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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Election Guide – What the parties say: Rushcliffe Borough Council

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Voters will go to the polls in Rushcliffe next month and decide which political party will run the borough council for the next four years.

The Conservatives currently have a sizeable majority on the council, and will be hoping this will continue.

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They say they are proud of their ‘enviable’ record on running the council, and that if elected again they would build more affordable housing while keeping council tax low.

But Labour, who go into the election with four councillors, say the Conservatives have taken Rushcliffe for granted and overseen a ‘chronic shortage’ of affordable housing. They also plan to make the council carbon neutral by 2025.

The Liberal Democrats and the Green Party are both going into the elections with two councillors.

Polling stations will be held between 7am and 10pm on Thursday, May 2.

The Conservatives currently run the council with 34 councillors. There are four Labour councillors, two Greens, two independents and two Liberal Democrats.

We’ve spoken to all the major parties about what they feel the most important issues are, and what they want to achieve if elected.

Conservatives

We are proud of our enviable track record in leading Rushcliffe Borough Council to deliver high-quality services and ensure Rushcliffe continues as a great place to live work and play.

Regularly voted among the top ten best places in the country to live by local estate agents, a survey by Royal Mail has voted Rushcliffe the third happiest UK place to live.

We have kept our council debt-free, keeping costs low with the lowest council tax in Nottinghamshire, secured new investment to support economic growth, reduced the use of single-use plastics, built more social housing than any other Nottinghamshire District, opened a new leisure centre and relocated offices, saving £400k a year running costs.

We will prioritise increasing the number of affordable homes and work with partners to support new infrastructure for housing developments. Investment in young people’s development, and new leisure facilities will continue.

We now plan to increase investment to protect frontline services, keeping the lowest council tax in the county. We will create employment opportunities and help with regenerating town and village centres.

We will continue and expand tree planting, further reduce plastics use and increase recycling while pursuing fly-tipping prosecutions.

We want to keep Rushcliffe with the lowest crime rate in the county and aim to ensure West Bridgford remains part of Rushcliffe and is not consumed by the aspirations of the city.

Labour

We launched our election campaign last month at a huge event with party members at the City Ground with Barry Gardiner MP.  It was clear from the launch that our pledges are exactly the new and exciting policies that the borough and its residents desperately need.

Our key priority will be to tackle the chronic shortage of genuinely affordable housing in the area.

We’ve spoken to many residents and particularly parents, who are devastated that so many young people are forced out of their local area just to get that first foot on the housing ladder.

Building more affordable and environmentally sustainable homes would be our top priority in the borough.

Rushcliffe Labour also pledge to make the council carbon neutral by 2025 and will introduce glass and food waste collections.

We would work with our local employers and give them the resources they need to encourage green apprenticeships, as well as developing green employment to counter jobs lost at Radcliffe-on-Soar power station.

We also want to ensure all our parks are fully accessible so all residents can enjoy our green spaces.

The Conservatives have taken Rushcliffe for granted for far too long – Labour will run a radical campaign that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

Green Party

Greens are standing for election across the county to push for action on climate change, to ensure local councils move towards a low carbon, plastic free future, protecting the environment that sustains us all.

We will hold councils to account to ensure they set targets to achieve these aims, and that they work to meet them.

Greens want an end to austerity, will work for fairer funding for local councils, fair pay for their employees and to keep services in-house under democratic control so they can best respond to the needs of the people they serve.

We believe decision making should be kept close to local communities and are against the creation of a single super-council for the whole of Nottinghamshire and against Nottingham City Council expanding to absorb West Bridgford.

We are in favour of councils working more closely to deliver services, for example on increasing the types and amount of materials than can be recycled, to work together to reduce pollution and improve air quality and to take a united stand against fracking and the danger this poses to our water supply.

Together we can create a cleaner, greener Nottinghamshire.

Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats are campaigning hard in Rushcliffe, where local people are telling us that our borough needs responsible, balanced action on housing and our environment.

This election will be voters’ opportunity to show that the Liberal Democrats are the party that can best represent them.

Liberal Democrats are the only major party unequivocally in favour of protecting our economic future and national security by remaining in the EU. A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to remain.

We will prevent the council from taking on debt that could become a millstone around the borough’s neck.

We want to ensure young people in Rushcliffe can buy a house with all the community amenities they and their families will need: schools, commercial hubs and play areas.

We can do this without damaging Rushcliffe’s great character or compromising our green spaces and without mortgaging our children’s futures for short term profiteering or a quick fix to complex problems. The Liberal Democrats have a great reputation around the country for responsible local government.

We believe voters in Rushcliffe have been taken for granted for too long; it’s time to make a new choice, for sensible, balanced politics, to demand better and vote Liberal Democrat

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

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