I am privileged to be leader of an amazing group of Labour councillors on North West Leicestershire District Council, who have passionately and effectively represented the district and stood up when they have seen injustices and waste. Today we launched our manifesto for the coming elections - 2015: A New Start.
Things have been tough since the global financial crisis, but in reality some of the issues in North West Leicestershire go back a lot further than that. Back to the 1980’s when the mining community was devastated by Thatcher’s pit closures.
It’s time for a new start, a Labour administration at the council would bring a clean brush to the long term issues affecting our community. Issues like a lack of affordable housing for local people, low pay levels and a loss of skilled jobs and town centres that have not seen major investment for nearly a generation.
Labour have been speaking to people on doorsteps almost every week over the past 5 years and we have kept hearing the same issues being raised time and again. People are saying that planning at the council is out of control, car parking charges are a problem, dog fouling is getting worse or people are being priced out of the housing market in their village.
However the main complaint that people have with the district council is that they feel that local people no longer have a say in what happens in their neighbourhood. We cannot continue like this, the council needs to work for you, not rich developers and the professional politicians who just aren’t connected to the real world.
Labour are committed to dealing with the problems you have raised with us and we do listen when you say something isn’t right. We will ensure that you are engaged with early on proposals that affect your neighbourhood and there will be an end to sham consultations with preferred options already decided. We will open the doors to democracy at the council, with all meetings being webcast and less decisions being taken behind closed doors.
Vote Labour in May for a new start and a reinvigourated ambition for our district, and for the power of community to take the lead once again.