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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Election Guide – What the parties say: Newark and Sherwood District Council

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Voters in Newark and Sherwood are set to decide who runs the council their for the next four years.

The Conservatives, who currently control the council, say they will focus on keeping council tax low, regenerating derelict land and increasing the number of enforcement officers.

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Labour, who are the main opposition group, say they would protect green spaces and work to improve congestion, as well as setting up a dedicated £2 million fund to improve community facilities.

The Conservatives currently run the council, with 24 councillors. Labour have 12, and there are three independents.

The election will be held between 7am and 10pm on Thursday, May 2.

We spoke to the main parties standing for election about their priorities for the area, and what they would do if elected.

Conservatives
With the Conservatives, the council is delivering on the things that matter most to you and your family. We are cleaning more streets, more often. Building more social housing. Investing in our transport infrastructure to reduce congestion. And we have kept your council tax low.

This is good progress, but there’s still more to do to improve our area and make it even better. Some of these things include:

Extending mobile CCTV to catch fly-tippers and provide more public bins in problem areas
Increasing the number of enforcement officers to improve community safety
Continuing to invest in and improve our parks and open spaces
Supporting our high streets with a rate reduction scheme for small retailers
Regenerating derelict and unused sites for housing
Keeping car parking charges low, continuing to invest in our town centres and restore shop-fronts
Extending community speed watch schemes to reduce speeding on local roads
More investment and upgrades to our leisure centres and facilities
Generating additional income for the council so we can keep council tax as low as possible
But we can only deliver these improvements with your support. How you vote will decide whether we can continue the work we’ve started with, and for, residents.

Don’t risk letting Labour undo the progress we’ve made together. Instead, keep our progress going – by voting for your local Conservative.

Labour
Newark and Sherwood Labour Group are working hard in these vital local elections and aim to win control of the council so we can implement exciting new policies that will revitalise the district.

Newark and Sherwood Labour pledge to invest £2 million in a community initiative fund that will enable Newark and Sherwood District Council to work with organisations to develop and improve community facilities and services.

We will address the genuine concerns we have heard from residents over the threat facing green spaces in the district. The Tories in Newark are allowing too much development to take place in these areas, and the Labour group pledge to protect our green spaces from further short-sighted planning decisions.

We also hear from residents of the many traffic and road problems that blight their lives and make getting around our towns a real problem. Newark and Sherwood Labour Group will set up a transport task group which will be charged with reducing congestion, improving parking and pedestrian pathways, and make getting around our towns and villages in the district easier.

We would also apply pressure on central government, to get the finances for long overdue projects to improve transport in the area – such as the southern relief road and the Robin Hood Line extension.

Liberal Democrats
For the district as a whole, we want an improvement in rates of recycling, and policies leading to a reduction in the use of single use plastics – perhaps rent reductions for market stall holders using paper bags rather than plastic.

As well, we would introduce electric vehicle charging points across the district and introduce electric council vehicles.

We would drop or reduce charges for commercial tipping to reduce fly tipping.

On transport, we would campaign to reduce the “school run” which is leading to high levels of air pollution outside our schools. We will also support and improve bus services and support a 20 mph speed limit in residential areas.

We would also like to see greater transparency at the district council, better integration of social and health care, more policemen, and cheaper parking in Newark to attract shoppers back to the town centre

In Southwell specifically, we would like to see:

A fair share of the community infrastructure levy to be spent on the town.
Less secrecy from the county council surrounding the town’s flood mitigation measures.
A stronger voice at the district council to challenge policies and actions
More smaller homes to satisfy our housing needs.
Increased youth and play facilities
Proper repairs to pavements and roads
The Saturday market revitalised
More support for the local sports and leisure groups
The elections will be held on Thursday, May 2.

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