Voters will soon decide who they want to run the city council over the next four years.
Labour currently has a massive majority, with 52 of the 55 seats. The Conservatives have the three remaining seats.
The newly-formed Nottingham Independents are hoping to make inroads in their first city-wide election, and are standing seven candidates in five wards.
The Liberal Democrats are hoping to have city councillors again for the first time since 2011, while the Green Party and UKIP are aiming to return their first ever councillors.
It will be the first election since all ward boundaries were redrawn, meaning some people will find themselves in new wards, while others have had their ward renamed.
The election will be held on Thursday, May 2.
We’ve spoken to all the major parties about what they feel the most important issues are, what they want to achieve if elected.
“Nottingham has lost more than £100 million in government funds since 2013 and as the city’s budget has declined, the proportion spent on adult social care has increased from 27 percent to 40 percent.
We’ve had to save £268 million since 2013, leaving us with less money to spend on statutory services.
On top of this, the government continues to take even more money from the poorest communities to give to well-off rural areas in the South and South East.
Difficult times have led to challenges in delivering our ambitious commitments for the city, but despite this, we remain ambitious for the city.
Funding cuts don’t mean we can’t afford to be ambitious – they mean we can’t afford not to be.
We will never use the challenges as an excuse, and that’s why over the last four years we’ve been able to fully deliver 178 of the 202 commitments in our last manifesto.
Our top five pledges are:
- Build or buy 1,000 council or social homes for rent
- Create 15,000 new jobs
- Build a new Central Library, making it the best children’s library in the UK
- Cut crime, and reduce anti-social behaviour by a quarter
- Ensure Nottingham is the cleanest big city in England and keep neighbourhoods as clean as the city centre.”
“Nottingham is a great place to live, but we all recognise it could be even better.
That’s why the local elections are so important for our city.
How you vote decides who runs the council and how much council tax we all pay.
Residents tell us it’s time for change in how our city council is run.
They want a more open and transparent council which gives councillors and communities more say.
Nottingham Conservatives have the fresh vision and ideas local people agree our city needs:
- Freeze council tax by maximising income from council assets and reducing unnecessary spending.
- Increase CCTV cameras and target fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.
- Invest in surveillance cameras to help police track, trace and destroy illegal dirt bikes and motocross scooters.
- Reduce parking charges to attract shoppers from outside the city, and establish a business forum to give independent businesses a say on the future of our city centre.
- Eliminate rough sleeping by working with charities so Government funding is better used.
- Reduce parking problems on our local estates by expanding the number of resident permit schemes.
By voting Conservative, you can send a message to the Labour Party on issues like how much council tax we pay, parking, city centre improvements and cracking down on anti-social behaviour.
So together, let’s make them sit up and listen.”
“Nottingham has been a one-party state for a long time. The Liberal Democrats are fighting to provide an effective opposition and scrutiny to the dominant Labour group.
This election we are fighting for:
Action on crime
People are telling us the level of crime is too high and have been particularly concerned over car crime and knife crime. Crime usually starts at a low level and gets bigger. It’s about time we demanded better and addressed the issue in the communities it impacts. The Labour PCC has raised council tax but kept PCSO numbers the same. Resource needs to go into street patrols.
Constructive help for the homeless
The Labour administration had its own adverts banned by the Advertising Standards Authority because they stigmatised homeless people. We would fight to stop council tax going on Labour ad campaigns and we would fight to repeal Labour’s local order that stops people helping those most in need.
A better deal for the city
Labour’s lack of creative vision has been a frustration to lots of local entrepreneurs. We will work to make Nottingham welcoming for tourists, exciting for businesses, and a hub for creative arts and recreation. We see the refurbished castle as a focal point for bringing people to our city as part of a creative vision which makes more of our most famous asset – Robin Hood.”
“We are observing that traditional parties have scaled down their campaign and do very little door knocking. This is not a surprise because we see extreme disappointment towards the mainstream Westminster parties.
On the doorsteps people want to improve the status of their wards, from preserving and caring for their green areas to roads maintenance and control of fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour.
Candidates who, once elected, want to spend their time discussing Brexit or wanting to score a political point on their national politics rivals are of little use.
It is shocking how many candidates from the mainstream political parties have been parachuted into wards on the other side of the city, showing how little respect there is for local people.
The Nottingham Independents’ candidates are all living locally and are well-known for their involvement in the community.
If elected we will first and foremost be champions for our local areas and ensure local people get all the attention they deserve.
At the city level we will exercise a strict control on how public money is spent, as we have doubts about initiatives like Robin Hood Energy, or investing in commercial property in other cities instead of supporting Nottingham.”
“The Nottingham branch of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) represents opposition to our failed politicians who have repeatedly let us down.
People are disappointed that their elected representatives in Labour and the Conservative Party have reneged on their manifesto commitments, to honour the public vote in the referendum of 2016 and to leave the EU in full.
UKIP are the protest group for residents of Nottingham to register their discontent. Many Labour, Tory and other party supporters are lending UKIP their vote, as it is a vote to uphold the democratic will of the nation.
The local issues on the doorstep we encountered are; for more affordable housing, giving local residents priority on housing lists, tackling rogue landlords, car parking in residential areas, the area near to the City hospital is of particular concern.
Other priorities for UKIP Nottingham are to provide more support to schools to increase standards, and tackle the city council’s relentless pursuit against cars and traffic.
Nottingham has a history of causing congestion problems which is the largest contributor to the poor level of air quality Nottingham has. We need to get the traffic moving from A to B quickly and safely to reduce pollution and improve the daily commute and peoples lives.”
“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 in Nottingham 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.”
The elections will be held across the city between 7am and 10pm on Thursday, May 2.