, they say they will provide free wi-fi and investment in town centres, protect greenbelts and keep council tax low.

But the area has been a major target for Labour in recent years, with former Conservative MP Anna Soubry having the 16th smallest majority of their target seats at Westminster – just 868 votes.

Labour say if they gain control of the council, they will build more affordable housing, tackle anti-social behaviour and reform business rates.

The Liberal Democrats go into the election with four councillors, and say they will extend free parking, give support for people affected by universal credit, and campaign against the Notts ‘super council’.

In the North of the district, several Ashfield Independent candidates are standing. They say their area has become the ‘forgotten part of Broxtowe’, and that they will protect green spaces and seek investment for town centres.

The Green Party is also standing, promising to help those affected by HS2, increase renewable energy use, and improve public transport.

Broxtowe is currently run by the Conservatives, who have 27 councillors. Labour has 11, the Liberal Democrats have four, and there are two independents.

We asked each of the party to set out their priorities, and what they hope to achieve if elected

Conservatives
We’ve invested £500,000 in parks and play areas. Improved fortnightly bin collections. Planted over 1,000 trees a year. Launched a business start-up grant scheme. And frozen council tax for four years.

But we’ve got more to do – and we can’t do it without your vote.

The choice is clear: a sensible Conservative Party running the council or Corbyn’s Labour Party in charge and a return to inefficient tax and spend management.

Only by voting Conservative can you secure our plan:

Keep your council tax low – helping you keep more money in your pocket.
Free Wi-Fi for Stapleford, Beeston, Eastwood and Kimberley town centres – keeping businesses and shoppers connected.
Better parks and play areas for all – carrying on our investment plans
Cleaner and greener communities – investing more in litter picking, street and graffiti cleaning, grass cutting and free bulky waste collections.
Investment in facilities for town centres, starting with a cinema, bars and restaurants in Beeston
Protect our precious Green Belt whilst delivering more homes – building on derelict or unused land first.
So, let’s not risk the next four years. Use your vote to support your local Conservative candidates in these local elections – and together we’ll secure our plan for Broxtowe.

Labour
Broxtowe Labour are looking forward to winning back the council so that we can implement our fantastic manifesto and improve the lives of people across the borough.

Four years of Tory rule have seen them massively fail on house building targets, underinvest in our town centres and in the grip of austerity, get rid of jobs at the council including vital domestic violence support posts.

We say there is a different way. Broxtowe Labour will build and invest in genuinely affordable houses to help meet the housing needs of our residents.

We will commit to not cut jobs or services and reinstate the domestic violence co-ordinator to help protect some of the most vulnerable in our communities.

Tackling anti-social behaviour is a big issue for residents across Broxtowe and we will establish community forums working with the police to address these issues.

We recognise our town centres are the heart of our communities – we will invest in improvement grants and develop locally responsive business rates to breathe new life into our shopping environments.

When you speak to people on the doorstep, there is no doubt that they feel let down by the Tories and that they are ready for a change. The best way to ensure that is to vote Labour on Thursday, May 2.

Liberal Democrats
We believe in localism – it’s carved into the first page of our party’s constitution, because we know positive change made on a street-by-street, person-by-person basis does more good than sweeping gestures from the top down.

Every Lib Dem candidate’s top priority is to fix the issues that are important to local residents, and there are plenty to choose from after four years of savage Conservative cuts in Broxtowe.

The Tories will be hoping that voters will ignore four years of neglect and vote for them if they recycle a few last-minute promises for next time around.

Labour seem to be obsessed with their chances at the next general election without a realistic vision of what needs doing right here and now.

With Westminster MPs arguing among themselves it’s unlikely local communities will get much attention from on-high for the foreseeable future.

It’s vital people have the best local councillors possible for the next four years, and no party in Broxtowe boasts better councillors with a better track-record than the Lib Dems.

Keeping decisions local – no to a super council in West Bridgford.
A transparent and open council and an end to decisions taken in secret.
Abolish charges for bulky waste collection to tackle fly-tipping.
Protect the Green Belt.
Support for residents placed onto Universal Credit.
Extend Free Parking in our Town centres.
Local measures to tackle climate change.
Increase number of homes to rent, to be built on brownfield sites.
Ashfield Independents
We are people like you. We care passionately about our borough and are fighting to improve it.

Residents tell us they can see that neighbouring Ashfield District is turning a corner since Independents took over the council last year. The Independents are reversing decades of neglect. People in Brinsley and Eastwood want the same change here too.

For too long Brinsley and Eastwood has been the forgotten part of Broxtowe. Councils of all colours have forgotten us because we fall into the Ashfield parliamentary seat so they work in the south of the borough where they care about who will be their MP.

If Independents win in Brinsley and Eastwood we will fight hard for our fair share. More investment to see real regeneration of Eastwood Town Centre, help for small businesses and to increase new shops.

Around Eastwood and Brinsley we have some of the most beautiful countryside in the country.

We will strongly oppose the Conservative plan to bulldoze our green spaces and build hundreds of houses here.

We want real action to have cleaner streets, parks and shopping areas. Action to tackle, litter, graffiti and dog fouling. We pay a very high level of council tax and we deserve an equally high level of excellent services.

In a time when the major political parties have never been as unpopular – the Independents offer the change that so many local people can see.

Green Party
The Green Party is different. As the pioneers of policies on sustainable development and advocates of social equality, the Green Party has far more evolved policies on air pollution, carbon footprint reduction and social housing than other parties. The Green Party is needed more than ever.

The Green Party is fighting social inequality so that the most vulnerable and deprived residents have basic necessities such as affordable housing, healthy food, clean air and access to green spaces.

Green Party members have been defending the green belt, supporting those affected by HS2 and campaigning for increased renewable energy usage as opposed to fracking across the city and the borough.

The Green Party is committed to improving public transport and encouraging local producers to reduce congestion on our roads. The Green Party is a progressive forward thinking political party who identified the social and economic impact of climate change decades ago.

We have been working at every level of government to mitigate those effects ever since. The Green Party welcomes other political parties finally acknowledging the urgency to adopt our policies, but we are still leading the way.

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