Labour has launched its comprehensive manifesto for the elections to North West Leicestershire District Council in May. Labour are hoping to take control of the authority and deliver on their 5 pledges.
The five main pledges revealed for the district by Labour are:
* Free swimming for under 16 year-olds
*Bring planning back under control
* Encourage local employers to pay the living wage
* Enough social & affordable housing for local need
* Review car parking charges as part of new town centre strategy
The district manifesto was unveiled in Ashby on Saturday morning by labour group leader Cllr Tom Neilson with prospective parliamentary Labour Candidate Jamie McMahon.
If Labour takes control of NW Leicestershire in May it has pledged to tackle the decline of village high streets, town centres and shops in the district.
Labour has also promised to fund pilot schemes that will help identify ways of reducing the impact of car parking charges, and to work with residents in towns and villages to prepare individual town centre strategies.
Labour group leader Cllr Tom Neilson said: “We are ambitious and we are determined to win this election and get to work on delivering our pledges."
He added: “This is about fairness, it is about making a new start and brining fresh ideas on how to help our town centres thrive, retain village facilities and increase access to council services."
Planning and new developments have been one of the biggest issues in the district and in its manifesto, the local labour party is intent on re-focussing the emphasis on people’s wishes and needs rather than developers demands.
Coun Neilson said: “All the uncertainty from the Conservative-led council and central government has left us in a situation where vast sections of our countryside have seen planning applications approved for housing, development has been out of control.
“We intend to put this right, sort out a local plan and consult properly with the public. We will make sure everyone gets a chance to input on the local plan for their area.”
The full manifesto can be seen here.